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Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Professors KOLARIK (Director of Art History Program), K. LEONARD, MURRAY, SWIDER; Associate Professors BENTLEY, S. JOHNSON (Chair), TUCKER; Assistant Professor POWELL; Professor Emeritus REED; Artist in Residence and Lecturer GUMPPER; Lecturers HUNTER-LARSEN, RUBENSTEIN, STEINER; Distinguished Berg Professor HUTTON; Visiting Faculty BELL, BUKOWSKI, CONFER, EHRLICH, HODGES, JOYNER, LARNED, LOWE, OLAIYA, OPPENHEIM, SMABY

The Department of Art at Colorado College is a joint art history/art studio department both in name and spirit. We believe that neither of the two branches of our discipline can be meaningfully studied without the other. The department offers a variety of classes at both the introductory and advanced levels. Lower-level courses introduce beginning students to art and support the college's general education requirements, while upper-level courses provide a strong program for majors and contribute to several interdisciplinary minors. Students major in art with a concentration in either art history or art studio, but they also do considerable coursework (four courses) in the other area. Senior majors are expected to undertake substantive independent work which results in a thesis in art history or an exhibition of their work in art studio.

The Department of Art maintains an active program of events, including visiting artists, speakers' workshops, etc., which enrich our classes and also help draw the attention of the campus community to the visual arts. In addition, during Senior Seminar, all senior art majors spend a week in New York with faculty to visit museums, galleries, and meet with alumni. We also offer courses abroad in locations such as Paris, Spain, and parts of Asia. The substantial income from the department's endowment, the Harold E. Berg Fund, supports these programs.

Art History

The primary goal of the concentration in art history is to introduce a wide variety of liberal arts students to the achievements of both western and eastern art and to develop their sensitivity to the visual environment. The study of art history incorporates intellectual, social, economic, and political history, thus offering a vivid and tangible entrée to the history and achievements of human culture. In addition, we believe that art history is an excellent liberal arts major that provides a solid intellectual foundation for students with a variety of interests. Our program is structured to ensure that our majors have a general knowledge of art history and are capable of thoughtful analysis of the visual language of works of art. 

Art Studio

The art studio program aims to acquaint a wide variety of liberal arts students with the fundamentals basic to visual art, and for these students to experience the creative processes, both conceptual and technical, used in the planning and production of works of art. In addition, we strive to graduate majors who have a solid foundation for further study or careers in the visual arts. We are also responsible for meeting the needs of majors who choose to pursue other vocations.

Major Requirements

A student may concentrate in studio art or art history. An art major requires a minimum of 14 units of art courses.

Art Studio

The art studio concentration consists of four units of art history, 411 (NY trip/Senior Seminar), 411.1 and 411.2 extended-format thesis work. The major also requires eight additional units of studio art. Selected courses may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

AP credit in art studio cannot be counted towards the major, but students who receive a score of 5 on the art studio AP exam may receive one unit of general studies credit.  A maximum of three art studio courses taken at another institution or on a study abroad program may be counted towards the art studio major. Transfer students should consult the department.

Art History

The art history concentration consists of 14 units: 10 units of art history and four units of art studio. The art history courses shall include an introductory course (either one or two units), six or seven elective courses (six with a two-block introductory course, seven with a one-block introductory course) covering four major areas of art history, and a two-block senior capstone experience (412 and 415) taken in the fall of senior year.

Students must take six (or seven) electives, five at the 200-level or above, including one course from each of the following four areas:

  1. Ancient and Medieval Art
  2. Renaissance and Baroque Art
  3. Modern and American Art
  4. Asian Art

The distribution requirement enables students to study the art history of different cultures and eras. It also prepares students for advanced work at the senior level. Majors are strongly encouraged to take a 300-level course before their senior year.

AP credit in art history cannot be counted towards the major, but students who receive AP credit may, in consultation with the department, substitute upper-level courses for an introductory survey. Students who receive a score of 5 on the art history AP exam may receive one unit of general studies credit. A maximum of three art history courses taken at another institution or on a study abroad program may be counted towards the art history major. Transfer students should consult the department. Foreign language competence beyond the first-year level is strongly advised as part of preparation for the capstone experience in art history.

Art majors are expected, depending on the concentration, either to submit a developed paper demonstrating their abilities to use the methods of art history or to prepare an exhibition of their studio work during their senior year.

“Distinction in Art” is granted by vote of the art faculty to graduating seniors who have done consistently excellent work in art courses, contributed to departmental activities, and presented an outstanding senior thesis or exhibition.


Minor Requirements

Minor in Art History (6 units)

Any 100-level introductory course, three additional art history units at the 200 or 300 level (four additional units in the case of a one-block intro); one unit of studio art (at the 100 level or at a more advanced level with the permission of the instructor).  Only Colorado College courses may count towards the minor.  Open only to non-art majors. The introductory course provides a broad chronological and geographical introduction, with some methodological focus. The three or four units of more advanced work encourage concentrated and/or comparative study in one or more areas or periods. The unit of studio art is in keeping with the philosophy of the Department of Art that serious study of art history must involve some direct experience of studio art.

Minor in Studio Art (6 units)

Five studio art units and one unit in art history. Three of the studio art units have to be above the 100 level. Only Colorado College courses may count towards the minor.  Open only to non-art majors. The first two 100-level units provide both a conceptual and technical introduction to studio practices. The remaining three units allow each student to investigate specific disciplines, such as painting, video, or printmaking, at a more advanced level. The unit of art history is in keeping with the philosophy of the department that serious study of studio art must involve some knowledge of art history.


Art Studio

AS102 Art Studio Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design

An introduction to the principles of two-dimensional composition and the fundamentals of abstraction. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AS103 Art Studio Foundations: Drawing.

Survey of the fundamental concepts, practices and techniques in drawing. Emphasizes composition, technical skill and visual literacy as related to a variety of drawing techniques. Prepares students for advanced classes in studio art.

1 unit — Gumpper, Leonard, Swider

AS110 Art Studio Foundations: Topics:

Survey of the fundamental concepts, practices and techniques of a specific topic or medium in studio art. Emphasizes composition, technical skill and visual literacy as related to a specific topic or techniques. Prepares students for advanced classes in studio art.

1 unit — Powell

AS111 Art Studio Foundations: Fiber Arts.

Survey of the fundamental concepts, practices and techniques in fiber arts. Emphasizes composition, technical skill and visual literacy as related to Fiber Arts. Concepts such as transparency, texture, form, pattern, and color will be introduced. Exploration of both on-and off-loom processes: weaving, dyeing (including Batik and Shibori), basketry, knotting, felting, and stitching. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AS114 Art Studio Foundations: Three-Dimensional Design

Survey of the fundamental concepts, practices and techniques in three-dimensional design. Emphasizes composition, the activation of 3D space, visual literacy, critical analysis and individual and collaborative problem solving. Prepares students for advanced classes in studio art.

1 unit — Johnson, Joyner

AS120 Drawing the Winter Landscape

Exploration of drawing fundamentals as they pertain to the winter landscape. (Not offered 2018-19).

.5 unit

AS201 Printmaking

Introduction to historic printmaking processes as well as contemporary computer-based techniques. A variety of techniques including etching, lithography, woodcuts, and monotype may be covered. Digital manipulation of imagery in Photoshop for use in photolithography and polymer plate letterpress may also be considered. Although technical processes are introduced, the primary focus is conceptual; emphasis placed on thinking as a graphic artist and printmaker (in reverse, in multiple, etc.)

Prerequisite: Art Studio 102,103 or 115. .

1 unit — Gumpper, Leonard

AS203 Advanced Drawing

Drawing in various media. May include study of human figure, superficial anatomy, landscape, composition, and conceptual drawing.

Prerequisite: .

1 unit — Swider

AS205 Painting

Survey of basic painting concepts and procedures, materials and techniques.

Prerequisite: Any 100 level AS class.

1 unit — Swider

AS207 Technical Drawing

Exploration of specific techniques in technical drawing. Drawing for various applied fields will be explored and may include drafting, architectural rendering, illustration, and scientific illustration.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 103 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Leonard

AS210 Intermediate Topics in Studio Art

Exploration of topics generally not offered by the department. Open to declared art majors or departmental consent required.

Prerequisite: consent of department or declared Art majors.

