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New Options and New Numbering for
Introduction to Art History Courses:


New Courses
Beginning Fall 2014, there will be three options for Introduction to Art History:

ARHI 1101: Introduction to Art History: Europe
ARHI 1102: Introduction to Art History: Asia
ARHI 1103: Introduction to Art History: The Americas

 

  • All courses satisfy the Core Fine Arts requirement
  • Introduction to Art History: Asia (ARHI 1102) and Introduction to Art History: The Americas (ARHI 1103) also satisfy the Core Global requirement

Explanation
Previously we offered ARHI 1100: Introduction to Art History.  This course covered Europe primarily, sometimes with a few days on art in the United States.  The new structure takes advantage of the expertise of our faculty and responds to student interests in global culture.

The new Introduction to Art History: Europe (ARHI 1101) will correspond closely to the former ARHI 1100 (a course number that now no longer is used).

For Art History Majors or Minors and Art History-Visual Arts Majors
Art History Majors and combined Art History and Visual Arts Majors must take ARHI 1101: Introduction to Art History: Europe.  The other courses (ARHI 1102 and 1103) may count as the Global elective within the Art History major.  Art History Minors may take any one of the three Introduction to Art History courses to satisfy the required introductory level requirement, and may count one or both of the other introductory courses toward the minor.

Course Descriptions
Introduction to Art History: Europe (ARHI 1101)
An introduction to the study of the art of Europe through key paintings, sculptures, architecture, and other arts.  Form, style, context, function, and the changing role of the artist in society are explored.

Introduction to Art History: Asia (ARHI 1102)
An introduction to the study of the art of Asia.  This course covers architecture, sculpture, and painting in China, Japan, and India from the ancient to the contemporary period.

Introduction to Art History: The Americas (ARHI 1103)
A survey of the art and architectural traditions of the Americas from 3000 BCE to the present.  This course explores artistic productions in both North and South America and considers how architecture and visual works have been used to express ideas about American identity and the place of the Americas in the world.

For questions, please contact Nina Rowe, Chair of the Department of Art History and Music, nrowe@fordhm.edu.

 


Rose Hill, Spring 2015
Every semester, the department offers a number of sections of the Art History Introduction course, which satisfies the fine arts core requirement. Check My.fordham.edu for days and times.

Upper level courses are listed below.


Course Number Title Professor Attributes Days Time Credits
ARHI 2410
CRN 24913
Northern Renaissance Art Spalding   TF 8:30-9:45 4
ARHI 3350
CRN 25322
Age of Cathedrals Rowe Medieval Studies, Religious Studies MR 11:30-12:45 4
ARHI 4250
CRN 24917
Aztec Art Mundy EP3, Globalism. ICC, Latin American & Latino Studies MR 10:00-1115  4
ARHI 4530
CRN 24909
Gender & Modern Art  Heleniak EP3, Women's Studies  T 2:30-5:15 4

Course Descriptions


ARHI 2410 - Northern Renaissance Art (4 credits)

An examination of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking) in the culture of Northern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries, with emphasis on developments in painting in the Netherlands, Germany, and France.  Technical, formal and interpretive issues regarding key works by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Roger van der Weyden, Der, Grenwald, Holbein and Bruegel to be considered.


ARHI 3350 - Age of Cathedrals (4 credits)

Gothic cathedrals were the skyscrapers of the Middle Ages.  These impossibly tall and lavishly decorated buildings were center-points for urban life in northern Europe between ca. 1150 and 1400.  This course explores the architectural innovations behind the Gothic style as well as the profuse adornment of Gothic structures--sculpture, stained glass--in relation to their sacred, political, social, and economic meanings.  We also consider small-scale media that were the focus of Christian devotion and secular practices--illuminated manuscripts, metal work, ivories, and beyond.

ARHI 4250 - Aztec Art (4 credits)

This course will examine the art created by the Aztecs, one of the last of the two great pre-Columbian cultures.  Holding sway over much of Mexico at the beginning of the 16th century, the Aztec empire was brought to collapse by the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.  We will focus on the primary source, both Aztec and Spanish, as keys to understanding the art.

ARHI 4530 - Gender and Modern Art (4 credits)

This seminar will examine the role of women as artists and subjects in the history of modern art.  We will discuss the social and educational impediments that both inhibited and shaped women's careers.  We will also investigate the cultural construction of gender difference in works of art by men and women artists, and read theoretical texts on the issues involved.




Lincoln Center, Spring 2015
Every semester, the department offers a number of sections of the Art History Introduction course, which satisfies the fine arts core requirement. Check My.fordham.edu for days and times.

Upper level courses are listed below.


Course Number Title Professor Core Requirements Days Time Credits
ARHI 2315 Roman Art McFadden   MR 4:00-5:15
4
ARHI 2552 Modernity in Asia Yamamura  Globalism F 2:30-5:15 4
             
             

Course Descriptions

ARHI 2315 - Roman Art (4 credits)

This class is a survey of the art and architecture of Rome from the Republican and Hellenistic periods through the era of Constantine (5th century BCE - 4th century CE).  Though chronological in structure, this course will also address overarching issues and themes in art history and archaeology, such as the power of images in the ancient world (as opposed to/similar today), Roman ways of looking at art and space, the role of monuments, makers and patrons in Roman society, and connections with the other cultures who inspired and made use of roman artists and styles.  Overall however, the class is intended to introduce students to the ways in which Western Civilization is indebted to Roman culture.

ARHI 2550 - 20th Century Art (4 credits)


This introductory course to modern Asian art will investigate how a network of interrelated encounters among Asian countries and with the west from the mid 19th century to the present shaped visual culture from East and Southeast Asia.  Issues explored:  colonialism, post-colonialism, nationalism, and anti-aesthetics, hybridity, among others.

Projected Course Offerings

Fall 2015, Rose Hill:
Early Medieval (Rowe); Romanesque Art (Rowe), Modernism in Art & Literature [ICC] (Isaak), Italian Renaissance (Spalding), 20th Century Art (Heleniak)

Fall 2015, Lincoln Center:
Renaissance and Baroque in Latin America [Ren/Baroque & Global] (Mundy); Japanese Arts of the Edo Period [Modern & Global] (Yamamura), Senior Seminar (Ruvoldt), Seminar: Modern Art (Kalina)
 

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