2020-2021 Courses - Spring

(tentative; updated 10/5/2020)

Undergraduate

5A   Introduction to Architecture & Environment - Chattopadhyay
6C   Art Survey III: Modern - Contemporary - Sorkin
6DS   Survey: History of Art in China - Sturman
6L   Playful Spaces: A Cultural History of Games - White

105Q   Art and War - Badamo
107A   Painting in the 15th-Century Netherlands - Meadow
119F   Art of the Post-War Period, 1945 - 1968 - Monahan
121D   African American Art and the African Legacy - Ogbechie
132I   Art of Empire - Khoury
136C   Architecture of the United States - White
138B   Contemporary Photography - TBA
138C   Social Documentary Photography - TBA
141A   Museum Practices and Techniques - TBA
141D   Birth of the Modern Museum - Paul
186A/293D   Seminar in Research Methods: Digital Humanities - TBA
186RS/282A   Seminar in Chinese Art - Sturman
187Z   Museum Studies Seminar - TBA

Graduate

253D   Topics in Medieval Architecture & Sculpture - Badamo
282A/186RS   Topics on East Asian Art - Sturman
293D/186A   Research Methods: Digital Humanities - TBA


5A   Introduction to Architecture & Environment     Chattopadhyay

Architecture is an act of place-making through which humans have  constructed their relation with nature. This course Introduces the history of these strategies of place-making, interpretative concepts, and discipline-specific terminology in order to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between nature and built form.

GE: AREA F, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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6C   Art Survey III: Modern - Contemporary     Sorkin

History of Western art from the eighteenth century to the present.

GE: AREA E, AREA F, EUROPEAN TRADITIONS, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION
     HONORS SECTION:  TBA

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6DS   Survey: History of Art in China     Sturman

The History of Art in China is a survey course that introduces the major traditions and monuments of Chinese art from Neolithic times to the modern (20th-21st centuries). The course generally follows a chronological trajectory but with a thematic matrix. The first part of the course, from Neolithic to Han (ca. 5000 BC - AD 220) concerns the formation of culture and civilization and covers early pottery and bronze traditions as well as the beginnings of pictorial art. Objects and pictures are placed into their historical, philosophical, and social contexts. The second part of the course focuses on the importation and development of Buddhist art, from ca. AD 200 - 1000. The third part of the course interweaves the painting, calligraphy, and ceramic traditions of imperial China, from the Song dynasty to the near contemporary. Garden design and imperial architecture are also introduced. One of the aspects of the course that will be emphasized is regional diversity and intercultural encounters (India and Central Asia in particular). The title, History of Art in China, as opposed to something like The Arts of China, is intended to convey awareness of the fact art is a conceptual and subjective term and that objects have histories that extend beyond national borders.

GE: AREA F, WORLD CULTURES, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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6L   Playful Spaces: A Cultural History of Games     White

This course introduces students to the history of games. It is organized chronologically as a global survey. We study games and the social, political,and economic conditions that support them, as well as the interface between the human player and the imagined world of the game. Taking as its premise that games are artifacts of culture, this course focuses on the visual and spatial practice of games in social context.

GE: AREA E, AREA F, WRITING
ENROLLMENT BY DISCUSSION SECTION

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105Q   Art and War    Badamo

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

We often think about art as a bridge between cultures and look to masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel as the height of a nation's cultural achievements. But during times of war, art can become military targets and destroyed, or used to create enemies. Conversely, art has been employed to resist political establishments, critique violence, and provide therapy for veterans. Drawing examples from different time periods, this course investigates the myriad ways art has been used - and abused - during military conflict.

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107A   Painting in the 15th-Century Netherlands     Meadow

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Netherlandish painting from c. 1400 - c. 1500 examined in its social, religious,and cultural contexts. Van Eyck, Rogier, Bouts, and Memling, among others.

