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 2018 Courses    (updated 9/15/2018)

Undergraduate

5A   Introduction to Architecture & Environment - Welter
5AH   Introduction to Architecture & Environment Honors Section - Welter
5B   Introduction to Museum Studies - Robertson
6A   Art Survey I: Ancient-Medieval - TBA
6K   Survey: Islamic Art & Architecture - Khoury

107A   Painting in the 15th-Century Netherlands - Faust
107B   Painting in the 16th-Century Netherlands - Faust   [CANCELLED]
111B   Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals. The Birth of a Nation: 1579-1648 - Adams
113A   Seventeenth Century Art in Southern Europe - Paul
121A   American Art From Revolution to Civil War: 1700-1860 - Garfinkle
134D   Art and Modern China - Sturman
141G   The Architecture of Museums and Galleries from c. 1800 to the Present - Welter
141MH   Special Topics in Museum Studies: Museums and History - McLemore  
142B   Architecture and Planning in Rome: Napoleon to Mussolini - Wittman
186A/293D   Seminar in Research Methods: Digital Humanities - Baciu
186H   Seminar in Seventeenth Century Southern European Art - Paul
186SR   Seminar in Architectural History - Wittman

Graduate

200A   Proseminar: Introduction to Art-Historical Methods - Robertson
257A   Topics in Seventeenth-Century European Art: Honest copy, Faithful reproduction, Fiendish forgery. - Adams
266   Topics in Early Modterm Architecture - Wittman   [CANCELLED]
282A   Topics on East Asian Art: Ink Passions - Sturman
293D/186A   Research Methods: Digital Humanities - Baciu


5A   Introduction to Architecture & Environment     MW   930-1045   IV THEATER 2     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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5B   Introduction to Museum Studies     MW   200-315   HSSB 1174     Robertson

Designed to introduce students to various aspects of Museum Studies — historical, theoretical, and practical — by examining a range of issues and topics with which the field is engaged.

GE: AREA F
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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6A   Art Survey I: Ancient - Medieval     TR   1230-145   IV THEATER 1     TBA

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:   T   200-250   ARTS 1332

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6K   Survey: Islamic Art & Architecture     TR   330-445   HSSB 1174     Khoury

A survey of Islamic art and architecture.

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

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107A   Painting in the 15th-Century Netherlands     MW   1100-1215   ARTS 1341     Faust

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Netherlandish painting from c. 1400 - c. 1500 examined in its social, religious,and cultural contexts. Van Eyck, Rogier, Bouts, and Memling, among others.

GE: AREA F

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107B   Painting in the 16th-Century Netherlands     MW   330-445   ARTS 1341     Faust

   [CANCELLED]

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111B   Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals. The Birth of a Nation: 1579-1648     TR   330-445   ARTS 1341     Adams

Prerequisite: one History of Art & Architecture course or equivalent. Not open to freshmen.

The first half of the seventeenth century in Holland, the period from the Union of Utrecht of 1579 and its declaration of independence from Spain, to the recognition of the Northern Netherlands as an independent nation in 1648, was the first part of a century that has come to be known as the Dutch "Golden Age" of Dutch art. This era witnessed the emergence of a Protestant mercantile culture in which the Catholic Church and the hereditary nobility were supplanted by democratic institutions and middle-class merchants as major patrons of the arts. These men and women supported such artists as Rembrandt van Rijn and Frans Hals as well as a host of lesser known masters who created images rooted in everyday life rather than the imaginary religious, historical, and mythological imagery of previous centuries. This course examines the cultural functions of this rich, apparently descriptive imagery as it helped to form the private identities and public ambitions of Europe's first middle-class capitalist society. We examine the aesthetics and content of this imagery through contemporary economic, historic, religious, and literary developments, and the emerging scientific revolution.

The emphasis in this class is upon the social and intellectual issues engaged by Dutch painting: how they participated in the struggle between the values of a new middle-class and capitalist culture in conflict with an older way of life. At the same time, it examines the varieties of art historical methods employed by contemporary scholars, as well as those of the past, to understand these images. The goal of the course is to give students a solid grounding in knowledge about seventeenth century Dutch art and culture, with a focus upon critical analysis of images as well as the structure of arguments that have been made about them. These skills are intended to be ones that you may be able to apply both in other courses, as well as information you encounter and arguments you construct in your daily life.

GE: AREA F

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113A   Seventeenth Century Art in Southern Europe     MW   930-1045   ARTS 1341     Paul

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
Not open to students who have completed ARTHI 113B.

Painting and sculpture from Italy and Spain as well as France and Flanders examined in its cultural, political, and religious contexts with particular attention to relationships between regional traditions and international trends. Artists studied include Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, Poussin, and Rubens.

GE: AREA F

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121A   American Art From Revolution to Civil War: 1700-1860     TR   1100-1215   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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134D   Art and Modern China     TR   200-315   ARTS 1341     Sturman

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

An exploration of trends and issues in nineteenth and twentieth century Chinese art, as China awakens to and responds to the challenges of modernity and The West. Topics include the continuity of tradition, the exile identity, and trends after Tiananmen (1989).

GE: AREA F, WORLD CULTURES

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141G   The Architecture of Museums and Galleries from c. 1800 to the Present     MW   1230-145   ARTS 1341     Welter

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Discusses the history of museums and galleries as distinct modern building types by analyzing their architectural developments from approximately 1800 to the present. Beside architectural design issues (sequence of galleries, display of exhibits, lighting, visitor routes, etc.), the course analyzes museums as sites of memory, their intersections with the modern city, and their roles in cultural and societal debates. Geographically, the course focuses on both the museum’s origin in Europe and its contemporary universal presence.

