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Applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Professors BENTLEY, KOLARIK (Director of Art History Program), K. LEONARD, MURRAY, SWIDER, TUCKER; Associate Professor S. JOHNSON (Chair); Assistant Professor POWELL; Artist in Residence and Lecturer GUMPPER; Professor Emeritus REED; Visiting Faculty BUKOWSKI, EHRLICH, HUNDLEY, JOYNER, OPPENHEIM, RUBENSTEIN, SMABY, STEINER

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

• Architecture and Integrative Design

• 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 culture. Our 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.

Architecture and Integrative Design

The architecture and integrative design 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 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 Design 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 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, architecture and integrative design, 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 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 electives must be at the 200 level or above. A 300-level course should be taken prior to the senior year as preparation for advanced work at the senior level. 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 AS411 (NY trip/Senior Seminar), AS411.1 and AS411.2 extended-format thesis work. Selected courses may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

Architecture and Integrative Design Concentration

The architecture and integrative design concentration in the art major requires five units of art studio, three units of art history, four units from other departments, and a two-unit senior capstone project.

Five 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

AS210 Intermediate Topics in Studio Art: Architecture topics

AS212 Design Workshop

AS401 Special Studio Problems: Graphics Research Lab

AS401 Special Studio Problems:  Independent work relevant to Architecture

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

Three units of art history from this list:

AH111 History of Architecture

AH200 Topics in Art History: Modern/Contemporary Architecture

AH202 Art and the Landscape

AH204 Modern Architecture

AH413 Special Problems in Art History:  Independent work relevant to Art History

Other art history courses with a significant architecture component such as courses in Ancient, Islamic or pre-Columbian art, approved by the student's advisor.

Four electives in environmental science, physics, performance design, political science, sociology or other relevant disciplines chosen from a current list in consultation with the student’s advisor. Courses must be approved by the advisor in advance.

A two-block capstone, including senior seminar (AH412 or AS411) and a thesis project (AS411.1 and 411.2 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.

Possible Electives for Architecture and Integrative Design Concentration Courses offered in 2018-19 (List to be revised annually – check course schedule for current offerings).

BE105 Biology of Plants

*BE202 Field Botany

*BE208 Ecology

EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change

*EV212 Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics

EV271 Environmental Law and Policy

PC141/PC142 Physics for the Life Sciences

PC241/PC242 Physics for the Life Sciences II

*SO324 Urban Sociology

TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design

TH200/AS210 Topics: Courses on specialized topic areas

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*Indicates prerequisite

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 AH416).

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

AH413, AH413 Special Problems in Art History (Independent Work)

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

AS110 Art Studio Foundations: Topics

AS114 Art Studio Foundations: 3-D Design

AS207 Technical Drawing

AS210 Intermediate Topics in Studio Art

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 (AH415 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.

Possible Electives for Museum Studies Concentration.

Courses offered in 2018-19 (List to be revised annually – check course schedule for current offerings):

AN208/SW273 Topics: Southwest Arts and Culture

*AN308/SW200 Topics: Collapse and Sustainability of Past Societies

*AN308: Topics: Expressive Culture

*AN308 Topics: Narrative Culture

CH107/CH108 General Chemistry

DA110/TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design

DA237/TH237 The Art of Insurgency

EC110 Topics: Marketing for Entrepreneurs 

EC110 Topics: Community Development

EC110 Topics: Social Entrepreneurship

EC112/SW200 Business and Society

EC205 Principles of Financial Accounting

*EC325 Topics in Business:  Non-Profit Management

ED222 Diversity and Equity in Education

ED250/PH249 Topics: Philosophy of Education

FG110 Intro to Feminist and Gender Studies

*FG200 Feminist Theory

FG206 Topics: Feminist Performance

FM201 Media Theory and Cultural Studies

PY100 Intro to Psychology

RM185 Intro to the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity

RM200 Topics: Intro to Indigenous Studies

SO105 Art and Society

*SO280 Sociology of Education

*SO314 Sociology of Culture

SW102 Place, Space and the Southwest

SW200 Topics: Business and Society

SW272 Nature, Region and Society of the Southwest

SW273 Southwest Arts and Culture

*SW310 Archives of Power

*SW322 Borders and Borderlands

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*Indicates prerequisite

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.

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 units of art taken at another institution or on a study abroad program may be counted towards the art major. Transfer students should consult the department.

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. (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

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.

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.

Prerequisite: No credit after Art History 100.

2 units — Ehrlich

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. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).

.5 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.

Prerequisite: No credit after Art History 100 or 112.

1 unit — Ehrlich

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 100 or 112. (This block may be taken in sequence with Art History 115, or separately.).

1 unit — Murray

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. (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. (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 — 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 2018-19).

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.) 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 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.

1 unit — Murray

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 2018-19).

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 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