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Course Information

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
HART B104-001 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical Tradition Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Carpenter Library 25 Cast,D.
HART B107-001 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Self and Other in the Arts of France Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 25 Shipley,L.
HART B205-001 Introduction to Film Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Carpenter Library 25 Tratner,M.
Film: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM SU Thomas Hall 224
HART B206-001 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Thomas Hall 104 Donohue,A.
HART B213-001 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities Semester / 1 LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Carpenter Library 17 Monserrati,M.
HART B254-001 History of Modern Architecture Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall F Siddiqi,A.
HART B272-001 Since 1960: Contemporary Art and Theory Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Thomas Hall 111 Robbins,C.
HART B274-001 Topics in Chinese Art: Art and Propaganda in Modern China Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dalton Hall 212A Wang,M.
HART B299-001 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the present Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Carpenter Library 21 King,H.
Film: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM M Carpenter Library 21
HART B306-001 Film Theory Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 15 King,H.
Film: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM T Carpenter Library 25
HART B339-001 The Art of Italian Unification Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall B Harper,A.
HART B355-001 Topics in the History of London Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 15 Cast,D.
HART B370-001 Topics in Chinese Art: Perspectives on Ornament Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Thomas Hall 102 Wang,M.
HART B373-001 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 17 Robbins,C.
HART B377-001 Topics in Modern Architecture Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM T Thomas Hall 116 Siddiqi,A.
HART B398-001 Senior Conference I Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Thomas Hall 116 Dept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
HART B425-001 Praxis III Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
HART B610-001 Topics in Medieval Art: Surveying Byzantium Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Thomas Hall 102 Walker,A.
HART B651-001 Topics: Interpretation and Theory: Approaches to Abstraction Semester / 1 LEC: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM M Carpenter Library 13 Saltzman,L.
HART B673-001 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 17 Robbins,C.
HART B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Cast,D.
HART B701-002 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Hertel,C.
HART B701-003 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA King,H.
HART B701-004 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Levine,S.
HART B701-005 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Saltzman,L.
HART B701-006 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Walker,A.
HART B701-007 Supervised Work Semester / 1

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
HART B108-001 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Women, Feminism, and History of Art Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Carpenter Library 25 Saltzman,L.
HART B110-001 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 25 King,H.
Film: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM SU Carpenter Library 25
HART B190-001 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Thomas Hall 110 Cohen,J., Siddiqi,A.
HART B211-001 Topics in Medieval Art History: Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Carpenter Library 25 Walker,A.
HART B214-001 Topics: Introduction to Chinese Literature: Dream of the Red Chamber Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 3:30 PM TH Thomas Hall 118 Kwa,S., Wang,M.
HART B219-001 Multiculturalism in Medieval Italy Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 118 Harper,A.
HART B227-001 Topics in Modern Planning: Architecture and/as Political Resistance Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 111 Siddiqi,A.
HART B229-001 Topics in Comparative Urbanism Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall B McDonogh,G.
HART B253-001 Survey of Western Architecture Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Carpenter Library 21 Cast,D.
HART B277-001 Topics: History of Photography Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Thomas Hall 116 Robbins,C.
HART B311-001 Topics in Medieval Art: Byzantine Objects Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 17 Walker,A.
HART B323-001 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art: Cultures of Collecting Semester / 1 LEC: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM W Carpenter Library 17 Hertel,C.
HART B350-001 Topics in Modern Art: Still Life Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Carpenter Library 13 Robbins,C.
HART B359-001 Topics in Urban Culture and Society: Global Borderlands Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Dalton Hall 10 Reyes,V.
HART B370-001 Topics in Chinese Art: Chinese Painting Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 17 Wang,M.
HART B374-001 Topics: Exhibition Seminar: John Sloan and a Print "Art Show" Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Dalton Hall 212E Robbins,C.
HART B377-001 Topics in Modern Architecture: Mobility and Territory Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM T Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Siddiqi,A.
HART B380-001 Topics in Contemporary Art: The Global Present Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Carpenter Library 13 Saltzman,L.
HART B399-001 Senior Conference II Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Carpenter Library 25 Dept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
HART B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
HART B610-001 Topics in Medieval Art: Byzantine Objects: Things Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 17 Walker,A.
HART B630-001 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art: Cultures of Collecting Semester / 1 LEC: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM W Carpenter Library 17 Hertel,C.
HART B645-001 Problems in Representation Semester / 1 Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 17 Cast,D.
HART B680-001 Topics in Contemporary Art: The Global Present Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Carpenter Library 13 Saltzman,L.
HART B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Cast,D.
HART B701-002 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Hertel,C.
HART B701-003 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA King,H.
HART B701-004 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Levine,S.
HART B701-005 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Saltzman,L.
HART B701-006 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Walker,A.

Fall 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2014-15 Catalog Data

HART B100 The Stuff of Art Not offered 2014-15 An introduction to chemistry through fine arts, this course emphasizes the close relationship of the fine arts, especially painting, to the development of chemistry and its practice. The historical role of the material in the arts, in alchemy and in the developing science of chemistry, will be discussed, as well as the synergy between these areas. Relevant principles of chemistry will be illustrated through the handling, synthesis and/or transformations of the material. This course does not count towards chemistry major requirements, and is not suitable for premedical programs. Lecture 90 minutes, laboratory three hours a week. Enrollment limited to 20. Cross-listed as CHEM B100

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HART B104 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical Tradition Fall 2014 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. Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B106 Art of the Global Middle Ages Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B107 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Self and Other in the Arts of France Fall 2014 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. Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HART B108 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Women, Feminism, and History of Art Spring 2015 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. Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HART B110 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema Spring 2015 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. Syllabus is subject to change at instructor's discretion. Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as COML B110 Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ARCH B125 Cross-listed as CSTS B125

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HART B190 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present Spring 2015 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B190 Cross-listed as ANTH B190

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HART B204 Greek Sculpture Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ARCH B205

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HART B205 Introduction to Film Fall 2014 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ENGL B205 Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture Fall 2014 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. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ARCH B206

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HART B211 Topics in Medieval Art History
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course traces the development of Islamic art and architecture beginning with the emergence of Islam in the early 7th century and ending with the Mongol invasion and the fall of the Abbasid Empire in the mid-13th century. Special attention is paid to issues of particular importance of the study of Islamic art, including aniconism, the role of inscriptions as an expressive art form, and the relationship of early Islamic art to other late antique and medieval artistic traditions.
Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B212 Medieval Architecture Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B212

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HART B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Rhetoric and Interpretation after Post-Modernism Fall 2014 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.
Current topic description: This course will focus on the way we read a literary text, or even the way we approach a work of art. It will introduce the main theoretical trends of the 20th and 21st centuries. This course also offers an in-depth reading and discussion of great films and literary texts, as bases for discussing theory.
Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ITAL B213 Cross-listed as RUSS B253 Cross-listed as PHIL B253

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HART B214 Topics: Introduction to Chinese Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Dream of the Red Chamber Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Topics may vary.
Current topic description: This class examines the material world of the Qing dynasty novel Hongloumeng, or Dream of the Red Chamber. Using literary theory and material culture studies, we will situate the novel in relation to ideas of circulation in late imperial China and contemporaneous cultures in other world regions. Topics include global trade, exchange, technology, etc.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as EALC B212 Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B215 Russian Avant-Garde Art, Literature and Film Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as RUSS B215 Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B216 The City of Naples Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ITAL B215 Cross-listed as CITY B216

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HART B219 Multiculturalism in Medieval Italy Spring 2015 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ITAL B219

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HART B227 Topics in Modern Planning
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Architecture and/as Political Resistance Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Through studies of human rights, governmental and nongovernmental practice, armed conflict, and urban and political activism, we will examine how architecture colludes with or resists social ordering systems, asking two questions of contemporary and historical examples. How has political activism intervened spatially, visually, and materially upon societies and cultures? How have spatial politics configured modes of resistance?
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B227 Cross-listed as GERM B227

