Art History

Also see Museum Studies 698

50:082:101,102 Introduction to Art History I, II (R) (3,3)
A chronological survey of the visual arts as an expression of the mind and culture of Western civilization. First term: prehistoric, Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Medieval art and architecture. Second term: Early Renaissance through the 20th century.

50:082:103 Art Appreciation (R) (3)
Introduces the principles, techniques, and approaches to the creation and analysis of works of art and presents an overview of the great landmarks of art from classical Greece through the twentieth century.

50:082:105 Cross-Cultural Art History
A multicultural course that examines the art and architecture of cultures throughout the world in social, historic, and perceptual contexts. Topics vary.

50:082:201 Queer Looks: Art & Film
Cross-listed with 56:606:662:01
After a short introduction to representations of men and masculinity  before Stonewall, this course examines queer sexuality in art, film and popular culture following the Stonewall Riots of 1969 

50:082:251 Modern Architecture (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor
Develops the history of international modern architecture with an emphasis on American and European architecture and planning and on major architects; technological advances; and philosophical, sociological, political, and cultural causes in the changes of style and form of modern buildings. Time periods from 1750 to the present may vary in different terms.

50:082:285 Art of Africa (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
Explores sculpture, Architecture, pictorial arts, and material culture of the ancient and modern peoples of sub-Saharan Africa. Analyzes and interprets art and craft in relation to its ceremonial and cultural significance and the impact of African forms on Western art.

50:082:303 Art of the Ancient Near East (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
The art and Architecture of Anatolia (modern Turkey), Mesopotamia (Iraq today), and Persia (Iran) from the rise of Neolithic cultures to the end of the Persian Empire.

50:082:305 Women and Art (3) May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
A thematic and chronological survey of women as artists, as images in works of art, and an examination of gender issues in art. Historical periods vary each term.

50:082:310 Art of Egypt (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 103 or permission of instructor.
The art of ancient civilizations of the Nile River Valley from the Old Kingdom through the Ptolemaic periods.

50:082:311 Roman Art (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Art of the Roman Republic and Empire from the Etruscan background through the reign of Constantine; emphasis on the city of Rome.

50:082:313 Renaissance Art in Northern Europe (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Examines Flemish, Dutch, German, and French painting, manuscript illumination, printmaking, and sculpture from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. Analysis of iconography, social history, materials, and techniques of religious and secular art.

50:082:320 Art of the Middle Ages (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Art of the Middle Ages in Europe from fourth to fourteenth centuries. Includes examination of the art of the Byzantine, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods.

50:082:329 Art of the Americas (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Art and archaeology of pre-Columbian North and South America; major contributions of the Mexican, Mayan, Andean, and American Indian.

50:082:331 Italian Renaissance Art (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
Traces the history of Italian painting, sculpture, and Architecture from 1300 to 1600 Emphasizes the major art centers of Florence, Siena, Rome, and Venice; contemporary art theory; and artists’ writings.

50:082:332 African-American Art (3)
Topic: Race and Identity in American Art
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
This course explores the past and present artistic responses of racial and ethnic experiences in the United States. Through a series of case studies, ranging from early ethnographic studies of African-Americans to the rise (and interest) in Asian-American art, students will become familiar with a range of issues, ideas, and provocations related to artists’ struggles to understand the relationship between self and other, national and global identity, community and hybridity. This engagement ranges from a rejection of stereotypes to their appropriation, from the discovery of alternative histories to the rewriting of dominant narratives. While closely examining individual artists and movements, this class locates them within their respective contexts. We will discuss sociopolitical discourses, including essentialism, structuralism, postmodernism, and post-colonialism. The ultimate goal of this course is to find ways of adequately imagining and imaging an American identity today.

50:082:340 Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century European Art (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Analyzes European art of the baroque, rococo, and enlightenment years.
Explores the form, content, and cultural context of the works of the principal artists and schools. Emphasizes historiography, style, iconography, and social history.

50:082:342 Greek Art (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 103 or permission of instructor.
The art of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through
the Hellenistic period. Focus on the art of the sixth and fifth centuries B.C.-the golden age of Greece.

50:082:349 History of Sculpture: Baroque to Modern (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor
Considers the history of sculpture from 1600 to present including issues of patronage, technique, style and symbolism.

50:082:351 European Art: 1780 to 1880 (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor
Considers the development of European art from neoclassicism through Post-impressionism in France, England, Germany, and other countries.

50:082:352 European Modern Art: 1880 to 1940 (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor
An analysis of a wide range of avant-garde movements from Post-impressionism to surrealism. Treats significant trends in art in France, Italy, Holland, and Russia.

