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  • CAS AH 495: Seminar: Twentieth Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Examines major artists and artistic currents of the twentieth century. Topics vary each year. Some background in the history of modern art is recommended. Topic for Fall 2014: Picasso. This seminar explores more than eight decades of incessant art making by Pablo Picasso. How his friends, his lovers, and his preoccupation with eroticism and death affected his imagery.
  • 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 2014: Contemporary Art and Globalization. Considers globalization as the key paradigm for art produced since 1989. Explores how international artists and curators have negotiated the space between local tradition and global exchange while participating in large-scale, international exhibitions.
  • 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
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and stamped approval.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of the instructor and stamped approval.
    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: permission of instructor and stamped approval.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and stamped approval.
    Topic for Spring 2015: American Painting at Midcentury. This course researches and prepares for an upcoming traveling exhibition on the American artists Milton Avery, Herman Maril, and Karl Knaths, curated by Melissa Renn, that opens at the Boston University Art Gallery in the fall of 2017.
  • CAS AH 525: New England Cultural Landscapes
    Examines the historic forces that have shaped the distinctive regional landscapes of New England and catalogues the changing forms that make up those landscapes. Also offered as CAS AM 524.
  • CAS AH 527: Topics in Art and Society
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. Two topics are offered Fall 2015. Section A1: American Revolution. Explores the broad field of art and visual culture that arose around the American Revolution, examining how artists on both sides of the Atlantic participated in the political, legal, and cultural struggles that unfolded between the North American colonies and England. Section B1: 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 as well as the treatment of small parish churches largely in France, England, Spain, and Italy.
  • CAS AH 529: Seminar: Twentieth-Century Chinese Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of instructor.
    Critical examinations of twentieth-century Chinese art, including the fate of traditional art, art under a totalitarian regime, the problematic status of the artist in a socialist state, and avant-garde art in the international context.
  • CAS AH 530: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy: History, Theory, and Practice
    Introduction to the history, theory, and practice of the art of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. The related art of seal carving is also introduced. No knowledge of Chinese or Japanese required.
  • CAS AH 531: Modern Asian Art in a Global Context
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing.
    Topic for Spring 2015: Tokyo: City and Concept. This seminar explores Tokyo, the most densely populated city in the world since the eighteenth century, from its origins as the shogun's castle town to its current status as a major world city. Studies to understand the physical and conceptual evolution.
  • CAS AH 532: Japanese Print Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
    Seminar on print culture of Japan from the eighteenth century to the present. Study of woodblock prints, photographic prints, book art, print advertisements, postcards, and manga. Focus on their function as both artistic expression and instruments of mass communication.
  • CAS AH 533: Seminar: Greek Art and Architecture
    Topic for Fall 2014: Greek Painting. Painting was the most esteemed genre of ancient Greek art, famed for its beauty and ability to delight -- or even fool -- the eye. A discussion of different artists, including the famous panel and wall painters and the colorists who collaborated with sculptors.
  • CAS AH 534: Seminar in Roman Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
    In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Roman art and architecture. Topic for Fall 2015: Pompeii. A focus on what is probably the most famous ancient Roman site in the world--Pompeii--and on the other towns buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August 79 CE.
  • CAS AH 539: Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines the states, empires, faiths, and ideologies of the Muslim world over a 1500-year period, including states from North and West Africa, through the Middle East, to Turkey, Iran, and then to Central and Southeast Asia. Also offered as CAS AN 548, HI 596, IR 515, and RN 563.
  • CAS AH 540: Europe and the Islamic World: Medieval and Early-Modern Cultural Exchange
    Cultural exchange between Europe and the Islamic world, and its impact on visual culture during the late medieval and early modern periods; the transmission of aesthetic concepts and visual traditions via specific patrons, artists, and works of art and architecture.
  • CAS AH 541: Courtly Commissions: Ottoman Art and Architecture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Explores the artistic patronage of the Ottoman court, fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. Questions of self-fashioning, artistic agency, courtly behavior, decorum, and the formation of an imperial style frame the discussion of specific works of art and architecture.
  • CAS AH 557: High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy
    Topic for Fall 2015: Michelangelo. Considers the major works of Michelangelo, with particular focus on the role of the artist in emulative practices. The enormous artistic and literary productions by Michelangelo serve as a background for thinking.