Fall 2012 Courses


Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages Course Site
CAS AH111 TR 11:00-12:30 Kleiner/Kahn
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.

Understanding Architecture:  Theoretical Approaches to the Built Environment Course Site
CAS AH201 TR 11:00-12:30 Morgan
Introduces a range of approaches to the analysis of architecture. Learn how scholars and architects have interpreted meaning in architecture through the rubrics of art, structure, language, nonverbal communication, experience, and culture.

Islamic Art and Architecture Course Site
CAS AH220 MWF 10:00-11:00 Fetvaci
Examines key monuments of Islamic art and architecture within their historical and cultural context, and emphasizes the diversity within the visual cultures of the Islamic world.

Arts and Architecture in Ancient America
CAS AH222 TR 9:30-11:00 Coggins
Introduction to the cities, monuments, and major art styles of the Aztec, the Maya, the Inca, and their predecessors in ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes from the first millennium BC to the sixteenth century.

The Arts of Greece Course Site
CAS AH233 MWF 3:00-4:00 Martin
Greek architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts. Emphasis on developments in Athens and on the creation of the classical style in art and architecture.

The Nineteenth Century Course Site
CAS AH287 MWF 9:00-10:00 Ribner
Examines the major currents in nineteenth-century painting and sculpture, from David to Rodin, in the context of nationalism, revolution, colonial expansion, and technological growth. Emphasizes European developments: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism.

African Diaspora Course Site
CAS AH316 MWF  2:00-3:00 Becker
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 Santería, Vodun, and carnival.

Arts of China Course Site
CAS AH327 MWF  11:00-12:00 Bai
Introduction to the major tradition of Chinese art, from the Neolithic period to the present. Topics include bronzes, tomb sculpture, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, and gardens.

Renaissance Architecture and Theory Course Site
CAS AH353 TR  9:30-11:00 Cranston
Italian Renaissance architecture and architectural theory from 1400 to 1600. Emphasis on individual buildings and urban planning in Rome, Florence, and Venice, and on treatises by Alberti, Serlio, and Palladio.

Northern Baroque Course Site
CAS AH365 MWF    10:00-11:00 Zell
Seventeenth-century art in Holland and Flanders. Emphasis on Rubens, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.

American Material Culture
CAS AH367 MWF 11:00-12:00 Moore
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.

Twentieth-Century Art to 1940
CAS AH391 TR 11:00-12:30 Brown
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.

Contemporary Art: 1980 to Now
CAS AH393 B1 T 6:00-9:00 Tanga
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. Time and instructor to be announced.

Twentieth Century Architecture Course Site
CAS AH398 TR 2:00-3:30 Scrivano
An introduction to the major developments in architecture and urban planning from ca. 1900 to the present. Traces the history of modern architecture in key projects, taking account of formal, technological, and ideological factors, as well as social, cultural, and environmental contexts.

Picasso Course Site
CAS AH495 F 11:00-2:00 Ribner
Nearly eight decades of incessant art making by Pablo Picasso will be examined in relation to major currents in modern European art, literature, politics, and music. Readings include classic and recent contributions to the art-historical and critical literature.

Piety and Art in Anglo-Norman England Course Site
CAS AH504 W 2:00-5:00 Kahn
The course will provide a general overview of English art and religion from the late Anglo-Saxon through the Early Gothic periods. Notable topics will include the role of the church building in post Conquest England, art and monasticism, the role of the monasteries in artistic exchange, female piety, Episcopal patronage, and the transmission of artistic forms and iconographies through pilgrimage and Crusade.

The Museum and Historical Agency Course Site
CAS AH520 R 2:00-5:00 Hall
The history, present realities, and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies. Emphasis on the collection, preservation, and use of objects, as well as on the interaction of artists, dealers, collectors, donors, scholars, trustees, and museum professionals.

Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy Course Site
CAS AH530 M 5:00-8:00 Bai
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.

