History of Art & Architecture

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  • 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 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, Dalí, 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 438: Seminar: Pompeii
    An in-depth study of Pompeii and the other towns buried by Mount Vesuvius. All aspects of the Vesuvian cities are examined, including urban planning and public architecture, private domestic and funerary architecture, mural painting, mosaics, and sculpture. Also offered as CAS AR 438.
  • 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 462: Seminar: Baroque 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 Spring 2015: Global Baroque: Art and Power in the Seventeenth Century. Investigates the interaction between art and structures of power in seventeenth-century Europe, with particular attention to the global dimensions of this phenomenon. Focus on Rubens, Rembrandt, and Velázquez; also other forms of cultural production that circulated through global trading networks.
  • 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 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
    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 2016: Curating the Contemporary. Exhibitions of contemporary art have become more expansive and interdisciplinary in recent decades, challenging conventional norms of display and authorship. This course examines the theory, practice, and problems of curating exhibitions of contemporary art today.
  • 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. Three topics are offered Fall 2016. Section A1: Twentieth- Century Architecture: Architecture and the Environment. Investigates how designers and planners have theorized architecture's relationship with the environment throughout the twentieth century. Analyzes key theoretical texts by architects and critics and links them to projects in Europe, United States, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Section B1: Images and Power Relations in Latin America. Through select case studies, an interrogation of the power of images constituting (as well as challenging) colonial, gender, racial, national, and modern identities. Section C1: Visual Cultures of the American City, 1800 - 1950. Examines the ways American artists interpreted settings, figures, and events of urban life between 1800 and 1950, a period that saw rapid urbanization, the dramatic growth of city populations, and intensive concentration of wealth and poverty in urban districts.