Course Lists

History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture Course List

AH 100 Art Matters

A first-year foundation experience, this course introduces students to the interpretation of art, architecture, and design. The course is not a survey class. Rather, it focuses on teaching students how historians, curators, and critics approach the study of art, architecture, and design in context – the types of questions they ask and the methods they use to answer those questions. Different sections of this course will focus on specific themes that will guide the content of each section. Students in all sections will complete a common series of art-historical writing assignments and will receive instruction in library use and research.

AH 101 Modernisms

Explores key moments in the history of modern art, spanning a roughly hundred-year period from the 1860s to the 1960s. Modernisms interrogates the canon of western modernism and its historic construction, while also introducing students to global voices that are often excluded from the canon. Rather than privileging individual movements and artists, the course situates modern cultural production within the context of new technologies of representation and communication, global artistic dialogues, cultural exchanges, major political and social shifts, as well as the expansion of international economic markets.

First year students only

AH 200 Renaissance through 1855

Surveys European art from the 14th through the mid-19th centuries. It explores Renaissance art in Italy and Northern Europe, its origins in medieval art, and examines shifts in artistic concepts and forms from the 16th through the mid-18th centuries that led to the emergence of Mannerist, Baroque, and Rococo art. This course concludes with an examination of Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism.

Prerequisite: AH 100 or AH 101

AH 201 Modernisms

Previously titled Modernisms & After. Explores key moments in the history of modern art, spanning a roughly hundred-year period from the 1860s to the 1960s. Modernisms interrogates the canon of western modernism and its historic construction, while also introducing students to global voices that are often excluded from the canon. Rather than privileging individual movements and artists, the course situates modern cultural production within the context of new technologies of representation and communication, global artistic dialogues, cultural exchanges, major political and social shifts, as well as the expansion of international economic markets.

Prerequisite: AH 100

AH 202 Arts: Near East, Egypt, Europe

Surveys art and architecture of the Mediterranean world and Europe from Prehistory to the late Middle Ages. It examines forms of visual expression from the earliest representational images to the "Age of Cathedrals" in relation to changing cultural, political, and economic systems. Periods and regions discussed include the prehistoric Near East and Europe, Bronze Age Mesopotamia and Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium, and medieval Europe, with attention to the significance of interactions between them.

Prerequisite: AH 100

AH 209 Art & Visual Culture 1960-1989

Surveys the art and visual culture from 1960 to 1989, posing a series of questions concerning the production of artistic knowledge during the postwar period. The legacies of the avant-garde (the readymade, the constructivist work, the performative, etc.) as well as the politics and a critique of the institution are addressed. The assimilation of these legacies in different locations, and the increasing difficulty in speaking of traditional artistic categories such as movement, and style, as well as globalization sets are explored. The relationship between art and culture at large (mass media, late capitalism, technology, civil rights, center/periphery hierarchies), and how these relationships influenced the reconceptualization of the art object, intermedeol practices and environments, and a radicalization of modes of circulation and display are also investigated.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 210 Racism and Visual Culture

This course investigates the impact of images in making social life, culture, and visual experience. Students gain familiarity with skills of visual analysis and key terms and debates in art and visual culture. They will also encounter interpretive strategies for a range of art, media, and visual images impacted by dynamics of racialism and racism and practice openly discussing issues of race, racism, settler colonialism, and structural inequality.

Prerequisite: AH 100 and HMST 101

AH 231-IH1 Italian Renaiss Thought & Art

Involves an extended consideration of several patterns of thought in the Italian Renaissance, and of the relationship between the history of ideas and the history of art. Generally, each session involves a close analysis of an artist or groups of artists, of related primary documents, and the broader implications of both. By the end of the semester, students should be comfortable discussing the Italian Renaissance as an artistic and intellectual movement, as well as the work of many of its primary artists and thinkers.

