History of Art & Architecture

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  • CAS AH 444: Seminar: Medieval Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Medieval Art. Topic for Fall 2022: Cathedrals and Castles: the Art and Architecture of Medieval Europe. Castles and cathedrals with their splendid treasures from gold and gem-studded objects to vast stained-glass windows, precious textiles and illuminated manuscripts are explored as the backdrop for the social political, religious, and cultural conditions of the period.
  • CAS AH 486: Architecture Capstone
    This course guides senior and eligible junior architectural studies majors through a capstone experience, which may be an internship or a research project. Open only by application. Interested students contact Professor Abramson by Nov. 1, 2022. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Ethical Reasoning.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Ethical Reasoning
  • CAS AH 500: Topics in History of Art & Architecture
    May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Two topics are offered Fall 2023. Section A1: A Global History of Camps: From the 19th Century to the Present. The image of the camp dominates contemporary representations. This course examines this spatial device from a global historical perspective, tracing a genealogy from colonial camps, Nazi camps, Soviet gulags, US internment camps to contemporary detention camps, refugee camps, border camps. Section B1: Images and Power Relations in Latin America. Seminar interrogates images in the constitution and challenging of colonial, national, and modern power relations. Focus on colonial caste hierarchies; the articulation of nation through gender (patriarchy), race (criollismo, indigenismo and afro-latinidad), and discourses of universality, modernity, and development.
  • CAS AH 507: Digital Curation: Towards National Parks: Art and Nature, Nature and Nation
    Before national parks, wild locations attracted artists, photographers and poets. Their works made these areas known to tourist-viewers. Prepare a digital exhibition and map artist- advocates as they explored mountains, forests and waterfalls. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CAS 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.
  • CAS AH 521: Curatorship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2023: This course examines the role of the curator today and considers practices and debates related to decentralizing and decolonizing paradigms of art, privileging, and foregrounding historically excluded narratives of art, and shaping new and inclusive approaches to exhibition-making. Students also learn practical and theoretical tools used by curators in these processes, including wall text and labels, display techniques, and educational programs supplemented by readings, class discussions, and case studies
  • CAS AH 525: American Cultural Landscape Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    This seminar provides an introduction to analyzing and interpreting American cultural landscapes and acquaints students with the historiography of interdisciplinary study of the built environment. Also offered as CAS AM 525.
  • CAS AH 527: Topics in Art and Society
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. Two topics are offered Fall 2023. Section A1: Art in 1940s America. This seminar explores the ways that American painters, sculptors, photographers, and graphic artists negotiated the socio-political crises, cultural dilemmas, and aesthetic debates engendered by World War II and the inception of the Atomic Age. Section B1: The Mount Auburn Cemetery. Centers on the exploration of remembrance, and the invention, appropriation, and development of imagery and landscape for memorials. Much of this seminar takes place on site in the Mount Auburn Cemetery and in regional early Burying Grounds.
  • 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
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    Topic for Fall 2021: Greek Painting. Painting was the most esteemed genre of ancient Greek art, famed for its beauty and ability to fool the eye. We study panel and wall painters, colorists who collaborated with sculptors and architects, and craftsmen who decorated pottery Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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 548: Global Heritage Conservation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    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 554: Boston Architectural and Community History Workshop
    Focuses on class readings, lectures, and research on a single neighborhood or community in Boston (or Greater Boston). Topic for Fall 2023: This interdisciplinary course explores a single Boston neighborhood's evolution through site visits, archival research, classroom discussions, and group and individual projects. Students investigate how Boston's historical transformations shaped and were shaped by its unique and compelling built environment.
  • CAS AH 557: High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy
    Topic for Fall 2021: Drawing in Early Modern Italy. This seminar considers the role of drawings in workshop practice, the transition to drawings as autonomous artworks, and the relationship between invention and sketches. Attention also given to the history of materials and connoisseurship, as well as to the mobility of drawings as artworks.
  • CAS AH 563: Global Baroque: Art and Power in the Seventeenth Century
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Investigates the interaction between art and structures of power in 17th- century Europe, with particular attention to its global dimensions. Focus on Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Bernini but also other forms of cultural production that circulated through global trade.
  • CAS AH 574: Topics in African Art
    An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of African art. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2023: Benin Bronzes in Context. With a focus on collections-based learning, this seminar explores the historical and cultural context of art of the Benin Kingdom beginning with the material culture of Ile-Ife and concluding with contemporary conversations concerning repatriation, ethical stewardship, and institutional critique.
  • CAS AH 582: Historic Houses
    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. Topic for Fall 2021: Historic House Museums in Boston and Beyond. Boston and New England have numerous house museums. From circa 1850, such buildings were saved internationally. But why? Do they address contemporary audiences? Uses case studies and visits; contextualizes international movement. Considers group memory, invented traditions, civic-national identities, romantic nationalism.
  • CAS AH 589: Topics in Nineteenth Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior (or graduate student).
    Topic for Fall 2023: The Age of Napoleon. The seminar addresses European art from the 1770s through the mid-nineteenth century, when artists were certain of nothing except -- in the words of the poet John Keats -- "the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination."