Fall 2018

ART 100 F
ART 100

An Introduction to the History of Art: Meanings in the Visual Arts

Carolina Mangone

Introduction to the history of art and to the discipline of art history. Not a comprehensive survey but a sampling of arts -- painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and prints -- and artistic practices from diverse historical periods, regions, and cultures. The course balances consideration of historical developments with attention to individual works of art. Faculty members of the Department of Art and Archaeology lecture in their fields of expertise; all precepts are held in the Princeton University Art Museum to facilitate direct engagement with works of art.

MW 10:00 am - 10:50 am
ART 212
ART 212

Neoclassicism through Impressionism

Bridget Alsdorf

A broad study of European painting and sculpture from the French revolution to 1900 with special attention to art's relationship to social, economic, and cultural changes. Precepts in the Princeton University Art Museum. Lectures explore a range of themes including art and revolution, the rise of landscape painting, shifting conceptions of realism, the nude, and the birth of "modernism" and the avant-garde. Emphasis on major figures including David, Canova, Goya, Ingres, Turner, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Degas, Rodin, van Gogh and Cézanne.

TTh 10:00 am - 10:50 am
ART 216EAS 213

Aesthetics and Politics of Chinese Painting

Cheng-hua Wang

In this thematic introduction to the role of painting in Chinese cultural history, we will attend to the critical questions discussed within the field of Chinese painting in particular and art history in general. These questions, revolving around the dynamic between aesthetics and politics, include the influence of class, gender, political changes, and social behavior on painting; the formation of painting canons and lineages; and how local and global elements interacted in early modern, modern and contemporary Chinese painting. Students will have the opportunity to study Chinese painting first hand.

MW 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
ART 233 Mangone F2016
ART 233ARC 233

Renaissance Art and Architecture

Carolina Mangone
Carolyn Yerkes

What was the Renaissance? This class explores the major artistic currents that swept northern and southern Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries in an attempt to answer that question. In addition to considering key themes such as the revival of antiquity, imitation and license, religious devotion, artistic style, and the art market, we will survey significant works by artists and architects including Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, Jan van Eyck, Dürer, and Michelangelo. Precepts will focus on direct study of original objects, with visits to Princeton's collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, books and maps.

TTh 11:00 am - 11:50 am
ART 245 B
AAS 245ART 245

Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movements

Chika Okeke-Agulu

This course surveys important moments in 20th-Century African American art from the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to the 1960s Black Arts movement. Our close studies of the work of major artists will be accompanied by examination of influential theories and ideologies of blackness during two key moments of black racial consciousness in the United States. We shall cover canonical artists and writers such as Aaron Douglas, James van der Zee, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, W. E. B. Du Bois, Alain Locke, James Porter and Jeff Donaldson.

TTh 8:30 am - 9:50 am
ART 296
ART 296CLA 296 / NES 296

The Foundations of Civilization: the Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Middle East

Deborah Vischak

While most people are familiar with the modern Middle East, few understand the deep history of the region. This geographically diverse area rich with resources engendered civilization as we conceive it, being home to the earliest domesticated agriculture, oldest monumental art and architecture, first cities, first political and economic systems, and the first examples of writing in human history. In this course we will examine objects, architecture, and archaeological sites from across this region from roughly 8,000-400 BCE, considering the nature of civilization and the enduring influence of these earliest societies.

MW 11:00 am - 11:50 am
art 308F17
ARC 308ART 308

History of Architectural Theory

Lucia Allais

This course offers a history of architectural theory, criticism, and historiography from the Renaissance to the present, emphasizing the texts, media and institutions that have supported architecture's claim to modernity since the late 17th Century. Architectural thought is examined in its social and cultural context as it relates both to the Western philosophical tradition and to design method and practice.

TTh 11:00 am - 11:50 am
ART 311
ART 311MED 311 / HUM 311

Arts of the Medieval Book

Beatrice Kitzinger

This course explores the technology and function of books in historical perspective, asking how illuminated manuscripts were designed to meet (and shape) cultural and intellectual demands in the medieval period. Surveying the major genres of European book arts between the 7th-15th centuries, we study varying approaches to pictorial space, page design, and information organization; relationships between text and image; and technical aspects of book production. We work primarily from Princeton's collection of original manuscripts and manuscript facsimiles. Assignments include the option to create an original artist's book for the final project.

MW 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm
ART 324
ART 324ARC 324

The Birth of a Profession: Architects, Architecture and Engineers in 18th-Century Europe

Basile Baudez

The 18th century saw the emergence of the first architectural and engineering schools. Architects and engineers started to compete all over Europe in a time when technical knowledge and efficiency were becoming as important as experience and learnedness. This course provides students with a survey of 18th-century European architecture in the light of the rivalry between two trades on the verge of professionalization. The first weeks will be devoted to the actors of the building world before focusing on the fields of contest between architects and engineers and how this battle defined the nature of each profession, between art and science.

