2021-2022 Courses - Winter

Undergraduate

5B   Introduction to Museum Studies - Paul
6E   Survey: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America - Ogbechie
6G   Survey: History of Photography - McLemore
6H   Survey: Arts of the Ancient Americas - Boswell
6J   Survey: Contemporary Architecture - White

100   Methods for the History of Art and Architecture - Badamo   [CANCELLED]
103D   Introduction to Classical Archaeology - Moser
105O   The Global Middle Ages: Visual and Cultural Encounters in the Medieval Mediterranean - Badamo
107A   Painting in the 15th-Century Netherlands - Meadow
107C   Renaissance Kunst- and Wunderkammern: The First Museums - Meadow
109B   De-centering Renaissance Art: 1500 - 1600 - Lumbreras
111C   Dutch Art in the Age of Vermeer. The Golden Age: 1648 - 1672 - Adams
134K   Chinese Calligraphy: History and Aesthetics - Sturman   [cross-listed with CHIN 134K]
136K   Modern Architecture in Early Twentieth-Century Europe - Welter
137GA   Architecture and Theory in Germany and Austria (1770 - 1870) - Wittman
141G   The Architecture of Museums and Galleries from c. 1800 to the Present - Welter
142D   Gardens, Land, and Landscape in the West, from the Renaissance to 1900 - Wittman
163   Digital Visual Studies - Offert   [cross-listed with C LIT 163 and GER 163]
186G   Seminar in Seventeenth Century Northern European Art - Adams
187W   Coming Home: The House Museum as Cultural Encounter - White
187Z   Museum Studies Seminar - Griffith

Graduate

252B   Topics in Roman Architecture and Urbanism - Moser
275E   Topics in Islamic Art - Khoury   [CANCELLED]
297   Getty Graduate Consortium: Portrait Partials: Feminist Historiographies and the Emergence of Community - Sorkin


5B   Introduction to Museum Studies     TR   1230-145   HSSB 1174     Paul

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 - NOTE: SECTIONS TAUGHT ONLINE SYNCHRONOUSLY

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6E   Survey: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America     MW   800-915   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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6G     Survey: History of Photography     MW   330-445   HYBRID: ONE WEEKLY ON-CAMPUS MEETING   (M   330-445   HAROLD FRANK HALL 1104) ; ONE WEEKLY ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS LECTURE     McLemore

This course is an investigation of photography—a mechanical process capable of capturing and preserving a visual moment of reality. It seeks to ground and contextualize its subject historically (socially, politically and economically) while exploring photographic meaning as slippery. Photographs’ interpretations are deeply personal, shifting with a viewer’s cultural position. We will look at the relationship between subject, photographer, and viewer, as well as the function of the photograph as record; as aesthetic expression; as memento; and as argument.

GE: AREA F, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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6H   Survey: Arts of the Ancient Americas     TR   1230-145   ONLINE: SYNCHRONOUS     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

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6J   Survey: Contemporary Architecture     TR   500-615   CHEM 1171     White

Global survey of architectural production in the twenty-first century. Emphasis on form and technology, as well as economic, sociopolitical context. Explores built form at a variety of scales (buildings, cities, virtual spaces) as well as the concept of a "contemporary."

GE: AREA F
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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100   Methods for the History of Art and Architecture     MW   1230-145   ARTS 1332     Badamo

     [CANCELLED]

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103D    Introduction to Classical Archaeology     TR   930-1045   ONLINE     Moser

Prerequisite: upper-division standing

Admit it – you always wanted to be an archaeologist when you grew up...

This course is designed to build on these enthusiasms, while also radically expanding your notions about just what field archaeology is and just what archaeologists do. If archaeologists, to put it most simply, ‘study the past,’ what is left for them to study? Is digging the only way to find things? Who pays for archaeological work, and who owns the ‘goodies’ we discover? When did archaeology begin? What can we learn about people in the past? What did they eat? How did they die? Why are people willing to murder each other over the fate of archaeological sites? And are ‘real men’ alone capable of discovering the truth behind all this?

To examine these and other questions, archaeological case studies will be drawn from all over the ancient world, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East. The course will include practical exercises and draw its case studies from a wide range of archaeological sites and artifacts.

This course is a mix of lectures, class discussion, group projects, and presentations. Some class sections will be “active classes” and will take a variety of formats – question and answer sessions, classroom debates, activities both in and outside the classroom.

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105O   The Global Middle Ages: Visual and Cultural Encounters in the Medieval Mediterranean     MW   930-1045   ARTS 1341     Badamo

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

Focusing on the Mediterranean, this course considers visual manifestations of exchange. Its goal is to examine the complexity of religious, political, and visual interactions in the Middle Ages, a period that brought together diverse religious communities, generating both social frictions and new cultural forms. Students will study the dynamic interplay among Christian, Jewish, and Islamic visual cultures as they developed and coalesced through commerce, gift exchange, the reinterpretation of pre-existing forms, and the reuse of objects and spaces.

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107A   Painting in the 15th-Century Netherlands     TR   1100-1215   ARTS 1341     Meadow

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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107C   Renaissance Kunst- and Wunderkammern: The First Museums     TR   500-615   ARTS 1341     Meadow

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

In the sixteenth century, wealthy merchants and powerful princes in Europe began assembling vast collections that aspired to contain all possible knowledge of all possible things. From these remarkably diverse collections—called Kunst- and Wunderkammern (German), studioli (Italian), and curiosity cabinets (English)—arose our modern museums of art, science, history and technology, as well as modern research collections in universities. This course explores these fascinating collections, the purposes that they served and the circumstances in which they were created.

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109B   De-centering Renaissance Art: 1500 - 1600     MW   1100-1215   ONLINE     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

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111C   Dutch Art in the Age of Vermeer. The Golden Age: 1648 - 1672     MW   1230-145   ARTS 1341     Adams

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

This class covers art produced during the second half of the seventeenth century in Holland. This was the period from the recognition of the Northern Netherlands as an independent nation in 1648 to the end of the so-called “Golden Age” with the invasion of the Lowlands by France in 1672. The era witnessed the flowering of a Protestant mercantile culture which rivaled the political and economic power of that of monarchs and aristocrats across Europe. These men and women supported such artists as Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Vermeer as well as a host of lesser known masters who created images rooted everyday life. 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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134K   Chinese Calligraphy: History and Aesthetics     TR   200-315   HYBRID: ONE WEEKLY ON-CAMPUS MEETING   (T or R   200-315   ARTS 1332) ; WEEKLY ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS LECTURES     Sturman
     [cross-listed with CHIN 134K]

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen. Students need to have been introduced to the Chinese writing system, whether through heritage or language instruction (Chinese or Japanese).

Examines the different scripts in historical context, surveys significant movements and artists, and considers the ideas, theories and aesthetic principles that have enriched the art of writing to elite status in China.

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136K   Modern Architecture in Early Twentieth-Century Europe     MW   1100-1215   ARTS 1341     Welter

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
Recommended Preparation: ARTHI 5A and/or ARTHI 6F.

History of modern architecture in Europe in the early twentieth century. Focuses on movements (for example, Art Nouveau, Futurism, Expressionism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, and Constructivism) and on individual architects (for example, Le Corbusier, Gropius, Mies van der Rohe.)

GE: AREA F, EUROPEAN TRADITIONS

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137GA   Architecture and Theory in Germany and Austria (1770 - 1870)     TR   330-445   HYBRID: ONE WEEKLY ON-CAMPUS MEETING   (T   330-445   ARTS 1341) ; WEEKLY ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS LECTURES     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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141G   The Architecture of Museums and Galleries from c. 1800 to the Present     MW   200-315   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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142D   Gardens, Land, and Landscape in the West, from the Renaissance to 1900     TR   1230-145   HYBRID: ONE WEEKLY ON-CAMPUS MEETING   (T   1230-145   ARTS 1341) ; WEEKLY ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS LECTURES     Wittman

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

The framework for this course is the 500-year shift from feudal to absolutist to industrial capitalist systems in Europe; our focus will be on how this shift transformed thinking about land and landscape, and how we can see these transformations being imprinted on the landscape via the changing ideals of landscape architecture.

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163   Digital Visual Studies     MW   1230-145   PHELPS 2516     Offert
     [cross-listed with C LIT 163 and GER 163]

Prerequisite: upper-division standing

In the past ten years, the scope of the digital humanities has broadened to include the visual world: "distant reading" became "distant viewing". This visual turn has not only facilitated the digital transformation of traditional disciplines like art history but has also introduced a new set of media-technological questions into the digital humanities discourse: questions concerning the nature of digital images, and the modalities of machine seeing. This course serves as an introduction to the emerging discipline of "digital visual studies" that investigates these questions. Participants will acquire skills in the analysis and critique of digital visual culture and learn to use contemporary digital tools to explore the visual world.

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186G   Seminar in Seventeenth Century Northern European Art     F   100-350   ARTS 1332     Adams

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 seventeenth century Northern European visual culture. Topics will vary. This course requires weekly readings and discussion, and the writing of a research seminar paper.

GE: WRITING

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187W   Coming Home: The House Museum as Cultural Encounter     R   1000-1250   ARTS 2622     White

Prerequisite: upper-division standing; designed for majors.
Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1.

The house museum is a sub-category of 'museum,' but it is a peculiar space. Once a home, the house museum is now an exhibition of its former self and the people who lived there. This course studies that peculiar spatial type. We will study a sampling of house museums and the history that made them, with particular attention to curatorial choices and their political implications. Assignments including reading, essays, a presentation, and time permitting, a curatorial design.

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187Z   Museum Studies Seminar     M   300-550   ARTS 2622     Griffith

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

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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252B   Topics in Roman Architecture and Urbanism     T   1100-150   ONLINE     Moser

Prerequisite: graduate standing or senior art history majors with consent of instructor.

Special research in Roman and late antique architecture.

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275E   Topics in Topics in Islamic Art     W   1200-250   ARTS 2622     Khoury

     [CANCELLED]

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297   Getty Graduate Consortium Seminar     F   1100-600     The Getty Research Institute
     Topic: Portrait Partials: Feminist Historiographies and the Emergence of Community
     Consortium Scholar: Jenni Sorkin

Prerequisite: graduate standing; by application only (deadline: TBA).

Special graduate seminar offered at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, involving faculty and graduate students from the five graduate programs in Art History or Visual Studies located in southern California. For more information about the theme, visit the Getty Scholars ProgramLink opens an external site site.

F   1100-600   The Getty Research Institute
     Orientation (via Zoom): December 2021 (date/time TBA)
     Seminars: January 14, 21, 28; February  4, 18, 25; March 4, 11

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