Fall 2014 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.
Topics in Religion and the Visual Arts
CAS AH204 MWF  1:00-2:00 Harrington
Explores interplay between religion and art through the study of historical, contemporary examples. Topic changes each year. May be repeated for credit.
Introduction to Architecture course site
CAS AH205 MWF  2:00-3:00 Morgan
Examination of the factors involved in architectural design including program, spatial composition, structure, technology, iconography, and the role of architecture in society. Discussion of major monuments of Western architecture and urbanism from ancient Egypt to the twenty-first century. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
Islamic Art and Architecture course site
CAS AH220 MWF 2:00-3:00 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. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
Art and Architecture in Ancient America
CAS AH222/AR222 TR 2:00-3:30 Saturno
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.
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.
Latin American Art and Architecture course site
CAS AH242 MWF 1:00-2:00 Reyes
Surveys Latin American art from the colonial period to the present and relates it to imperial, state, institutional, and private agendas. Interrogates both notions of art within colonial/neo-colonial contexts and changing roles of artists over the past half millennium.
Italian Renaissance course site
CAS AH257 MWF  11:00-12:00 Cranston
Survey of the arts in the Renaissance in Italy from the communes of the early fifteenth century to the courts of the sixteenth century.
19th Century Art course site
CAS AH287 MWF  9:00-10:00 Ribner
European painting and sculpture in an age of nationalism, industrialization, political and social revolution, colonial expansion and religious revival. Topics include the art of David, Blake, Ingres, Goya, Friedrich, Delacroix, Courbet, the Impressionists, Van Gogh, Rodin, and Munch.
Arts of China course site
CAS AH327 MWF   9:00-11:00 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.
Modern Japanese Architecture course site
CAS AH328 MWF 10:00-11:00 Tseng
An introduction to the major architects, buildings, theories, and critical issues of Japanese architecture from 1850 to the present. Focus on the development of new forms in response to interchanges with the West, new technologies, earthquakes, nationalism, international wars, and colonialism.
Northern Baroque Art 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.
Housing America
CAS AH376 TR  11:00-12:30 Dempsey
What do dwellings say about the diversity of American experience? For over four centuries and across a continent, wealth and poverty, family and community, taste and technology have all shaped the meaning of home. Illustrated lecturers supplemented by field trips.
Twentieth-Century Art to 1940 course site
CAS AH391 MWF  11:00-12:00 Sichel
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 course site
CAS AH393 TR 3:30-5:00  or
T 6:00-9:00
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.
Landscape Architecture course site
CAS AH399 TR  9:30-11:00 Davis
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.
Seminar: Pompeii course site
CAS AH438 W 2:00-5:00 Kleiner
An in-depth study of Pompeii and the other towns buried by Mount Vesuvius. All aspects of the Vesuvian cities will be examined, including urban planning and public architecture, private domestic and funerary architecture, mural painting, mosaics, and sculpture, as well as the history of the excavations.
Seminar: Medieval Art course site
CAS AH444 W 9:00-12:00 Kahn
In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Medieval Art.
Seminar: Picasso course site
CAS AH495 W 1:00-4:00 Ribner
The seminar explores more than eight decades of incessant art making by Pablo Picasso. We will see how his friends, his lovers, and his preoccupation with eroticism and death affected his imagery. The work will be viewed in light of movements to which he contributed (Symbolism, Cubism, and Surrealism), as well as others that he influenced, such as Futurism and Russian Constructivism.
Seminar: Contemporary Art and Globalization course site
CAS AH497 R 10:00- 1:00 Williams
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, international exhibitions.
Reading Boston: Conversations About the Real and Imagined City course site
CAS AM501 T  2:00-5:00 Morgan/Howell
Multidisciplinary examination of Boston from the Wampanoag settlement to the present. Explores how specific neighborhoods have developed and how they have been presented in literature. Includes frequent site visits around Boston. Students majoring in English, Architectural Studies, or Art History should petition their respective departments to receive credit towards their major.
Museums course site
CAS AH520 R  2:00-5:00 Hall
Using Boston’s excellent examples, we will consider history, present realities and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies. Issues and debates confronting museums today examined in the light of historical development and changing communities. Emphasis on collecting, display and interpretation, as well as on interactions between professionals..
Art and Society: Architecture to World Heritage course site
CAS AH527A1 T  2:00-5:00 Hall
Asks how architecture and landscape architecture become World Heritage sites. Considers sites’ prior development as ‘theatres’ of change, and their performances; architects, artists and others as agents in globalization, cosmopolitanism and, perhaps, displacement.
20th Century Chinese Art course site
CAS AH529 F  12:00-3:00 Bai
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.
Greek Painting course site
CAS AH533 F  9:00-12:00 Martin
Painting was the most esteemed genre of ancient Greek art, famed for its beauty and ability to delight – or even fool – the eye. We will study Greek painting in all of its known forms, from the emergence of monumental painting in western art in the sixth century to the acme of illusionism in the Hellenistic era. We will discuss different individual artists, including the famous panel and wall painters, the colorists who collaborated with sculptors, and the craftsmen who produced the decorated pottery for which Greece was famous.
Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History
CAS AH539 R  12:00-3:00 Anderson
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.
Europe and Islam course site
CAS AH540 M  10:00-1:00 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.
Early Modern Collectors and Collecting course site
CAS AH557 M  8:00-11:00 Cranston
This seminar will consider the emergence of collectors of Renaissance art and their varied collecting practices from the sixteenth century until the present day. Topics to be covered in the course will include: theories of collecting/collections, “lives” of artworks and their related social and geographic networks, early modern travel patterns and itineraries, the emergence of art markets and art institutions (such as museums), and the habits of individual collectors.

Graduate Courses

Colloquium: Latin American Art and Architecture course site
GRS AH742 F  10:00-12:00 Reyes
This graduate colloquium is offered in conjunction with AH242 Latin American Art Since Contact. The seminar is designed to give students a fuller grasp on the aesthetic, social, and historical discourses surrounding image production in Latin America, including constructions and challenges to class, race, and gender categories. Furthermore, the colloquium is also designed to familiarize students with the main scholars in the field and their methodologies.
Colloquium: Housing America
GRS AH777 R  2:00-5:00 Dempsey
What do dwellings say about the diversity of American experience? For over four centuries and across a continent, wealth and poverty, family and community, taste and technology have all shaped the meaning of home. Illustrated lecturers supplemented by field trips. Also offered as GRS AM 776.
Kyoto: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism course site
GRS AH820 M 12:00-2:00 Tseng
This seminar explores the art, architecture, and urbanism of Kyoto, the Japanese imperial capital from the late 8th century to the mid 19th century. The course analyzes major artistic and architectural projects sponsored by successive generations of emperors, aristocrats, warriors, and priests, and places the projects in the context of the city’s cultural and urban development. Despite radical shifts in governance, urban configuration, topography, and cultural trends that occurred in Kyoto during the millennium under investigation, cultural continuity figured large as a conscious aim and rhetorical device among patrons and creators of the arts.
Vermeer course site
GRS AH863 M 2:00-4:00 Zell
This seminar explores Vermeer’s art and career through various perspectives and methods of art history, and attempts to situate his astonishingly small production of about 35 paintings within the cultural and social worlds for which they were created. Themes and issues that will guide our discussions include: Vermeer’s place within Delft’s artistic and social cultures; the rise of genre painting in the canon of Dutch art; interpretive debates surrounding Dutch genre painting; making and marketing artworks in the Dutch Republic; patronage, collecting and the display of art; women and domesticity in Dutch art and society; the poetics and gender of the gaze; optics and scientific instruments.
Seminar: Paris course site
GRS AH895 M 2:00-4:00 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. These 
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 and the effect of World War I.