Graduate Courses

ART 501 F2016
ART 502B

The Graduate Seminar

Chika Okeke-Agulu

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 4:30:00 pm–06:00 pm
ART 537 S17
ART 537MED 500

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. 

NB: SPRING BREAK TRAVEL REQUIRED. We will spend the break on excursion in Northern Italy and Switzerland; the course content this year will be adjusted accordingly. Please email for further information.

M 1:30 pm–4:20 pm
ART 542
ART 542

Art and Society in Renaissance Italy - Michelangelo

Carolina Mangone

This course examines Italian Renaissance sculpture through works by Michelangelo, the period's most paradigmatic and polarizing artist. An innovator across many arts, he nonetheless identified as a sculptor alone. Michelangelo's proclivity for sculpture-especially in marble-invites us to reexamine his sculpture and practice from multiple vantages: its dialogue with antiquity, its challenge to painting's primacy, its relationship to architecture, its conception of the body, its dialogue with poetry, its materiality, and its reception and reformulation by contemporary artists and theorists alike.

W 1:30 pm–4:20 pm
ART 567 McCauley F2016
ART 567MOD 567

Seminar in History of Photography - The Amateur Photographer: From the Invention to the Selfie

Anne McCauley

The concept of the "amateur" has played an outsized role in the history of photography. This seminar considers the types of photographs taken by amateurs during the past 150 years as well as the social and economic forces that led to amateurs' elevated status. Topics include the Victorian amateur; art photography movements, clubs, and exhibitions in the late 19th- early 20th centuries; the snapshooter and family photography; the Worker Photography movement of the 1920s-30s; exchanges between amateur and professional/fine arts photographers; and digital technologies that have transformed everyone into an amateur photographer.

M 1:30 pm–4:20 pm
ART 574
ART 574

Seminar in Japanese Art and Archaeology - Painting Painting, Japan

Andrew Watsky

Historically Japanese painters worked in modes based on previous paintings: idioms associated with subject matter, national source, and formal qualities. Yamatoe, or "Japanese painting," first identified paintings depicting indigenous landscapes and came to be associated with an array of formal characteristics and native subjects. Karae, or "Tang painting," indicated styles and subjects associated with China. A mode often endured for centuries, even as new ones appeared (such as Yoga, or "Western painting"). This longevity and concurrence had many consequences, including the creation of hybrids that remade meaning.

T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
ART 599
ART 599CLA 597 / PAW 599 / HLS 599

The Greek House

Nathan Arrington

A study of the archaeology of the Greek house (Early Archaic huts through Hellenistic palaces). Emphasis on the close reading of archaeological sites and assemblages and the integration of literary with material evidence. Topics include the discovery of houses, the identification of farms, the integration of the house with urban plans and natural landscapes, the organization and use of space, gender, domestic economies, and religious practice. Attention devoted to social, political, and regional dynamics; to the concept of the "private" in ancient Greece; and to questioning the heuristic value of the term "house".

T 9:00:00 am–11:50 am