MW 12:30 pm - 01:20 pm
art 325
ART 325

An Introduction to Prints and Drawings

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

An introduction to the study of drawings conducted exclusively from original works of art, of interest to anyone with an amateur or professional interest in art. The class will be taught in the Princeton University Art Museum, and in New York, where we will visit museums, an art dealer, and an auction house. In Autumn 2018 the focus will be on European drawings of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
HUM 350ART 302

Battle Lab: The Battle of Princeton

Nathan Arrington
Rachael Z. DeLue

This fall, think outside of the classroom and explore the past in your own backyard: Revolutionary-era Princeton and the physical remains of the legendary battle between American and British forces on January 3, 1777. What happened on that day? Who died? Where are their bones? Why are lawyers fighting over the land on which the battle was fought? In this course, you will undertake to answer these questions and help solve the longstanding puzzle of the Battle of Princeton. In the process, you will explore how events of the past persistently shape the present day.

For Battle Lab, Professor Nathan Arrington and Professor Rachael DeLue have teamed up to create a new kind of course that will bring the methods and tools of several disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences to bear on one of the most important episodes in American history. The Princeton Battlefield will be our laboratory, providing a space for innovative research, experimentation, and testing of theories. Students will look for the remains of the dead with ground-penetrating radar, analyze an ancient spy map, uncover musket balls with metal detectors, excavate an 18th-century house, build a virtual model of a historical site, and investigate a wide range of cultural documents, including works of art, literature, and music. Students will also explore the many stories of the Battle of Princeton, as experienced by those who fought in it as well as those it directly impacted, included enslaved persons and indigenous populations.

Supported by the Humanities Council and offered through the Program in Humanistic Studies.

F 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
art 387
ART 387LAS 387 / ARC 387


Esther da Costa Meyer

This seminar will focus on the modern architecture and urbanism in Havana, including the old colonial city, Art Deco, the International Style, the footprint of the American presence (from the mob to the sugar mills), buildings from the Cuban Revolution and the Soviet period. How can Cuba's world-class heritage survive the pressures being brought by the continued violence of the embargo, the rising flood damage due to climate change, and the social impacts of gentrification? Given the absence of large-scale industry, what are the social and environmental costs of the tourism industry which constitutes the main livelihood of the island?

M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 400 F2017
ART 400

Junior Seminar

Nathan Arrington
Anne McCauley

The Junior Seminar is an introduction to the myriad subjects, methods, and strategies of art history. The course examines the different kinds of evidence and methodological tools that have been used to identify, explain, and contextualize works of art as well as other kinds of objects, artifacts, and cultural phenomena. In other words, this seminar considers what art historians do, and how and why they do it. In addition, majors will learn how to use resources such as the library and the museum, and how to undertake substantive written research projects.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
Art 430 Barber
ART 430HLS 430 / MED 430

Seminar. Medieval Art - Beyond Center and Periphery: Eastern Christian Art Outside Byzantium

Charlie Barber

This course investigates the art of Medieval Christian communities that lay beyond the eastern boundaries of the Byzantine Empire and that can be defined by their different languages: Georgian, Armenian, Syriac, Coptic, and Ethiopic. Often treated as peripheral to or dependent upon the art of Byzantium, the art of these regions has been neglected, marginalized, condemned as derivative. In order to think away from such center-periphery models of influence, students will examine the distinct aspects of each of these cultures and will take full advantage of a major exhibition on Medieval Armenian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 453 F18Gillray, Monstrous craws, May 29 1787
ART 453ECS 453

Caricature and Modernity: 1776-1914

Anne McCauley

Caricature, based on the distortion of the human face for comic effect, challenged the ideally beautiful and the academic art training that developed in Western Europe after the Renaissance. This course will examine the explosion of caricatural prints and comic illustrated books in France, Great Britain, and the United States from the revolutions of 1776 and 1789 to World War I. Topics will include the political role of satire in the newly defined public sphere; the influence of physiognomy and racial theories on caricatural depictions; the invention of the comic strip; and the origins of Dada and Cubism in comic illustration.

M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 470F18
ART 470 AMS 470 / ENV 470

Exhibiting 'Nature's Nation': American Art, Ecology, and Environmental History

Karl E. Kusserow

This course explores the interface of American art, ecology, and environmental history in the context of a groundbreaking exhibition held at Princeton's art museum in Fall 2018. Using emerging interpretive strategies of ecocriticism, we will approach American art as creative material that has imagined and embodied environmental issues and attitudes concerning nationhood, development, species extinction, pollution, climate change, sustainability, and justice since the 18th century, when the foundations of ecology began to emerge. We will also address conceptual and practical issues surrounding the mounting of a major traveling loan exhibition.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 473
ART 473AAS 473 / AFS 473

Kongo Art

Chika Okeke-Agulu

Easily recognized as among the most important examples of canonical African art, Kongo sculpture, textiles, and ritual design are famous for their conceptual density, stylistic variety and rigorous abstraction. The course examines the role of art in the life of the Kongo Kingdom and related peoples, from the arrival of Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 15th century, through the era of Belgian colonization from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, to the period since political independence in 1960. The seminar coincides with and will explore the Kongo Across the Waters exhibition at the Princeton University Museum.

W 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm
ART 488
ART 488

The Modern Museum: Between Preservation & Action

James Steward

The museum traces its origins to the cabinet of curiosities and to princely collecting, and took form during the European Enlightenment as a way of ordering knowledge, often advancing nationalistic purposes. Today's museums draw deeply on these traditions while facing essential challenges: How must it respond to the digital age and to a world of increasingly porous borders? What must it do to assure its continuing relevance and survival? Through a series of case studies, this course will grapple with the ways in which museums look to the past and posit new, more "activist" ways of being.

T 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm
Art 513
ART 513CLA 518

Seminar in Roman Art - Greek and Roman Portraits

Michael Koortbojian

The seminar focuses on the portraits in the collection of the PUAM, the department's cast collection, and works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. All discussions depend on the three-dimension presence of sculptures, either the originals or casts. The emphasis is on changes of style and technique, together with the contexts in which such changes occur.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 547 F18
ART 547ARC 552

Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Carolyn Yerkes

Advanced research in the history of architecture from 1400 to 1750. Topics vary, with the focus each year on important European centers and architects, and on issues related to architectural theory and practice. In fall 2018, this course considers the forms of early modern architectural theory, with particular attention on the history of the architectural book. We explore a set of key genres-including the treatise, the model book, the biography, the construction manual, and the travel narrative-through a close reading of primary sources and direct study of original objects.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
CLA 548HLS 548 / PAW 548 / ART 532

Problems in Ancient History - Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Numismatics

Alan Stahl

A seminar covering the basic methodology of numismatics, including die, hoard and archaeological analysis as well as a survey of pre-modern coinages. The Western coinage tradition is covered, from its origins in the Greco-Persian world through classical and Hellenistic Greek coinage, Roman imperial and provincial issues, Parthian and Sasanian issues, the coinage of Byzantium, the Islamic world, and medieval and renaissance Europe. Students research and report on problems involving coinages related to their own areas of specialization. Open to undergraduates by permission of the instructor.

W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 561ENG 549 / FRE 561

Painting and Literature in Nineteenth-Century France and England

Bridget Alsdorf
Deborah E. Nord

Course explores the dynamic interplay between painting, poetry, and fiction in 19th-century France and England. The focus is twofold: painters and paintings as protagonists in novels and short stories, and paintings inspired by literature. Themes include problems of narrative, translation, and illustration; changing theories of the relative strengths of painting and literature as artistic media; realism and the importance of descriptive detail; the representation of the artist as a social (or anti-social) actor; the representation of women as artists and models; and the artist's studio as a literary trope.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 565 A
ART 565MOD 565

Seminar in Modernist Art and Theory - Abstraction

Rachael Z. DeLue
Irene V. Small

Abstraction occupies a privileged position within the historiography of Modernist art. Long associated with rupture, criticality, and teleology, abstraction is also a vexed term, often only precariously opposed to such concepts as representation, narrative, analogy, and denotation. This seminar offers an expanded and contrapuntal account of abstraction, revisiting the European avant-garde's interdependence with non-Western art and "minor" arts, and exploring its afterlives, perversities, and blindspots. Topics also include abstraction's cartographies and relation to political theory; formalism and surface; materiality and metaphor.

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

Research in Architecture - The Supernormal and the Transgressive

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 572

Chinese Painting in the Collection of PUAM

Cheng-hua Wang

This seminar teaches PhD students how to develop research topics and exhibition themes from their first hand experiences with actual art objects. It makes extensive use of PUAM's excellent collection of Chinese art, which includes diverse genres and categories of paintings that span more than one thousand years. The course also incorporates new scholarly trends that tackle how to interact with art objects and contemplate their visuality and materiality.

Th 9:00 am - 11:50 am
ART 583cr
ART 583ARC 583

Textile Architecture

Basile Baudez

This seminar examines the theoretical and practical intersections between architecture and woven materials across time, focusing on three key moments: the imagined origins of architecture in a non-Western, a-historical past: textiles' place in transforming built architecture; and twentieth-century experiments in which the figure of cloth allowed for expressing ideas that often exceeded what standing material realities were then possible for architects.

Th 10:00 am - 12:50 pm