Art History

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Art history studies the world’s arts and architecture from antiquity to the present. It analyzes visual objects from multiple perspectives, including their aesthetic and historical contexts, use of technology, relationship to science, ideological or social function, and visual and spatial characteristics. It studies individual artists or makers, cultural institutions, audiences, and intercultural exchanges. Because the field is inherently interdisciplinary, it often engages anthropology, history, film, literature, material science, performance, philosophy, political science, theater, and theories of race, gender, class, and sexuality.

The study of art history provides knowledge of geographically and historically diverse artworks and related cultural practices. Departmental course offerings explore these works and practices with varying intensity and specialization. The major is an essential basis for those interested in art history careers in museums, galleries and arts education at all levels. With its liberal arts emphasis on critical reading, writing, speaking, and looking, the major also offers an excellent foundation for specialization in law, medicine, business, international relations, politics, education, and other areas. The Department of Art History offers a major and a minor.

Students declaring the major are assigned a faculty advisor who oversees their intellectual and professional development; the Director of Undergraduate Studies handles all official processes such as the petition to graduate and study abroad approval for majors. Students are expected to confer with their faculty advisor at the start of the academic year and are encouraged to do so before each registration period. Students pursing the minor are advised by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, with whom they should meet at the beginning of the academic year.

ART_HIST 101-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit)   WCAS First-Year Seminar

ART_HIST 220-0 Introduction to African Art (1 Unit)   Introduction to art making in Africa; historical periods and regions of focus may vary depending on instructor. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 222-0 Introduction to Art of the African Diaspora (1 Unit)   Introduction to the visual arts and art history of the African diaspora, including the Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States, from the 19th century to present day. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 224-0 Introduction to Ancient Art (1 Unit)   Introduction to the art and architecture of the ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Aegean, Greek, and Roman worlds. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 225-0 Introduction to Medieval Art (1 Unit)   Introduction to the art and architecture of Europe and the Middle East from the third to fifteenth centuries CE. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 228-0 Introduction to Pre-Columbian Art (1 Unit)   Introduction to South, Central and North American art and architecture before extended European contact. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 230-0 Introduction to Art of the United States (1 Unit)   Survey of the art and architecture of the United States in its cultural context, from the art of conquest to contemporary production. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 232-0 Introduction to the History of Architecture: 1400 to Present (1 Unit)   The theory and history of architecture in relation to cities and landscape; historical periods and regions of focus may vary depending on the instructor. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 235-0 Introduction to Latin American Art (1 Unit)   Survey of the work of artists and groups from throughout the various countries of Central and South America from colonial times to the present. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 240-0 Introduction to Asian Art (1 Unit)   Introduction to the art and architecture of Asia from ancient cultures to contemporary developments, including religious, court, and popular genres. Depending on the instructor, this course covers South/Southeast Asia or East Asia. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 250-0 Introduction to Early Modern European Art (1 Unit)   Leading centers and artists of Europe from the later Middle Ages to the 19th century, with attention to their global context. Architecture, sculpture, painting, and graphic arts in relation to their social and cultural settings. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 255-0 Introduction to Modernism (1 Unit)   Conceptual introduction to modernism, covering art and visual culture from the late-19th century to the mid-20th century, with a focus on Europe and the United States. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 260-0 Introduction to Contemporary Art (1 Unit)   Conceptual and thematic introduction to art since the 1960s, with attention to the impact of new technologies, social and political change, globalization, and the ongoing transformation of artistic production and distribution. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 310-1 Ancient Art: Greece (1 Unit)  

Art and architecture of Greece from the prehistoric Aegean to the Hellenistic periods.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 310-2 Ancient Art: Rome (1 Unit)  

Art and architecture of the Roman world from Etruscan forerunners to the High Empire.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 318-0 Exhibiting Antiquity: The Culture and Politics of Display (1 Unit)   Examination of the construction of Mediterranean antiquity through modes of reception since 1750. Analysis of programs of collecting and display and the intersection of institutional and scholarly agendas. ART_HIST 318-0, CLASSICS 397-0 and HUM 397-0 taught together; may receive credit for only 1 of these courses. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 319-0 Special Topics in Ancient Art (1 Unit)   Content varies-for example, monsters and civilization; monument and commemoration in antiquity; narrative in ancient art; and the Roman provinces. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 320-1 Medieval Art Byzantine (1 Unit)   Art and architecture of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) empire in its larger Meditterranean, Middle Eastern and Eastern European context from the fourth to fifteenth century. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 320-2 Medieval Art: Early Medieval (1 Unit)  

Art and architecture of the Europe from late antiquity to the twelfth century.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 320-3 Medieval Art: Late Medieval (1 Unit)   Art and architecture of Europe from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 329-0 Special Topics in Medieval Art (1 Unit)  

Content varies-for example, the early Christian church; history of illuminated manuscripts; pilgrimage and saints' cults; the cathedral; Spain; art and crusade.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 330-1 Early Modern Art: Southern Europe c. 1400–1500 (1 Unit)  

Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic arts in Europe from c.1400–1500.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 330-2 Early Modern Art: Southern Europe 1500-1600 (1 Unit)  

Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic arts in Southern Europe from 1500–1600.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 330-3 Early Modern Art: Northern Europe 1400–1600 (1 Unit)  

Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic arts in Northern Europe from 1400-1600.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 339-0 Special Topics in Renaissance Art (1 Unit)  

Content varies-for example, the art of Bosch and Brueghel; the history of collecting; art at court; portraiture; gender and representation.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 340-1 Baroque Art: Southern Europe 1600-1700 (1 Unit)   Painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts in Southern Europe (primarily Italy and Spain) from c. 1600–1750. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course. Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 340-2 Baroque Art: Northern Europe 1600-1700 (1 Unit)  

Painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts in Northern Europe from 1600-1700.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Historical Studies Distro Area Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 349-0 Special Topics in Baroque and Rococo Art (1 Unit)  

Content varies-for example, global baroque; court fashion; early modern prints and drawings; art and science.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 350-1 19th Century Art 1: 1800–1848 (1 Unit)  

Survey of European painting and sculpture from the mid-18th century to 1848.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 350-2 19th Century Art 2: 1848-1900 (1 Unit)  

Survey of European painting and sculpture, 1848-1900.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 359-0 Special Topics in 19th Century Art (1 Unit)  

Content varies-for example, the art of Edouard Manet; orientalism; the spaces of 19th-century art; painting in the south of France.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 360-1 20th Century Art 1 (1 Unit)  

Painting, sculpture, architecture, design, and visual culture of the 20th century. 1900-1945.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 360-2 20th Century Art 2 (1 Unit)  

Painting, sculpture, architecture, design, and visual culture of the 20th century. Post-World War II.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 365-1 Art of the United States 1 (1 Unit)  

Survey of the arts and visual culture in the United States, encompassing architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, film, and popular culture from colonial times to the Civil War.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 365-2 Art of the United States 2 (1 Unit)  

Survey of the arts and visual culture in the United States, encompassing architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, film, and popular culture after the Civil War.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 366-0 Contemporary Art (1 Unit)  

In-depth study of the art of the late 20th and early 21st centuries as seen from a global perspective and with attention to concurrent developments in critical theory.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 367-0 Special Topics in Art of the United States (1 Unit)  

Content varies-for example, nationalism and internationalism in American art; the myth of America; the artist in American society; elite and popular visual traditions.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 368-0 Special Topics in Modern Art (1 Unit)   Content varies-for example, art of the Russian Revolution; the avant-garde; totalitarian art; art during war; modernism and its discontents; art and decolonization; medium specificity. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 369-0 Special Topics in 20th and 21st Century Art (1 Unit)  

Content varies and may coincide with local exhibitions- for example, art and activism; utopia and dystopia in recent practice; participatory art; video art; art criticism; globalization; visual cultural studies; photography in/as art; installation art; truth and fiction in recent practice.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 370-1 Modern Architecture and Design (1 Unit)  

The history and theory of architecture, especially in relation to cities and landscape, from 1750-1900.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 370-2 Contemporary Architecture and Design (1 Unit)  

The history and theory of architecture, especially in relation to cities and landscape, after 1900.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 372-1 Japanese Art (1 Unit)   Survey of art in Japan and Japanese culture. Topics may include painting, calligraphy, ceramics, architecture, sculpture, textiles, and gardens in religious and secular settings. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 375-0 Media Theory (1 Unit)   Comprehensive introduction from a humanistic perspective to theories about the nature of media and the role of technology in modern culture. ART_HIST 375-0 and HUM 225-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 378-0 The Global City (1 Unit)  

A critical examination of the city as a socioeconomic system; period and regions of focus vary.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 379-0 Special Topics in Modern and Contemporary Architecture (1 Unit)  

Content varies–may focus on particular cities, building types, or individual historical figures as well as on themes such as race or gender.

ART_HIST 380-1 Tibetan Buddhist Art 1 (1 Unit)  

Focused study of Buddhist art made in Tibet and neighboring countries. Art of the Imperial period (7th-9th centuries) through the end of the 14th century, including regional developments in western Tibet.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 380-2 Tibetan Buddhist Art 2 (1 Unit)  

Focused study of Buddhist art made in Tibet and neighboring countries. Art of the 15th-19th centuries, including regional developments in eastern and northeastern Tibet.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 382-1 Chinese Painting (1 Unit)  

In-depth study of painting in China with consideration of formal and historical developments.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history class.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 384-0 African American Art (1 Unit)  

Art of the African-descended cultures of North and South America and the Caribbean.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 385-0 Black Visual Culture: Race and Representation (1 Unit)   Examination of how visual representations and technologies of vision have been used to create, transform, or destabilize the idea of race as it pertains to people in the African diaspora at specific historical moments. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 386-0 Art of Africa (1 Unit)   Thematic and historical examination of the art and visual culture of Africa in selected periods and regions. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 389-0 Special Topics: Arts of Asia and the Middle East (1 Unit)  

Content varies-for example, aspects of painting in the Indian subcontinent: Mughal and Rajput; issues of gender and sexuality in Japan and China from the 18th through 20th century; art in/about the Middle East.

Prerequisite: 200-level art history course.

ART_HIST 390-0 Undergraduate Seminar (1 Unit)   Content varies- for example, rt and ecology; Picasso; World's Fairs; Japanese prints; the spaces of Chicago. Prerequisite: 300-level art history course.

ART_HIST 391-0 Art Historical Methods Seminar (1 Unit)   Introduction to the history of the discipline of art history and to the different methodological approaches to the study of art and visual culture. Prerequisite: 300-level art history course.

ART_HIST 395-0 Museums (1 Unit)   Museum studies seminars. Content varies-for example, the history of museums, their ethical basis, community responsibilities, educational prerogatives, and future directions. Prerequisite: 300-level art history course. Literature Fine Arts Distro Area

ART_HIST 396-0 Internship in the Arts (1 Unit)   Direct participation, with oversight by the director of undergraduate studies, in the curatorial/educational activities of an established arts organization. By petition, on a limited basis; may be taken only once. Prerequisite: 300-level art history course or consent of instructor.

ART_HIST 399-0 Independent Study (1 Unit)   Special projects involving reading and conferences with a supervising professor. Arranged in exceptional circumstances. Two quarters required for students writing a senior thesis in art history. Prerequisite: 300-level art history course.