History of Art & Architecture

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  • 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.
  • 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 575: From Studio to Savannah: Photography in Africa
    Study of the role photography plays in determining how the world views Africa. Focus on both colonial and on contemporary photographs. An emphasis on how Africans have played an active role in confronting colonialism and in manipulating their own self-image.
  • 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.
  • CAS AH 584: Greater Boston: Architecture and Planning
    Examines the buildings, development patterns, and open space planning of greater Boston, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Weekly visits to neighborhoods and buildings throughout the city are combined with independent research projects for each member of the seminar.
  • CAS AH 585: Twentieth-Century Architecture and Urbanism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2015: TBA.
  • CAS AH 587: Green Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing.
    This seminar explores the historical context for issues of sustainability and green architecture from the eighteenth century to the present, charted through questions of landscape theory, public park making, suburbanization, adaptive re-use, and new materials and methods of construction.
  • CAS AH 589: Topics in Nineteenth-Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior (or graduate student).
    Topic for Spring 2015: Romanticism. An exploration of the art of Goya, Blake, Friedrich, Géricault, Delacroix, and others, who created enduring works of the imagination in an era of revolution, nationalism, and religious revival.
  • CAS AH 591: Seminar in Photographic History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2015: Documentary Photography. A study of changing uses, definitions, and archives of documentary photography from 1839 to the present. Topics include urban photography, war imagery, topographical and survey landscapes, architectural records, social reform photography, New Deal imagery, and digital documents.