50:082:353 Modern Art (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
Art in America and Europe 1940 to 1980 Includes discussion of Surrealist, Abstract Expressionist, Minimalist, Pop, Op, and Conceptual Art, Happenings, and site-specific and direct metal sculpture.

50:082:354 Contemporary Art (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, or 103 or permission of instructor.
Art in a global and transnational context from 1980 to the present. 

50:082:360 Japanese Art (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, 103 or 105 or permission of instructor
Considers Japanese painting, sculpture, Architecture, ceramics, printmaking, metalwork, and textile arts and their historical, religious, and social contexts.

50:082:363 Chinese Art (3)
Prerequisites: 50:082:101 or 102, 103 or 105 or permission of instructor.
Considers Chinese painting, sculpture, Architecture, ceramics, printmaking, metalwork, and textile arts. and their historical, religious, and social contexts.

50:082:367 American Art: 1650-1900 (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor
American painting, sculpture, and Architecture from colonial times to 1900. The importation of European styles and the development of an American art.

50:082:368 Twentieth-Century American Art (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of instructor
Study of major art movements in the United States, from academic classicism to contemporary styles and theories. Topics may vary.

50:082:380 Art in an Age of Mechanized and Electronic Media (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor
The history of 20th-century art dependent on mechanical or electronic technology including kinetic, digital, video, animated, and interactive works of art.

50:082:382 History of Design (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
History of European and American design of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, and International styles. Reviews the history of graphic design, typography, and functional objects, and explores influences of previous movements on contemporary design.

50:082:383 History of Photography (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Surveys the history of European and American photography (techniques, styles, and content) from inception through the twentieth century.

50:082:395 Sculpture of the Twentieth Century (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor.
Significant developments in twentieth-century sculpture, including primitivism, cubism, constructivism, kinetic sculpture, primary structures, performance, and environmental works.

50:082: 401, 408, 409 Museum Studies. See 50:690:401, 408, 409

50:082:485 Latin American Art and Culture (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:102 or 103 or permission of instructor. Multicultural course. Credit not given for this course and 50:070:485 or 486
Native-American, colonial, and modern art and Architecture of Latin America in their cultural context. Material culture traced either thematically or chronologically. Topics change from year to year.

50:082:490 Art History Methodology (3)
Permission of instructor. Intended primarily for Art History majors.
Explores diverse methodologies that have been important to the History of Art from its foundations to the present. Examines historiography, formalism, iconography, connoisseurship, Marxism, Semiotics, revisionism, post-modernism, and contemporary art criticism and theory. Prepares art history majors for successful graduate study.

50:082:491 Individual Study in Art History (BA)
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, written permission of instructor and student’s adviser. At least 3 credits of work in individual study are required of
art history majors. May be repeated for credit.
A course for advanced students in which a program of research is conducted by the student under the direction of the instructor. A significant list of readings in art history methods and a substantial paper required.

50:082:497-498 Honors in Art History I, II (3,3)
Candidates for honors in art history must, at the end of their junior year, have a cumulative grade-point average of 30 or better and an average of 35 or better in
the major. Both terms must be completed in order to receive credit. Independent research on a specific topic leading to an honors thesis written under the supervision of a professor of art history.

Museum Studies 698

Formerly listed as courses in Art History 50:082:205, 401, 408 and 409

50:698:205 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)
Prerequisite: 50:082:101 or 102 or 103 or permission of the instructor. This course can be taken as a general art elective.
Introduces Museum operations, and curatorial and education programs. Comparative analysis of regional Museums. Topics include Museum mission statements, organization and administration; collection theory and ethics; registration, research, preservation, conservation, and storage of collections; exhibition development, design and installation. Topics may change from year to year.

50:698:401 Readings in Museum Studies (3)
Prerequisite: 50:690:205 or permission of instructor.
Directed reading and written interpretation of current and standard literature in exhibition planning and installation; object preservation and conservation, interpretation, and registration; visitor orientation and public information; development and presentation of education materials for K-12 as well as college classes; grant writing; and marketing techniques. Conducted through consultation with Art History faculty, staff members of the Stedman Gallery and regional Museums.

50:698:408 Individual Study in Museology (3)
Prerequisites: 50:690:401, junior or senior standing, and permission of Museum studies director and art history professor.
Advanced students conduct a program of research under the direction of the instructor. A substantial paper demonstrating an understanding of museology, the creation of a Museum education program, or the preparation of an exhibition catalog is required.

50:698:409 Museum Internship (BA)
Requires forty hours per credit and is monitored by Museum studies instructor and art history professor.
An internship at a local Museum in area of student’s major.

50:698:487 Special Topics in Museum Studies (BA)
Prerequisite: 50:690:205 or permission of instructor.
Investigates a specific topic in Museum Studies which changes each time the course is offered.