2022-2023 Courses - Fall

(tentative; updated 6/22/2022)

Undergraduate

6H   Survey: Arts of the Ancient Americas - Boswell
6K   Survey: Islamic Art & Architecture - Khoury
6L   Playful Spaces: A Cultural History of Games - White
6M   Survey: Eccentric Images - Meadow

105C   Medieval Architecture: From Constantine to Charlemagne - Badamo
105P   Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture - Badamo
109B   De-centering Renaissance Art: 1500 - 1600 - Lumbreras
113F   Bernini and the Age of the Baroque - Paul
132D   Islamic Architecture 650 - 1400 - Khoury
134D   Art and Modern China - Sturman
136O   Sustainable Architecture: History and Aesthetics - Welter   [cross-listed with ENV S 136O]
148C    Art in California - Sorkin
186SV   Seminar in Modern Architecture - Welter
187B   Public Art - Paul
187C   Museum Theory: Collections and Cultural Politics - Meadow

Graduate

254   Topics in Pre-Columbian/Colonial Latin American Art - Boswell
256   Topics in Early Modern Iberian Art - Lumbreras


6H   Survey: Arts of the Ancient Americas     TR   930-1045   IV THEATER 2     Boswell

This course is an introductory survey of the art and architecture of the indigenous societies of the ancient Americas, from the central Andes of South America (modern-day Peru) north to ancient Mesoamerica (modern-day Mexico and Central America). The course focuses on major cultural traditions of the central Andes (Chavin, Nasca, Moche, Inca), highlights lesser known traditions of the Isthmo-Colombian region (Calima, Muisca, Coclé), and the major cultural traditions of Mesoamerica (Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, and Aztec) covering nearly 5,000 years of history. We will examine a wide range of material culture from small ceramic vessels to the design of urban cities to understand the cultural values, philosophies and sociopolitical systems of these indigenous societies. Students will apply a variety of interdisciplinary methods from archaeology, art history, and architecture to develop a better understanding of the rich traditions of indigenous cultures of the ancient Americas.

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

top


6K   Survey: Islamic Art & Architecture     MW   1230-145   BIOENGINEERING 1001     Khoury

A survey of Islamic art and architecture.

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

top


6L   Playful Spaces: A Cultural History of Games     MW   930-1045   EMBARCADERO HALL     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.

GE: AREA E, AREA F, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

top


6M   Survey: Eccentric Images     TR   1100-1215   IV THEATER 2     Meadow

Open to non-majors.

This course examines the history of art through some of its strangest images, including spatial illusions, chance images, hidden faces and monsters, reversible images, caricatures and others. Primarily focused on the early modern period (1400-1750), we also consider similar experiments from other cultures.

ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

GE: AREA E, AREA F, EUROPEAN TRADITIONS, WRITING

top


105C   Medieval Architecture: From Constantine to Charlemagne     MW   1100-1215   THEATER DANCE WEST 2600     Badamo

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.
Recommended Preparation: ARTHI 6A or 6F or 105E or 105G.

A survey of the architecture in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and England from the early Christian through the Carolingian periods.

top


105P   Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture     MW   800-915   ARTS 1341     Badamo

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

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 the do and how viewers saw them.

top


109B   De-centering Renaissance Art: 1500 - 1600     MW   200-315   THEATER DANCE WEST 2600     Lumbreras

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Developments in a variety of artistic media with attention to issues of geography, empires, religion, workshop culture, and theory.

GE: AREA F

top


113F   Bernini and the Age of the Baroque     MW   1230-145   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

top


132D   Islamic Architecture 650 - 1400     TR  200-315   ARTS 1341     Khoury

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Islamic architecture between 650 and 1400 in its historical context.

top


134D   Art and Modern China     MW   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

top


136O   Sustainable Architecture: History and Aesthetics     MW   800-915   HSSB 1174     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

top


148C   Art in California     MW   1100-1215   ARTS 1341     Sorkin

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in History of Art & Architecture.

As a state, California is the site of tremendous diversity in the visual arts but has consistently suffered from stereotypes that framed it as a regional backwater far from New York and Europe. This lecture-based course addresses the character and role of the post-war art and its developments in and beyond the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Movements studied include Mexican Muralism, the rise of modern photography, Asian American culture, assemblage and sculpture, the Black Arts movement, feminism, as well as pioneering developments in installation, video and performance art.

top


186SV   Seminar in Modern Architecture     M   1200-250   ARTS 1245     Welter

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 modern architecture. Topics will vary. This course requires weekly readings and discussion, and the writing of a research seminar paper.

GE: WRITING

top


187B   Public Art     R   200-450   ARTS 2622     Paul

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

This seminar explores the history and development of public art and monuments. Together we study examples of various types of public art and consider their purposes, sites, audiences, patronage, and financing. We also discuss important controversies that public art has provoked. Using the background we develop in class, students work on individual projects addressing issues that we examine.

top


187C   Museum Theory: Collections and Cultural Politics     W   1200-250   ARTS 2622     Meadow

Prerequisite: upper-division standing; History of Art & Architecture majors only.
Recommended Preparation: ARTHI 5B
Designed for majors. Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1.

Why do museums (whether of art, culture, history, science, religion, technology or otherwise) seem to generate unending controversies concerning ethics, cultural politics, authenticity and ownership? Through the lens of wide-ranging readings in museum theory, this seminar examines the museum as an institution and a set of cultural practices, exploring recent museum controversies and debating the merits of the exhibitions and the efficacy of the responses.

top


254   Topics in Pre-Columbian/Colonial Latin American Art     R   1200-250   ARTS 1245     Boswell

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Special research in pre-Columbian and colonial Latin American art topics.

top


256   Topics in Early Modern Iberian Art     T   1200-250   ARTS 2622     Lumbreras

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Special topics in early modern Iberian art.

top