Graduate Courses

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