It is time to start thinking about your spring schedule, if you haven’t already done so! This spring, we are offering a variety of great upper-division courses in topics ranging from classical antiquity to contemporary art. Check them out below!
ARTH 3414 Roman Art
Dr. Summer Trentin
Students in this course examine the artistic, architectural, and archaeological monuments of ancient Italy and its expansive Roman Empire from c. 900 BCE to 400 CE. This span of time traces the rise of Roman art and architecture from its early beginnings under Etruscan influence through the era of the Roman Republic, when Italy was unified under Roman rule and the armies of Rome began their conquests of the Mediterranean. Students follow the development of Roman art, architecture, and archaeological monuments under the Imperial system, focusing on the monuments from the reigns of famous Roman emperors such as Augustus, Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Constantine. Finally, the rise of Christianity is examined through its artistic and archaeological remains.
Prerequisites: ARTH 1600 and ENG 1020 with C- or better
Fulfills: Art history prior to 1900
ARTH 3445 Spanish Colonial Art
Dr. Jessica Weiss
Students in this course examine the key art and visual material productions of several Latin American countries during the colonial period. Stylistic developments, patronage, iconography, and cultural context are explored in addition to considerations of materials, techniques, and aesthetic theories of the period. Among other issues and themes, students investigate issues of race, gender, and identity; the question of hybridity and transculturation; and the complex artistic interconnections between Spain’s holdings in Europe, the Americas, and Asia during this period.
Prerequisite: ARTH 1700 with a C- or better or permission of the department
Fulfills: Art history prior to 1900
ARTH 358E Art and Global Politics Since 1989
Dr. Deanne Pytlinski
Students in this course study contemporary art through a global lens. The year 1989 marked a major shift in global politics and social movements as the Berlin Wall came down, demands for democracy were voiced in China, and the Soviet Union held free elections under perestroika, one of many events that eventually resulted in the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. Artists responded directly to these events, but the events themselves were also thought to alter the conditions under which art was made and distributed worldwide. Topics such as post-colonialism and globalization have remained on the forefront of artistic discourse since then, joined by conversations about the end of modernism, the hegemony of capitalism, the status of collectivism and decentered power. Hybridity and inter-sectionality has replaced monolithic notions of identity, but a post-9/11 world has also interrupted the potential promise of multiple voices with the specter of terrorism and the persistence of racism. By engaging in an art historical study of this period, students learn about the impacts of global politics through the critical and creative lens of artworks.
Prerequisite: ARTH 1700 with a grade of C- or better
Co/Prerequisites: ARTH 2080 with a grade of C- or better
ARTH 450G Meaning, Making, Materiality
Dr. Jill Mollenhauer
Students in this seminar explore roles played by materials and processes of making in the creation of meaning. Theories of making and materiality are read in conjunction with accounts from artists and artisans and case studies of specific materials, such as marble, gold, leather, and indigo. Students investigate how objects communicate relations between people and the world, materials and makers, through their physical properties. The agency of matter and objects to impact the human world, to facilitate thought and action, to enchant the senses, and become entwined with human identity are considered in relation to a wide array of object types, from contemporary installations to San rock art and medieval relics to graffiti.
Prerequisites: ARTH 1600, ARTH 1700 and ARTH 2080 with a “C-” or better in each, and Oral Communication, Quantitative Literacy, and Written Communication requirements fulfilled
Fulfills: Art history seminar