Prerequisite: AH 100

AH 245 The Global in Art History

Explores art traditions from various regions of the world and critically examines their treatment within the field of art history. This course analyzes the impact of colonialism and globalization on the development of the structures of the art world, including the modern art museum and the academic discipline of art history itself. It focuses on case studies of “art” and artifacts involved in transcultural exchange, studying both the stylistic impacts of the movement of these objects as well as the economic and political systems that enabled the flow of objects and ideas. It focuses primarily on artistic traditions and interregional exchanges outside of North America and Western Europe, asking if we can decenter the “West” in the field of art history and exploring the implications of doing so.

Prerequisite: AH 101 or AH 201

AH 250 Wrld Arch: Prehistory to 1855

Introduces world architecture from prehistory to the mid-nineteenth century. Students will analyze buildings, sites, and cities from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe, alongside architectural concepts, artistic movements, and social phenomena. In this way, this course is a focused examination of key architectural developments in time and space. Students will gain not only a broad repertoire of architectural references, but—more importantly—a critical perspective on architecture in its cultural and historical context.

Prerequisite: AH 100

AH 301 Arts of China

In this course, material culture produced in the region now known as “China” from approximately 1200 BCE to the late 19th century will be examined. Students will begin by examining the early growth of what came to be called Chinese culture by studying developments in philosophy, technology and the design of material goods (such as bronze vessels). How this culture was expressed in a variety of art forms, focusing primarily on sculpture, painting, calligraphy, printmaking, and ceramics. In studying Chinese art, changes in China’s political system, religions, and economy, paying special attention to how those developments caused changes in China’s visual arts are also studied.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 302 Arts of Japan

Overviews Japanese art from the prehistoric period to modern times. Religious art, including that of Shinto and various schools of Buddhism will be discussed. Students will also examine Japan’s secular art such as paintings commissioned by the shoguns, Edo-period woodblock prints produced for a wide audience, and modern and contemporary works that circulate in today’s international art market.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 306 Introduction to Art Criticism

Explores the history, present, and possible futures of art criticism, through a close analysis of the work of a diverse range of influential early and contemporary art critics, and assignments that allow students to experiment with tone and develop critical stances in relation to work in a variety of media and/or ongoing shows. Typically, the course also involves a consideration of the alleged crisis in criticism, the consequences of web-based criticism and social media, and a visit from a practicing local critic.

Prerequisite: AH 201, or Graduate student standing

AH 309 The Long Sixties

Explores artistic episodes, canonical and marginal, in the period that is known as the Long Sixties (roughly 1955-1973). It investigates the relationship between art and culture at large, art and critical theory, art and politics, and how these relationships influenced the reconceptualization of the art object, as well as the institution of art. Aside from focusing on the collapse of the traditions and norms of painting and sculpture, triggered by the new political and technological conditions of that decade, the course considers influential texts, exhibitions, and interdisciplinary encounters, for example between the fine arts and crafts. Far from a comprehensive account of the period, the course instead highlights the artistic production and dialogues between selected cities across the globe.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 313 Modern/Contemporary Korean Art

Introduces a selection of significant Korean artistic and cultural elements and practices during the 20th and 21st century aiming to identify a unique pattern of cultural and artistic construction throughout the modern and contemporary periods of Korea. Introducing the fundamentals of Korean art and culture in interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, this course will contrast Korean cultural aspects and expectations with that of other Asian nations. Korean artists with similar patterns have renewed, appropriated, and transformed traditional Korean values: language, themes, philosophies, religions, and styles, as they have tried to better define themselves and the culture they represent in the context of the hegemony of western modernism. Topics span the appropriation of traditional media and genre, the redefinition of old themes or symbols, the engagement with politics, society, and the states, the exploration of consumerism and popular culture, and Korean's urbanization. The intersection of western and Korean artistic styles found in Asia and in the Korean Diasporas will also be explored.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 315 Digital Media History & Theory

