2017-18 Catalog

History of Art

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

Faculty

David Cast, Professor of History of Art
Matthew C. Feliz, Lecturer
Christiane Hertel, Professor Emeritus of History of Art and Katharine McBride Professor
Sylvia Houghteling, Assistant Professor of History of Art
Homay King, Professor of History of Art and the Eugenia Chase Guild Chair in the Humanities
Steven Levine, Professor of History of Art and the Leslie Clark Professor in the Humanities (on leave semesters I and II)
Lisa Saltzman, Chair and Professor of History of Art and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities
Jie Shi, Assistant Professor of History of Art
Alicia Walker, Associate Professor of History of Art on the Marie Neuberger Fund for the Study of Arts and Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program

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 B102 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Naturalism and the Supernatural in South Asian Art
This course examines the coexistence of aniconic, figural and supernatural representations of gods, plants, humans and animals in the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic artistic traditions of India. It will trace both the development of naturalistic representations, as well as departures and embellishments on naturalism in the painting, sculpture, architecture, metalwork and textiles of South Asia. In this course, we will study the central tenets of South Asian religious traditions and will read and listen to the epic narratives, Sufi poetry and classical Indian music that influenced so much of South Asia’s visual culture. With this foundation, the course will consider the spiritual, social, political and creative motivations that led artists to choose naturalistic or supernatural forms of representation, reaffirming that the anti- and super-naturalistic elements of South Asian art rarely resulted from a lack of skill but from the conscious choice of the artist. In writing assignments, students will be challenged to find words to describe the myriad representational strategies that South Asian artists have used over time to depict their own world, but also to render other realms. This writing intensive (WI) course will therefore emphasize the importance of using of precise and creative language in art historical visual analysis.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Houghteling,S.
(Spring 2018)

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 2017)

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
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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 2018)

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
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Spring 2018)

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 2017-2018)

HART B212 Medieval Art & 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)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B217 Introduction to Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture
This course traces the development of Islamic art and architecture beginning with the emergence of Islam in the early seventh century and ending with the Mongol invasion and the fall of the Abbasid Empire in the mid-thirteenth century. Special attention is paid to issues of particular importance to medieval Islamic art, including aniconism (the rejection of figural imagery in artistic production), the role of script as an expressive art form, and the relationship of early Islamic art to the artistic traditions of other late antique and medieval cultures. Prerequisites: At least one course in History of Art at the 100 or 200 level, or a course in Middle Eastern Studies at the 100 or 200 level is recommended but not required.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.
(Spring 2018)

HART B226 Perspectives on African Art
This course is an exploration of a selected range of art that represent the role and place of art in Africa and demonstrate the changes in artwork over time. The course begins with an examination of what defines the art of Africa, and proceeds to seek an understanding of its philosophical underpinnings and aesthetics. It then conducts a cultural as well as an historical exploration of selected art traditions on the continent. The course will emphasize the diversity of African aesthetics as well as highlight the similarities and differences between African people within and across various artistic practices in secular and non-secular settings.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Museum Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Labi,K.
(Fall 2017)

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
Instructor(s): Cast,D.
(Spring 2018)

HART B240 The Global Baroque
Global Baroque” examines the Baroque style both within and beyond Europe, moving from Italy, France, Spain and Flanders to seventeenth-century India, Iran, Japan and China, the New World, the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Kongo. We will study the role of Baroque art in early modern politics, religious missions and global trade; the emergence of princely collections of wonders and cartography; the flourishing of new and wondrous art materials; and the changing role of the artist and artisan in this period. We will consider the Baroque as an invitation for emotional engagement, as a style of power that was complicit in the violence of European colonialism, and as a tool of cultural reclamation used by artists across the world. As a class, we will work to construct an art history of “The Global Baroque” that also attends to the complex specificities of time and place.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Houghteling,S.
(Fall 2017)

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
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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): Feliz,M.
(Spring 2018)

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
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B274 History of Chinese Art
This course is a survey of the arts of China from Neolithic to the contemporary period, focusing on bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Chinese appropriation of Buddhist art, and the evolution of landscape and figure painting traditions.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shi,J.
(Fall 2017)

HART B277 Topics: History of Photography
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B279 Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New Articulations
At the turn of the 20th century, the Victorian natural history museum played an important role in constructing and disseminating images of Africa to the Western public. The history of museum representations of Africa and Africans reveals that exhibitions—both museum exhibitions and “living” World’s Fair exhibitions— has long been deeply embedded in politics, including the persistent “othering” of African people as savages or primitives. While paying attention to stereotypical exhibition tropes about Africa, we will also consider how art museums are creating new constructions of Africa and how contemporary curators and conceptual artists are creating complex, challenging new ways of understanding African identities.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B281 Museum Studies: History, Theory, Practice
Using the museums of Philadelphia as field sites, this course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of museum studies and the important synergies between theory and practice. Students will learn: the history of museums as institutions of recreation, education and leisure; how the museum itself became a symbol of power, prestige and sometimes alienation; debates around the ethics and politics of collecting objects of art, culture and nature; and the qualities that make an exhibition effective (or not). By visiting exhibitions and meeting with a range of museum professionals in art, anthropology and science museums, this course offers a critical perspective on the inner workings of the museum as well as insights into the “new museology.”
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Feliz,M.
(Fall 2017)

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
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Fall 2017)

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.
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B301 Topics in Exhibition Strategies
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Museum Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B316 Museum Studies Fieldwork Seminar
This course provides students a forum in which to ground, frame and discuss their hands-on work in museums, galleries, archives or collections. Whether students have arranged an internship at a local institution or want to pursue one in the Bryn Mawr College Collections, this course will provide a framework for these endeavors, coupling praxis with theory supported by readings from the discipline of Museum Studies. The course will culminate in a final poster presentation, an opportunity to reflect critically on the internship experience. Prior to taking the course, students will develop a Praxis Learning Plan through the LILAC office. All students will share a set syllabus, common learning objectives and readings, but will also be able to tailor those objectives to the specific museum setting or Special Collections project in which they are involved.
Counts towards: Museum Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B318 Cultural Property and Museums
This course examines cultural heritage and the concept of cultural property in relation to museums and collections. We will consider the development of national and international laws in the 20th and 21st centuries to protect cultural heritage, museum responsibilities, and case studies on topics including the looting of archaeological sites, the fate of art during war, nationalism and politics, restitution of art, and fakes and forgeries.
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B323 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This seminar is concerned with the history and idea of fresco painting in Italy, both as a matter of technique and as instances of explicitly political art. The materials for research can come also from other moments and places, from the WPA program in the United States, from Mexico to the Catholic and Unionist walls in Northern Ireland and beyond.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cast,D.
(Spring 2018)

HART B325 Care and Conservation of Contemporary Art
This course explores the ethics, principles, analysis and materials used in art conservation. Case studies, guest lectures, and museum visits will then introduce the unique problems involved in preserving, conserving and exhibiting contemporary art. There will be some hands on/lab component activities. Prerequisites: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College. Understanding of basic chemistry helpful.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weldon,M.
(Fall 2017)

HART B334 Topics in Film Studies
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: D. N. Rodowick argued that the digital arts “are the most radical instance yet of an old Cartesian dream: the best representations are the most immaterial ones because they seen to free the mind from the body and the world of substance.” In this seminar, we will explore digital images in relation to cinema, photography, and other media. We will examine the fate of materiality, the body, and duration in 21st c. media, and consider whether the digital marks a significant break from the analog.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Spring 2018)

HART B340 Topics in Baroque Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B345 Topics in Material Culture
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This seminar will explore the myriad textile traditions of Asia. Through close study of woven objects in the Bryn Mawr Special Collections and visits to the Penn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this course will trace the history of the interconnected textile traditions of Eastern and Western Asia, from Chinese and Indonesian textile traditions to the weavings of Iran and Turkey. We will consider interdisciplinary approaches to textiles and the ways that textiles are catalogued and exhibited in museum spaces. As an advanced art history seminar, we will discuss how to write art historical essays that animate non-figural textiles and how to conduct research on decorative arts and material culture.
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Houghteling,S.
(Fall 2017)

HART B350 Topics in Modern Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B370 Topics in Chinese Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Focusing on the east part of the Silk Road that connected Greece, Iran, India and Central Asia with China from antiquity to the medieval period, this course surveys a variety of artworks and visual materials not only in formal and iconographic terms but also from social, political, and religious perspectives.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shi,J.
(Fall 2017)

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.
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Robbins,C.
(Fall 2017)

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.
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B380 Topics in Contemporary Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This course, a special Flexner seminar, was inspired by a consideration of the work of our Fall 2017 Flexner lecturer, Bonnie Honig, and will explore the aesthetics and ethics of memory in contemporary art.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Saltzman,L.
(Fall 2017)

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.
Prerequisite: BM undergraduate History of Art major.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Saltzman,L., Houghteling,S.
(Fall 2017)

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): Cast,D., Saltzman,L.
(Spring 2018)

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 2017, Spring 2018)

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 2017-2018)

HART B624 Topics in Dutch Painting
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B630 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This seminar has as its subject the history of objects from Italy and other European countries, now described as Mannerist. We are also concerned with the critical history of these works and the attention given to them within the History of Art, especially in Germany in the first years of the last century, and then ways this category can be used to speak of art at other moments and in other cultural contexts.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cast,D.
(Fall 2017)

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 2017-2018)

ANTH B271 Museum Anthropology: History, Politics, Practices
This course provides an in-depth exploration of museum anthropology: the critical study of museum practices from an anthropological perspective. The course will fundamentally consider the role of museums in exhibiting culture—the politics of placing cultures on display, from living humans and human remains to cultural objects and artifacts. The course will also consider changing practices in museum anthropology, including repatriation efforts, shifting notions of heritage and identity and the emergence of community-curated exhibitions. This course complements the theoretical explorations of the museum with visits to area museums and hands-on work in Special Collections.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ARCH 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)
Counts towards: Museum Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ARCH B204 Animals in the Ancient Greek World
This course focuses on perceptions of animals in ancient Greece from the Geometric to the Classical periods. It examines representations of animals in painting, sculpture, and the minor arts, the treatment of animals as attested in the archaeological record, and how these types of evidence relate to the featuring of animals in contemporary poetry, tragedy, comedy, and medical and philosophical writings. By analyzing this rich body of evidence, the course develops a context in which participants gain insight into the ways ancient Greeks perceived, represented, and treated animals. Juxtaposing the importance of animals in modern society, as attested, for example, by their roles as pets, agents of healing, diplomatic gifts, and even as subjects of specialized studies such as animal law and animal geographies, the course also serves to expand awareness of attitudes towards animals in our own society as well as that of ancient Greece.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ARCH B205 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)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A.
(Fall 2017)

ARCH 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
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ARCH B215 Classical Art
A survey of the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ARCH B254 Cleopatra
This course examines the life and rule of Cleopatra VII, the last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, and the reception of her legacy in the Early Roman Empire and the western world from the Renaissance to modern times. The first part of the course explores extant literary evidence regarding the upbringing, education, and rule of Cleopatra within the contexts of Egyptian and Ptolemaic cultures, her relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, her conflict with Octavian, and her death by suicide in 30 BCE. The second part examines constructions of Cleopatra in Roman literature, her iconography in surviving art, and her contributions to and influence on both Ptolemaic and Roman art. A detailed account is also provided of the afterlife of Cleopatra in the literature, visual arts, scholarship, and film of both Europe and the United States, extending from the papal courts of Renaissance Italy and Shakespearean drama, to Thomas Jefferson’s art collection at Monticello and Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1963 epic film, Cleopatra.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ARCH B303 Classical Bodies
An examination of the conceptions of the human body evidenced in Greek and Roman art and literature, with emphasis on issues that have persisted in the Western tradition. Topics include the fashioning of concepts of male and female standards of beauty and their implications; conventions of visual representation; the nude; clothing and its symbolism; the athletic ideal; physiognomy; medical theory and practice; the visible expression of character and emotions; and the formulation of the “classical ideal” in antiquity and later times.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ARCH B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities.
Current topic description: TA research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A.
(Spring 2018)

CITY 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)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lee,M.
(Spring 2018)

CITY B227 Topics in Modern Planning
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

CITY B254 History of Modern Architecture
A survey of the development of modern architecture since the 18th century.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lee,M.
(Fall 2017)

CITY B255 Survey of American Architecture
This survey course examines architecture within the global framework of “the modern.” Through an introduction to an architectural canon of works and figures, it seeks to foster a critical consideration of modernity, modernization, and modernism. The course explores each as a category of meaning that framed the theory and practice of architecture as a cultural, political, social, and technological enterprise. It also uses these conjugates to study the modes by which architecture may be said to have framed history. We will study practical and discursive activity that formed a dynamic field within which many of the contradictions of “the modern” were made visible (and visual) through architecture. In this course, we will engage architectural concepts and designs by studying drawings and buildings closely within their historical context. We will examine spheres of reception for architecture and its theoretical, discursive, and cultural life through a variety of media: buildings of course, but also journals, books, and film. We will also investigate architecture as a site and subject for critical inquiry. In particular, we will see what it may tell us about the globalization and politics of the twentieth century, and about history, theory, and criticism as epistemological tracks.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

CITY B306 Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in Time
A workshop for research into the histories of places, intended to bring students into contact with some of the raw materials of architectural and urban history. A focus will be placed on historical images and texts, and on creating engaging informational experiences that are transparent to their evidentiary basis.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

CITY B360 Topics: Urban Culture and Society
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This course explores intersections of migration, labor and cities in today’s globalized economy. We will examine how broad trends have shaped labor markets in different urban contexts and shed light on the central role of migrant workers within them. Gaining a deeper understanding of migrant workers’ experiences, struggles and contributions is a key objective of the course.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Raddatz,L.
(Spring 2018)

CITY B377 Topics in Modern Architecture
This is a topics course on modern architecture. Topics vary. Current topic description: This class offers the students the opportunity to engage architecture, architectural and urban history in a seminar format. For advanced majors but also open to others in history or history of art by permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lee,M.
(Fall 2017)

CITY B378 Formative Landscapes: The Architecture and Planning of American Collegiate Campuses
The campus and buildings familiar to us here at the College reflect a long and rich design conversation regarding communicative form, architectural innovation, and orchestrated planning. This course will explore that conversation through varied examples, key models, and shaping conceptions over time.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cohen,J.
(Spring 2018)

CSTS 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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Scott,R.
(Fall 2017)

EALC B212 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
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ENGL 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
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Bryant,S.
(Fall 2017)

ENGL B336 Topics in Film
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: We’ll consider how voice has changed film & how film has changed the voice, studying cinema from 1920s to now & theories about voice.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Bryant,S.
(Spring 2018)

ENGL 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
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

FREN B213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities
By bringing together the study of major theoretical currents of the 20th century and the practice of analyzing literary works in the light of theory, this course aims at providing students with skills to use literary theory in their own scholarship. The selection of theoretical readings reflects the history of theory (psychoanalysis, structuralism, narratology), as well as the currents most relevant to the contemporary academic field: Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism, Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism. They are paired with a diverse range of short stories (Poe, Kafka, Camus, Borges, Calvino, Morrison, Djebar, Ngozi Adichie) that we discuss along with our study of theoretical texts. The class will be conducted in English with an additional hour in French for students wishing to take it for French credit.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sanquer,M.
(Fall 2017)

GSEM B623 Figures of Resistance: Classical and Modern
The GSem will explore classical figures of resistance such as Prometheus, Antigone, Electra, Medea, and Lysistrata and their reception in modern art and cinema. The focus will be on films and other works of art that re-appropriate and transform the ancient characters and their stories. We will discuss in particular how modern filmmakers re-contextualize the classical figures to shed light on contemporary historical, political, and social issues. Films will include Tony Harrison, Prometheus (Great Britain, 1998), Liliana Cavani, The Year of the Cannibals (Italy, 1970), Amy Greenfield, Antigone/Rites of Passion (USA, 1991), Ingmar Bergman, Persona (Sweden, 1966), Miklós Jancsó, Electra, My Love (Hungary, 1974), Arthur Ripstein, Asi Es La Vida (Mexico, 2000), and Spike Lee, Chi-raq (USA, 2015). Readings will be drawn from texts on reception studies, film and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and political theory.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H., Baertschi,A.
(Fall 2017)

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): King,H.
(Spring 2018)

HART B610 Topics in Medieval Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This course examines how Byzantine art and architecture have been represented in surveys of art history, medieval art, and Byzantine art. In addition to reading survey texts themselves, students consider scholarship that has analyzed and critiqued the representation of Byzantium in these studies and in the field more broadly.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.
(Spring 2018)

HART B640 Topics in Baroque Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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 2017-2018)

HART B646 Topics in Material Culture
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Houghteling,S.
(Spring 2018)

HART B650 Topics in Modern Art
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B651 Topics: Interpretation and Theory
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B671 Topics in German Art
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Current topic description: October 31, 2017 will mark the quint-centennial of the Lutheran Reformation, which entailed iconoclasm for theological and political reasons. Responses to the looting, destruction, and defacement of devotional sculpture and altarpieces included the secularization of art and art patronage, the making of art for private collectors, cabinets of curiosity, yet also the public use of the print combining image and text for propaganda, satire, and activism with wide-ranging agendas and audiences.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hertel,C.
(Fall 2017)

HART B680 Topics in Contemporary Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

HART B701 Supervised Work
Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cast,D., Walker,A., Saltzman,L., King,H., Houghteling,S.
(Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

ITAL 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)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ITAL 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)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

ITAL B319 Multiculturalism and Diversity in Medieval Italy
This interdisciplinary course will reflect upon history, religion, literature, politics, and built environment of Italy from ca. 1000 to 1400. Italy was famous for its diverse cultural landscape of urban towers and fortified castles, its Mediterranean trade, and its ethnically and religiously differentiated voices. The course examines cross-cultural interactions played out through the patronage, production, and reception of works of art, literature, and architecture. Sites of patronage and production include the cities of Venice, Palermo, and Pisa. It counts towards Art History and City.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kubati,R.
(Fall 2017)

RUSS B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)