Fall 2016 upper division art history courses

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
Mon/Wed 3:30-4:45

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)
Leila Armstrong
Tue/Thu 11:00-12:15

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
Mon/Wed 9:30-10:45

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
Mon/Wed 2:00-3:15

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
Tue 5:30-8:20

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

Spring BA Thesis Symposium

This Saturday, May 7, is this semester’s BA Thesis Symposium at the CVA. Join us for presentations of work by 13 graduating BA students, including Art History seniors Carlos Escamilla, Lauren Granado, Claudia Ibarra, and Dan McReavy. The symposium begins at 11:00 and runs until 5:00.

Consider stopping by and showing your support for our students and their hard work!

Public art in Denver

Although it won’t seem like it this weekend, spring has sprung. Tulips and daffodils are blooming, woodpeckers are drumming, and Coloradans are shedding their jackets. It’s a perfect time to get outside and see some of Denver’s amazing public art. Most of us are familiar with works like Jonathan Borofsky’s Dancers, Lawrence Argent’s I See What You Mean, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Brueggen’s Big Sweep, and of course Luis Jiminez’s Mustang (a.k.a. Blucifer).

Why not get out and see some of the lesser know works? Denver Arts and Venues, the agency that oversees public art in Denver, lists over 300 works in their collection. They offer walking, bike, and scooter tours at a variety of locations. If group tours aren’t your thing, download their brochure, go explore on your own, and enjoy the great outdoors!