Delivers an introduction to histories and theories of the digital, focusing on the intersection of art, media, technology, and society from 1945 to the present. The course surveys the historical linkage and aesthetic genealogy of digital art and considers relationships between old and new media. It also examines art, design, and media activism that creatively and critically engage with current and emerging issues within media culture, and focuses not only on the digital’s technical orientation but also on its cultural, socio-political, and ecological impact. Using interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches, students will become acquainted with the foundational literature of digital media: cybernetics, the history of computational media, software studies, media archeology and aesthetics, feminist theories, and postcolonial/decolonial studies. Students experience and engage with current arts and media practices across the globe.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 319 Art/Arch of Ancient Egypt

Examines the art and architectural traditions of one of the most influential of the world’s civilizations: ancient Egypt. Beginning with the village culture of the pre-dynastic period, students study the rise of the pharaonic power and the Egyptian state in the early dynastic period, the great achievements of the old, middle, and new kingdoms, the increased impact of foreign ideas in the late dynastic period, and the new culture formed by the arrival of Greeks and Romans in the Ptolemaic and Romano-Egyptian periods. Other civilizations of northeast Africa, especially those of Sudan are investigated.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 322 American Folk Life & Folk Art

Through a series of introductory lectures and training in field research methods, students design and conduct research projects that address the three main pivots of folk cultural studies—community, genre, and interpretation.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 324 History of World Textiles

Provides students with a general overview of the development of textile forms and practices in various geographies and cultures, including Africa, Asia, the early Americas, India, Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and Islamic cultures.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 327 Oceanic Arts and Cultures

Examines cultures from each of the major geographic regions of the Pacific: Melanesia, Indonesia, Australia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, in terms of the form and content of artistic expression and the roles of art forms in their respective societies. Specific areas are used to illustrate the importance of art forms to trade, religion, social reproduction, and social authority. This course enables students to visually differentiate between artistic forms from various parts of Oceania, to broaden their factual knowledge about the region, and to enable them to understand the variety of ways in which people express history, cosmology, and identity.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 328 Landscape Architecture History

Introduces the history and theory of landscape architecture. This courses focuses on the key sites, figures, and stylistic movements in landscape design in a broad historical and geographic perspective, interpreting the work of the leading practitioners—from André Le Nôtre, “Capability” Brown, and Frederick Law Olmsted to Garrett Eckbo and Lawrence Halprin—in their social, intellectual, and artistic context. Students will investigate the historical evolution of the ideas of nature and landscape and their representations in both Western (especially North American) and non-Western cultural and artistic traditions, addressing such resonant concepts as ecology, sustainability, nativism, and climate change.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 329 Fashion in the Avant-Garde

Explores fashion as a form of visual culture and a means of identity construction. This course will focus on case studies of fashion in Europe and North America related to a wide range of themes including: the use of fashion to construct gender, racial, and sexual identity; fashion’s role in maintaining but also in resisting racism and sexism; utopianism in dress; and the use of dress and fashion by artists, political activists, and subcultural groups.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 332 Photography: History & Theory

Explores the uses, technologies and artistic applications of photography from its origins in 19th century France and England to its global digital revolution as manifested in the internet. The range of themes explored include the medium’s documentary impetus, its early role in European colonization, abstraction and portraiture, forms of (re)production and circulation, the politics of representation and the instability of images.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in AH 201

AH 336 Baroque Art in Italy

Examines the visual culture of Italy from 1580 to 1700 and includes the work of major figures such as the Carracci, Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Artemisia Gentileschi, Pietro da Cortona and many others. Attention is given to influential images, monuments, styles and genres, as well as their influence on contemporary artists and visual culture. This course also explores the Counter Reformation and the visual propaganda associated with this movement.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 340 Islamic Art and Architecture

Surveys Islamic art and architecture, from the seventh century c.e. to the present. Through lectures, discussions, and a variety of assignments, students learn about major historic phenomena such as mosque architecture, calligraphy, and manuscript illumination in regions as diverse as Umayyad Syria and Mughal India. The course also explores key theoretical questions, such as: Who is the "artist" in Islamic art? What is the role of figuration in Islamic art? How do modern and contemporary artists in the Islamic world deploy new formats, from painting to photography?

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 341 Graphic Design History

Explores the long and rich history of human communication with visual symbols. Posters, books, advertisements, typefaces, and useful objects have served the interests of commerce, political ideologies, religious beliefs, and artistic revolutions. This course examines both the dominant cultural ideas embodied by Graphic Design, as well as the counter-narratives it generates to express diverse cultural identities. Students in this course will question the meaning and form of graphic artifacts.

Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in AH 201, or graduate student standing

AH 345-TH Art History and its Methods

The practice of art history has never been monolithic; its methods, its goals, and its underlying assumptions are inevitably diverse. This course is designed for students with some art historical experience, and traces the development of art history as a discipline, closely examining some of the field’s more influential methods, including formalism, iconography analysis, reception theory, feminism, and structuralism.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 348 Medieval Art and Architecture

Surveys European art from the era of Constantine to the Black Death, with a consideration of contemporary developments in Byzantium and the Islamic sphere. From the shimmering mosaics of Constantinople to the dense swirls of insular manuscripts, medieval art constituted an evolving response to shifting political conditions, complex religious practices, and various artistic precedents. This course considers the forms and functions of medieval visual culture, through diverse examples, primary documents, secondary readings, and visits to The Walters Art Museum.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 350 History of Illustration

Traces the concept of illustration as narrative art beginning with Lascaux cave paintings to contemporary times. Students look at visual storytelling and the cultural, social, political, and technological issues that shaped—and were shaped by—this terribly vital art form. Examples such as Egyptian papyri, illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance painting, moveable type and the development of printmaking (Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya), Art Nouveau and the rise of the poster, the Golden Age of American Illustration and the rise of magazine ephemera, and graphic novels and contemporary approaches to storytelling and mass production are studied.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 358 History of Modern Design

Examines design as a form of cultural production that takes place within a web of producers, consumers/users, and intermediaries. The course focuses on design in the US and Europe between 1851 and the 1980s. We will use a wide variety of critical approaches to consider how the history of design is connected to art, architecture, and popular culture; overlapping histories of technology, industrialization, political and social change; and colonization and globalization.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 360 History of Africana Art

Surveys the work of African artists from diverse situations, locations and generations. This course offers an introduction to major issues in art, art history and visual culture by engaging the aesthetic, social, cultural and geopolitical complexities of African heritage. Topics include the emergence of African knowledge systems, dynamics of trade, colonization and slavery. Artworks are viewed as dynamic and necessary elements for making and maintaining individuals, communities and societies. Specific reference is made to contemporary artists in global contexts, and the course draws on a wide range of examples to see various issues and ideas in Africana visual history.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 362 Comics as Art

This course will focus on the historic relationship between comics and fine art, and how those tensions play out in different global contexts. Comics have long been derided as an art form by the Academy; this course will interrogate the institutional and cultural reasons for this exclusion while highlighting the unique properties that distinguish comics from other forms of popular art. From the satirical prints and political caricatures to superhero comics, manga and graphic novels, we will examine the formal development of the medium and its complex relationship to the culture at large. Students will read critical essays, historical overviews, and comics themselves, as they investigate the intersection of text and image in sequential narratives.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 363 Modern Craft: Western Ceramics

Examines the history and theory of modern craft through a study of ceramic artists and movements. This course explores the radical changes that ceramics has experienced since the late-19th century, from the Arts and Crafts movement and Adelaide Robineau to today’s expanded formats. Lectures and readings provide students with a chronological overview of more than a century of ceramics occurring within art, design, and architecture, as well as the field’s links to other crafts. The consequences of socioeconomic, political, philosophical, and industrial influences as drivers of change within the field of ceramics are also examined.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 364 Contemp Art/Global Context

Examines artistic developments since 1989, a symbolic milestone that launched the term globalization as a key framework to understand art and institutions in the context of social, political, economic, and technological world transformations. The course explores a number of concerns, from local American debates around the culture wars to international discussions concerning the displacement of post modernism with the term expansive contemporary. This class analyzes the rise of international biennials, the reticular domination of everyday life by the digital, neoliberal art markets and the rise of theory. Using specific events, artists, art works and institutions, concepts such as socially engaged art, post production, research-based and laboratory practices, collaboration and cosmopolitanism are studied.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 370 Problems in Contemporary Art

This course focuses on art and discourses from the Seventies to the present with particular attention to the artistic practices, institutions, modes of display and circulation shaped by the post 1989 geopolitical landscape and a concomitant proliferation of postcolonial centers. Accordingly, this period is characterized by a radical expansion of the notion of art and a salutary interdisciplinarity that privileged criticality and an engagement with the social, collaboration, and the internet.

Prerequisite: AH 201, or Graduate student standing

AH 375 Arts of Native America

Explores prehistoric through contemporary art of North American native peoples. Focus is on the perspective of the artists and their culture.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 376 Modern Architecture & Urbanism

Provides a global history of the built environment since the 1850s. Students will look at key buildings and sites, exploring new buildings technologies and new types of spaces, the role of architects and planners, emerging publics and counter publics for design, and the ongoing process of modernization and urbanization. This course assesses the ways in which modern architecture has been integral to the formation of the modern nation state and the development of racial capitalism as well the ways in which it has sought to mitigate the inequalities they produce.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 379-TH Contmpy Arch Crit & Theory

Explores how contemporary buildings and spaces reflect and respond to globalization, late capitalism, the climate crisis, and calls for social and racial justice. Key examples of the architecture of the past thirty years are examined, focusing on the politics of design and the theoretical concepts and debates driving the production and interpretation of specific buildings, spaces, and sites.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 380 Art & Arch of Mesoamerica

Explores the cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico and Mesoamerica, hosts to the earliest complex art-producing sites in the Americas. Unified by regional traditions but distinct in cultural identity, these cultures are represented, archaeologically, by some of the most world-renowned and aesthetically sophisticated art and architecture. This course focuses on the cultures of the Olmec, Teotihuacan, the Maya and Aztec, as well as some peripheral polities. Students are asked to consider examples of art and architecture as participants in relationships between indigenous artists, their intended audiences, and today’s unintended audiences when objects are analyzed in museum settings, or in slides in the classroom. In projects, students examine how their work may be related to the art they study and how they can best acknowledge the contributions of anonymous indigenous artists to their work.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 388 Intro to Curatorial Studies

Introduces students to the multifarious practice of curating. It explores the history and current uses of the term as well as the various forms and techniques of organization and display that characterize the profession. The course includes a practicum component that will furnish students with the basic skills associated with exhibition development and execution, including writing and production aspects.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 390 History of Film

Provides an overview of film history. Among the topics covered are the prehistory of cinema in the 19th century; the early emergence of narrative and documentary forms; the growth of silent film as a popular art form; the influence of Soviet montage and German Expressionism; the conversion to sound cinema; the rise of such movements as the French New Wave, the American avant-garde, and revitalized Asian cinema; and such contemporary trends as “indie” cinema, digital filmmaking, and computer animation. Weekly film screenings are required in addition to regular class sessions.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 391 Topics in Curatorial Studies

Synchronizes its content and assignments to correspond with a developing exhibition and/or curatorial project. Students will investigate and consider curatorial theory while navigating curating practicalities. Contingent on corresponding exhibitions or projects, students may have the opportunity to engage directly with research, ancillary programming, exhibition design, and/or artwork. This course allows students and instructors to take advantage of local exhibitions, curatorial projects or thematic investigations relative to curatorial practices.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 395 Archive/Gallery/Museum Prac.

Exposes students to the fields of art criticism, archiving, museum studies and hybrid practices where artistic work intersects with areas such as gallery management and the curatorial. Students are familiarized with those professions in which art history and theory, and concomitant methods of analysis and research, are valuable tools. Through field trips, class discussions, lectures, readings, and guest speakers, students are introduced to the work of local and international professionals in academic, museum, non for profits and gallery settings.

Prerequisite: AH 201, or Graduate student standing

AH 399 Special Topics in Art History

Students examine a series of case studies in recent artistic production, generally organized around a common theme; the central theme varies from year to year and instructor to instructor.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 405 Exhibition Development Seminar

Examines the curatorial process through the research, planning and production of a major exhibition. Students serve as curators, designers and educators as they develop and implement proposals for the exhibit’s graphic and exhibit designs, interpretive texts, public programs, community outreach, website, publications, and public relations strategy. Fall semester is devoted to the conceptualization and development of the artistic, design and educational components for the exhibition in spring semester. Enrollment in both semesters (Fall: AH 405 - Art History elective; Spring: EX 405 - studio elective in your major) is required. Open to undergrad and graduate students in all majors by permission of the instructor only.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 422 Visual Culture & the Holocaust

Examines a variety of visual cultural forms that address events surrounding the Holocaust and its aftermath. Central questions explored revolve around notions of history, memory, and the ethics of representation. This course examines diverse media ranging from painting, sculpture, film, and television to graphic novels/autobiographies, monuments/memorials, museums, individual curatorial projects/exhibitions, and performance. Works by artists and architects, including Christian Boltanski, Rachel Whiteread, Art Spiegelman, Shimon Attie, David Levinthal, Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock, Daniel Liebeskind, Peter Esenman, Charlotte Salomon, Anselm Kiefer, and Gerhard Richter, as well as writings by Primo Levi, Sigmund Freud, Theodor Adorno, and Alexander and Margarete Mischerlich are considered.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 424 Creative Spaces: Theory & Prac

Examines the evolution of the artist’s studio from the 15th century to contemporary times to better understand art and design production in cultural contexts. Through studio visits, readings, and class discussions, this course explores the commonalities and differences between traditional art production and that of today, including examples from contemporary art and design studios. Among the topics covered are the changing role of the artist in society, the evolution of the studio space itself, how art theory, science, and design innovation influence art production, art education, materials, and labor.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 429 Modern/Contemp. Chinese Art

Explores artistic development in China from the mid-twentieth century to the present. This was a period during which the art world in China underwent substantial change, first adjusting to a state-organized system for the production of art after the Communist Party took control of the country and then acclimated to the international art scene after China opened up to the global economy in the 1980s. Students will examine the political beliefs that shaped art in China from the founding of the PRC in 1949 to the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976. Then will study the various ways Chinese artists have responded to (or resisted) the global art world since the 1980s.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 430 Making Medieval Books

Surveys European manuscript production from the early medieval period through the late Gothic era, and touches on the early history of printed books. Throughout the Middle Ages, illuminated manuscripts were one of the most important vehicles for the development and transmission of visual ideas. Students learn about the lavish miniatures found in deluxe manuscripts and examine the ornamental treatment of the text, including display script, illuminated initials, colored parchment, and marginalia. Manuscript illumination is discussed in the context of the owners, users, and purchasers of these objects. The technologies and materials used to make manuscripts and the binding of medieval books are also covered.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 445 Postwar Italian Cinema

Examines several examples of literary adaptation, reading closely both the literary texts and their cinematic counterparts. Investigates the politics of adaptation, as well as the criteria by which we can evaluate films based on texts as works of art in their own right. Analyzes both the films and the texts that the course covers, focusing on individual authors’ works, as well as how they generate a dialogue between one another.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 447 Data, Arts & Society

Examines artistic and critical interventions into artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data visualization in art, design, and digital culture. It pays special attention to the possibilities, meanings, and limits of data visualization, data art, and AI for creativity and design. Taking a significant historical inquiry at the intersection of art, science, and technology and positing creative use of AI within the history of generative art, we will undertake a critical consideration of creativity, intelligence, and emergence and a novel relation in human-machine collaboration. The course also ventures into the as yet unexplored sociopolitical and ethical dimension of AI and its cultural ramifications in our networked culture and datafied society. We will examine specific projects that investigate technological biases that categorize individuals and communities based on markers such as race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship in specific social, institutional, and cultural settings, envisioning equitable futures.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 453 Race, Space and Place

