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    Art

    Applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Art Website

    Professors T. BENTLEY, R. KOLARIK, K. LEONARD (Director of Studio Programs), G. MURRAY (Chair), R. TUCKER; Associate Professor S. JOHNSON; Artist in Residence and Lecturer J. GUMPPER; Visiting Faculty C. HUNDLEY, J. JOYNER

    The art major at Colorado College offers an integrative approach to studying the history and practice of art, architecture, design, and museum studies. The major introduces a wide variety of liberal arts students to the history of art and provides opportunities to experience the power of creative processes through making. Our program is structured to ensure that all majors experience the practice of creating art and are capable of thoughtful analysis of the visual language of works of art. We hope to prepare our majors for graduate study or careers in the visual arts, but the art major also develops visual, analytical, and written skills that qualify students for careers in areas other than the arts.

    While students identify an area of concentration to pursue in their thesis projects, we require all majors to demonstrate their holistic understanding of the relationships between works of art and their historical and technical contexts. Therefore, the major requires students to take courses in art history and art studio, before committing in their junior year, to one of four concentrations for extended study in their senior capstone:

    • Art History
    • Art Studio
    • Integrative Design and Architecture
    • Museum Studies

    Students must declare the major and area of concentration by the beginning of their junior year. It is imperative that each student’s course of study be developed in close consultation with an advisor and approved in advance.

    The senior capstone requires majors to undertake serious and substantive independent work that results in a thesis project. Students must identify a topic of interest, examine a specific problem and carry out independent research and analysis over an extended time. The results of this process are expressed through a written paper, exhibition, or both.

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

    The Art Department maintains an active program of events including visiting artists, speakers, workshops, etc. that 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 City with faculty visiting museums, galleries, artists’ studios, and meeting with alumni. We also offer courses abroad in Paris, Spain, Asia, and elsewhere. The income from the department's endowment, the Harold E. Berg Fund, supports these programs.

    CONCENTRATIONS IN ART

    Art History

    The Art History concentration introduces students to the artistic achievements of human civilizations by studying the visual arts of a variety of cultures in depth. In the process students will develop a sensitivity to the visual environment. The study of art history incorporates intellectual, social, economic and political history, thus offering a vivid and tangible introduction to the history and achievements of human cultureOur program is structured to ensure that majors have a general knowledge of art history and are capable of thoughtful analysis of the visual languages of art. All art history courses emphasize developing skills in research and writing. Art history provides a solid intellectual foundation for students with a variety of interests.

    Art Studio

    The Art Studio concentration emphasizes the fundamentals of the visual arts while introducing students to a wide range of traditional techniques, new technologies, experimental practices and visual theory. Through direct experience, students build a technical skill set and a general knowledge of the visual arts that provide the foundation for undertaking a deeper creative investigation in their thesis projects. During their studies, students build confidence in technical and creative problem solving, visual analysis and critical discussion. The experience is enriched by numerous visiting artist lectures, workshops and extended field trips. We strive to graduate majors who are prepared for future creative work and have a sensitivity to the visual arts that will inform their lives whether or not they choose to pursue further study or careers in the arts.

    Integrative Design and Architecture (IDA)

    The Integrative Design and Architecture concentration emphasizes the study of the built environment in a broad perspective that combines studio work with the study of the history of architecture and its political, social, economic, philosophical, and environmental implications.  It is not a narrowly pre-professional major, but rather, provides students with a strong foundation in the visual arts supplemented with multidisciplinary coursework intended to prepare them to use their visual skills in solving problems, communicating ideas and engaging with social and political issues.  This curriculum provides a background that can lead to graduate study in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning among others.  Coursework is supplemented by an active program of workshops and visitors supported by the Conway Family Design Research Fund.

    Museum Studies

    The Museum Studies concentration introduces students to the theories and practices of the museum while offering an additional lens through which they may understand their study of art and art history. The concentration explores the museum as a site for the construction, interpretation, and dissemination of knowledge and as a site for examination of issues museums face in today's society. Coursework is supplemented by visitors from a broad range of museum backgrounds and opportunities to engage with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Museum.

    Major Requirements

    A student majoring in art may concentrate in art history, art studio, integrative design and architecture (IDA), or museum studies. An art major requires a minimum of 14 units.

