Current Upper Level Courses
ARHI 2257 – Modern Latin American Art (4 credits)
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Álvaro Siqueiros were committed to socially engaged and politically relevant art. This course looks at their ideas about the work of art in society and their impact up to the present day.
ARHI 2365 – Medieval Art & The Museum (4 credits)
In the European Middle Ages (ca. 500-1500) most artworks were made for the eyes of royalty and church leaders. But in recent generations, such objects were collected by museums with the aim of exhibiting them to a diverse general public. In this course we will consider the journey made by medieval objects from rarified spaces in Europe to the public institutions of the United States. Students will engage with curators and manuscript specialists at the Coisters, the Getty, and other museums, and we will compose a collaborative digital exhibition on the themes of the course.
AHRI 4230 - Art and Ethics: Articulating Function in the Visual Arts (4 credits)
This course examines the inter-disciplinary dialogue between art and ethics. What exactly do the terms "art" and "ethics" denote and connote? Can one nudge the terms together into some kind of binary concept, like "ethical art" or "artful morality" (!)? Or do these terms relate at some other, deeper level, with a common ontological foundation? We will consider the relationship between art and ethics, as they have surfaced in philosophy, theology, history, the history of art, and art criticism from antiquity to the present era.
ARHI 2553 – Art, Gender, and Sexuality in Asia (4 Credits)
This upper-level art history course probes into artistic and cultural representations of bodies in Asia in relation to such themes as sex, gender, sexuality, race, nationhood, war, and post-humanity. Through thematic examinations of diverse bodily representations, students will learn a broad range of interpretive tools and frameworks to appreciate artistic objects.
ARHI 3200 – Museum Studies in Ancient Art (4 Credits)
This class examines the display of Ancient Art using the collection at Fordham as a foundation. The class considers the aesthetic issues of exhibiting ancient objects and addresses the ethical concerns of collecting “un-provenanced” antiquities.
ARHI 4230 – Art and Ethics: Articulating Function in the Visual Arts
This course will examine the inter-disciplinary dialogue between art and ethics. What exactly do the terms "art" and "ethics" denote... and connote? Can one nudge the terms together into some kind of binary concept, like "ethical art" or "artful morality" (!)? Or do these terms relate at some other, deeper level, with a common ontological foundation? In the course of the semester, we will consider the relationship between art and ethics, as they have surfaced in philosophy, in theology, in history, in the history of art, and in art criticism from antiquity to the present era.
ARHI 4600 - Senior Seminar (4 Credits)
As the capstone seminar for art history majors, this course has several goals: to give art history majors an introduction to the principal thinkers who shaped the field of art history; to explore some of the key methodological approaches to art history today; to hone students’ skills in critical reading and viewing; and to provide students the opportunity to conduct independent research on an art historical topic of their own choosing. Offered fall semesters only; required for majors.
ARHI 2221 – Japanese Visual Culture: Prehistory to Present (4 credits)
An examination of Japanese visual culture from prehistory to contemporary society. Issues and material explored: the development and spread of Buddhism, temple art and architecture, narrative art and prints, the interaction of art and popular culture, manga, anime, and contacts with western society.
ARHI 2430 – Renaissance Portraits (4 credits)
During the Italian Renaissance, portraits were test-cases of artistic skill, tools in marriage negotiations, and vehicles for the expression of friendship and political power. This class considers the role of portraiture in defining, communication, and preserving individual identity. Examining the concepts of "portrait" and "self-fashioning" in literary and visual spheres, we will read authors including Castiglione and Machiavelli, and study artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.
ARHI 2620 – Introduction to Fashion History (4 credits)
Image based lectures and discussions address how clothing is connected to political, social, technological, and aesthetic developments from antiquity to the rise of modernity. Special attention is paid to how clothing speaks to the understanding of gender, political power, and identity in a given historical moment. The course also elaborates on the interconnections between dress and art, architecture, and the decorative arts in order to understand changing styles as part of broader aesthetic and cultural transformations.
ARHI 2450 – 17th Century Art (4 Credits)
This course surveys artistic developments in Europe in the Seventeenth Century and their relationship to the shifting political and intellectual landscape. The art of the Baroque is characterized by an interest in emotional appeal, visual immediacy, and the articulation of power. Major artists include Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Rubens, Poussin, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. The themes we will explore include the relationship of art production and reception to the political and religious environment, the development of national styles, the intersection of art, nature and science, and the emergence of academies as systems for artistic training and political control. In addition to introducing students to the visual arts of the Seventeenth Century, this course will emphasize the critical analysis of works of art and of art-historical scholarship.
ARHI 2525 – Museums from Revolution to Restitution (1793-present) (4 Credits)
This course considers the past and future roles of museums in our global society. Beginning with the founding of the Louvre in the wake of the French Revolution, we will explore the relationships between museums, their collections, and their diverse publics—people who build them and work in them, the artists whose works they display, the audiences who visit them, and the communities they surround. Issues examined include theories of collecting; the practices and ethics of exhibition; empire and nation-building; colonial theft and restitution; and forms of institutional critique and anti-colonial action. This class will incorporate site visits to institutions in Manhattan and the Bronx.
ARHI 2621 – Art and Fashion in the Modern Age (4 Credits)
This class is a survey of fashion history focused on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will incorporate critical readings, film, and other primary sources with the aim of understanding significant changes in dress and how clothing functions in culture. Fashion is treated as a complex system combining material, image, and body with art and design history. We will look at couture and ready to wear, alongside subculture, counterculture and street styles with an emphasis on how they fit into the visual culture and social environment of the period. Image-driven lectures in conjunction with visual analysis will be the vehicle for critical reflection and understanding.
ARHI 4555 – Art and Ecology (4 credits)
This course investigates the work of artists, writers, and filmmakers who have dedicated themselves to creating solutions to specific environmental problems or whose works have broadened public concern for ecologically degraded environments. Students will participate in a wide variety of discourses about the personal, public, and ethical dimensions of current environmental issues.