Graduate Courses

ART 501 F2016
ART 501

Introduction to Historiography

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

The literature of art, architecture, and archaeology in Europe until the late eighteenth century. Some sessions may be devoted to Asia and to other areas. Later interpretations, consequences, and comparisons with other cultures will be considered.

T 9:00 am-11:50 am
Art 500 Dürer cropped
ART 502A

The Graduate Seminar

Charlie Barber

This course is intended to ensure a continuing breadth of exposure to contemporary art-historical discourse and practices. It requires attendance and participation in the department lecture/seminar series. Students must take the course sequentially in each of their first four semesters and take the appropriate letter version of the course (A,B,C,or D) based on their semester of study. The course is taken in addition to the normal load of three courses per semester and is for first- and second-year graduate students only. Topics discussed cover all fields of Art History and address current questions and practices.

Th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
ART 517
GER 517MOD 517 / ART 517 / COM 519

Modernism and Modernity - Aesthetics of Surveillance

Thomas Y. Levin

Taking up Orwell's master trope of distopic futurity, this seminar in comparative media aesthetics and theory explores the paranoid logic of surveillance in its literary, architectural, artistic and, above all, technological (photographic, cinematic, digital) manifestations in order to unpack a category that is at once a political tactic, a narrative strategy, a theory of the subject, an architectural model, a mode of spectatorship and, quite possibly, the paradigmatic epistemology of the cinematic medium.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 529
ART 529CLA 528 / AAS 529

Ancient Egyptian Kingship in Image, Architecture & Performance

Deborah Vischak

The institution of kingship was central to the ancient Egyptian worldview. Kings and their administrations sought to express the complex nature of a strong leader with access to the gods and secret knowledge, exceptional skill as a warrior and diplomat, and unrivaled power over and sacrifice to his people by using both mystery and overwhelming display. In this seminar we consider the nature of Egyptian kingship and how a vast body of material and visual culture shaped and expressed this essential concept from its origins in the beginning of the 4th millennium to the era of Roman rulers.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 565 Foster F2016
ART 565MOD 565

Seminar in Modernist Art and Theory - The Avant-Garde in a State of Emergency

Hal Foster

In this seminar we investigate the interpenetration of aesthetics and politics in interwar Europe, structuring our conversation around particular debates, such as the question of violence in Sorel and Marinetti, the problem of sovereignty in Schmitt, Benjamin, and Ball, the polemics about modernism and realism around Lukács, the return to dis/order in France and Italy, and the desire for ritual in the Collège de Sociologie. Among the discussed movements are Vorticism, Futurism, Scuola metafisica, Dada, Neue Sachlichkeit, and dissident Surrealism.

M 6:00 pm - 8:50 pm
ART 567 McCauley F2016
ART 567

Seminar in History of Photography - Abstraction and Photography

Elizabeth Anne McCauley

What does it mean for a photograph to be considered "abstract," if it is by definition a recording of light in the material world? Why and how have fine arts photographers such as Coburn, Bruguiere, Man Ray, Stieglitz, Moholy-Nagy, Roger Parry, Otto Steinert and the Subjective Fotographie movement and, more recently, Ruff, Welling, Tillmans, and Beshty self-consciously explored abstraction? This seminar will posit an alternative to the popular perception of the medium as documentary and "realistic." Connections with scientific imagery, the decorative, spiritualism, and parallel movements in the fine arts will be addressed.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
art 571
ARC 571ART 581 / MOD 573 / LAS 571

Research in Architecture

Beatrice Colomina

This advanced pro-seminar explores architectural research techniques through collaborative investigation of a specific issue facing the field. Rather than study research methods in the abstract, students are asked to actively carry out detailed research in teams and reflect upon its limits and potentials. The research project of each semester is carried through to realization in the form of a book, a conference, or an exhibition organized by the students in subsequent semesters.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 574
ART 574

Seminar in Japanese Art and Archaeology - Painting Painting, Japan

Andrew Watsky

Historically Japanese painters worked in modes based on previous paintings: idioms associated with subject matter, national source, and formal qualities. Yamatoe, or "Japanese painting," first identified paintings depicting indigenous landscapes and came to be associated with an array of formal characteristics and native subjects. Karae, or "Tang painting," indicated styles and subjects associated with China. A mode often endured for centuries, even as new ones appeared (such as Yoga, or "Western painting"). This longevity and concurrence had many consequences, including the creation of hybrids that remade meaning.

F 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 595
HUM 595ARC 595 / SPO 599 / ART 595

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities - Non/Human: Ecology, Morphology, and Design in Animals and Plants

Spyros Papapetros
Rachel Price

While the structures of animal and vegetal organisms have been used as sources of metaphor/analogy with human design and architecture, this course investigates the tectonic capacities of non-human specimens beyond a merely metaphoric usage. Animals and plants also make things, yet they may make things differently than humans, evoking alternative possibilities. The course assesses debates from evolutionary biology, morphology, aesthetics, architecture, color theory, philosophy, contemporary art practice, and film. Topics include milieu, tectonics, aesthetics, form, surface (camouflage and mimicry), agency, analogy, and fabrication.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm