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  • CAS AH 379: American Art and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
    Explores the visual arts of painting, sculpture, photography, and popular media, through their interplay with persistent political and social questions that defined nineteenth-century America and continue to shape life in the twenty-first century. Themes include heroes, citizenship, war, imperialism, cosmopolitanism, consumerism.
  • CAS AH 380: Romanticism in Europe
    In-depth exploration of art in the age of revolution, nationalism, colonial expansion, and religious revival. Development of new attitudes toward history, nature, and the imagination in the work of Friedrich, Goya, Delacroix, Gericault, Ingres, Turner, Constable, Blake, and others.
  • CAS AH 385: American Buildings and Landscapes
    An introductory analytic survey of American buildings and landscapes within their historical and cultural contexts. Students examine forces that have shaped the American built environment. Topics range from Indian mounds to commercial strips, Spanish missions to skyscrapers. Also offered as CAS AM 385.
  • CAS AH 386: Twentieth-Century American Painting
    Realist and avant-garde movements of the twentieth century, including New York dada, early abstraction, regionalism, art and politics during the depression years, abstract expressionism, pop art and minimal art, performance art, feminist art, and recent developments in postmodernism.
  • CAS AH 387: Boston Architecture and Urbanism
    This class presents a history of Boston from the seventeenth through twenty-first centuries, as seen through the region's architectural and urban history. Major buildings, architects, and urban planning schemes are examined in terms of economic, political, social, and institutional histories.
  • CAS AH 389: Impressionism
    Impressionism, its sources, and its aftermath: from the painting of modem life and leisure by Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, and Degas to the evocation of spirituality, pain, and desire in the work of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, and Munch.
  • CAS AH 391: Twentieth-Century Art to 1940
    A study of the key tendencies in European art between the 1880s and World War II. The work of van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Dali, and their contemporaries is examined in relation to major issues in European culture and politics.
  • CAS AH 392: Twentieth-Century Art from 1940 to 1980
    Explores major currents in European and American art made between 1940 and 1980. Examines the following movements and media in relation to postwar culture and politics: abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, conceptual art, earthworks, performance, and video.
  • CAS AH 393: Contemporary Art: 1980 to Now
    Explores the terms of debate, key figures, and primary sites for the production and reception of contemporary art on a global scale since 1980. Painting, installation art, new media, performance, art criticism, and curatorial practice are discussed.
  • CAS AH 398: Twentieth-Century Architecture
    This course provides an introduction to the major developments in architecture and urban planning from ca. 1900 to the present. It traces the proliferation of modernist thought through key projects but also to everyday buildings and landscapes.
  • CAS AH 399: History and Theory of Landscape Architecture
    Explores man's relationship with nature by a study of selected built environments from antiquity to the present. Focus on both the private garden and the public park--here considered as works of art--and their changing forms, meaning, and interpretations.
  • CAS AH 428: Seminar: Islamic Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    The development of the central aesthetic concepts and visual traditions of the Islamic world are considered through a variety of time periods, media, or themes. Topic for Spring 2016: Painting & Calligraphy. Examines painting and calligraphy from the Islamic world. Manuscripts examined in terms of production, patronage, aesthetics, and reception. Religious, historical, and literary manuscripts are explored. Examines transmission, development of aesthetic tradition, and dynastic styles.
  • CAS AH 444: Seminar: Medieval Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Medieval Art. Topic for Fall 2015: The Rebirth of Sculpture in Europe 1000-1250. Monumental architectural sculpture ceased to be produced after the Fall of Rome. This seminar examines prohibitions against carved imagery and the rebirth of sculpture around the year 1000. Focus on the invention and development of the grand church entrance.
  • CAS AH 497: Seminar: Contemporary Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2016: Contemporary Art: 1980 to Now. Explores the terms of debate, key figures, and primary sites for the production and reception of contemporary art on a global scale since 1980. Painting, installation art, new media, performance, art criticism, and curatorial practice are discussed.
  • CAS AH 501: Practicum in Museum Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of the Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset. Graduate internships must be taken in a non-profit institution in order to count for credit.
    Centered on an internship, which must comprise a supervised project approved in advance by the Director of Museum Studies. Stamped approval prior to the internship is necessary for registration in the course. Internships in Boston-area museums, galleries, historical agencies, and houses arranged for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, 10-12 hours per week (150 hours per semester) at the host institution, with written report.
  • CAS AH 502: Practicum in Museum Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of the Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset. Graduate internships must be taken in a non-profit institution in order to count for credit.
    Centered on an internship, which must comprise a supervised project approved in advance by the Director of Museum Studies. Stamped approval prior to the internship is necessary for registration in the course. Internships in Boston-area museums, galleries, historical agencies, and houses arranged for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, 10-12 hours per week (150 hours per semester) at the host institution, with written report.
  • CAS AH 503: Art Historical Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two 300-level AH courses.
    Explores a wide range of theories and methodologies (including semiotics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, feminism, and post-structuralism) employed by art historians and critics to assess art produced in Europe and the United States since 1900.
  • CAS AH 504: Topics in Religion and the Visual Arts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    In-depth discussion of special issues in the study of religion and art. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2015: Religious Architecture in Islam: Mosques, Shrines, and Tombs. Examines a select group of buildings from the Islamic world in terms of architecture and religious practice. Topics include monuments such as the Ka'ba, the Dome of the Rock, or the Taj Mahal. Also offered as CAS RN 504.
  • CAS AH 520: The Museum and Historical Agency
    History, present realities, and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies, using Boston's excellent examples. Issues and debates confronting museums today examined in the light of historical development and changing communities. Emphasis on collecting, display and interpretation.
  • CAS AH 521: Curatorship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2017: Exhibition Development. Students research and prepare for upcoming exhibition on nineteenth-century artists and writers and landscape preservation. Introduces curatorial strategies and practical elements of exhibition-making through lectures, discussions, reading, and visits. Uses digital tools and practical exercises. Individual research projects and teamwork.