The Greek Conception of the “Known World”
Course Site
CAS AH533 F  9:00-12:00The Greek Conception of the “Known World” Martin
How did ancient Greeks understand and visualize “the known world” – “he oikoumene ge”? Greek historians and geographers reacted in predictable ways to foreign places and people. The farther people resided outside of the Aegean, the more likely Greeks framed them in fantastic (even if sometimes complimentary) and irrational terms. This course will follow the life cycle of identity construction in ancient Greece, from cosmogony (creation), to the mapping of contemporary people and lands, to accounts of the underworld and afterlife. Throughout the term we will juxtapose maps and works of art with textual accounts to work toward a deeper understanding of how Greeks perceived and shaped their environment; how they understood themselves and others in racial, ethnic, and cultural terms; and why they cared to record their experiences in terms blending the imagined and the real. Students from all fields are welcome.

Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History
CAS AH539 M 3:00-6:00 Ali
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.

Europe and the Islamic World: Medieval and Early-Modern Cultural Exchange Course Site
CAS AH540 M 3:00-6:00 Fetvaci
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.

The Alliance of Art and Power in the Baroque Course Site
CAS AH563 W 1:00-4:00 Zell
This seminar explores the relationship between visual culture and political authority in seventeenth-century Europe, an age dominated by absolutist kings, Counter-Reformation zeal, and colonial expansion. It also investigates the link between power and representation through a consideration of the global dimensions of art produced and exchanged in this era of intensive cross-cultural encounter. We will focus primarily on painting, architecture, and sculpture by major Baroque artists, including Rubens, Van Dyck, Velázquez, Rembrandt, and Bernini, but also look at other forms of visual and material culture, from Mesoamerican featherworks to Chinese ceramics and other commodities that circulated through global networks of trade and commerce.
Historic Houses
CAS AH 582 T  2:00-5:00 Hall
Studies the preservation of historic homes as museums, a phenomenon involving more than 26,000 houses throughout the U.S. since 1850. Considers Boston’s excellent examples as works of architecture and design and as icons in debates about national and regional identities.Course may be applied towards Museum Studies certificate program.

Rethinking America Landscape Painting Course Site
CAS AH 589 R 9:00-11:00 AND 3:30-6:00 Wallach
The seminar explores American landscape representation from 1800 to 1875 in terms of changing formal and thematic characteristics and the influence of new social formations, new cultural practices, and new technologies of vision (the panorama) and representation (photography). Scheduling note: class does not meet every week. Class meets only on 9/6, 9/20, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29, and 12/13.

Graduate Courses

Colloquium in African Diaspora Arts in the Americas Course Site
GRS AH716 W  10:00-12:00 Becker
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 Santería, Vodun, and carnival. Students must also attend CAS AH 316.

Portraiture Course Site
GRS AH812 Tue 11:00-1:00 Cranston
The seminar will consider the genre of 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.

American Material Culture
GRS AH867 M 2:00-5:00 Moore
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.

Approaches to Architectural History Course Site
GRS AH892 T 10:00-12:00 Scrivano
Introduction to the theory and practice of architectural history. Readings explore varied approaches to interpreting architecture; assignments develop skills of informed and careful architectural analysis.

Seminar in 20th Century Art: Paris 1900-1940 Course Site
GRS AH895 M 10:00-12:00 Sichel
This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the representation of Paris in a variety of media, from the Exposition Universelle in 1900 to the beginning of World War II. Although literature, universal expositions, painting, photography, and film construct very different Paris images, certain common concerns will be studied throughout the semester. Topics include the effect of the continuing importance of the “flaneur,” the effect of modernism on the city, the changing personality of the city as it is perceived in the different media, the effect of World War I, the methods by which Paris is made orderly and comprehensible through art forms, a growing fragmentation from the beginning of the century to 1940, and the changing nature of the city’s “romance” or magic for both Parisians and foreigners.