Fall ’18


Undergraduate Courses

AH 111- Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages

An introduction to art history and the analysis of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Study of masterpieces from prehistoric to medieval times. Focus on monuments of Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, with a survey of Egyptian and Near Eastern art.
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T,R  11:00-12:15  and  Discussion Section                   Kleiner/Kahn

AH 201-  Understanding Architecture

Introduces a range of approaches to understanding architecture in a historical perspective. Learn how architects and others have interpreted meaning through rubrics of art, nature, and culture, Focusing on European and American architecture from 1400 to the present.
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T, R  2:00-3:15                   Law

AH 210- Learning to See

Strengthens your ability to describe and analyze the visual world. From fundamentals such as color and composition to the design of advertisements, propaganda, and appliances. A lab component with frequent visits to the MFA and other Boston sites provides opportunities for direct engagement with objects, images, and the built environment.
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M,W,F  1:25-2:15                      Ribner

AH 225- Arts of Asia

Surveys of the major artistic traditions of Asia. Important monuments are examined analytically in order to explain why certain forms and styles are characteristic of specific times and places, and how these monuments functioned in their cultural contexts.
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T, R 9:30-10:45                  Huang

AH 232- Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

The technology, economy, social life, political organization, religions, art, and architecture of Egypt from Predynastic times through the Hellenistic period, based on archaeological and historical sources. Emphasis on the period of the pharaohs (ca. 3000-323 BCE).
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M,W,F  2:30-3:20                  Bard

AH 233- Arts of Greece

Greek architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts. Emphasis on developments in Athens and on the creation of the classical style in art and architecture.
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T, R  2:00-3:15                      Martin

AH 242- Latin America Since Contact

Surveys Latin American art from the colonial period to the present and relates it to imperial, state, institutional, and private agendas. Integrates both notions of art within colonial/neo-colonial contexts and changing roles of artists over the past half millennium.
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M,W,F  10:10-11:00                   Reyes

AH 284-  Arts in America

Survey of American painting, architecture, sculpture, prints, and photography from the early settlement in 1630 to the present.
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T, R 9:30-10:45                 Barrett

AH 314-  After Genghis Khan

Examines the art and architecture in Iran and Central Asia of the Ilkhanids and Timurids (thirteenth-sixteenth centuries), two of the most innovative and dynamic artistic traditions of the Islamic world, and heirs to the traditions of Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire.
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M,W,F  9:05-9:55                     Fetvaci

AH 316- African Diaspora

Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santeria, Vodun, and carnival.
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T, R  11:00-12:15               Becker

AH 352- Venetian Renaissance

A study of art and architecture in Renaissance Venice with focus on the “Myth of Venice,” Byzantine heritage, introduction of the oil medium, Scuole, and the work of Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Palladio, Veronese, and Tintoretto.
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T, R 12:30-1:45               Cranston

AH 365- Northern Baroque

Explores Netherlandish art from the late sixteenth through the seventeenth centuries, focusing on Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Addresses the embattled Christian image; art in the service of princely, patrician, and ecclesiastical authority; the Dutch art market; women and domesticity.
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M,W,F  10:10-11:00               Zell

AH 380- Romanticism

In-depth exploration of art in the age of revolution, nationalism, colonial expansion, and religious revival. Development of new attitudes toward history, nature, and the imagination in the work of Friedrich, Goya, Delacroix, Gericault, Ingres, Turner, Constable, Blake, and others.
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M,W,F  9:05-9:55               Ribner

AH 385- American Buildings and Landscapes

An introductory analytic survey of American buildings and landscapes within their historical and cultural contexts. Students examine forces that have shaped the American built environment. Topics range from Indian mounds to commercial strips, Spanish missions to skyscrapers.
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T,R   11:00-12:15              Moore

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.
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M, W, F 11:15-12:05                    Sichel

AH 393- Contemporary Art

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.
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T, R  3:30-4:45                    Williams

AH 404- Digital Humanities and the Museum: Transatlantic Origins of National Parks

Explore how museums use digitally-based information systems. Combine art historical and curatorial research methods, and digital tools to create an interactive website that reveals nineteenth-century artists’ and poets’ advocacy for landscape reserves and national parks.
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T   12:30-3:15                    Hall

AH 444- Illuminated Manuscripts from the Middle Ages

Seminar focuses on medieval illuminated manuscripts. We begin with the shift from scroll to codex in the 4th century and end with the 15th century Très Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry. Museum and library visits will be scheduled.
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T   3:30-6:15                  Kahn

AH 503- Art Historical Methods

This seminar 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 a global context since 1900.
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R  12:30-3:15                      Williams

AH 504- Religious Architecture in Islam

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.
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F   11:15-2:00               Fetvaci

AH 520- The Museum and the 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.
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R 12:30-3:15                   Hall

AH 527A1- Art and Visual Culture of the American Revolution

This course explores the broad field of art, visual culture, and material culture that took shape in Britain and colonial North America during the American Revolution. Examining a range of images and objects—from painted portraits to wax figures—we will consider how artisans on both sides of the Atlantic participated in the political, legal, and cultural struggles of the Revolutionary War.
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T  12:30-3:15                   Barrett

AH 527B1- Mountains & Waters: Chinese Landscape Art

Shanshui (mountains and waters), commonly translated as landscape, has been the most esteemed genre in Chinese art for over a millennium. Nonetheless, the relationship between landscape, nature, and its visual representation remains in flux. This seminar will examine the development of this genre and its continuous transformation. Weekly seminar will be organized around thematic subjects to cover a wide range of issues surrounding the genre of landscape in paintings and prints.

R 3:30-6:15                   Huang

AH 527 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.
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R  3:30-6:15                 Haenraets

AH 531- Japan on Display

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.
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M   2:30-5:15                   Tseng

AH 534- Imperial Rome

The development of Rome from an Iron Age village to the capital of the Mediterranean world. Focus on the the topography an monuments of the city during the High and Late empire.
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W  8:00-10:45                  Kleiner

AH 554- Boston Architecture 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.

W   2:30-5:15                   Bluestone

AH 557- High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy

Explores the early modern concept of art as a living thing through a consideration of likeness, illusion, automata, anatomy, wonders, and monsters. Attention will also be given to the role of thing theory, phenomenology, and artificial intelligence in art history.
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R   8:00-10:45                 Cranston

AH 585- Twentieth Century Architecture and Urbanization

Explores significance of landscape for nationalisms/territorial nation-states in the modern era. Representations, idealizations/nationalist re-significations of landscape in America, Europe, Mediterranean and Middle East. Taming of nature and “conquest” of terrain by infrastructural projects of modern nation-states and new regimes.
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F   2:30-5:15                   Bozdoǧan

AH 586- Transcultural Dialogues in Art of the American West: 1865-1968

This seminar presents an overview of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century art produced in the American West, considering the output of both American Indian and Euro-American artists working in this area, with a view towards acknowledging transcultural aesthetic dialogues that occurred – and continue to occur – among Native and non-Native artists and their works. With a particular emphasis on drawing and painting in their many forms – from hide paintings and decorated pottery to abstracted mid-century canvases – we will examine the varied ways that these artists grappled with concepts of modern American Indian identity and addressed clichés of Indianness in their work during the years between the end of the American Civil War in 1865 and the foundation of the American Indian Movement in 1968. Each week will center around the art production of an individual artist whose oeuvre will serve as a case study for the analysis of a broader set of artists, artworks, and issues.

T   3:30-6:15                  Hawley

Graduate Courses

AH 742- Latin American Colloquium

Case studies designed to explore the main aesthetic, social, and historical discourses surrounding image production in Latin America while familiarizing students with main scholars in the field and their methodologies.

F   2:30-4:15                  Reyes

AH 822- African Art Seminar: Contact Zones and Borderlands in African Art

Scholars often divide African art into distinct tribal styles that are bound by the traditions of their native rural villages.  This class takes a historically dynamic approach and looks at the physical and conceptual movement of objects across history and geographic space.  In particular, it considers art produced at contact zones, using cross-cultural encounters to address and rethink concepts of tradition, authenticity, diaspora and commodity.  It explores the journey of material objects within and outside of Africa due to trade, colonialism, slavery, and the influence of Islam.  Readings consider the way in which the objects’ meanings are made and remade as they move from setting to setting.  The course uses a case study approach and concentrates on areas defined as “contact zones,” including coasts, caravan routes, and river valleys, where cultures encountered and sometimes clashed with each other.  Art objects can reveal the ways these different cultures managed their relations with each other.  Our discussions will focus on the encounters that these art objects represent, and the art historical conventions scholars use to express their unique histories.
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W  10:10-11:55                Becker

AH 863- Baroque Seminar: Rembrandt

Explores Rembrandt’s art and career through various methodological approaches, situating his staggeringly prolific production of paintings, prints, and drawings within the cultural and social worlds for which they were created. Some meetings conducted at the MFA and Harvard Art Museums.

W  2:30-4:15                    Zell

AH 867- Material Culture

Introduction to the theory and practice of the interdisciplinary study of material culture, which includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings. Explores contemporary scholarship from a range of disciplines.
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M  2:30-5:15                  Moore

AH 895- Paris, 1900-1940

This seminar explores the representation of Paris in a variety of media, from the Exposition Universelle in 1900 to World War II. Although literature, painting, photography, and film construct different Paris images, common concerns are studied throughout the semester.
Course Site

W  4:30-6:15                   Sichel