Explores twentieth-century American architecture and urban spaces through the critical lens of “race.” This course investigates the hidden and explicit ways in which race has structured the US built environment, and discuss how to use the built environment to understand racial formations, identities, and experiences. Drawing on recent scholarship in architecture, urban studies, geography, history, and race and ethnic studies, students will focus on specific buildings and sites that help them understand the intersections of race, space, and place. The course engages in important questions: How does race shape the built environment? How is race represented in the built environment we live in, and what does this tell us about the experience of identity and difference?

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 464 Contemp Asia thru Postcolonial

Focuses on post-colonialism and cultural theory as the theoretical framework for understanding contemporary culture and art of Asia. The readings of Asia extend beyond the scope of traditional, Eastern, and Oriental perspectives of study. Students look at the difference between the Asian experience, as embodied by personal politics, to the disembodied/dislocated Internet advertisement of Asia-exotica in order to gain a broader understanding of what determines “Asian-ness” and its difference within a cultural situation, and how Asian cultural objects are manifested in a global context.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 467 Visual Culture of 9/11

Did different artistic mediums offer fundamentally different responses to the attacks of September 11, 2001? Were aspects of American visual culture transformed by this event? This course approaches these questions through a range of visual culture, including monuments and memorials, television and film, contemporary art and the museum. It also includes substantial theoretical readings about how to categorize 9/11—whether it should be understood as a staged “media event,” an instance of the contemporary sublime, or an occurrence after which traditional definitions of media are no longer relevant at all.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 469 Archaeology & Social Justice

Examines the intersection of archaeology--the reconstruction of past cultures using art and other forms of material culture--and Social Justice--a framework for correcting social inequities. Archaeologists reflect on this intersection knowing that archaeology has given marginalized communities legitimate places in larger national societies around the world. Archeologists also know that their work has been used as a tool to justify oppression. Dominant cultures addressed include: the U.S. & Canada, Scandinavian Nations, Nazi Germany, slave holding Nations. Marginalized cultures include diasporic enslaved Africans, European Jews, Indigenous Americans, Scandinavian Sami. We also explore the ways in which archaeologists today use archaeology to inform about, and correct, wrongs, such as the ongoing consideration of the antiquity and residence patterns of indigenous Native Americans during, and following, Pleistocene glaciation.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 472 Women in the History of Art

Explores the role women have played in the visual arts as artists, patrons, critics, and historians. This course is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 475 The World on Show

Examines the world’s fair phenomenon from 1851, when the first major exposition was held in London, to those that still occur around the world each year. These encyclopedic expositions were traditionally devised to demonstrate innovations in the fields of design, industry, arts, science, and culture. Through the fairs this course explores a number of themes, including modes of display, international cultural exchange, theories around race and Western hegemony, as well as developments in fashion, graphic, architectural, and product design.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 498 Art History Senior Thesis I

Designed to guide students in writing a senior thesis research paper of 20-25 pages. Senior Thesis I focuses on conducting research for and writing an annotated bibliography and a complete first draft of the thesis essay. The goal of the essay is to provide an original argument based on primary- and secondary-source materials. The course will instruct students in library- and archival-research methods, and will help focus their research and writing through in-class workshops and individual meetings with the course instructor and an outside reader.

Prerequisite: AH 201

AH 499 AH Senior Thesis II

Designed for art history majors to take in the second semester of their senior year, following the Senior Thesis I, AH 498. The course will focus on further revising individual senior theses and preparation for the senior thesis symposium in the spring. Through a series of workshops, class discussions and lectures, students will revise and finalize their thesis papers, write abstracts of their papers, develop a 20-minute symposium presentation based on their thesis, practice public speaking, and organize the art history commencement show.

Prerequisite: AH 498