History of Art & Architecture

  • 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 2018: 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.
  • 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 2019: Exhibition Development. Students research and prepare for upcoming exhibition. Introduces curatorial strategies and practical elements of exhibition-making through lectures, discussions, reading, visits, and practical exercises. Individual research projects and teamwork.
  • CAS AH 527: Topics in Art and Society
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. three topics are offered Fall 2018: Section A1: Art and Visual Culture of the American Revolution. Explores art, visual culture, and material culture in Britain and colonial North America during the American Revolution. Examines images and objects--from painted portraits to wax figures--Considers how artisans on both sides participated in political, legal, and cultural struggles. Section B1: Mountains & Waters: Chinese Landscape Art. Examines the development of this genre and its continuous transformation. Weekly seminar is organized around thematic subjects to cover a wide range of issues surrounding the genre of landscape in paintings and prints. Section C1: Global Heritage Conservation. Examining global approaches towards heritage conservation through a study of concepts, charters, and case studies, using themes such as world heritage, cultural tourism, historic towns, new design, intangible heritage, authenticity, integrity, recent past, historic landscapes, conflict, disasters, revitalization and reconstruction.
  • 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 531: Modern Asian Art in a Global Context
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing.
    Topic for Fall 2018: Japan on Display. This seminar explores the various ways that Japan--as a national entity, cultural entity, and/or artistic entity--has been presented, performed, and received in the last 150 years. Focus primarily on Japan's participation in major world's fairs, design exhibitions, and the Olympics.
  • 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 Spring 2019: Greek stone architecture from its origins, including the emergence and development of the Doric and Ionic orders, to the role of architecture in sanctuaries, forms of houses, invention of special buildings, accessibility, and scale.
  • CAS AH 534: Seminar in Roman Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Topics vary. In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Roman art and architecture. Topic for Fall 2018: Imperial Rome. The development of Rome from an Iron Age village to the capital of the Mediterranean world. Focus on the topography and monuments of the city during the High and Late Empire. Also offered as CAS AR 534.
  • 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
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    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 546: Places of Memory: Historic Preservation Theory and Practice
    Covers key aspects of the history, theory, and practice of historic preservation. Preservation is discussed in the context of cultural history and the changing relationship between existing buildings and landscapes and attitudes toward history, memory, invented tradition, and place. Also offered as CAS AM 546 and CAS HI 546.
  • CAS AH 554: Boston Architectural and Community History Workshop
    This course focuses on class readings, lectures, and research on a single neighborhood or community in Boston (or Greater Boston). Greatest emphasis is on using primary sources-- land titles and deeds, building permits, fire insurance atlases and other maps. Also offered as CAS AM 555 and CAS HI 569.
  • CAS AH 557: High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy
    Topic for Fall 2018: The early modern concept of art as a living thing through a consideration of likeness, illusion, automata, anatomy, wonders, and monsters. Attention also given to the role of thing theory, phenomenology, and artificial intelligence in art history.
  • CAS AH 563: Global Baroque: Art and Power in the Seventeenth Century
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Investigates interactions between art and structures of power in seventeenth-century Europe, with particular attention to the global dimensions of this phenomenon. Primary focus on painting, sculpture, and architecture by Baroque artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Bernini.