While it is only mid-July, it is never to early to start thinking about fall courses! We are offering an exciting and diverse lineup of upper division art history courses for the fall. If you haven’t finalized your schedule yet, make sure to check these out. Also, don’t forget about our upcoming study abroad courses in Morocco and Italy!
Latin American Modernisms (ARTH 3481)
Dr. Jillian Mollenhauer
This course is an introduction to the development of modernism and postmodernism in Latin American art from 1910 to 1980. The course examines artists of differing periods and nationalities within a unifying thematic framework. These themes include: responses to the colonial past; nationalism and public art; indigenismo; folk/ popular arts; and relations with the European avant-garde. However, historical and geographic circumstances also provide a mechanism for distinguishing between individual artists and national or regional art movements. As a result the course examines distinct but intersecting manifestations of modernism within 20th century Latin America.
Prerequisites: ARTH 1700 with C- or better or permission of department
Islamic Art (ARTH 350B)
This course introduces students to the art and architecture of Islamic lands from the 7th century rise of the Umayyad Dynasty through the Ottoman Empire. Examining the socio-historic and religious concepts within which early Islamic art and architecture developed, this course will provide an understanding of the major themes and the cross-cultural connections of Islamic art. The course follows a primarily dynastic progress and spans North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Middle East.
Prerequisites: ARTH 1600 and ARTH 1700 with C- or better or permission of department
Abstract Expressionism (ARTH 358D)
Dr. Deanne Pytlinski
This course studies art of the 20th or 21st centuries in a specific geographic location, or under certain social conditions, or within a specific movement, or by focusing on a single or small group of artists. The cultural contexts that informed themes, content, techniques, processes, function and display of the artwork provide fundamental interpretive frameworks. Students identify historical problems in the field of study and examine variations in scholarly interpretations of the works of art. Specific topics may broadly survey art of a region, such as German Art since World War II, focus on particular movements, such as Minimal ism, time periods, such as Art of the 1960s, themes, such as Art and Society or on specific artists, such as Picasso and Matisse.
Prerequisite: ARTH 1700 with C- or better or permission of department
Art of Roman Cities: Pompeii to Palmyra (ARTH 390M)
Dr. Summer Trentin
Students in this course examine the art and material culture of the ancient Roman world outside the capital city of Rome, from southern Italy to the fringes of empire. Beginning with ancient Pompeii, the best preserved and most studied Roman city, the course then considers Roman cities in Europe, North Africa, Turkey, and the Middle East. The course focuses mainly on the role of art in everyday life, including the arts of the domestic sphere, such as houses, gardens, luxury objects, and jewelry; and public structures, including baths, taverns, temples, and amphitheaters. Issues such as romanitas (Roman identity), colonialization, class, gender, social status, and religion are considered.
Prerequisite: ARTH 1600 with a C- or better or permission of department
Global Renaissance Courts (ARTH 450F)
Dr. Jessica Weiss
Students in this course explore how the commissioning, collection, and display of luxury goods played a vital role in the formation of identity for kings, queens, and courtiers at courts located around the globe from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. Beginning with a close analysis of Thorstein Veblen and Pierre Bourdieu’s ideas of consumption, the course then adopts a broad geographic scope to compare courts, courtly patterns, influence, and interaction from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas in order to analyze the crucial role played by material culture in communicating power and position. This course investigates the different ways art at the court responded to shifting political, religious, economic, and cultural landscapes.
Prerequisite: ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700 and ARTH 2080 with a C- or better in each and oral, quantitative and written literacy requirements fulfilled or permission of department