2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

History of Art


Students may complete a major or minor in History of Art.

Faculty

David J. D. Cast, Professor
Christiane Hertel, Professor
Homay King, Associate Professor
Dale Kinney, Professor (on leave semester I)
Steven Z. Levine, Professor and Chair
Gridley McKim-Smith, Professor
Jaime Javier Nasser, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities
Lisa R. Saltzman, Professor
Diala Touré, Lecturer

The curriculum in History of Art immerses students in the study of visual culture. Structured by a set of evolving disciplinary concerns, students learn to interpret the visual through methodologies dedicated to the historical, the material, the critical, and the theoretical. Majors are encouraged to supplement courses taken in the department with history of art courses offered at Haverford, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania. Majors are also encouraged to study abroad for a semester. Should they choose to do so, they should plan to undertake that work during the spring semester of their junior year.

Major Requirements

The major requires eleven units, approved by the major adviser. A usual sequence of courses would include at least one 100-level “critical approaches” seminar, four 200-level lecture courses, four 300-level seminars, and junior seminar in the fall semester of the junior year and senior conference in the spring semester of senior year. In the course of their departmental studies, students are strongly encouraged to take courses across media and areas, and in at least three of the following fields of study: Ancient and Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern and Contemporary, Film, and Non-Western.

With the approval of the major adviser, courses in fine arts or with significant curricular investment in visual studies may be counted toward the fulfillment of the distribution requirements. Similarly, courses in art history taken abroad or at another institution in the United States may be counted. Generally, no more than two such courses may be counted toward the major requirements.

A senior paper, based on independent research and using scholarly methods of historical and/or critical interpretation must be submitted at the end of the spring semester. Generally 25-40 pages in length, the senior paper represents the culmination of the departmental experience.

Honors

Seniors whose major average at the beginning of the spring semester is 3.7 or higher will be invited to write an honors thesis instead of the senior paper. Two or three faculty members discuss the completed thesis with the honors candidate in a one-hour oral examination.

Minor Requirements

A minor in history of art requires six units: one or two 100-level courses and four or five others selected in consultation with the major adviser.

HART B100 The Stuff of Art
(Burgmayer, Division II with Lab)
Cross-listed as CHEM B100
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B104 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical Tradition
An investigation of the historical and philosophical ideas of the classical, with particular attention to the Italian Renaissance and the continuance of its formulations throughout the Westernized world.
(Cast, Division III: Humanities)

HART B107 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Self and Other in the Arts of France
A study of artists’ self-representations in the context of the philosophy and psychology of their time, with particular attention to issues of political patronage, gender and class, power and desire.
(Levine, Division III: Humanities)

HART B108 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Women, Feminism, and History of Art
An investigation of the history of art since the Renaissance organized around the practice of women artists, the representation of women in art, and the visual economy of the gaze.
(Saltzman, Division III: Humanities)

HART B110 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema
An introduction to the analysis of film through particular attention to the role of the spectator.
(King, Division III: Humanities)

HART B115 Classical Art
(Donohue, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B115
Cross-listed as CITY B115
Cross-listed as CSTS B115
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
(Lindenlauf, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B125
Cross-listed as CSTS B125
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B190 The Form of the City
(Cohen, Hein, Division I or Division III)
Cross-listed as CITY B190
Cross-listed as ANTH B190
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B204 Greek Sculpture
(Donohue, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B205
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B205 Introduction to Film
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ENGL B205

HART B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture
(Donohue, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B206
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B210 Medieval Art
An overview of artistic production in Europe antiquity to the 14th century. Special attention will be paid to problems of interpretation and recent developments in art-historical scholarship.
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B212 Medieval Architecture
Not just Gothic cathedrals, medieval architecture includes mosques, synagogues, fortifications, palaces, monasteries and other residential structures produced in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East between about 300 and 1350 CE. This course offers a selective overview and an introduction to research in this broad and diverse field of study.
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as CITY B212
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities
(Higginson, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as FREN B213
Cross-listed as COML B213
Cross-listed as GERM B213
Cross-listed as RUSS B253

HART B225 Topics in Modern Chinese Literature
(Lin, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as EAST B225
Cross-listed as HIST B220
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B227 Topics in Modern Planning
(Hein, Division I: Social Science)
Cross-listed as CITY B227
Cross-listed as FREN B227
Cross-listed as GERM B227
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B229 Comparative Urbanism
(McDonogh, Division I: Social Science)
Cross-listed as CITY B229
Cross-listed as ANTH B229
Cross-listed as EAST B229
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B230 Renaissance Art
A survey of painting in Florence and Rome in the 15th and 16th centuries (Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael), with particular attention to contemporary intellectual, social, and religious developments.
(Cast, Division III: Humanities)

HART B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
(Lindenlauf, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B234
Cross-listed as CSTS B234
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B238 The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945 Silent Film: From United States to Soviet Russia and Beyond
Introduction to the international history of film as a narrative and aesthetic form, with consideration of cultural, social, political, technological, and economic determinants that allowed film across the world to evolve, thrive, and become the defining artistic medium of the 20th century.
(Harte, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ENGL B238
Cross-listed as COML B238
Cross-listed as RUSS B238

HART B241 New Visual Worlds in the Spanish Empire 1492 - 1820
The events of 1492 changed the world. Visual works made at the time of the Conquest of the Caribbean, Mexico and South America by Spain and Portugal reveal multiple and often conflicting political, racial and ethnic agendas, with connections to Asia, Islam, Northern Europe and pre-Columbian cultures.
(McKim-Smith, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B242 Material Identities in Latin America 1820-2010
Revolutions in Latin America begin around 1810. By the 20th and 21st centuries, there is an international viewership for the works of Latin American artists, and in the 21st century the production of Latina and Latino artists living in the United States becomes particularly important.
(McKim-Smith, Division III: Humanities)

HART B250 Nineteenth-Century Art in France
Close attention is selectively given to the work of Cézanne, Courbet, David, Degas, Delacroix, Géricault, Ingres, Manet, and Monet. Extensive readings in art criticism are required.
(Levine, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B253 Survey of Western Architecture
The major traditions in Western architecture are illustrated through detailed analysis of selected examples from classical antiquity to the present. The evolution of architectural design and building technology, and the larger intellectual, aesthetic, and social context in which this evolution occurred, are considered.
(Cast, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as CITY B253
Cross-listed as HIST B253
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B254 History of Modern Architecture
(Steffensen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as CITY B254

HART B255 Survey of American Architecture
(Steffensen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as CITY B255
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B260 Modern Art
This course will involve an inquiry into the history of 20th-century visual culture, European and American, through an exploration of art practice, art history, art criticism and art theory. Against the dominant and paradigmatic theorization of modernism, the course will introduce and mobilize materials aimed at its critique.
(Saltzman, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B266 Contemporary Art: 1945 to the Global Present
America, Europe and beyond, from the 1950s to the present, in visual media and visual theory.
(Saltzman, Division III: Humanities)

HART B268 Greek and Roman Architecture
(Webb)
Cross-listed as ARCH B268
Cross-listed as CITY B268
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B272 Topics in Early and Medieval China: Chinese Cities and City Culture
(Lin, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as EAST B272
Cross-listed as CITY B273
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B282 Arts of Sub-Saharan Africa
This course examines the significant artistic and architectural traditions of African cultures south of the Sahara in their religious, philosophical, political, and social aspects.
(Touré, Division III: Humanities)

HART B299 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to present
This course surveys the history of narrative film from 1945 through the contemporary moment. We will analyze a series of styles and national cinemas in chronological order, including Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, and other post-war movements and genres. Viewings of canonical films will be supplemented by more recent examples of global cinema. While historical in approach, this course emphasizes the theory and criticism of the sound film, and we will consider various methodological approaches to the aesthetic, socio-political, and psychological dimensions of cinema. Fulfills the history requirement or the introductory course requirement for the Film Studies minor.
(King, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ENGL B299

HART B305 Classical Bodies
(Donohue, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B303
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B306 Film Theory
This course covers a selection of key texts in film theory. Our primary method of inquiry will be close analysis of primary theoretical texts. Topics of discussion may include: the ontology of the photographic image, the ethics of cinema, cinematic space and temporality, and film theory’s relationship to other forms of visual media. Film screenings will serve to illustrate and complicate theoretical concepts. Fulfills the theory requirement for Film Studies minors. Prerequisites: HART 110, ENGL 205, HART 299, or instructor permission. Enrollment is limited to 15, priority given to Film Studies minors, History of Art majors, and English majors.
(King, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ENGL B306
Cross-listed as COML B306

HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art
Topics change annually.
(Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as CITY B312
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B323 Topics in Renaissance Art: The Fresco as Public Art
Selected subjects in Italian art from painting, sculpture, and architecture between the years 1400 and 1600.
(Cast, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as CITY B323

HART B331 Palladio and Neo-Palladianism
A seminar on the diffusion of Palladian architecture from the 16th century to the present.
(Cast)
Cross-listed as CITY B331
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B334 Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema in a Transnational Frame
(Nguyen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ENGL B334

HART B336 Topics in Film
(Nguyen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ENGL B336
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B340 Topics in Baroque Art: Costume and Consumer Culture in Spain and Latin America
The course considers costume and fashion from the perspective of visual and cultural studies, combined with a historical acknowledgment of consumerism. Representations of costume in Europe from the fifteenth century forward to the present day are central, and although some non-Western images from Latin America or Asia will occasionally be shown, a grasp of the history of Western costume is important because that discourse has defined the topic so far. How do clothes create and mediate identity, sexuality and gender roles, ideology, social rank and subjectivity? What is the impact of consumer culture for the last five or six centuries?
(McKim-Smith, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B340

HART B348 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Vienna 1900
(Hertel, Meyer, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as GERM B321
Cross-listed as CITY B319
Cross-listed as COML B321

HART B349 Theories of Authorship in the Cinema
The study of the author-director remains one of the primary categories through which film is to be understood; various directors and critical approaches to this topic will be studied.
(King)
Cross-listed as ENGL B349
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B350 Topics in Modern Art: Portraiture and Self-Portraiture
Topics vary. The topic for Fall 2010 is portraiture and self-portraiture, from sixteenth-century courts to the internet today.
(Levine, Division III: Humanities)

HART B355 Topics in the History of London
Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century.
(Cast, Division I or Division III)
Cross-listed as CITY B355
Cross-listed as HIST B355
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B358 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
(Donohue, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B359
Cross-listed as CSTS B359
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B362 The African Art Collection
This seminar will introduce students to the African art holdings that are part of the Art and Archaeology Collections.
(Touré, Division III: Humanities)

HART B367 Asian American Film, Video and New Media
(Nguyen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ENGL B367
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B377 Topics in Modern Architecture: War, Catastrophes, and Reconstruction

(Hein, Steffensen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as CITY B377
Not offered in 2010-11.

HART B380 Topics in Contemporary Art
Poems and novels, films and photographs, paintings and performances, monuments and memorials, even comics—in the aftermath of Art Spiegelman’s Maus—have been the cultural forms that engage us with the catastrophic and traumatic history of the Holocaust. Through these cultural forms we have come to know events considered by some to defy the very possibility of historical, let alone aesthetic, representation. Our task will be to examine such cultural objects, aided by the extensive body of the critical, historical, theoretical, and ethical writings through which such work has been variously critiqued and commended.
(Saltzman, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as GERM B380
Cross-listed as HEBR B380

HART B397 Junior Seminar
Designed to introduce majors to the canonical texts in the field of art history and to formalize their understanding of art history as a discipline. Required of and limited to History of Art majors.
(Hertel, Levine, Division III: Humanities)

HART B399 Senior Conference
A seminar for the discussion of senior research papers and such theoretical and historical concerns as may be appropriate to them. Interim oral reports. Required of all majors; culminates in the senior paper.
(Cast, Saltzman)

HART B403 Supervised Work
Advanced students may do independent research under the supervision of a faculty member whose special competence coincides with the area of the proposed research. Consent of the supervising faculty member and of the major adviser is required.
(Staff)

HART B425 Praxis III
Students are encouraged to develop internship projects in the college’s collections and other art institutions in the region.
(Staff)