Spring ’19

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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. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
T,R  11:00-12:15, plus Discussion Section                   Zell/Ribner


AH 205-  History of World Architecture

An examination of patterns in world architecture and urbanism from pre- history to the twentieth century. Lectures and discussions address questions of program, spatial composition, structure, technology, iconography, and cultural context for the examples considered. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Research and Information Literacy.

M,W,F 3:35-4:25                  Castrillion


AH 215- The Arts of Africa

Exploration of a diversity of visual and performing arts from Africa, including ceramics, textiles, royal regalia, masquerades, and contemporary painting. Examines how the dispersal of Africans, due to the transatlantic slave trade and immigration, contributed to the cultural richness of the Americas. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

T, R  12:30-1:45                      Becker


AH 220- Islamic Art

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. BU Hub area(s): Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Research and Information Literacy.

T, R 11:00-12:15                   Fetvaci


AH 234- The 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. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.

T, R 2:00-3:15                      Kleiner          


AH 323- Utopian Modernismos: Avant-Garde Practices in Latin America

This course studies avant-garde practices and the utopian role assigned to visual arts in Latin America during the twentieth century. We will study vanguard movements including Social Realism, Indigenism, Mexican Muralism, Geometric Abstraction, Mass-Mediatic interventions, and Art-ivism, among others.

T, R 11:00-12:15                     Reyes


AH 327-  Arts of China

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.

M,W,F 10:10-11:00                   Huang


AH 333-  Arts of Classical Greece

Examines architecture, sculpture, painting, and metalwork of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. in their original contexts. Addresses such larger issues as development of portraiture; tension of “real” and “ideal”; roles and shifting iconographies of myth; and political use of monuments. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.

M,W,F 9:05-9:55                   Martin


AH 353- Renaissance Architecture

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.

M,W,F 11:15-12:05                  Cranston


AH 386- American Modernism

This class explores the diverse and contested field of modern art in the United States, examining the broad range of artists and art practices that laid claim to aesthetic modernism in the years between 1890 and 1945. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.

T, R 9:30-10:45              Barrett


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. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.

M, W, F 1:25-2:15                   Williams


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. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.

T, R  12:30-1:45                    Sichel


AH 398- Twentieth-Century Architecture

This course provides an introduction to the major developments in architecture and urban planning from ca. 1900 to the present. It traces the proliferation of modernist thought through key projects but also to everyday buildings and landscapes. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.

T, R   2:00-3:15                   Bozdoǧan


AH 399 -History and Theory of Landscape Architecture

Explores the development of designed landscapes from ancient times to the present. It provides a historical survey of landscape architecture through a study of key periods and styles across the world

T, R  9:30-10:45                  Haenraets


AH 521- Curatorial Seminar

Exhibition Development. Students research and prepare for upcoming exhibition on nineteenth-century artists and writers and landscape preservation. Introduces curatorial strategies and practical elements of exhibition-making through lectures, discussions, reading, and visits. Uses digital tools and practical exercises. Individual research projects and teamwork.

F  2:30-5:15                Tanga


AH 527 A1- Images and Power Relations in Latin America

This seminar studies the role images have played in Latin American power relations since the conquest. Through select case studies, it interrogates the power of images in constituting as well as challenging colonial, gender, racial, national, and modern identities.

F  2:30-5:15                   Reyes


AH 527 B1- American Art Seminar

This course will examine the ways that American artists interpreted urban life in the years between 1790 and 1910, a period that saw rapid urbanization, the dramatic growth of city populations, and the deepening stratification and fragmentation of urban communities.

T 12:30-3:15                     Barrett


AH 532- Japanese Print Culture

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.

T 12:30-3:15                    Tseng


AH 533-Greek Architecture

Greek stone architecture from its origins, including the emergence and development of the Doric and Ionic orders, to the role of architecture in sanctuaries, forms of houses, invention of special buildings, accessibility, use of models, construction techniques, and gigantism.

F  11:15-2:00                   Martin


AH 546- Places of Memory: Historic 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.

T  3:30-6:15                   Bluestone


AH 563- Global Baroque: Art and Power in the Seventeenth Century

Investigates interactions between art and structures of power in seventeenth-century Europe, with particular attention to the global dimensions of this phenomenon. Primary focus on painting, sculpture, and architecture by Baroque artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Bernini.

W   2:30-5:15                   Zell


AH 574- African Art in the City

This course concentrates on contemporary art from Africa’s cities. Once a month we make studio, gallery, and museum visits in Boston to consider different strategies for displaying African art, analyzing the methodologies used to represent African cultures.

R   3:30-6:15                   Becker


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.

W   8:00-10:45                   Laucks


AH 589- Impressionism Through Symbolism

European art, 1848-1900, is examined in light of contemporary developments in politics, literature, and the history of ideas. Class discussion of readings, both recent and classic, is followed by an oral report and a final paper on a research topic.

R   12:30-3:15                   Ribner


AH 591- Documentary Photography

A study of changing uses, definitions, and archives of documentary photography from 1839 to the present. Topics include urban photography, war imagery, topographical and survey landscapes, architectural records, social reform photography, New Deal imagery, and digital documents.

T   3:30-6:15                  Sichel




Graduate Courses




AH 727-  Chinese Colloquium

This course introduces the major tradition of Chinese art, from the Neolithic period to the present. Topics include bronzes, tomb sculpture, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, and gardens.

M   12:20-2:05                     Huang


AH 805- Professional Development

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.

T   9:00-10:45                   Fetvaci   


AH 853- Eco-Criticism and Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture

Focuses on the recent interest in eco-criticism and its relevance for Italian Renaissance art and architecture. Topics will include: ecology and the greening of urban spaces, landscape art and architecture, land art, pastoral art, and the color green.
W  8:00-9:45                   Cranston


AH 887- “Art Not Ethnology”: Exhibitions of Native American Art in U.S. Museums

Overview of how Native American art has been shown in U.S. museums/galleries during the 20th and 21st centuries. Charts changing protocols for presenting Native art, examining survey and solo shows and considering the ways encyclopedic art museums incorporate Native art.

W   2:30-4:15                  Hawley


AH 895 W1- Modern Art and Comedy

This seminar examines modern art through the lens of comedy and its many related forms, including humor, laughter, jokes, satire, parody, stand-up, and slapstick. Beginning with Le Chat Noir cabaret in the 1880s and exploring Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus, and politically inflected humor in art since the 1960s, the class will read 20th-century theories of comedy (Bergson, Freud, Critchley, Zupancic, etc.) while also looking back to ancient and early modern writings. Students are welcome to develop research papers on topics outside of the modern field.

W  10:10-11:55                   Williams