History of Art & Architecture

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  • 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 2014: Exhibition Development. Addresses the history of exhibitions and issues in contemporary curating. Topics discussed range from the historiography and pragmatics of exhibition making, to the issues central to curatorial thinking through readings of texts by curators, historians, and artists.
  • CAS AH 527: Topics in Art and Society
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2014: Archaeology to World Heritage. Investigates how architecture and landscape architecture become World Heritage sites. Considers sites' prior development as "theaters" of change, and their performances; architects, artists and others as agents in globalization, cosmopolitanism and, perhaps, displacement.
  • 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
    Seminar on print culture of Japan from the nineteenth century to the present. Formats to be studied include woodblock prints, photographic prints, book art, print advertisements, postcards, and manga. A central exploration of this course is how works in these formats function as both artistic expression and instruments of mass communication.
  • 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. Topics vary annually. Topic for Spring 2014: Art and Politics in Imperial Rome. A study of the art and architecture of imperial Rome focusing on the ways that emperors and private citizens alike used sculptures, paintings, buildings, and other art forms as tools to advertise achievements and mold public opinion.
  • 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, 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 543: Latin American Art and the Cold War
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or above.
    Study of Latin American artistic practices in relation to Cold War political frameworks, such as development and dependency discourses, the impact of the Cuban Revolution, U.S. and Soviet cultural policies, and the rise of numerous political dictatorships.
  • CAS AH 553: Documenting Historic Buildings and Landscapes
    A seminar designed to train students in architectural research techniques through supervised reading, fieldwork, and writing. Students are introduced to the skills needed to conduct research on both individual resources and groups of resources, clustered within an area or scattered throughout a community. Also offered as CAS AM 553.
  • CAS AH 557: High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy
    Topic for Fall 2014: Early Modern Collectors and Collecting. This seminar considers the emergence of collectors of Renaissance art and their varied collecting practices from the sixteenth century until the present day. Topics covered in the course include theories of collecting and collections.
  • CAS AH 563: Alliance of Art and Power in the Baroque
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Explores the relationship between visual culture and political authority in seventeenth century Europe. Focus on painting, architecture, and sculpture by major artists of the period, including Rubens, Van Dyck, Velázquez, Rembrandt, and Bernini.
  • CAS AH 570: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century American Architecture
    Lectures and field trips explore American architecture and building from initial European contact through the end of the eighteenth century. Emphasis on New England, with discussion of architectural forms from other regions.
  • CAS AH 571: African American Art
    Studies African American art and craft production from the early nineteenth century to the present against the background of the diaspora, reconstruction, and the modernist movements of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Also offered as CAS AA 571.
  • CAS AH 572: Gilded Age America: Visual Culture from 1865-1900
  • CAS AH 580: Architectural Technology and Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    An introduction to the history of architectural construction, technologies, and materials, and their consequences in the built environment. Students receive a practical understanding of the building process and of its social and cultural contexts.