    Art History Concentration

    The art history concentration consists of 14 units: 10 units of art history, and four units of art studio. The 10 art history courses shall include an introductory course (either one or two units), six or seven elective AH courses and a two-block senior capstone experience (AH412, NY trip/Senior Seminar, and AH415, Senior Thesis) taken in the fall of senior year.

    Five of the AH electives must be at the 200 level or above. Majors are strongly encouraged to choose a broad range of courses, both chronological and geographical, exploring the department’s offerings in both western and global cultures.

    Art Studio Concentration

    The Art Studio Concentration consists of four units of art history, eight electives in art studio, and 2 units of senior seminar (AS411 NY Trip and AS411 extended format thesis work.) Selected courses may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

    Integrative Design and Architecture Concentration

    The Integrative Design and Architecture Concentration (IDA) in the Art Major requires five units of art studio, four units of art history, three units from other departments, and a two-unit senior capstone project.    

    The three electives from outside the Art Department may be taken in environmental science, physics, performance design, political science, sociology or other relevant disciplines chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. Courses must be approved by the advisor in advance.

    The two-block capstone includes senior seminar (AH412 or AS411) and a thesis project (AS411.1 and 411.2 or AH415). The thesis should demonstrate a thoughtful synthesis of the student's coursework.  It may take the form of a studio exhibition, a written thesis, a public presentation, or a combination.

    • Five units of Art Studio recommended from this list:

                AS102 Art Studio Foundations: 2-D Design

                AS103 Art Studio Foundations: Drawing

                AS110 Art Studio Foundations: Topics: When courses are focused on design topics

                AS114 Art Studio Foundations: 3-D Design

                AS207 Technical Drawing

                AS210 Intermediate Topics in Studio Art:  When courses are focused on design topics

                AS210 Intermediate Topics in Studio Art:  GeoDesign (also EV260/GY250)

                AS212 Design Workshop 

    (Relevant courses abroad:  e.g. DIS in Copenhagen, Syracuse in Florence, Temple University in Rome)

    • Three electives other relevant disciplines in consultation with the Art Department.  Courses must be approved by the Art Department.
    • Capstone: A two-block capstone, including Senior Seminar (AH412 or AS411) and a thesis project (AS411 or AH415). The thesis may take the form of a studio project/proposal with an architecture, urbanism, landscape design focus, and a written discussion and public presentation, or it might be a written thesis on a related topic.

     

    Museum Studies Concentration

    The Museum Studies Concentration requires five units of art history, three units of art studio, two units of museum studies, two electives appropriate to the student’s course of study, and a two-unit senior capstone project (AH412 and AH415 or 416).  

     

    • Five units of Art History:

     

    Introductory art history course, one or two units (Introduction to Art History or other comparable one or two block course.)

     

    200/300 Level art history courses, three or four units (three units if the introductory course is two blocks; four units if the introductory course is one block)

     

    • Two units of Museum Studies:

     

    GS247 Introduction to Museum Studies

    GS273 Museum Collections Management: History, Ethics and Practice

     

    Courses with a significant museum studies component or directed independent study chosen in consultation with an advisor.

     

    • Three units of Art Studio from this list:

     

                    AS102: Art Studio Foundations:  2-D Design

                    AS103 Art Studio Foundations:  Drawing

                    AS114: Art Studio Foundations: 3-D Design

                    AS207: Technical Drawing

                    AS212: Design Workshop

     

    • Two electives: In consultation with their advisor, students, depending on their interests, choose two electives appropriate to administration, conservation, design, education, anthropology or sociology from a current list.  Courses to count towards the major must be approved in advance by the advisor. 

     

    • Capstone: A two-block capstone comprising the one-block Senior Seminar course (AH412) and a Senior Thesis course (AH 415 or AH416).  The capstone project may take the form of a thesis, exhibition, or special internship project, developed in consultation with the student’s advisor. A limited number of internships will be offered at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Museum. 

     

    Other Information

    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.

    Minor Requirements

    The Art Department offers two minors, one in art history and one in studio art.

    Art History Minor (Six units)

    The art history minor consists of six units, five art history units--at least three at the 200 or 300 level--and 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, which is open only to non-art majors. The introductory courses provide a broad chronological and geographical introduction, with some methodological focus.  More advanced classes 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 Art Department that serious study of art history must involve some direct experience of studio art.