GE: AREA F

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119F   Art of the Post-War Period, 1945 - 1968     Monahan

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.
Recommended Preparation: ARTHI 119E

An examination of major artistic developments in Europe and the United States after the Second World War. Includes such movements as Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dada, and Pop Art. Explores such artistic practices as performance art, feminist art, and conceptual art.

GE: AREA F

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121D   African American Art and the African Legacy     Ogbechie

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

This course examines the intersection of art, race, and identity in African-American arts and visual culture. It investigates the impact of an African legacy on African American identity, the role of race in the constitution of art narratives, the politics of representation in art, the constitution of social and cultural space, and notions of Diaspora identities in African-American art. It also analyzes key artists and discusses issues of gender and social class. Genres to be covered include Painting, Sculpture, Folk art, Film, Photography, Installation art, and Performance.

GE: AREA F, ETHNICITY

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132I   Art of Empire     Khoury

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Studies the visual culture of different empires, alone or in a comparative fashion. For example, Ottoman and Hapsburg; Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal; Mughal and British India; or the earlier empire of the Fatimids, Abbasids, and Umayyads of Syria and Spain.

GE: AREA F

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136C   Architecture of the United States      White

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

History of architecture and urban planning: buildings and builders, patrons and occupants, but especially the historical forces and events that transformed the landscape. Course subjects include art, design, technology, economics, politics, and social forces.

GE: AREA F

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138B   Contemporary Photography     TBA

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

American and European post-World War II photography considered as a living art form.

GE: AREA F

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138C   Social Documentary Photography     TBA

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

This course takes seriously Susan Sontag's question "is it possible to be educated by photography?" In doing so, it will explore photography's role as a record, document, and evidence; and as a visual argument. Focusing on the mid-19th century to the present-day, it will address photographic representations of US western expansion, war, violence, poverty, politics, and national and global events. Throughout the course, we ask how and why we look to documentary photography as a way of understanding the past and present and what constitutes photographic knowledge?

GE: AREA F

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141A    Museum Practices and Techniques     TBA

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen; consent of instructor.
Not open for credit to students who have completed ARTHI 164C.

Examines the history and practices of curating exhibitions and other forms of contemporary curatorial practice; expands the field by including diversepractices as educational programming, large-scale collaborations, and the commissioning of art works. Considers both institutional and independent programming, with the focus from the 1960s to the present. How do curatorial projects produce meaning? How do they conceive, shape and create communicative spaces? What kind of authorship do they imply?

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141D   Birth of the Modern Museum     Paul

Prerequisite: not open to freshmen.

Course examines the emergence and development of museums of art in eighteenth-century Europe, tracing their origins to the private collections from which they evolved and studying the practices, such as tourism, that stimulated their growth.

GE: AREA F

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186A/293D   Seminar in Research Methods      TBA
     Topic: Digital Humanities

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

A focus on methodological approaches and tools. Topics will vary. Requires weekly readings and discussion, and the writing of a research seminar paper.

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186RS/282A   Seminar in Chinese Art     Sturman

Prerequisite: upper-division standing.
Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1.

Advanced studies in Chinese art. Topics vary. Requires weekly readings and discussion, and the writing of a research seminar paper.

GE: WRITING

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187Z   Museum Studies Seminar     TBA

Prerequisite: upper-division standing; History of Art & Architecture majors only.
Open only to History of Art & Architecture majors during Pass 1. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units.

Examines a range of historical, theoretical, and practical issues with which the field of Museum Studies is engaged. Topics and format will vary.

GE: WRITING

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253D   Topics in Medieval Architecture & Sculpture     Badamo

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Special research in Romanesque and/or Gothic architecture and sculpture.

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282A/186RS   Topics on East Asian Art     Sturman

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Research on select problems on the arts of China, Japan, or Korea.

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293D/186A   Topics in Research Methods     TBA
     Topic: Digital Humanities

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

A focus on methodological approaches and tools employed in digital humanities.

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