GE: AREA F, EUROPEAN TRADITIONS, WRITING

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141MH    Museums and History     MW    200-315   ARTS 1341     McLemore

Prerequisite: not open to freshman.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Not open to students who completed ARTHI 120CC in Spring 2017.

Examines the 20th century museum’s engagement with history. Explores curatorial strategies for telling stories about the past through historical objects, written narratives, photography, performance, architecture, and art.

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142B   Architecture and Planning in Rome: Napoleon to Mussolini     TR   1230-145   ARTS 1341     Wittman

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Transformation of Rome from a pre-modern to a modern city. Napoleonic occupations of 1798-1814; papal initiatives from 1815-70; Rome transformed into the new national capital 1870- 1922; Mussolini's massive public works in the 1920s and 30s.

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186A/293D   Seminar in Research Methods      M   300-550   ARTS 2622     Baciu
     Topic: Digital Humanities

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.
May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units. Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1.

Advances in computation and record keeping make Data Science a rapidly evolving field of study. In turn, this development facilitates an entire new set of international, yet individualized services. In industry, science, and the humanities, everyone speaks of the digital transformation. This present introduction to the Digital Humanities will offer an overview of tools and methods such as text mining, network analysis, image tagging, and geographic information systems. We will develop group work around a selection of research projects including: Getty Provenance Index (Getty), ReCast (Carnegie Museum of Art), Bookworm (HathiTrust Research Center), Google Ngrams (Harvard PED, google books), Chicago Schools (DC Baciu), WhatEvery1Says (UCSB, Dept. of English). The course does not require previous experience.

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186H   Seminar in Seventeenth Century Southern European Art      R   200-450   ARTS 2622     Paul

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.
May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units. Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1.

Advanced studies in seventeenth century art. Topics will vary. Requires weekly readings and discussion, and the writing of a research seminar paper.

GE: WRITING

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186SR   Seminar in Architectural History      T   300-550   ARTS 2622     Wittman

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units. Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1.

This will be an intensive reading course focused on primary sources in translation, mostly from Europe but with some American works towards the end. The central theme will concern how understandings of architecture's function and meaning shifted with the long emergence of a mass public. Other themes will include the emergence of new materials and technologies and the impact of imperialism and colonialism.

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200A   Proseminar: Introduction to Art-Historical Methods     R   900-1150   ARTS 2622      Robertson

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Introduction to art-historical methods, with emphasis on the historical development of current practices, critical theory, debates within the field, and cross-disciplinary dialogues.

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257A   Topics in Seventeenth-Century European Art     W   1100-150   ARTS 2622     Adams
     Topic: Honest copy, Faithful reproduction, Fiendish forgery.

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

From reproductive prints to urban centers, understanding the process of cultural references to known “originals,” lies at the heart of our art historical project. This seminar examines changing beliefs about and attitudes toward the concept of reproduction, from the copy created as part of the learning process through intentional forgeries, and the slippery reproductions that in today's digital age of “Fake News” take on new significance. With a focus on early modern Europe we will examine changing historical attitudes toward authenticity, and then consider these in light of case studies drawn from course participants' areas of interest (art, architecture or literature, antiquity through the 21st century).

Participating auditors are welcome.

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266   Topics in Early Modern Architecture     T   300-550   ARTS 2622     Wittman

   [CANCELLED]

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282A   Topics on East Asian Art     M   1200-250   ARTS 2622     Sturman
     Topic: Ink Passions

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

In the identity politics that underlie much of modern Chinese art, a major focal point is ink, shuimo 水墨. One of the defining components of what came to be known in the 20th century as national painting, guohua 國畫, and conversely a medium to differentiate from Western oil painting, ink shouldered an essentialist weight in the struggle to modernize Chinese painting. Ink was intrinsically Chinese, quotidian yet amenable to rhapsodic philosophizing. It was the substance that gave virtual shape to the politics of art. This seminar will utilize ink as a thematic frame to explore strategies employed by Chinese modernist artists of the 20th century as they sought their place on a global stage. Focusing in particular on post-war “second-generation” modernist painters, most of whom were active outside of China, we will be particularly interested in how the painter’s craft helped delineate a sense of national space, and how that coordinated with the reality of displacement. The seminar is an initial step in a possible exhibition, and we will be working with objects in local and LA collections. The ability to read Chinese is welcome though not essential. Interested students should contact Professor Sturman (sturman@ucsb.edu).

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293D/186A   Topics in Research Methods     M   300-550   ARTS 2622     Baciu
     Topic: Digital Humanities

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Advances in computation and record keeping make Data Science a rapidly evolving field of study. In turn, this development facilitates an entire new set of international, yet individualized services. In industry, science, and the humanities, everyone speaks of the digital transformation. This present introduction to the Digital Humanities will offer an overview of tools and methods such as text mining, network analysis, image tagging, and geographic information systems. We will develop group work around a selection of research projects including: Getty Provenance Index (Getty), ReCast (Carnegie Museum of Art), Bookworm (HathiTrust Research Center), Google Ngrams (Harvard PED, google books), Chicago Schools (DC Baciu), WhatEvery1Says (UCSB, Dept. of English). The course does not require previous experience.

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