History of Art

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

Faculty

David Cast, Professor of History of Art and the Eugenia Chase Guild Chair in the Humanities and Chair of Italian (on leave semester II)

Christiane Hertel, Katherine E. McBride Professor Emeritus of History of Art

Homay King, Professor of History of Art and Director of the Center for Visual Culture

Steven Levine, Professor of History of Art on the Leslie Clark Professorship in the Humanities

Carrie Robbins, Lecturer

Lisa Saltzman, Chair and Professor of History of Art and on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities

Alicia Walker, Assistant Professor of History of Art on the Marie Neuberger Fund for the Study of Arts

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 of their junior year.

Major Requirements

The major requires ten units, approved by the major adviser. A usual sequence of courses would include at least one 100-level “critical approaches” seminar, which also fulfills the departmental writing intensive requirement, four 200-level lecture courses, three 300-level seminars, and senior conference I and II in the fall and spring semesters of the 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 Global/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, such as courses in ancient art offered by the Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology department or in architecture by the Growth and Structure of Cities department. 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 thesis, 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 thesis represents the culmination of the departmental experience.

Honors

Seniors whose work is outstanding (with a 3.7 GPA in the major) will be invited to submit an honors thesis. Two or three faculty members discuss the completed thesis with the honors candidate in a one-half 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.

COURSES

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cast,D.
(Fall 2015)

HART B106 Art of the Global Middle Ages

This course considers the art and architecture of the middle ages from a global perspective and surveys artistic interaction between Europe, Africa, and Asia from the fourth to fifteenth century. Emphasis is placed on theories of globalism and their articulation in relation to medieval cultures and history.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Levine,S.
(Fall 2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Saltzman,L.
(Spring 2016)

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. Why do moving images compel our fascination? How exactly do film spectators relate to the people, objects, and places that appear on the screen? Wherein lies the power of images to move, attract, repel, persuade, or transform its viewers? In this course, students will be introduced to film theory through the rich and complex topic of identification. We will explore how points of view are framed in cinema, and how those viewing positions differ from those of still photography, advertising, video games, and other forms of media. Students will be encouraged to consider the role the cinematic medium plays in influencing our experience of a film: how it is not simply a film’s content, but the very form of representation that creates interactions between the spectator and the images on the screen. Film screenings include Psycho, Being John Malkovich, and others. Course is geared to freshman and those with no prior film instruction. Fulfills History of Art major 100-level course requirement, Film Studies minor Introductory course or Theory course requirement.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B110
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Spring 2016)

HART B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky

This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B125; CSTS-B125
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B190 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present

This course studies the city as a three-dimensional artifact. A variety of factors—geography, economic and population structure, politics, planning, and aesthetics—are considered as determinants of urban form.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B190; ANTH-B190
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2016)

HART B204 Greek Sculpture

One of the best preserved categories of evidence for ancient Greek culture is sculpture. The Greeks devoted immense resources to producing sculpture that encompassed many materials and forms and served a variety of important social functions. This course examines sculptural production in Greece and neighboring lands from the Bronze Age through the fourth century B.C.E. with special attention to style, iconography and historical and social context.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B205
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Tasopoulou,E.
(Fall 2015)

HART B205 Introduction to Film

This course is intended to provide students with the tools of critical film analysis. Through readings of images and sounds, sections of films and entire narratives, students will cultivate the habits of critical viewing and establish a foundation for focused work in film studies. The course introduces formal and technical units of cinematic meaning and categories of genre and history that add up to the experiences and meanings we call cinema. Although much of the course material will focus on the Hollywood style of film, examples will be drawn from the history of cinema. Attendance at weekly screenings is mandatory.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B205
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H.
(Spring 2016)

HART B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture

This course surveys the sculpture produced from the fourth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E., the period, beginning with the death of Alexander the Great, that saw the transformation of the classical world through the rise of Rome and the establishment and expansion of the Roman Empire. Style, iconography, and production will be studied in the contexts of the culture of the Hellenistic kingdoms, the Roman appropriation of Greek culture, the role of art in Roman society, and the significance of Hellenistic and Roman sculpture in the post-antique classical tradition.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B206
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B211 Topics in Medieval Art History