1 unit — Ames, Bentley, Johnson, Reed

AS211 Fiber Arts

Basic techniques in fiber arts with an emphasis on such concepts as transparency, texture, form pattern and color. Exploration of both on-and off-loom processes: weaving, dyeing (including Batik and Shibori) basketry, knotting, felting and stitching.

Prerequisite: any 100-level art studio course or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Steiner

AS212 Design Workshop

Three-dimensional design with an emphasis on conceptual issues related to architecture and functional form.

Prerequisite: 2 Art Studio Courses.

1 unit

AS214 Sculpture

Introduction to traditional and contemporary practices in sculpture. Will cover intermediate level conceptual approaches and some combination of materials and techniques. Possible materials: wood, steel, stone, clay and plaster. Possible techniques: machining, carving, casting, modeling and construction.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 114.

1 unit — Johnson

AS215 Off Campus Topics in Studio Art

Off campus study exploring intermediate study of a specific technique, practice or topic. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Art Studio 103 Materials Fee $30.

1 unit

AS216 Video Art

Introduction to non-traditional uses of video including non-linear narrative and installation. Will cover basic tools and techniques including camera, lighting and basic editing techniques. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Any l00-level Art Studio Course Materials Fee.

1 unit

AS220 Photography

A foundation course in photographic technique directed toward artistic ends. Using and understanding the camera, films, and printing. Extensive photographing as basis for seeing and composition. Short survey of photographic history.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level studio art course.

1 unit — Powell

AS221 Topics in Photography:

A course that explores the practice of fine art photography through the study of a specific photographic process and/or topic. This course will cover a photographic technique directed toward artistic ends. Thematic subjects will be examined through relevant photographic examples and interpreted by students through creative artistic approaches.

1 unit — Powell

AS226 Book & Book Structure

A studio course in the invention, design, and making of books. Students are given a basic grounding in the primary means of book organization, binding, and fabrication with emphasis on the unique character of codex organization. They are encouraged to invent their own books using a wide variety of techniques for the interrelations of text, image and color. May be offered as a block or as a year-long extended format course. Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 102, Art Studio 103, or Art Studio 115.

1 unit

AS301 Advanced Printmaking

Advanced investigation of a variety of printmaking techniques. Traditional techniques may include etching, woodcut, lithography, letterpress, and monotype. Digital techniques may include image manipulation in Photoshop for photolithography and polymer plate letterpress may also be explored.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 201 or Art Studio 226..

1 unit — Gumpper

AS305 Advanced Painting

Special problems with emphasis on pictorial design, color, space, structure, imagery, materials and techniques.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 205 Materials fee.

1 unit — Swider

AS310 Advanced Topics in Studio Art:

Advanced exploration of topics generally not offered by the department, with an emphasis on independent and/or extended projects. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: or Art Studio 210 Materials Fee.

1 unit

AS313 Special Studio Problems:

Advanced work in any of the studio media, metal, fiber, clay, and photography. Credit in this course may not be applied toward the art major. Spring semester. (Not offered 2018-19).

.25 to 1 unit

AS314 Advanced Sculpture

Advanced exploration of materials and techniques with emphasis on extended projects and individual concepts.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 214.

1 unit — Joyner

AS315 Advanced Off Campus Topics in Studio Art:

(Not offered 2018-19).

1 to 2 units

AS316 Interactive Installation Art

Introduction to interactive art through design of interactive environments for digital media. Techniques include the use of Isadora software and sensor design. Emphasis will be on design of environment and appropriate composition of media. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: One of the following: Art Studio 216 Video Art, Film Studies 212 Basic Filmmaking, or consent of instructor.

1 unit

AS317 Advanced Photography

A selection of advanced techniques and development of individual photographic vision. Independent research emphasized.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 220.

1 unit — Powell

AS401 Special Studio Problems:

Independent studio project for senior art majors. The student must submit a detailed written proposal of intended work to be approved by the department at least one block before taking the course.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Senior Art Major.

.25 unit — Gumpper, Johnson, Steiner, Swider

AS411 Senior Studio Seminar

Planning and preparation of extended studio projects. Pre-professional preparation for those students with graduate school intentions.

Prerequisite: Senior Art Studio Major.

1 unit — Powell

Art History

AH100 Great Monuments in Western Art

A survey of key monuments in the history of Western art. Objects discussed span the major periods of art history (from antiquity to contemporary) painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as other media. Emphasis on the social, historical and cultural context of these key objects and their place in the traditions of art history. Students will utilize visual, verbal, and writing skills throughout the class. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: No credit after Art History 112.

1 unit

AH111 History of Architecture

Architectural techniques and styles from pre-history to the present; interrelationship among structure, function and style. Emergence of the architect as a professional and the history of construction practices. Relationship of architecture to society. Changing concepts of purpose and quality in architecture. Urban planning and garden design. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

2 units — Kolarik

AH112 The Western Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times

The course surveys major developments in painting, sculpture and architecture from the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world, to the Middle Ages, Renaissance, early modern and revolutionary modern worlds in their political, social, philosophical, and religious contexts. Discussion, readings and writing stress the interpretive methods of the art historical discipline. Students will develop written and oral skills in visual analysis, learn to identify artistic styles, and apply the principal methodologies of art historical study. The course critically examines the narrative of western art history and investigates why particular works of art have been included. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

Prerequisite: No credit after Art History 100.

2 units — Ehrlich, Murray

AH113 Introduction to Asian Art

Introduction to Asian art in its historical and cultural context with emphasis on China, Japan and India. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 to 2 units

AH114 Art: East & West

An introduction to the art and architecture of Asia and Western Europe. Consideration of each tradition as well as influences and contacts. Themes to be considered include sacred sites, word and image, landscape painting, orientalism and occidentalism. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

.5 to 2 units

AH118 History of Photography

The development of photography from the early 19th century to the present; history of photographic processes; theories and philosophies of photographers and their critics; the uses of the photographic image as information, propaganda and art.

1 unit

AH150 Representations and Realities: Art and History in Europe: Ancient to Modern Art & Culture

This course examines art and cultural history in Europe from Antiquity through to the twentieth century. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, one which seeks to bring art history and history in critical dialogue with one another, the students and professors will interrogate the meta-narrative of “progress” across time. In many ways, succeeding periods engaged in conversations with their pasts to make claims of domination through pictorial and cultural production. But it is important, too, to examine counter-narratives made by subaltern groups of the various eras, along the critical axes of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, race and other markers of identity. Students will be called upon to think systematically about “who” they themselves are in order to engage with the past and explore human similarities, as well as differences, across a long period of time. Thinking systematically about the notion of “critical bias” and the need to analyze the past in its own terms, as well as in ours, will open up avenues to thinking about the present in new ways. We will examine the most important eras of European history, in particular, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the early modern period, and the more recent past. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

2 units

AH158 Experiencing Asia Through Music and Art

Introduces students to the peoples and expressive cultures of Asia through interdisciplinary humanities perspectives, focusing on music and art but also referencing poetry, literature, dance, theater, and film. Considers case studies in the artistic and musical traditions of India, Indonesia, China, and Japan in three historical eras: classical (antiquity through ca. 1100 CE), early modern (ca. 1550-1800 CE), and modern (ca. 1800 to present). Central themes of the course include the representation of gender ideologies and social inequalities in Asian visual and performing arts, particularly in the wake of European colonialism. Coursework includes hands-on explorations through music performance, museum visits, and art projects, as well as a series of class presentations and papers. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

2 units

AH170 Alternative Perspectives in Art History: Topics

Artistic traditions of non-Western European cultures, e. g., Black Africa, Oceania, Pre-Columbian America. Different topics will be stressed depending upon the instructor. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH180 Native American Art

An introduction to Native American art, with emphasis on the arts of the Southwest. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH190 Art and Music From Ancient to Modern Times: Harmony or Discord?

Examines the histories of western art and music, how the arts reflect cultural ideas and how their evolving styles and meanings seem either 'harmonious' or 'discordant' with one another. The course will cover key developments in both disciplines in antiquity, the middle ages, the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern eras. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 to 2 units

AH200 Topics in Art History:

Selected topics in art history at the intermediate level.

Prerequisite: .

1 unit — Bentley, Ehrlich, Johnson, Rubenstein

AH202 Art & the Landscape

A history of gardening and landscape architecture including gardens of the Far East, Egypt, the ancient Mediterranean, the Islamic world, western Europe and North America. How gardens reflect changing concepts of nature and human interaction with it from the Garden of Eden to xeriscaping in the American West. We will also consider selected descriptions of gardens in literature, as well as images of nature in art, such as landscape painting and botanical illustration. (May be offered as a January half-block.) (Not offered 2018-19).

.5 to 1 unit

AH203 Women in Art

A survey of women artists and images of women in art in Western Europe and America from ancient to modern times, contrasting feminist and conventional perspectives. Social and historical context as well as special problems faced by women. Why have there been so few 'great' women artists? Are there qualities unique to women's art? Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Murray

AH204 Modern Architecture

AH204 Survey of architecture from the late 19th century to the early 21st century, primarily in Europe and North America, with some attention to modernism in other areas of the world. Students will study examples ranging from the turn-of-the-century innovations of the Arts and Crafts Movement to work of contemporary “Starchitects” and architectural responses to present-day issues such as sustainability and social concerns. The course considers the impact of industrial materials and modern institutions on the built environment and new forms and functions such as art museums and skyscrapers. It includes discussion of architectural theory and important movements including the International Style and Post Modernism, with emphasis on such major figures as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Gehry as well as local and regional buildings.

1 unit

AH207 Greece & Rome

Surveys the art and architecture of Greece and Rome from their origins in Bronze Age Greece to their transformation in the late Roman Empire using methods of art history and archaeology. Ancient Greek cities and sanctuaries with emphasis on Athens and the monuments of the Acropolis. The spread of Hellenism and the formation of an imperial visual language under Alexander the Great and his successors. The influence of Etruscan and Greek art in the Roman Republic. Imperial monuments of the city of Rome and throughout the empire as instruments of power. The class will consider political and social factors in the formation and utilization of Classical forms in both ancient and modern times. (Also listed as CL223). (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH208 Byzantine Art

Studies the art and architecture of the Byzantine empire from its sources in ancient Rome to its fall in 1453 and its aftermath in Eastern Orthodox Christian art in Russia, Greece, Serbia and elsewhere. Focus on the foundation of the city of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and its urban development. The origins of icon painting, the rejection of images during Iconoclasm and the subsequent establishment of a theology of icons. Evolution and significance of the domed church and its program of images from Justinian's Hagia Sophia to medieval monastic churches, influence of Byzantine art in western European centers such as Vienna. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Kolarik

AH209 Late Antiquity

Continuity and change from Roman antiquity to the Christian Middle Ages in the art and architecture of Mediterranean lands (200-600 A. D.). The 'decline' of Rome and the development of Christian imagery will be studied through art, archaeological sites, and texts-contemporary authors as well as later historians. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH210 Islamic Art

Survey of Islamic art from its origins in the 7th century to the 17th century, from Muslim Spain to India: orientalism and contemporary artists from Islamic lands. Philosophy and theology of art in Islam. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH211 Medieval Europe

Medieval monuments of Western Europe from Irish manuscripts to the Gothic cathedrals. Survey of selected monuments with consideration of the interaction of classical tradition and barbarian elements; the impact of monasticism, pilgrimages and scholasticism. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH221 Art of the Renaissance

Explores issues in the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Renaissance in Europe from 1300 to c. 1480, with emphasis on the social, historical, material, and intellectual circumstances that shaped artistic production. Themes may include constructions of the self, patronage, gender roles, social class, religion, and artistic status, among others. Artists may include Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin, and Hieronymus Bosch. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH223 16th Century Art of Europe

Focus on the development of art and architecture between c. 1480 and 1600 in Europe. From the period known as the 'High' Renaissance (Raphael, Michelangelo, Durer and Titian), examines the spread and development of the Renaissance style. Looks at art made in Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain during the Reformation, and includes questions of style, iconography, patronage, function, and interpretation within that historical context. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH231 The Age of the Baroque: Art and Empire of the 17th Century

Art and architecture made for the major courts of 17th-century Europe, with an emphasis on the absolute monarchies. Focus on the key artists (such as Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Bernini, Carracci, and Poussin), and on architectural sites such as St. Peter's and Versailles. Themes include the relationship between art, politics, and power; courtly self-fashioning; the function of spectacle, collecting, and display; and the unity of the arts; and others. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH232 Art of the Dutch Republic