    Art Studio Minor (Six Units)

    The art studio minor consists of six units, including five studio art units and one unit in art history. Three of the studio art units must be above the 100 level. Only Colorado College courses may count towards the minor, which is open only to non-art majors. The initial 100-level units provide both a conceptual and technical introduction to studio practices. The remaining units allow the student to investigate specific disciplines, such as painting, sculpture, photography, 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.

    Courses

    Art Studio

    AS102 Art Studio Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design

    An introduction to the principles of two-dimensional composition and the fundamentals of abstraction.

    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 — Leonard

    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 — Paupeck

    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 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AS112 Introduction to Drawing: Landscape Immersion

    In this class, students will explore introductory drawing techniques specially in relation to the Colorado landscape. Emphasis will be on observational and technical drawing skills as we explore landscapes surrounding the Colorado Springs area, drawing outside on location. Students will gain fundamental skills by studying line, shape, value, and composition. These concepts will be explored using different marking making tools will be introduced including charcoal, pencil, ink, and conte. Students will be both in field drawing from the landscape itself, and in the classroom, learning technical concepts in a more controlled setting. Taking lessons from this multi-pronged, approach, students will complete a portfolio of finished drawings that speak to the complex nature of our contemporary landscapes. (Summer only 2020-21).

    .75 units

    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 — Joyner

    AS120 Drawing the Winter Landscape

    Exploration of drawing fundamentals as they pertain to the winter landscape. (Not offered 2020-21).

    .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 — Aitchison, Gumpper

    AS203 Advanced Drawing

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

    Prerequisite: Art Studio 103.

    1 unit — Gumpper, Paulin

    AS205 Painting

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

    Prerequisite: Any 100 level AS class.

    1 unit — Paulin

    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, 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. (Not offered 2020-21).

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

    1 unit

    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 — Paupeck, Stevens

    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. (Not offered 2020-21).

    Prerequisite: Art Studio 114.

    1 unit

    AS215 Off Campus Topics in Studio Art

    Off campus study exploring intermediate study of a specific technique, practice or topic. (Not offered 2020-21).

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

    1 unit

    AS218 Topics in Sculpture

    Exploration of special areas of sculpture, such as hand-crafted and small-object art, installation art, environmental/land art, video installation art, conceptual art, interactive technological art, social practice, 3D fieldwork, soft sculpture, etc. 1 unit.

    Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art Studio Class.

    1 unit — Joyner

    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. (Not offered 2020-21).

    Prerequisite: Any 100-level studio art course.

    1 unit

    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 — Wallace

    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

    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

    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 2020-21).

    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 2020-21).

    .25 to 1 unit

    AS314 Advanced Sculpture

    Advanced exploration of materials and techniques with emphasis on extended projects and individual concepts. (Not offered 2020-21).

    Prerequisite: Art Studio 214.

    1 unit

    AS315 Advanced Off Campus Topics in Studio Art:

    (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 to 2 units

    AS317 Advanced Photography

    A selection of advanced techniques and development of individual photographic vision. Independent research emphasized. (Not offered 2020-21).

    Prerequisite: Art Studio 220.

    1 unit

    AS321 Photography II

    (Summer only 2020-21).

    1 unit

    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 — Joyner

    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 — Gumpper, Leonard, Paupeck

    AS501 Special Studio Problems:

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

    1 unit

    AS502 Special Studio Problems:

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

    1 unit

    Art History

    AH101 Global Introduction to Art History

    This introductory course is a thematic examination of selected moments in the history of art across time and space. The class will be organized around case studies, themes, and cultural comparisons. It also considers the movement of art objects and ideas from one historical context to another. Specific case studies will vary for each iteration of the course. Architectural constructions of power will be of interest (comparisons might include the Cambodian Angkor Wat temples and/or Mayan temple complexes, or the Athenian Acropolis). The course investigates the interplay of religious and political values (as in Confucian tomb art and/or Christian narratives); the dynamic relationship between stylistic changes and expanding markets for art (as in French Impressionist painting and Japanese woodblock prints); and the impacts of colonialism in European art and in the visual cultures of colonized or partly-colonized lands. Differing interpretations of landscape will be introduced, as well as the formation, and interrogation, of an art historical canon. Students will develop visual, verbal, analytic, and written skills through class discussion and projects. Field trips may facilitate on-site experiences of art. 1 units. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH102 Art & the Landscape

    (Summer only 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH104 Art & the Landscape

    (Summer only 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH105 Studying Art History:

    Selected Topics in Art History at the Introductory Level.

    1 unit — Bentley, Kolarik

    AH110 American Architecture

    (Summer only 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH111 History of Architecture

    This course is a broad introduction to the built environment. We will consider monuments from humankind's earliest structures to contemporary buildings and their relationships to political, social, religious and economic systems as well as their building techniques and technology. While the architecture of the ancient Mediterranean, Europe and North America is the primary focus of the class, we will also examine selected examples of global architecture from the Americas, Asia and Africa. We will consider the changing role of the architect and the practice of architecture in the contemporary world including issues of sustainability and social justice. Students will learn to analyze buildings and consider the ways in which our architectural environment affects our lives. To that end we will critically evaluate the buildings of the Colorado College campus. There will also be field trips to experience recent architecture at the United States Air Force Academy and in the city of Denver. (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 to 2 units

    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. (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 to 2 units

    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 2020-21).

    1 to 2 units

    AH115 The Western Tradition from Ancient to Early Renaissance

    This block surveys major developments in painting, sculpture and architecture from the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world, to the Middle Ages, and through the early Renaissance. These developments will be considered in their political, social, philosophical, and religious contexts. Particular points of focus will be the Pyramids at Giza, the classical Greek Parthenon, the Gothic Cathedral, and art in fifteenth-century Florence. 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. (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH116 The Western Tradition from High Renaissance to Modern Times

    It surveys major developments in the visual arts from Michelangelo and the High Renaissance to the Baroque of Bernini and Rembrandt, through the revolutionary nineteenth century of the Romantics and Impressionists, to the modern world of the avant-garde. These developments will be considered 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.

    Prerequisite: No credit after 112. (This block may be taken in sequence with Art History 115, or separately.).

    1 unit

    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. (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH120 Global Architecture I: Pyramids to Cathedrals 3000 BCE-1400 CE

    An introduction to the study of architecture that considers the relationships between monuments and the societies that produced them. We will survey the architecture and engineering of pre-industrial societies from a global perspective-- Egypt, China, India, the Americas, Greece, Rome, Islamic lands and the European Middle Ages as well as vernacular structures. How they expressed the values of their respective civilizations and how they were built. We will also consider contemporary attempts to understand and/or reproduce the technologies and building practices of the past. (No credit after AH111) 1 unit.

    Prerequisite: No credit after Art History 111.

    1 unit — Kolarik

    AH121 Global Architecture II: Renaissance to the 21st Century

    An introduction to the built environment from early modernism to the present day from a global perspective. The formation of the western tradition in architecture under the influence of ancient Mediterranean models during the 16th – 18th centuries, and how Europeans shaped colonial architecture. Building traditions of Asian and Middle Eastern empires such as Edo Japan, Mughal India and Ottoman Turkey. The impact of the Industrial Revolution on cities and their buildings. The relationship between economic power and contemporary international architecture. The influence of current concerns, such as climate change and social inequality, on the built environment. Local and regional architecture will be examined through case studies and field trips. (No credit after AH111) 1 unit.

    Prerequisite: No credit after Art History 111.

    1 unit — Hundley

    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. (Not offered 2020-21).

    2 units

    AH168 Global Education in Art: 15th to 20th Century

    This art history course has a two-fold purpose. We will examine in depth particular case studies of art from diverse traditions from the 15th to the 20th century. In addition, we will consider exchanges between these traditions in still life, landscape, and figurative art. A number of the case studies will pertain to Europe, but we also will cover selected artists and art movements from China, Japan, and the Islamic world. Examples will include Renaissance art in relation to humanism, Jesuit art in the Far East, women artists in the Netherlands, the global circulation of Chinese bird-and-flower motifs, Dutch trade in blue and white ceramics, exchanges in garden design between China and the West in the 18th century, Romanticism and Orientalism, Impressionism and the Japanese print, and artistic responses to war in 20th century China and the West. 1 unit. (Not offered 2020-21).

    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 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH200 Topics in Art History:

    Selected topics in art history at the intermediate level.

    1 unit — Hundley, Kolarik

    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. (Not offered 2020-21).

    .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 — Hundley

    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 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH208 Byzantine Art

    This course examines the art and architecture of the Byzantine empire from its sources in Late Antique Rome to its fall in 1453 as well as its influence in the Orthodox Christian art of Russia, Greece, Serbia among other centers. Icons, their meaning and significance, are primary subjects of study: their origins, their rejection during Iconoclasm, and their theological justification. The city of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and its urban development will be considered as well as the evolution and significance of the domed church and its program of images from Justinian's Hagia Sophia to medieval monastic churches. We will pay particular attention to the role of art in the Easter Liturgy of the Orthodox Church, including a field trip to the Church of the Holy Theophany. The influence of Byzantine art on the later art of Europe will be considered as well. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH209 Late Antiquity: Imperial Rome, Mystery Religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam

    A study of imagery during Late Antiquity—200-750 CE--through art, architecture, archaeological sites and texts. The course covers the visual arts in imperial Rome and Sassanid Persia, the mystery religions of Mithras, Isis and Dionysus as well as Judaism, Christianity and early Islam. We will study how the power of images was harnessed to convey religious meaning and convert adherents; how the imagery of pagan antiquity influenced the eventual formation of a Christian visual language; how the first monuments of Islamic art drew on pre-existing traditions. Monuments to be studied include the Arch of Constantine, sanctuaries of Mithras and Isis, catacomb paintings, synagogues and their mosaic floors, the religious buildings of Dura Europos, Christian basilicas and their decoration, the Hagia Sophia and the Dome of the Rock. 1 unit

    1 unit — Kolarik

    AH210 Islamic Art

    Survey of Islamic and 'Islamicate' art from the earliest 7th-century traditions through Mughal India and beyond in both religious and secular settings. Particular focus on arts of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and South Asia. Monuments to be discussed include mosques in Damascus, Isfahan, Istanbul and India; palaces in Spain, the urbanism of Cairo and Istanbul as well as calligraphy and illustrated manuscripts of Arabic novels and Persian epics. Discussion of the craft media such as pottery and textiles and how they have been received by Europeans. We will also consider depictions of the Middle Eastern world by Orientalist artists as well as the work of contemporary artists who respond to Islamic traditions. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. 1 unit. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

    1 unit — Kolarik

    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 2020-21).

    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 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH222 Topics: Ancient Rome

    (Summer only 2020-21).

    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.

    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 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH235 Dante and Michelangelo: From Renaissance Alpha to Omega

    (Summer only 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH240 19th Century French Art (taught in Paris)

    (Summer only 2020-21).

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor - EXTRA $.

    1 unit

    AH241 Art and Revolution: Europe in the Nineteenth Century

    This course covers nineteenth century art in France, England, Germany, and Spain from 1780-1880 with particular emphasis on the impact on art of political and social upheaval, the tension between innovation and tradition, and the relationship of Impressionism to social change. Other topics of interest will include: Neoclassicism and the Enlightenment; Romanticism and the Sublime; Orientalism; the emergence of the notion of the avant-garde; and the visual culture of prostitution. (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH243 The Birth of Modernism

    This course examines the modernist tradition in European art from its emergence in the later nineteenth century through World War II, with particular attention to the evolution of abstraction, the philosophies behind it and its relation to its social, scientific and political contexts. Throughout the course, students will trace and discuss the problematic issue of “primitivism” which is a major theme of modern art. The course will analyze the origins, meanings and styles of the foremost innovative developments, including Post Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada and Surrealism. (Not offered 2020-21).

    1 unit

    AH245 American Contemporary Art: 1945-1990

    This course investigates how and why, following World War II, New York “stole” from Europe the idea of avant-garde art. The class follows the evolution of and philosophies behind the radical new developments in American contemporary art from the emergence of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s, through the Pop Art and Minimalism of the 1960s and the pluralistic 1970s, including Conceptual Art, Earth and Process Art, the New Realism, Decorative and New Image Art, and finally to Neo-Expressionism, and other developments of the 1980s. Attention will be paid to the relationship of new art to the changing political, social and intellectual landscapes of the late twentieth century.

    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 2020-21).

    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.

    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 2020-21).

    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

    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 2020-21).

    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. (Not offered 2020-21).

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

    .5 to 1 unit

    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 — Bentley

    AH413 Special Problems in Art History

    Independent work and special study in selected fields or periods.

    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

    1 unit

    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 — 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 — Tucker