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B212 Medieval Architecture

This course takes a broad geographic and chronological scope, allowing for full exposure to the rich variety of objects and monuments that fall under the rubric of “medieval” art and architecture. We focus on the Latin and Byzantine Christian traditions, but also consider works of art and architecture from the Islamic and Jewish spheres. Topics to be discussed include: the role of religion in artistic development and expression; secular traditions of medieval art and culture; facture and materiality in the art of the middle ages; the use of objects and monuments to convey political power and social prestige; gender dynamics in medieval visual culture; and the contribution of medieval art and architecture to later artistic traditions.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B212
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.
(Spring 2016)

HART B213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities

An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time. This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B213; FREN-B213; GERM-B213; ITAL-B213; COML-B213; RUSS-B253; PHIL-B253
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Higginson,P.

Fall 2015: Critical Theories. Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Feminism, Postcolonialism.

HART B214 Topics: Introduction to Chinese Literature

This is a topics course. Topics may vary.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): EALC-B212
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B215 Russian Avant-Garde Art, Literature and Film

This course focuses on Russian avant-garde painting, literature and cinema at the start of the 20th century. Moving from Imperial Russian art to Stalinist aesthetics, we explore the rise of non-objective painting (Malevich, Kandinsky, etc.), ground-breaking literature (Bely, Mayakovsky), and revolutionary cinema (Vertov, Eisenstein). No knowledge of Russian required.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): RUSS-B215
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B216 The City of Naples

The city of Naples emerged during the Later Middle Ages as the capital of a Kingdom and one of the most influential cities in the Mediterranean region. What led to the city’s rise, and what effect did the city as a cultural, political, and economic force have on the rest of the region and beyond? This course will familiarize students with the art, architecture, culture, and institutions that made the city one of the most influential in Europe and the Mediterranean region during the Late Middle Ages. Topics include court painters in service to the crown, female monastic spaces and patronage, and the revival of dynastic tomb sculpture.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B215; CITY-B216
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B219 Multiculturalism in Medieval Italy

This course examines cross-cultural interactions in medieval Italy played out through the patronage, production, and reception of works of art and architecture. Sites of patronage and production include the cities of Venice, Palermo, and Pisa. Media examined include buildings, mosaics, ivories, and textiles.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B219
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B227 Topics in Modern Planning

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B227
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Morton,T.

Fall 2015: Visual and Historical Methods. In this course we will explore visual and historical methods for the study of objects and sites. Through observation, analysis, and description of architecture and other visual/material artifacts, we will consider how this work contributes to historical understanding and focusing on buildings in the Quaker consortium as specific objects of architectural and historical study, and documents of campus architecture from the archives of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore, and University of Pennsylvania.

HART B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B229; CITY-B229; SOCL-B230
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G.

Spring 2016: Global Suburbia. This intensive writing course uses comparison and case studies to explore a concrete topic, its literature, methods and theories, and to develop the art and craft of research and writing. In Spring 2016, the topic will be global suburbia, with case materials from Greater Philadelphia, Buenos Aires, Paris and Beijing.

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity

We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B234; CSTS-B234
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B238; RUSS-B238; COML-B238
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Levine,S.
(Spring 2016)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B253
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B254 History of Modern Architecture

A survey of the development of modern architecture since the 18th century. The course focuses on international networks in the transmission of architectural ideas since 1890.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B254
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Morton,T.
(Fall 2015)

HART B255 Survey of American Architecture

An examination of landmarks, patterns, contexts, architectural decision-makers and motives of various players in the creation of the American built environment over the course of four centuries. The course will address the sequence of examples that comprise the master narrative of the traditional survey course, while also casting a questioning eye, probing the relation of this canon to the wider realms of building in the United States.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B255
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B260 Modern Art

This course will trace the history of modern art, from its origins to its ends.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Saltzman,L.
(Fall 2015)

HART B266 Contemporary Art

America, Europe and beyond, from the 1950s to the present, in visual media and visual theory.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B272 Since 1960: Contemporary Art and Theory

Lectures and readings will examine major movements in contemporary art, including Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Performance, Postmodernism, and Installation Art. We will examine the dialogue between visual works and critical texts by Roland Barthes, Claire Bishop, Frederic Jameson, Adrian Piper, and Kobena Mercer, among others.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Robbins,C.
(Spring 2016)

HART B273 Topics in Early China

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B274 Topics in Chinese Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B277 Topics: History of Photography

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Robbins,C.

Fall 2015: Race and Identity. This course uses critical writings on photography and identity to explore the historical entanglement of these subjects. With a focus on racial and gender identities, we will attend to the ways in which photography has been used both to ‘fix’ these identities into stable concepts and to undermine the idea that identity is ‘fixed.’ Case studies include: W.E.B. DuBois’s Paris Exposition, Dorothea Lange, Ana Mendieta, Cindy Sherman, Tseng Kwong Chi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carrie Mae Weems.

HART B299 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the present

This course surveys the history of narrative film from 1945 through contemporary cinema. We will analyze a chronological series of styles and national cinemas, including Classical Hollywood, 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. Readings will provide historical context, and will introduce students to key concepts in film studies such as realism, formalism, spectatorship, the auteur theory, and genre studies. Fulfills the history requirement or the introductory course requirement for the Film Studies minor.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B299
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Fall 2015)

HART B300 The Curator in the Museum

This course provides an introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of museums and to the links between practice and theory that are the defining characteristic of the museum curator’s work today. The challenges and opportunities confronting curators and their colleagues, peers, audiences, and constituents will be addressed through readings, discussions, guest presentations, writings, and individual and group projects.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B301 Making an Exhibition: Perspectives on Museums

This course connects the theory and practice of museum exhibitions and other activities – and addresses the conceptual and organizational development of museums during the twentieth century and today – through the development, implementation, and assessment of an exhibition and related programs. Students will study the history and practice of museum exhibition-making while organizing a major public exhibition. They will work individually and as members of groups with student colleagues, with Bryn Mawr College faculty and staff, and with guests selected for their expertise in and knowledge of a range of museum activities and perspectives. The theory and practice of museum exhibition influences and relies upon methodological, anthropological, art historical, philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological, and organizational perspectives on the prominent place museums occupy in this culture. The course will consist of a series of encounters between the practice of, and reflection on, making an exhibition. Recommended Preparation: Relevant coursework in history of art, fine arts, archaeology, anthropology, history, or other fields in which museums play a prominent role.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B306 Film Theory

An introduction to major developments in film theory and criticism. Topics covered include: the specificity of film form; cinematic realism; the cinematic “author”; the politics and ideology of cinema; the relation between cinema and language; spectatorship, identification, and subjectivity; archival and historical problems in film studies; the relation between film studies and other disciplines of aesthetic and social criticism. Each week of the syllabus pairs critical writing(s) on a central principle of film analysis with a cinematic example. Class will be divided between discussion of critical texts and attempts to apply them to a primary cinematic text. Prerequisite: A course in Film Studies (HART B110, HART B299, ENGL B205, or the equivalent from another college by permission of instructor).
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B306; COML-B306
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Fall 2015)

HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Middle Eastern Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B312; HIST-B311
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.

Fall 2015: Kings, Caliphs, and Emperors. Images of Authority: This course investigates how notions of political & social authority were conveyed through the visual and material cultures of Byzantium, the Islamic world, and western Christendom during the late 11th to 13th centuries when these groups experienced an unprecedented degree of cross-cultural exposure as a result of Crusader incursions in the eastern Mediterranean.

HART B323 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B323
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B324 Roman Architecture

The course gives special attention to the architecture and topography of ancient Rome from the origins of the city to the later Roman Empire. At the same time, general issues in architecture and planning with particular reference to Italy and the provinces from republic to empire are also addressed. These include public and domestic spaces,structures, settings and uses, urban infrastructure, the relationship of towns and territories, “suburban” and working villas, and frontier settlements. Prerequisite: ARCH 102.
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B324; ARCH-B324
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B330 Architecture and Identity in Italy: Renaissance to the Present

How is architecture used to shape our understanding of past and current identities? This course looks at the ways in which architecture has been understood to represent, and used to shape regional, national, ethnic, and gender identities in Italy from the Renaissance to the present. The class focuses on Italy’s classical traditions, and looks at the ways in which architects and theorists have accepted or rejected the peninsula’s classical roots. Subjects studied include Baroque Architecture, the Risorgimento, Futurism, Fascism, and colonialism. Course readings include Vitruvius, Leon Battista Alberti, Giorgio Vasari, Jacob Burckhardt, and Alois Riegl, among others.
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B330; CITY-B330
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B334 Topics in Film Studies

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B334
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B336 Topics in Film

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B336
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H.

Spring 2016: Queer Cinema. This course explores how communities and subjects designated as “queer” have been rendered in/visible in the cinema. It also examines how queer subjects have responded to this in/visibility through non-normative viewing practices and alternative film and video production. We will consider queer traditions in documentary, avant-garde, transgender, AIDS, and global cinemas.

HART B339 The Art of Italian Unification

Following Italian unification (1815-1871), the statesman, novelist, and painter Massimo d’Azeglio remarked, “Italy has been made; now it remains to make Italians.” This course examines the art and architectural movements of the roughly 100 years between the uprisings of 1848 and the beginning of the Second World War, a critical period for defining Italiantà. Subjects include the paintings of the Macchiaioli, reactionaries to the 1848 uprisings and the Italian Independence Wars, the politics of nineteenth-century architectural restoration in Italy, the re-urbanization of Italy’s new capital Rome, Fascist architecture and urbanism, and the architecture of Italy’s African colonies.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B340 Topics in Baroque Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B340
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B350 Topics in Modern Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Robbins,C.

Spring 2016: Still Life. Alternatively called stilleven (still life) and nature morte (dead nature), the “still life” genre of picture-making operates in between these terms. This course explores the genre as “living image[s] of now dead things,” which is how Roland Barthes describes photographs. We thus reconsider the long history of still life pictures made in painting since the 17th century, as well as those made in photography since its invention, through the lens of photography theory.

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.
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B355; CITY-B355
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B358 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B359; CSTS-B359
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B359 Topics in Urban Culture and Society

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B360; SOCL-B360; ANTH-B359
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Morton,T.

Fall 2015: Architecture of the Eternal City. How is architecture used to shape our understanding of past and current identities? This course looks at the ways in which architecture has been understood to represent, and used to shape regional, national, ethnic, and gender identities in Italy from the Renaissance to the present. The class focuses on Rome’s classical traditions, and looks at the ways in which architects and theorists have accepted or rejected the peninsula’s classical roots. Subjects studied include Baroque Architecture, the Risorgimento, Futurism, Fascism, and colonialism.

Spring 2016: Mobility and Territory. In the early twenty-first century, the problematics of mobility and territory are the water in which we swim. This course uses these concepts as categories for theoretical and historical study of the spatial, material, and aesthetic, examining issues in architecture, urbanism, geography, visual arts, design, and technology.

HART B367 Asian American Film, Video and New Media

The course explores the role of pleasure in the production, reception, and performance of Asian American identities in film, video, and the internet, taking as its focus the sexual representation of Asian Americans in works produced by Asian American artists from 1915 to present. In several units of the course, we will study graphic sexual representations, including pornographic images and sex acts some may find objectionable. Students should be prepared to engage analytically with all class material. To maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and solidarity among the participants in the class, no auditors will be allowed.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B367
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H.
(Fall 2015)

HART B370 Topics in Chinese Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B373 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond

How does the collection and display of artwork create meanings beyond the individual art object? In recent decades, enormous shifts have occurred in exhibition design as artwork projected from the walls of the museum, moved outdoors to the space of the street, and eventually went online. We will study an array of contemporary exhibition practices and sites in their social and historical contexts, including the temporary exhibition, “the white cube,” the “black box,” museum installations, international biennials, and websites. During the seminar, we will examine how issues such as patronage, avant-gardism, globalization, and identity politics have progressively brought museums and other exhibition spaces into question.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Robbins,C.
(Fall 2015)

HART B374 Topics: Exhibition Seminar

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Students will gain practical experience in the production of an exhibition: conceiving a curatorial approach, articulating themes, writing didactics, researching a checklist, designing gallery layout, producing print and web materials, developing programs, and marketing the exhibit. Prerequisite: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Robbins,C.
(Fall 2015)

HART B377 Topics in Modern Architecture

This is a topics course on modern architecture. Topics vary.
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B377
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Morton,T.

Spring 2016: Islamic Cities. This course will focus on a history of architecture and planning that is at once a history of Islamic Cites and examining how these have been constructed from within and without the subcontinent and its diasporas, through architecture’s many forms.

HART B380 Topics in Contemporary Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Saltzman,L.

Fall 2015: Photography and Its Afterlife. This seminar will explore the history and theory of photography as a means of understanding the photographic practice in the present, including its “afterlife” or dispersal into other media, film, video art, graphic novels and literature foremost among them.

HART B398 Senior Conference I

A critical review of the discipline of art history in preparation for the senior thesis. Required of all senior majors.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cast,D., Levine,S.
(Fall 2015)

HART B399 Senior Conference II

A seminar for the discussion of senior thesis research and such theoretical and historical concerns as may be appropriate. Interim oral reports. Required of all majors; culminates in the senior thesis.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Levine,S., King,H.
(Spring 2016)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

HART B425 Praxis III

Students are encouraged to develop internship projects in the college’s collections and other art institutions in the region.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B603 Advanced Research Methods

Grounded in the foundational and emergent methods of the discipline, this seminar will immerse students in the process of advanced art historical research and writing. Designed to strengthen skills and facilitate the timely completion of MA theses, if not also, should more advanced students be interested, dissertations, this seminar will be at once an incubator and a workshop.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.
(Spring 2016)

HART B610 Topics in Medieval Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.

Fall 2015: Kings, Caliphs, and Emperors. This course investigates how notions of political & social authority were conveyed through the visual and material cultures of Byzantium, the Islamic world, and western Christendom during the late 11th to 13th centuries when these groups experienced an unprecedented degree of cross-cultural exposure as a result of Crusader incursions in the eastern Mediterranean.

HART B630 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cast,D.

Fall 2015: Mannerism. This seminar is concerned with both the history and the historiography of Mannerism, that is to say with works of art produced in Italy and beyond in the XVIth century and also the critical history of these works and the varied attention given to them, especially in Germany in the first years of the last century.

HART B636 Vasari

This seminar focuses on Giorgio Vasari as painter and architect and above all as a founder of the Florentine Academy and the writer of the first modern history of the arts. Topics covered range across the arts of that time and then the questions any such critical accounting of the arts calls up, imitation, invention, the notion of the artist and however it is possible to capture in words what seems often to be beyond them.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B640 Topics in Baroque Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B645 Problems in Representation

This seminar examines, as philosophy and history, the idea of realism, as seen in the visual arts since the Renaissance and beyond to the 19th and 20th centuries.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B650 Topics in Modern Art

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Levine,S.

Fall 2015: David and Bathsheba, or Viciss. From the biblical King David to the medieval and early modern kings of France and on to President Bill Clinton and General David Petraeus today, the beauty of Bathsheba has been seen to unleash a compelling drama of looking, adultery, murder, repentance, self-recognition, redemption, and love. From the Rabbis of the Talmud to the Fathers of the Church, from medieval Books of Hours to You Tube videos, artists and writers have repeatedly reconfigured the meanings of the beauty at her bath.

HART B651 Topics: Interpretation and Theory

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Spring 2016)

HART B671 Topics in German Art

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hertel,C.

Spring 2016: Allegory. Allegory in German art from Albrecht Dürer to Walter Benjamin

HART B673 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond

How does the collection and display of artwork create meanings beyond the individual art object? In recent decades, enormous shifts have occurred in exhibition design as artwork projected from the walls of the museum, moved outdoors to the space of the street, and eventually went online. We will study an array of contemporary exhibition practices and sites in their social and historical contexts, including the temporary exhibition, “the white cube,” the “black box,” museum installations, international biennials, and websites. During the seminar, we will examine how issues such as patronage, avant-gardism, globalization, and identity politics have progressively brought museums and other exhibition spaces into question.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B678 Portraiture

This seminar on self-portraiture examines the representation of the individual from the Renaissance to the present in painting, photography, and film. Artists range from Artemisia Gentileschi and Poussin to Cézanne and Cindy Sherman.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HART B680 Topics in Contemporary Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Saltzman,L.

Fall 2015: Photography and Its Afterlife. This seminar will explore the history and theory of photography as a means of understanding the photographic practice in the present, including its “afterlife” or dispersal into other media, film, video art, graphic novels and literature foremost among them.

HART B701 Supervised Work

Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Levine,S., Walker,A., Saltzman,L., King,H., Cast,D.
(Fall 2015, Spring 2016)