Graduate Courses

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ART 502B

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.

F 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
art 513 S17
ART 513CLA 518

Seminar in Roman Art - Roman Triumph

Michael Koortbojian

Study of the sources and monuments related to the Roman triumph and its transformation from the Republican era to Late Antiquity.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 570 S17
EAS 514ART 570

Special Topics in Chinese History - Reading Tombs in Ancient China

Chao-Hui Jenny Liu

This course offers an introduction to the artistic, literary, and architectural traditions of building elaborate tombs in China in the ancient and medieval periods. Beginning with the rise of empire in the 1st millennium BCE, we trace the history of imperial and aristocratic tomb-building through the fall of the Han empire, period of disunity, and the flowering of the Silk Road. Finally, we conclude with lively examples of non-aristocratic tombs from Song and Mongol periods. We visit museums and read primary materials in classical and contemporary Chinese. Some English translations are available.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ARC 525ART 524 / MOD 524

Mapping the City

M. Christine Boyer and Aaron P. Shkuda

This is a course that studies relationships between the cinema and the city. Since 1895, the cinema has imposed its representational forms and points of view on the city, until consciousness of the city has come to resemble its cinematic representations. Simultaneously, expansive suburban growth, massive skyscraper development, urban renewal and reconstruction projects, the architectural spectacle and theme parks have transformed the form of the city. This course examines the relationship between these two forms of mapping the city: cinematic representation of urban space and architectural representation of urban form.

F 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 537 S17
ART 537MED 500 / HLS 534

Seminar in Medieval Art - "Influence" and Innovation

Beatrice Kitzinger

The course explores the vexed concept of "influence" in medieval art through case studies involving exchange between Eastern/Western Christian, Jewish, Pagan, and Islamic traditions. The seminar proceeds as a research workshop: each unit requires students to prepare a research agenda, present initial findings, and contribute to the course bibliography. In lieu of a single paper, students may compile a portfolio of short critical essays with a general introduction/conclusion. Readings balance historical and contemporary approaches to exceptionally complex monuments, along with theoretical texts drawn both from art history and other fields.

Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 548

The Color of White: Sculpture, Materiality and Illusionism

Carolina Mangone

This seminar examines the illusionistic effects that Baroque sculptors of marble, bronze and clay employed to rival the deceptiveness of painting. By studying sculptural ensembles by Bernini and his contemporaries in contrast to the works of earlier sculptors like Michelangelo and against paintings in the tradition of Titian, we explore the value and limits of painterly models for making and viewing sculpture. Our investigation also considers the limits of comparisons to painting and studies the strategies sculptors adopted to undermine illusionism and to assert an autonomous sculptural paradigm.

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

Problems in Ancient History - Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Numismatics

Alan M. 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 560 S17
ART 560AAS 560

Art and the British Empire

Anna Arabindan-Kesson

This seminar proceeds through a series of thematic and case studies ranging from Britain's early colonial expansion to the legacies of empire in contemporary art and museum practice. Topics include science and ethnography; the colonial picturesque; curiosity and collecting; slavery and visual representation; art and nationalism and readings are drawn from a range of disciplines.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 562 S17
ART 562

Seminar in American Art - American Realisms

Rachael Z. DeLue

What is realism? How do works of art capture the realities of existence and experience, history and time? What happens when they fail, or when they do their job too well? This seminar considers these and related questions, focusing on major figures such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and John Singer Sargent. We examine works of art in terms of how they intersect with other fields, including religion, science, and literature, and how they engage with social and conceptual formations such as war, gender, fiction, race, modernity, and class. Visits to area museums are an important aspect of the seminar.

W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 566

Seminar in Contemporary Art and Theory - Rethinking Modern Sculpture wtih Richard Serra

Hal Foster

In the first half of the course we come to terms with modernist transformations of sculpture (e.g., Brancusi, Picasso, Tatlin, David Smith). In the second half we explore how these modernist models were contradicted in Minimalism and Post-Minimalism (e.g., Judd, Flavin, Andre, Morris). Richard Serra is our primary case study here: we review his body of work through writings, interviews, and critiques, and bear down on relevant concerns such as phenomenological aesthetics, process art, site-specificity, and institution critique.

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

Research in Architecture

Spyros Papapetros

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.

W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm