Spring 2018 Courses

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Undergraduate Courses




AH 112- Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Today

Major monuments and artists. Sequential development, from the Renaissance to the modern period, of major styles in architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, and photography. Relationship of visual art to social and cultural trends.
Room: LAW AUD

T,R  11:00-12:15  and  Discussion Section                   Cranston/Ribner
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AH 205-  History of World Architecture

An examination of patterns in world architecture and urbanism from pre-history to 1400CE. Lectures and discussions address questions of program, spatial composition, structure, technology, iconography, and cultural context for the examples considered.
Room: EPC 209

M,W,F 9:05-9:55                  Kauffman
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AH 225- The 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.
Room: CAS 315

T, R  12:30-1:45                      Niu


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).
Room: CAS 222

T, R 11:00-12:15                   Bard


AH 234- Art of Rome

Roman architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts. Emphasis on developments in Rome, Pompeii, and Central Italy and on the political and social role of Roman art and architecture.
Room: CAS 218

T, R 3:30-4:45                      Kleiner
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AH 242- Latin American Art 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.
Room: CAS 426

M,W,F 1:25-2:15                   Reyes
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AH 313-  Imperial Reflections: Early Modern Islamic Art and Architecture

Architecture, manuscripts, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics of the Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires. Focus on the formation of imperial styles, intersections between art and politics, and the importance of the arts in the dynastic legitimization.
Room: CAS 320   
T, R 9:30-10:45                    Fetvaci
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AH 325-  Art, Media, and Buddhism

We will examine how textual, visual, and material forms of religious expressions have been conceptualized by Buddhists as well as how Buddhist objects are understood and re-contextualized in the West. Topics include: self-immolation; museums; war propaganda, and pop culture. (meets with CAS RN365 and GRS RN665)
Room: CAS 428   

T, R 3:30-4:45                    Hughes


AH 379- American Art and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Explores the visual arts of painting, sculpture, photography, and popular media, through their interplay with persistent political and social questions that defined nineteenth-century American and continue to shape life in the twenty-first century themes include heroes, citizenship, war, imperialism, cosmopolitanism, consumerism.
Room: CAS 222

M,W,F 10:10-11:00                  Barrett
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AH 387- Boston Architecture and Urbanism

This class presents a history of Boston from the seventeenth through twenty-first centuries, as seen through the region’s architectural and urban history. Major buildings, architects, and urban planning schemes are examined in terms of economic, political, social, and institutional histories.
Room: CAS 222  

M,W,F 2:30-3:20                Abramson


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. Room:
CAS 315

M, W, F 1:25-2:15                   Williams
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AH 395- History of Photography

An introduction to the study of photographs. The history of the medium in Europe and America from its invention in 1839 to the present. After -lectures on photographic theory and methodology, photographs are studied both as art objects and as historical artifacts.  course site
Room: CAS B12

T, R  11:00-12:15                    Sichel
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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.
Room: CAS 428

T, R   9:30-10:45                    Haenraets
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AH 527 A1- Architecture Capstone

This course guides upper-class architectural studies majors through a capstone experience, which may be an internship or a research project.  Open only, by application, to architectural studies seniors and qualified juniors.
Room: CAS 303A

T  12:30-3:15                  Abramson


AH 527 B1- Istanbul: From Imperial Capital to Global City

Architectural and urban history of Istanbul – 18th Century to present: buildings, urban fabrics and public spaces in the context of national, regional and global developments; explores how spatial practices inform the making, transformation, continuous re-negotiation of cultural/ national identities.
Room: CAS 303A   

T  3:30-6:15                Bozdoǧan
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AH 533- Greek Painting

Painting was the most esteemed genre of ancient Greek art, famed for its ability to delight – or even fool – the eye.  We will study Greek painting in all of its known forms and discuss different artists: panel, wall, and pottery painters, as well as colorists who collaborated with sculptors.
Room: CAS 303A

F   11:15-2:00               Martin


AH 534- Artistic Patronage in the Roman World

An empire-wide study of the role of patrons (imperial, civic, and private) in the commissioning of Roman art and architecture, and of the impact patrons have on the form and content of the works they pay for.
Room: CAS 303A

W 2:30-5:15                     Kleiner
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AH 540- Europe and Islam

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.
Room: CAS 303A

R  12:30-3:15                   Fetvaci 
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AH 546- Historical Preservation

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.
Room: HIS 110

T  3:30-6:15                   Bluestone
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AH 580- Architectural Technology and Materials

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.
Room: CAS 303A

T  8:00-10:45                   Sherman


AH 589- European Romanticism

Considers European art from the late eighteenth century to 1848.  Works, rich in imagination and feeling, by Goya, Blake, Turner, Friedrich, Géricault, Delacroix, and others are viewed in relation to politics, religion, poetry, and music of a creative, turbulent era.
Room: CAS 303A

W   8:00-10:45                   Ribner




Graduate Courses




AH 805-  Professional Development & Placement Seminar

Offers advanced PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss works-in-progress and structured guidance for the tasks involved in academic and curatorial job applications.
Room: CAS 303A

R   3:30-5:15                     Martin


AH 812- Portraiture from 1300-1600

Topics include the influence of ancient art and literature, tropes of animation (especially the “speaking portrait”), the visualization of identity, and the relationship between biography and art history.
Room: CAS 303A

R   9:00-10:45                   Cranston
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AH 887- Art in 1940s America

This seminar explores the ways that American artists negotiated the socio-political crises, cultural dilemmas, and aesthetic debates engendered by World War II and the inception of the Atomic Age, examining works by Noguchi, Lawrence, Shahn, Nevelson, Hopper, Rockwell, and others.
Room: CAS 303A

M 2:30-5:15                   Barrett
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AH 895 A1- Contemporary Commemorative Art in Latin America

This seminar studies symbolic reparations within the Inter-American human rights system and relates it to commemorative artistic practices. It raises questions about the values and limitations of art for social healing in contexts of gross violations of human rights.
Room: CAS 303A

F  2:30-4:15                  Reyes
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AH 895 W1- Contemporary Art and Globalization

Considers globalization as the key paradigm for art produced since 1989. Explores how international artists and curators have negotiated the space between local tradition and global exchange while participating in large-scale group exhibitions.
Room: CAS 303A

M  10:10-11:55                   Williams
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