Graduate Courses

ART 501 F2016
ART 502

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
Arrington Orientalizing B
ART 519CLA 523 / HLS 519

The Orientalizing Phenomenon in Greek Art and Archaeology

Nathan Arrington

A study of the origins, nature, and impact of Greek contact with the Near East in the Iron Age. Course examines chronology; regional variation and distribution; technology and innovation; differences across media; modes of communication and exchange; patterns of consumption and display; and the social function of the "exotic." Analyzed with a view to changes and developments in settlement and society, particularly migration, colonization, social stratification, and the rise of the polis.

F 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
art 565 f17
ART 565MOD 565

Seminar in Modernist Art and Theory - Brutal Aesthetics

Hal Foster

Modernism teaches us how to survive civilization, Benjamin once speculated. After the horrors of World War II this project became a necessity. The seminar examines artists and theorists (e.g., Bataille, Dubuffet, Jorn, Oldenburg) who attempted to start again from scratch through different turns to the brut and the brutal, the animal and the outsider. What might this "positive barbarism" teach us about how to respond to emergency in our own time?

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

Seminar in History of Photography - Alfred Stieglitz & American Photography

Elizabeth Anne McCauley

Alfred Stieglitz is one of the mythical heroes of American twentieth-century photography and avant-garde art, largely based on his activities as an artist, gallerist, editor and founder of the Photo-Secession and the Little Galleries at 291 Fifth Avenue. This seminar reconsiders Stieglitz's unedited oeuvre, the marketing of modern art and photography in New York, and the networks of writers, musicians, painters, photographers, social reformers, Jewish philanthropists, patrons, and journalists who shaped his career and contributed to his outsized reputation.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART581
ARC 571ART 581 / MOD 573

Research in Architecture - The Supernormal and the Transgressive

Beatriz Colomina

Architecture is understood as having a normalizing function, establishing patterns that are stable, predictable, and to some extent standardized. The right angle is called the normal and it is very hard to find in nature. The right angle belongs to culture, to architecture. Architecture sees itself as the caretaker of the normal. But the normal is not normal. It is a kind of artifact, always produced, never found. It is a construction involving a certain violence. Meanwhile there is a hidden tradition in architecture of the transgressive, work that crosses the lines of the normal, complicating these lines, threatening the limit.

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

Seminar in Japanese Art and Archaeology - Japanese Tea and the Visual Arts

Andrew Watsky

The seminar examines the diverse arts employed in pre-modern chanoyu, the Japanese secular ritual of tea, including ceramics, paintings, lacquer, calligraphy, and architecture. Special attention is given to period texts written about tea objects. Among the topics considered are the physical and conceptual adaptations of objects (both indigenous and non-Japanese) for the tea context, the aesthetic terms tea practitioners created for chanoyu objects, the practice of bestowing names on objects, and the ensemble use of objects of different mediums. Seminar members may also, if they wish, study objects outside Japanese tea as comparative examples.

F 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm