Fall Art History Course List!

ARTH 120: Islamic Art and Architecture

Dr. Jennifer Lyons

2 Credits

A Block - two sections:

Section 1:

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm MW Harder Hall 424

Section 2:

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm MT Harder Hall 424

7:20 pm - 9:35 pm W

A survey of the art and architecture produced in Muslim lands from Central Asia to Spain between the seventh and nineteenth centuries. The course emphasizes the role of arts in the formation and expression of cultural identity, exploring painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, ivory, metalwork, and illuminated manuscripts. Topics of discussion include the uses of figural and non-figural imagery, calligraphy and ornament, religious and secular art, public and private art, the art of the court, the art of the urban middle class, as well as the status, function, and meaning of the portable arts.

ARTH 133: Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture:

From the Classical Ideal to Theatrical Expression

Dr. Jennifer Lyons

2 Credits

B Block – two sections:

Section 1:

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm MW Harder Hall 424

Section 2:

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm MT Harder Hall 424

This course surveys developments in architecture, sculpture, and painting from the European Renaissance (15th and 16th centuries) to the Baroque period (17th century). The first part of the course focuses on the idealized forms and balanced compositions that were a product of renewed interest in the natural world during the Renaissance. In the second part of the course we turn our attention to the Baroque period, examining the theatrical compositions and dramatic lighting used by artists to engage the beholder.

ARTH 137: Ancient Art: History, Legend, and Legacy (ONLINE)

Dr. Mary McInnes

2 Credits

A Block & B Block:

TBA

This class will provide a critical survey of ancient art by focusing on the great empires of antiquity—Babylonian and Egyptian, Greek and Roman—that emerged in the Near East and Mediterranean region. Additionally, students will examine the impact of these civilizations and their artifacts on later western culture.

ARTH 140: Photo Moving Image

Dr. James Hansen

2 Credits

A Block:

1:00 pm- 2:15 pm RF Harder Hall 424

B Block:

1:00 pm- 2:15 pm RF Harder Hall 424

A whirlwind survey of photography and moving image art from Daguerreotypes to Moholy-Nagy's innovative Bauhaus practice to handmade cinema to contemporary video installation.

ARTH 211: Art in Our Time

Dr. James Hansen

3 Credits

A Block:

9:20 am-11:00 am R Harder Hall AUD

Whose art and whose time are we talking about? Working against the dominant trend in the “globalizing” of artistic practice – that is, the effect of flattening cultural difference into one globalized standard – this course, instead, returns our attention to particular cultural perspectives within (global) contemporary art in order to show how global politics and culturally-specific histories inform contemporary artistic practice.

ARTH 300/500 Gender & Identity in Medieval and Renaissance Art

Dr. Jennifer Lyons

4 Credits

A Block & B Block:

4:20 pm - 5:35 pm MW Harder Hall 424

This course investigates questions of gender, identity, and sexuality in medieval and Renaissance art. Organized thematically, students will examine painting, sculpture, and literature produced in Italy and northern Europe between 1200-1650. Topics include the representation of female and male bodies in the visual arts, the construction of ideal beauty, the male and female gaze, portraiture, sartorial practices and prohibitions, patronage and gender, the nude, and issues facing female artists.

ARTH 300/500 From Anime to Zen: Contemporary Japanese Visual and Material Culture

Dr. Meghen Jones

4 Credits

A Block & B Block:

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm MW Harder Hall 220B

This course examines Japanese visual and material culture from the 1960s to the present using cultural contextualization to understand the function of images and objects. Genres of analysis range from animation and photography to fashion and craft.

ARTH 354/554: Recent Sculptural Practices

Dr. Mary McInnes

4 Credits

A Block & B Block:

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm TF Scholes 221

A series of visual case studies and critical essays exploring contemporary issues in sculpture will be the focus of this class. We will be delving into the work of artists Theaster Gates, Pierre Hugye, Charles Ray, Erin Shirreff, Sarah Sze, and Rachel Whiteread. This semester, we will be examining recent work made in “conversation” with photographic and digital practices.

ARTH 344/544: In the Studio: Modern and Contemporary Painting

Dr. Mary McInnes

4 Credits

A Block & B Block – two sections:

9:20 am - 10:35 am RF Scholes 221

7:20 pm - 9:35 pm W Harder Hall AUD

9:20 am - 10:35 am RF Scholes 221

This course will examine modern and contemporary studio practices. We will be investigating the facture of painting--the marking, the process, and surface-- through a series of case-studies from the late 19th c. to the present. The course is reading-intensive with weekly written assignments.

ARTH 439 / 539: History of Ceramic Art, Craft and Design: Global Flows

Dr. Mary McInnes

4 Credits

A Block & B Block – two sections:

11:20 am-12:35 pm MW Museum

11:20 am-12:35 pm MW Museum

7:20 pm-09:35 pm W Harder Hall AUD

In this course we examine the history of ceramic art, craft and design according to its major global flows. Recent scholarship, primary texts, and the direct study of objects from the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum collection form the basis for discussion of the history of ceramics’ aesthetic values, praxis, patronage, and cultural identities.

ARTH 461/561: Viewing Sculpture: Figurative, Modernist, Minimalist, & Postmodernist

Dr. Mary McInnes

4 Credits

A Block & B Block:

7:20 pm - 9:35 pm W Harder Hall AUD

11:20 am-12:35 pm RF Scholes 221

In this course, we will closely examine the sculptural encounter, analyze the studio process, and investigate sculpture as a “theoretical object.” We will look at the changing definitions and attitudes towards sculpture over the past 200 years. Sculptural theory (via the writings of Potts, Fer, and Bal) will be investigated alongside actual work, ranging from Antonio Canova’s neoclassical figures to Doris Salcedo’s contemporary installations.

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