Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: one course in art
history, or upper division standing and a major or minor in the
arts or humanities recommended. Social, cultural,
aesthetic, and theoretical development for artists and their
audiences in the context of larger issues like the Mexican,
Russian and German revolutions, WWI, the Depression, WWII, etc.,
and a critical-theoretical inquiry into questions of modernism,
modernity, and avant-gardism. Offered in alternate years.
Lecture/discussion—4 hours; term paper. Development of new media
and aesthetics in the context of such cultural and political
phenomena as the New Left, feminism, and globalization;
investigation of the critical-theoretical questions of
neoavantgardism, postmodernism, and postmodernity.
Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 25 and/or
course 184 recommended. Introduction to world architecture
and urban design since circa 1966. Relation of influential
styles, buildings, and architects to postmodern debates and to
cultural, economic, technological and environmental change.
Offered in alternate years.
Lecture/discussion—4 hours; term paper. American domestic
architecture and its responsiveness to changes in daily life from
Colonial times to the 1960s. Vernacular developments, effects of
different socioeconomic conditions, and women’s role in shaping
the home receive special attention.
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Major movements from
colonial times to the present. The role of buildings in a
changing American society, the interplay of styles with
technologies of construction, relationship between American and
European developments and evolution of the architectural and
Lecture/Discussion—4 hours. Social, cultural, aesthetic and
technical developments in the history of photography including
patronage and reception, commercial, scientific, political and
artistic applications, and a critical-theoretical inquiry into
photography’s impact on the social category “art” and the history
Lecture/discussion—4 hours; term paper. This survey of Buddhist
art examines overall patterns of regional development using case
studies of noteworthy Buddhist sites in South Asia, Southeast
Asia and East Asia. The course traces the development of both
Buddhist doctrine and artistic representation chronologically as
it spreads through Asia.
This course explores the popular arts of India spanning the past
150 years with an emphasis on the ways old myths and religious
themes were radically reimagined through artistic new mediums
such as trade labels, lithographs, religious prints, pulp
magazines, comic books and early film. It considers how colonial
domination, international commerce, technology and social
critique shaped the production and consumption of modern popular
arts of India.
Discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. Close studyof selected
recent developments in interpretive methodology used by art
historians and other analysts of visual culture and the place of
those developments within art history’s history and in the larger
field of social, cultural and historical analysis. May be
repeated one time for credit.
Discussion—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students
in art history. Development of the research, writing, and editing
skills necessary for producing publishable work. Focus on
reference tools used by art historians and the mechanics of
scholarship, from question framing and organization of ideas to
writing clear, effective prose.
Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisites: Graduate status in art history or
an allied field. Issues accompanying the evolution and function
of museums from cabinets of curiosities in sixteenth-century
Europe to modern art centers. Examination of divergent motives
behind collecting, exhibiting, and interpretation of objects.
Investigation of museums’ historical legacies and continuing
Seminar—3 hours. Approved for graduate degree credit. Study of
private and public collections. Museum personalities. Appraisal
of works of art; ethics of appraisal. Auction and sales: methods
and catalogues. Registration. Technical problems of the museum.
Connoisseurship. Collateral reading. Visits to museums. Seminar
with assigned papers.