The Golden Age of Holland was a time of economic, cultural, and political growth. Artists developed innovative styles and visual modes that play upon, subvert and enhance our understanding of seeing, living, and thinking in the early modern era. The class examines the primary genres of Dutch art and major artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer while focusing on questions of interpretation, method, and context. Addresses the production, marketing, ownership, iconography, and remarkable visual power of Dutch art. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH241 Nineteenth-Century Art: 1780-1880

European art from the Age of Revolution to the later 19th century. An investigation of Neoclassical, Romantic, Realist and Academic trends throughout Europe with particular emphasis on French Impressionism. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH243 Revolution and Tradition in Modern Art: 1880 to 1945

Post Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada and Surrealism. An analysis of the styles, meanings and concepts of modern art, their evolution and interrelationship with the other arts and society. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH245 Art since 1945

Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Earth and Process Art, the New Realism, Decorative and New Image Art, Neo-Expressionism, and other recent developments. The emergence of New York as the major center of avant-garde art. Emphasis on the period 1945-1980.

1 unit — Murray

AH248 American Art

Painting and sculpture in the United States from colonial times until World War II, concentrating on the relationship of the major artistic trends to concurrent developments in American social and intellectual history. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH254 The Art of China

Early Chinese funerary art examined in relation to the Chinese religious philosophies of Confucianism and Daoism. Relationships between Chinese painting and poetry explored, particularly in relation to the hand scroll format. The rise of scholar-literati painting in the Song followed by issues of politics, commerce, and art. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH255 The Art of Japan

Classical relationships between Heian-period court art, poetry, and aristocratic patronage; medieval Kamakura and Muromachi periods, dominated respectively by Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism; consolidation of the tea ceremony and unique qualities of castle architecture and screen paintings in the Momoyama; the Edo-period shift towards more inexpensive and widely-reproducible formats, such as the woodblock print. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Bentley

AH265 China/Europe/Japan: Art and International Trade 1550-1800

Considers the impact on art of expanding sea trade between Europe and East Asia in the early modern period. Begins by examining what goods went where; how increasingly global trade affected particular economies; how the East India companies operated; and what effects stepped-up contact had stylistically and iconographically on art forms such as porcelain, prints and paintings. On a more theoretical level, the course addresses 'things foreign' as a means of asserting cultural authority at home; and the impact of vastly expanded markets on the artist's practice and identity. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

1 unit

AH275 Art in Context:

Study of artworks of a selected period, artist, or theme in their historical, social, political, intellectual, and geographical context. This course is taught on campus for approximately half of the block. The second half is spent in the appropriate location off campus (in the U. S. or abroad), where readings, student and faculty presentations, and discussions are focused on the actual artworks in situ. Need-based financial aid for all students is available from the Berg Endowment. Limit 15 students.

1 unit — Murray, Ragan

AH342 Turn of the Century Art in London, Paris and Vienna

Artistic and related intellectual and cultural developments in three important capitals of Europe circa 1880-1910. Focus on such movements as Aestheticism, Symbolism, Decadence, Jugendstil, and Art Nouveau. Artists to be studied include Toulouse-Lautrec, Redon, Klimt, Schiele, Burne-Jones and Beardsley. (Not offered 2018-19).

Prerequisite: Any 200-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH345 Special Topics in Art History:

Selected topics in art history at the advanced level.

Prerequisite: Any 200-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit — Bentley

AH412 Senior Seminar

Preliminary work on the senior thesis in art history. Problems of research and writing a major paper. Required of art history majors in their senior year.

Prerequisite: Senior Majors.

1 unit — Kolarik

AH413 Special Problems in Art History

Independent work and special study in selected fields or periods.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 2 units

AH414 Special Problems in Art History

Independent work and special study in selected fields or periods.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 2 units

AH415 Senior Thesis

Advanced work on the senior capstone project in art history or museum studies. Ordinarily taken following AH412. AH415 is required of all art majors with a concentration in art history. Either AH415 or AH416 is required of all art majors with a concentration in museum studies.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Senior Majors.

1 unit — Bentley, Kolarik, Murray

AH416 Senior Thesis in Museum Studies

Advanced work on the senior capstone project in an extended format for students in the Museum Studies Track. Ordinarily taken following AH412. Either AH415 or AH416 is required of all art majors with a concentration in museum studies.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Senior Majors.

1 unit