Courses

NOTE: All History of Art & Architecture courses use the prefix ARTHI


Crashing a History of Art & Architecture Course

The Department of History of Art & Architecture recognizes the difficulties that students face in adding courses.
The department recommends the following when trying to add a closed or full course:

  1. Do not email the instructor to determine if a wait list exists
  2. Instead, attend the first class meeting and first section meeting if applicable
  3. Let the instructor know your name, major/minor, class year (junior, senior)
  4. Sign up on the waiting list
  5. Continue to attend the lecture and discussion section if applicable
  6. Priority of enrollment and distribution of add codes are at the discretion of the instructor

If you are unable to attend the first class meeting due to religious observance, illness, or other unavoidable conflict, do contact the instructor via email. Add codes will not be distributed prior to completing this procedure.


Fall 2017 Courses    (updated 10/6/2017)

Undergraduate

5A   Introduction to Architecture & Environment - Welter
5AH   Introduction to Architecture & Environment Honors Section - Welter
6A   Art Survey I: Ancient - Medieval - Moser
6DW   Survey: History of Art of Japan and Korea - Wattles   [CANCELLED]
6F   Survey: Architecture and Planning - Wittman
6K   Survey: Islamic Art & Architecture - Khoury

105P   Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture - Badamo
113F   Bernini and the Age of the Baroque - Paul
120CC   Special Topics in Twentieth-Century Modern Art - Monahan
121A   American Art From Revolution to Civil War: 1700 - 1860 - Garfinkle
127A   African Art I - Ogbechie
130C   The Arts of Spain and New Spain - Buono
134H   Ukiyo-e: Pictures of the the Floating World - Wattles   [CANCELLED]
134J   Understanding Manga - Wattles   [cross-listed with EACS 134J]
136O   Sustainable Architecture: History and Aesthetics - Welter   [cross-listed with ENV S 136O]
137GA   Architecture and Theory in Germany and Austria (1770 - 1871) - Wittman
142A   Architecture and Planning in Seventeenth-Century Europe - Wittman   [CANCELLED]
144D   Russian Art - Spieker   [cross-listed with SLAV 130D]
185SA   Special Topics in Art History - Zumaya
187H   Museums in Transition: From the Early Modern to the Modern Period - Paul

Graduate

252B   Topics in Roman Architecture and Urbanism: Object Agency - Moser
253D   Topics in Medieval Architecture and Sculpture - Badamo   [CANCELLED]
255D   Topics in Fifteenth- & Sixteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe: On Edge: Paratextuality and Paravisuality in Early-Modern Europe and Beyond - Meadow
260D   Topics in European Art of the Twentieth Century - Monahan


5A   Introduction to Architecture & Environment     MW   800-915   LSB 1001     Welter

Architecture is the primeval act through which human beings carve out for themselves a place in nature. Initially a means of survival, place-making has developed throughout history into technically advanced and artistically sophisticated architectural designs that intertwine ever closer the man-made world with the natural one. This course introduces basic architectural construction methods, design strategies, and subject specific terminology, discusses various interpretative concepts, and poses questions after universal fundamentals of the multi-faceted and multi-sensory relationships between man, architecture, and nature.

GE: AREA F, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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5AH   Introduction to Architecture & Environment Honors Section     M   300-350   ARTS 2622     Welter

Prerequisite: consent of instructor; concurrent enrollment in ARTHI 5A.

Honors section to explore in greater depth topics and issues covered by ARTHI 5A.

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6A   Art Survey I: Ancient - Medieval     TR   330-445   IV THEATER 1     Moser

History of Western art from its origins to the beginnings of the Renaissance.

GE: AREA E, AREA F, EUROPEAN TRADITIONS, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION
     HONORS SECTION:   R   200-250   ARTS 2622

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6DW   Survey: Arts of Japan and Korea     Wattles

[CANCELLED]

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6F   Survey: Architecture and Planning     TR   1230-145   BUCHANAN 1930     Wittman

This course offers a wide-ranging introduction to architecture and urban design from the earliest human constructions to the middle of the 20th century. The focus is decidedly global in the first half of the course, and more European in the second half. Students will encounter a variety of buildings and cities, but also different ways of understanding and studying them. Student writing assignments will involve the analysis of local architecture and town planning.

GE: AREA F, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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6K   Survey: Islamic Art & Architecture     MW   1100-1215   BUCHANAN 1930     Khoury

A survey of Islamic art and architecture.

GE: AREA F, WORLD CULTURES, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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105P   Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture     MW   1100-1215   ARTS 1341     Badamo

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

This course explores the soaring cathedrals, monstrous sculptures, and marvelous images that inspired The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Beginning with the fourth-century rise of Christian images and ending with the advent of print, it traces how images developed new roles — and reinvented old ones — over the course of the Middle Ages. Investigating architecture, sculpture, and manuscripts in their historical contexts, it asks why medieval objects look the way they do and how viewers saw them.

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113F   Bernini and the Age of the Baroque     MW   200-315   ARTS 1341     Paul

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Examines the life and work of Gianlorenzo Bernini, best known as a brilliant and innovative sculptor, in their historical context. Also considered is the international influence that Bernini exerted on seventeenth- and eighteeth-century art.

GE: AREA F

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120CC   Special Topics in Twentieth-Century Modern Art     MW   930-1045   ARTS 1341     Monahan

Prerequisite: not open to freshman.
May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units provided letter designations are different.

Special topics in twentieth-century modern art.

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121A   American Art From Revolution to Civil War: 1700 - 1860     TR   1230-145   ARTS 1341     Garfinkle

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Painting, sculpture, architecture and decorative arts in the original 13 colonies, through the formation of the United States, to the crisis of the Civil War. Particular attention paid to environmental and social issues.

GE: AREA F

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127A   African Art I     TR   930-1045   ARTS 1341     Ogbechie

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

This course provides an introduction to African art through analysis of African cultures and symbol systems. It evaluates African art in relation to the history and diversity of the continent and also in relation to perceptions and representations of Africa from antiquity to the contemporary era. Types of arts discussed include painting, sculpture, textiles and body adornment, ceramics, performance, and contemporary African art.

GE: AREA F, WORLD CULTURES

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130C   The Arts of Spain and New Spain     TR   500-615   ARTS 1341     Buono

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

The arrival of Europeans in the Americas in 1492 inaugurated one of the most remarkable and brutal encounters in human history. This course will examine the visual and material culture created in the aftermath of this cultural collision in Mexico, the former Viceroyalty of New Spain, from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. We will center our discussion on the ancient Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan, soon to become Mexico City in the wake of Spanish invasion. We will consider, for example, featherwork, manuscripts, mural and easel painting, sculpture, architecture and urban planning, mapping, and ritual and performance as visual practices.

GE: AREA F

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134H   Ukiyo-e: Pictures of the the Floating World     Wattles

[CANCELLED]

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134J   Understanding Manga     TR   200-315   ARTS 1341     Wattles
[cross-listed with EACS 134J]

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen. Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1.

This class will do close readings of manga (cartoons/comics/graphic novels by Japanese), considering examples from the 19th century to the present. We will analyze the visual design, narrative progression, and the word and image relationship. Historically, we will think about the shifting definition of manga through time and consider how politics, changing media, and globalization played a role in determining the form. Student discussion, presentations, and a paper required.

Previous knowledge of manga is welcomed (or more broadly Japan and Japanese).

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136O   Sustainable Architecture: History and Aesthetics     MW   1230-145   ARTS 1341     Welter
[cross-listed with ENV S 136O]

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

The course examines the history, theory, and aesthetics of sustainable architecture as it developed from approximately the early twentieth century onwards. Emphasis is placed on the critical analysis of changing historical and theoretical approaches to environmentally sound building practices. We will also discuss whether there is (or should be) a distinct 'green' or 'sustainable' architectural aesthetic.

The scope of the course is global, though concepts of sustainable architecture have historically been developed in the Western world, the latter will be prominently represented in this historically oriented course.

GE: AREA F

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137GA   Architecture and Theory in Germany and Austria (1770 - 1871)     TR   330-445   ARTS 1341     Wittman

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

In 1770, the German speaking lands of Europe were still fragmented into hundreds of feudal states; by 1871, these had consolidated into a unified German Empire on one side, and the Austrian Empire on the other. In between these two dates, this region experienced an astounding cultural and intellectual rebirth (Kant, Hegel, Goethe, Beethoven, Schiller, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Wagner, Marx, Nietzsche...). This blossoming extended to architecture as well, as the region transformed itself into one of Europe's most vibrant laboratories for theory and design. Massive urban transformations occurred in Berlin, Vienna, and Munich. This course will consider this remarkable period of change by examining both architectural practice and theory in their larger cultural and political contexts.

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142A   Architecture and Planning in Seventeenth-Century Europe     Wittman

[CANCELLED]

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144D   Russian Art     W   500-750   ARTS 1341     Spieker
[cross-listed with SLAV 130D]

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

Introduction to Russian art and aesthetic theory from the beginning to the present. Readings and lectures in English.

GE: AREA E, AREA F

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185SA   Special Topics in Art History     M   500-750   ARTS 1332     Zumaya

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units provided letter designations are different.

This seminar will provide an introduction to art and religion in Chumash and Latin American Catholic traditions through an in-depth study of mission-related objects made by Chumash artisans.

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187H   Museums in Transition: From the Early Modern to the Modern Period     R   1100-150   ARTS 2622     Paul

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
No restrictions to Pass 1.

Examines a range of issues — art historical, cultural, political, practical, and theoretical — that conditioned the development of museums and collections, primarily in Europe, from the Renaissance to the present day. Topics and format will vary.

GE: WRITING

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252B   Topics in Roman Architecture and Urbanism     W   1230-320   ARTS 2622     Moser
     Topic: Object Agency

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

People craft objects but do objects also craft people? Art historians, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, religious studies scholars, and ethnohistorians have attempted to study and understand the past (and the present) through the material remains — artifacts and architecture — of human practices. Objects have become protagonists in our recasting of the past and the present. Objects do something; they take the leading role. They are not just instruments, inanimate and silent members of or background settings to our worlds. But rather, they are active and have an authority to influence and shape our experience of the world. Recent scholarship across a variety of disciplines on materiality and material culture has brought about a new interest in the study of things and objects, the so-called “material turn,” that asks new questions about alternative, object-oriented ontologies. In this course, we will explore object agency, thing theory, materials and materiality, the social life and the cultural biography of objects, and we will question the assumed superiority of humans over animate and inanimate things.

The course has no rigid geographical, cultural, or temporal boundaries, and we will address issues of materiality and agency through archaeological and art historical case studies that are drawn from ancient, medieval, and modern contexts.

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253D   Topics in Medieval Architecture and Sculpture     Badamo

[CANCELLED]

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255D   Topics in Fifteenth- & Sixteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe     T   1200-250   ARTS 1332     Meadow
     Topic: On Edge: Paratextuality and Paravisuality in Early-Modern Europe and Beyond

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Extraordinarily seldom, if ever, do we encounter unmediated texts or images. Books have covers, title pages, prefaces, tables of contents, acknowledgments and a host of other so-called “paratextual” devices that shape how the reader encounters the primary text. The same can be said of most images, which come with frames and framing elements, labels and captions, peripheral scenes and compositional devices, signatures and owner’s marks, that also affect how the viewer responds to the main subject of the image. Much of what we now take as common components of both the paratextual and what we might call the “paravisual” were standardized in the early-modern period. Drawing on a wide range of historical and theoretical literature, and looking at a diverse range of images and objects, this seminar will explore the hazy boundaries between primary and secondary, between text and image. While our starting point is early-modern Europe, students are encouraged to bring questions, issues and examples from any period or culture into our discussions or their seminar projects.

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260D   Topics in European Art of the Twentieth Century     M   1200-250   ARTS 2622     Monahan

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Special research in modern art.

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