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Art History Current Upper Level Courses

Rose Hill - Fall 2019

ARHI 2410 – Northern Renaissance Art (4 credits)
Northern Renaissance Art draws inspiration from the cultural and social developments of the early modern era (circa 1400-1600). Painters strove to depict the bustling energy of expanding cities, sculptors fabricated dynamic ensembles aimed at making tangible the subtleties of church doctrine, and illuminators and printmakers created precious and personal works that enhanced the domestic sphere. In this course we will explore such phenomena, considering how masters—including Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Dürer, and Hieronymus Bosch—experimented and innovated in an age of artistic revolution.

ARHI 2526 – Art and the Black Atlantic (4 credits)
This course considers the circulation of art and material culture between Africa, the Americas, and Europe from the early modern era to our current moment of globalization. Of central focus is the ways art makes space for understanding situations of diaspora, enslavement, empire, and redress that have shaped the Black Atlantic world. Students will engage a variety of works across media as well as literature on the conceptual and historical formation of the “Black Atlantic” to reflect on the ways members of the African diaspora have negotiated questions of belonging, retention, loss, and identity through artistic practice across time and space.

ARHI 2553 – Art, Gender, and Sexuality in Asia (4 credits)
This upper-level art history course will probe 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 4230 – Art and Ethics: Articulating Function in the Visual Arts (4 Credits)
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 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 4600 – Senior Seminar (4 Credits)
As the capstone seminar for art history majors, this seminar 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.

Lincoln Center - Fall 2019

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 to 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 2610 – Women of Modernisms (4 Credits)
What role did women play in the development of modernisms in the arts? This class studies twentieth and twenty-first century artists, collectors, gallerists, and writers including Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Gertrude Stein, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell, Maggie Nelson, Laura Raicovich, and Pussy Riot. Through the study of artworks, biographical accounts, and literature, students will trace circles of sociability among women, paying particular attention to these figures’ import for the development of various strands of modernism and their interdisciplinary points of intersection.

ARHI 4555 / ARHI 5555 – 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.