Graduate Courses

ART 501 F2016
ART 502D

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
ART 512CLA 516 / HLS 524

Death in Greece: Archaeological Perspectives

Nathan Arrington
Chronological and thematic survey of the major funeral monuments, assemblages, and cemeteries of ancient Greece, from the Late Protogeometric to the Hellenistic periods. Course examines how material culture at the grave memorialized the deceased, comforted the living, and negotiated status. Students evaluate grave goods, tomb rituals, grave markers, cemetery layout, and the treatment of the body in their historical, social, and political contexts. Topics include: memory, gender, family, mortuary variability, the afterlife, the senses, ethnicity, and the dialectic presence/absence. Close work with objects from the PUAM collection.


F 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 535
ART 535HLS 535

Problems in Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture - Art and Persuasion

Charlie Barber
This seminar seeks to investigate the relationship of art to argument, by asking how it is that an icon might persuade its viewer to accept its contents as truthful. The focus is on Medieval Byzantine Art (ca. 500-1500) and addresses painting's relationship to rhetorical practices, scientific thought, and theology. In a society in which the icon was central to the definition of correct belief, such an "archaeology" of the icon discloses the discursive power of this medium.
W 10:00 am - 12:50 pm
ART 545

The Geography of Art: World Art History

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

This seminar considers the possibilities of global art history: theory, method, and practice. Issues are treated in relation to the historiography and geography of art.

T 9:00 am - 11:50 am
ART 564 2018
ART 564

Seminar in 19th-Century Art - Word and Image

Bridget Alsdorf

For Lessing, writing in 1766, the "intrusion of the painter into the domain of the poet" was in poor taste. Many 19th-c. artists and writers disagreed. This seminar explores the shifting relationship between word and image in 19th-c. French and British art and literature, focusing on problems of illustration and interpretation. Drawing on campus collections, case studies including Manet's lithographs for Mallarmé's translation of Poe's "The Raven," Cruikshank's illustration of Dickens' novels, Bonnard's additions to Verlaine's "Parallèlement," and more. How did these works reimagine aesthetic rivalry, collaboration, and interpretation?

W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 569EAS 569

State of the Field: Historiography of Chinese Painting

Cheng-hua Wang

The course focuses on the intellectual stock of the field of Chinese painting. It offers an opportunity to rethink the topics and issues that important studies in the field have addressed. The goal of the seminar is to guide the Ph.D. students on how to tackle these topics and issues raised by previous scholarship.

F 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm