2017-2018 Courses - Spring

(tentative; updated 2/16/2018)

Undergraduate

6C   Art Survey III: Modern - Contemporary - Sorkin
6DS   Survey: History of Art in China - Sturman
6E   Survey: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America - Ogbechie
6H   Survey: The Arts of Precolumbian America - Buono
6L   Playful Spaces: A Cultural History of Games - White

109B   Italian Renaissance Art: 1500 - 1600 - Williams
115E    The Grand Tour: Experiencing Italy in the Eighteenth Century - Paul
120CV   Coloring Vision: the Meanings and Markings of Color in Modern Culture - Monahan
121B   Reconstruction, Renaissance, and Realism in American Art: 1860 - 1900 - Dini
121C   Twentieth-Century American Art: Modernism and Pluralism, 1900 - Present - Robertson
127B   African Art II: Modern and Contemporary African Art - Ogbechie
132I   Art of Empire - Khoury
134A   Buddhist Art - TBA
134F   The Arts of Japan - TBA   [CANCELLED]
136B   Twentieth-Century Architecture - Chattopadhyay
185AE   Art and its Environments in Brazil - Buono
186F   Seminar in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Southern Renaissance - Williams
187Z   Museum Studies Seminar - White

Graduate

263   Topics in Contemporary Art: The 1970s: Feminist Art, Culture and Thought - Sorkin
266   Topics in Early Modern Architecture - Wittman
275E   Topics in Islamic Art - Khoury
282A   Topics on East Asian Art - Sturman


6C   Art Survey III: Modern - Contemporary     TR   1100-1215   IV THEATER 1     Sorkin

History of Western art from the eighteenth century to the present.

GE: AREA E, AREA F, EUROPEAN TRADITIONS, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION
     HONORS SECTION:   T   200-250   ARTS 2622
     To enroll in the 6C Honors Section, contact Savannah Sharp Parison, Program Advisor

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6DS   Survey: History of Art in China     MW   200-315   HSSB 1174     Sturman

The History of Art in China is a survey course that introduces the major traditions and monuments of Chinese art from Neolithic times to the modern (20th-21st centuries). The course generally follows a chronological trajectory but with a thematic matrix. The first part of the course, from Neolithic to Han (ca. 5000 BC - AD 220) concerns the formation of culture and civilization and covers early pottery and bronze traditions as well as the beginnings of pictorial art. Objects and pictures are placed into their historical, philosophical, and social contexts. The second part of the course focuses on the importation and development of Buddhist art, from ca. AD 200 - 1000. The third part of the course interweaves the painting, calligraphy, and ceramic traditions of imperial China, from the Song dynasty to the near contemporary. Garden design and imperial architecture are also introduced. One of the aspects of the course that will be emphasized is regional diversity and intercultural encounters (India and Central Asia in particular). The title, History of Art in China, as opposed to something like The Arts of China, is intended to convey awareness of the fact art is a conceptual and subjective term and that objects have histories that extend beyond national borders.

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

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6E   Survey: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America     MW   930-1045   HSSB 1174     Ogbechie

This course provides a general introduction to the indigenous and contemporary arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America. In these vast locales of human culture, we will study how art provides concrete conceptual and visual structures around which social, political, cultural aesthetic and ritual institutions are constructed. The art object, imbued with several meanings, is essential to the human lifecycle, charged with political, economic and spiritual connotations and instrumental to rituals of birth, death and all the stages of transition in between. In such contexts, art operates within spaces of performance and individual art objects are imbued with multiple meanings. We will investigate the historical nature of different art traditions in these cultures and evaluate specific art forms like painting, sculpture, mural painting, textiles and decorative arts, body adornment, masquerade performances, royal/leadership arts, and sacred, secular and vernacular architecture.

GE: AREA F, WORLD CULTURES
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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6H   Survey: The Arts of Precolumbian America     MW   500-615   HSSB 1174     Buono

Visual Culture or "Art," that is to say architecture, sculpture and mural painting as well as textiles, metallurgy and ceramics, played a central and powerful role within the Precolumbian civilizations that produced them. Visual messages were encoded in the ways cities were built, stone and wood were carved, and leaders had themselves ornamented and buried. Using interdisciplinary methods, our goal will be to reconstruct (to the degree that is possible), the meaning and function of the visual arts in multiple, interlocking economic, political and sacred spheres. As an introduction to the ancient Americas, this course will focus on seven major cultures in Mesoamerica (Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Aztec) and Andean South America (Chavín, Moche, and Inka).

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

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6L   Playful Spaces: A Cultural History of Games     MW   800-915   HSSB 1174     White

This course introduces students to the history of games. It is organized chronologically as a global survey. We study games and the social, political,and economic conditions that support them, as well as the interface between the human player and the imagined world of the game. Taking as its premise that games are artifacts of culture, this course focuses on the visual and spatial practice of games in social context.

ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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109B   Italian Renaissance Art: 1500 - 1600     MW   330-445   TD-WEST 2600     Williams

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Developments in painting and sculpture, with attention to issues of technique, iconography, patronage, workshop culture and theory.

GE: AREA F

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115E   The Grand Tour: Experiencing Italy in the Eighteenth Century     MW   1230-145   ARTS 1341     Paul

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

In the eighteenth century, Italy was a mecca for European travelers who sought to enjoy its culture, diversions, landscape, and society. This course will examine the multifaceted experiences of these travelers and the ways in which they constitute the beginnings of the phenomenon of modern tourism.

GE: AREA E

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120CV   Coloring Vision: the Meanings and Markings of Color in Modern Culture     MW   1100-1215   ARTS 1332      Monahan

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units provided letter designations are different.
By invitation only for Pass 1 and 2; any unclaimed seats will be opened up for registration for Pass 3.

How do we understand the color red, or green, or blue, or yellow? We might argue that red is red, a consistently. But how does red – or any color – change across time? When is red understood as anger while elsewhere it is seen as warmth? Consider that white is often associated with purity, yet it can also signify mourning and death. How do these meanings develop? What are the circumstances that create such shifts? This course will look at the meanings of color as it appears in everything from marketing strategies to artistic expression, and how these meanings shift across time. We will investigate why cars and refrigerators were suddenly produced in colors. How does society perceive color, such that our understanding of a person can change depending on the color of his hair or her skin? Or a wall painted blue changes the mood of a room that had previous been yellow? What are “happy colors”? How does a depressed person get characterized as “blue,” and what does it mean to “see red”? We will look at the way color is woven into the cultural fabric of societies, and how our vision registers color in a myriad of ways, as for example in art, fashion, mood, photography, or advertising.

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121B   Reconstruction, Renaissance, and Realism in American Art: 1860 - 1900     TR   330-445   ARTS 1341     Dini

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Painting within the context of the human-made environment, from the onset of the Civil War to just before World War I, tracing the role of art in the rise of modern, corporate and industrial America.

GE: AREA F

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121C   Twentieth-Century American Art: Modernism and Pluralism, 1900 - Present     TR   1100-1215   ARTS 1341     Robertson

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

American painting in the twentieth-century, from the advent of modernism to yesterday.

GE: AREA F

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127B   African Art II: Modern and Contemporary African Art     TR   930-1045   ARTS 1341     Ogbechie

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

This course provides an introduction to Modern and Contemporary African Art through an evaluation of its ideologies, forms and contexts of practice. It seeks a conceptual framework for evaluating modern and Contemporary African art that recognizes its unique conceptual/formal structure and also its location within an international discourse of art and visual culture. It focuses on different kinds of artworks produced by African artists in the 20th and early 21st Centuries and how these artists and they have been used to constructed modern, contemporary and African identities. It also investigates the the impact of curatorial practices and strategies of new media representation on the location of Africa in Global Contemporary Art.

GE: AREA F, WORLD CULTURES

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132I   Art of Empire     MW   1100-1215   ARTS 1341     Khoury

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Studies the visual culture of different empires, alone or in a comparative fashion. For example, Ottoman and Hapsburg; Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal; Mughal and British India; or the earlier empire of the Fatimids, Abbasids, and Umayyads of Syria and Spain.

GE: AREA F

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134A   Buddhist Art     TR   200-315   ARTS 1341     TBA

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
Same course as EACS 134A.

A survey of select forms of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Buddhist art. Emphasis on Buddhist sculpture and Zen painting. Exploration of the correlation of religious values and art, transformation and adaptation of artistic traditions from one culture to another.

GE: AREA F

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134F   The Arts of Japan

   [CANCELLED]

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136B   Twentieth-Century Architecture     MW   930-1045   ARTS 1341     Chattopadhyay

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

The history of architecture from 1900 to the present. Examination of modern and post-modern architecture and city planning in its social, political, and artistic context. The scope is global.

GE: AREA F

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185AE   Special topics in Art History     TR   1230-145   ARTS 1341     Buono
     Topic: Art and its Environments in Brazil

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

From the first moment of contact between Amerindians and Europeans in 1500 through the end of the colonial regime in 1822, Brazil’s nature has been variously seen as Amazonian paradise, as a resource-rich Atlantic forest, as “green hell.” Through such media as earthworks, featherwork, body arts, performance, landscape painting, sculpture, and architecture, this course examines the mediation of art and nature in Colonial Brazil. We will consider how this intersection of the cultural and the natural have shaped not only our understanding of Colonial Brazil, but have had a profound impact on eco- and ethno-political debates today.

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186F   Seminar in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Southern Renaissance     T   200-450   HSSB 2202     Williams

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

Advanced studies in fifteenth and sixteenth century Southern Renaissance art. Topics will vary. This course requires weekly readings and discussion,and the writing of a research seminar paper.

GE: WRITING

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187Z   Museum Studies Seminar     M   1100-150   ARTS 2622     White

Prerequisite: upper-division standing; open to majors only.
May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units. Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1.

Examines a range of historical, theoretical, and practical issues with which the field of Museum Studies is engaged. Topics and format will vary.

GE: WRITING

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263   Topics in Contemporary Art     W   1100-150   ARTS 2622     Sorkin
     Topic: The 1970s: Feminist Art, Culture and Thought

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Arranged thematically, this course examines the development of feminist art and texts within a broad social and political context, exploring a range of American artists, writers, and thinkers from the period of the mid-1960s to the beginning of the 1980s. We will examine grassroots political organizing, theoretical influences on key feminist thinkers, cultural and radical separatist movements, and visual and literary representations. This course is intended to provide an introduction to the theoretical, historical, and aesthetic frameworks of the period.

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266   Topics in Early Modern Architecture     R   1230-320   ARTS 2622     Wittman

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Special research in early modern architecture.

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275E   Topics in Islamic Art     M   200-450   ARTS 2622     Khoury

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Special topics in Islamic art and/or architecture. Topics will vary.

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282A   Topics on East Asian Art     R   900-1150     ARTS 2622     Sturman

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Research on select problems on the arts of China, Japan, or Korea.

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