Graduate Offerings in Art History
6000-level (Combined Graduate/Upper-level Undergrad Course)
ARHI 6600: Image in Space: Mural Painting and Architecture in Byzantium (AREA 1)
Dr. Kirin. MWF 2:30-3:20 (POM)
The meaning of images on the floors or the walls of late antique and Byzantine buildings comes not only from what is painted and from the inscription it bears but also—very importantly—from the specific location of the image. Mosaics and frescoes constitute important components of the architectural space for which they were intended. This class focuses on the complex manner in which images and architectural spaces together generate meaning. The lectures present case studies chosen for their conspicuous differences. Examining luxurious late antique country residences demonstrates how floor mosaics bestow meanings on the surrounding countryside and bespeak of a contemplative refined enjoyment of life close to nature. On the other hand, we analyze the floor mosaics of late antique churches that rendered Christian cosmology through images borrowed from the inventory of pagan art. Finally, we turn our attention to Byzantine churches where we observe how the two-dimensional pictorial space of mosaics and frescoes is rendered as if it were an extension of the actual interiors. Thus stepping into a Byzantine church acquired the significance of entering heaven, joining the host of saints depicted on the walls and partaking in their divine visions.
ARHI 6120: Gothic Art and Architecture (AREA 1)
Dr. Klima TR 11am-12:15pm (POM)
Art and architecture from ca. 1100 until 1400 with an emphasis on medieval society and artistic production.
ARHI 6530: Nineteenth-Century Photography (AREA 3)
Dr. Luxenberg. TR 9:30-10:45am (POM)
Forms, functions, and meanings of photographic production in Europe and America during the 1800s. Issues to be addressed are: the nature of the medium, its relationship to "reality," its various techniques and technology, its role in art and science, and its publics and patronage.
ARHI 6440 (WIP): American Modernism 1900-1946: Alfred Stieglitz's America. (AREA 4)
Dr. Simon. MWF 1:25-2:15pm (POM)
Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), both as an innovator in the new "art" of photography and as mentor/financier/friend to a diverse group of artists, photographers, writers, and patrons, fundamentally shaped the look and principles of American modernism during the first half of the twentieth century. This course seeks to understand the artistic and intellectual contributions that Stieglitz, his artistic colleagues, and his cultural contemporaries made to what historians have called "the American Century." Beginning with Stieglitz’s pictorialist visions and Arthur Wesley Dow’s aesthetic theories, we will proceed to study how Stieglitz and his circle pioneered America's distinct reception to and recreation of European modernism. Two literary figures will especially accompany us as they did the artists of this period: Walt Whitman (1819-1892) and William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) on our journey We will examine how such public venues as the Armory Show & 291 gallery, photographic texts such as Camera Work, George Gershwin’s music and the phenomena of jazz, and the rising importance of cinema and New York City as THE American work of art. We will discover that certain philosophical themes and visual motifs came to dominate America's brand of early 20th century modernism: the broader contexts of intellectual and cultural history will inform our "looking" at American modernist artists. Everyone will pick out their own modern American artist to be their “guide” throughout the course and the focus of most of their writing/creative assignments such as taking your artist to the Armory Show of 1913. A final Visual Essay project will ask you to integrate your artist into the themes and artists we cover in the course.
8000-level (Graduate-Only Courses)
ARHI 8700: Graduate Seminar in Ancient Art
Dr. Abbe. M 3:30-6:30pm
ARHI 8040: Seminar in Art Historiography
Dr. Andrew. W 3:30-6:30pm
Consideration of two entwined histories: the history of the concept of art and the history of the discipline of art history.