Graduate Courses

ART 528

Memories of the Ancient Past

Deborah Vischak

The cultures of ancient Egypt and the ancient Middle East have been essential touchstones for Western and Middle Eastern cultures, as sources of identity, inspiration, competition, or the exotic other. This seminar considers how cultures throughout western history have looked at ancient Egypt and the Middle East, centering the roles of memory and materiality. Students develop independent research projects on this theme considering any time period, up to and including current events.

T 1:30 pm-4:20 pm
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ART 537MED 500 / HLS 534

Seminar in Medieval Art - Byzantine and Medieval Manuscripts

Charlie Barber
Beatrice Kitzinger

The course explores the fields of Byzantine and western manuscript illumination through categories of medieval books that offer scope for dissertation in both traditions. Case studies of key examples structure the sessions and the reading list. Course bibliography includes both fundamental and recent works; an emphasis on method and historiography in art history's approach to manuscript studies is a focus of the class. The course concludes with a formal colloquium and will include time in both Princeton and New York collections.

W 1:30 pm-4:20 pm
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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 spring 2016, 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.

W 9:00 am-11:50 am
ART 564
ART 564

19th-Century Art - Manet and the Methods of Art History

Bridget Alsdorf

Seminar focuses on the art of Édouard Manet, often hailed as the originator of modernist painting, and on the range of methodological perspectives brought to bear on his work, from Marxist to psychoanalytic, formalist to feminist, and beyond. We investigate those different approaches and their relationship to each other, as well as their adequacy and inadequacy to the art they try to understand. Repeated and close looking at Manet's paintings are at the heart of the seminar. Course includes guest speakers and class trips to museums.

W 1:30 pm-4:20 pm
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?

T 1:30 pm-4:20 pm
ARC 572ART 582

Research in Architecture

M. Christine Boyer

This course is an advanced pro-seminar that examines the spatial histories and representational forms of the modern city and advanced technologies. Students read architectural, urban and theoretical texts and conduct individual research on how spatial theory and technological advances affects the manner in which cities and architectural forms have been written about, envisioned and built.

Th 1:30 pm-4:20 pm
ARC 576MOD 502 / ART 598

Advanced Topics in Modern Architecture - The Perversions of Modern Architecture

Beatriz Colomina

Modern architecture was never straightforward. Despite the surface rhetoric of rationality, clarity and efficiency, modern architects were engaged with everything that escapes rationality: sexuality, violence, exoteric philosophies, occultism, disease, the psyche, pharmacology, extraterrestrial life, artificial intelligence, chance, the primitive, the fetish, etc. Through a series of case studies from the early 20th century till today, of both mainstream figures and misfits, the class will explore the backwaters of modern architecture to reveal the astonishing richness and eccentricity of the field.

W 10:00 am-12:50 pm
COM 581EAS 589 / ART 572

Topics in Non-Western and General Literature - Ideographs

Thomas W. Hare

Weekly three-hour seminar. Conceptions of the ideograph, based on misunderstandings about the way writing works in systems that are not predominantly phonetic, have had a rich and productive role in Western literature, art, and film. This course starts from such creative misprision, then turns to a consideration of how the scripts of "ideographic" languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, ancient Egyptian and ancient Mayan, actually work, in order to explore the possibilities for a more accurately grounded understanding of the ideograph.

W 1:30 pm-4:20 pm