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HART B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Probing the relations of power at the heart of power and society in many cities worldwide, this class uses case studies to test urban theory, forms and practice. In order to grapple with colonialism and its aftermaths, we will focus on cities in North Africa (and France), Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and Cuba, systematically exploring research, writing and insights from systematic interdisciplinary comparisons.
Writing Intensive Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B229 Cross-listed as EAST B229 Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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HART B230 Renaissance Art Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Silent Film: From U.S. to Soviet Russia &Beyond Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ENGL B238 Cross-listed as RUSS B238 Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B241 New Visual Worlds in the Spanish Empire 1492 - 1820 Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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HART B250 Nineteenth-Century Art in France Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B253 Survey of Western Architecture Spring 2015 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B253

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HART B254 History of Modern Architecture Fall 2014 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B254

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HART B255 Survey of American Architecture Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B255

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HART B266 Contemporary Art Not offered 2014-15 America, Europe and beyond, from the 1950s to the present, in visual media and visual theory. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HART B268 Greek and Roman Architecture Not offered 2014-15 A survey of Greek and Roman architecture taking into account building materials, construction techniques, various forms of architecture in their urban and religious settings from an historical and social perspective. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ARCH B268 Cross-listed as CITY B268

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HART B272 Since 1960: Contemporary Art and Theory Fall 2014 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HART B273 Topics in Early China
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Art and Archaeology in Early China Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B274 Topics in Chinese Art
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Art and Propaganda in Modern China Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Focuses on 20th to 21st century Chinese visual culture, and it will be organized around four phases of art production during the past hundred or so years: 1) the major transition from the imperial Qing dynasty to the tumultuous Republican period in 1911, 2) art production after Mao Zedong's famous Talks on Literature and Art in 1942, 3) visual objects produced during and shortly after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), and 4) contemporary art in China in the last three decades.
Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B277 Topics: History of Photography Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course explores the cultural and historical entanglement of photography and identity. We will engage critical writings on both photography and identity, especially racial identity, in order to better understand how photography has been deployed historically to fix identities, as well as how it is used to undermine the notion of identity as 'fixed.' Case studies include: Francis Galton, Carleton Watkins, W.E.B. Dubois's Paris Exposition, Dorothea Lange, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen's Family of Man exhibition, Ana Mendieta, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Cao Fei, Taryn Simon.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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HART B299 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the present Fall 2014 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ENGL B299 Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B300 The Curator in the Museum Not offered 2014-15 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.

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HART B301 Making an Exhibition: Perspectives on Museums Not offered 2014-15 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.

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HART B306 Film Theory Fall 2014 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. Cross-listed as ENGL B306 Cross-listed as COML B306 Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Byzantine Objects Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course explores a range of theoretical models that have been brought to bear on the study of Byzantine objects in recent years, including thing theory, portability, the social life of things, material culture studies, entanglement, and gift theory.
Cross-listed as HIST B311 Cross-listed as CITY B312 Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HART B323 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Cultures of Collecting
Section 001 (Spring 2014): The Fresco Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course explores the origins of the museum by attending to early modern practices of collecting and displaying art and artifacts, with particular attention to the "Kunstkammer" or curiosity cabinet, collections of art, books, prints, small scientific instruments, and so-called "marvels" of art and nature, both European and colonial, including rocks and ore, shells and even stuffed animals.
Cross-listed as CITY B323

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HART B324 Roman Architecture Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as CSTS B324 Cross-listed as ARCH B324

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HART B330 Architecture and Identity in Italy: Renaissance to the Present Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as ITAL B330 Cross-listed as CITY B330

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HART B334 Topics in Film Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Black Independent Cinema
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Middle East on Film Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-listed as ENGL B334 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B336 Topics in Film Not offered 2014-15 This course examines experimental film and video from the 1930's to present. It will concentrate on the use of found footage: the reworking of existing imagery in order to generate new aesthetic frameworks and cultural meanings. Key issues to be explored include copyright, piracy, archive, activism, affect, aesthetics, interactivity and fandom. Cross-listed as ENGL B336 Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B339 The Art of Italian Unification Fall 2014 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. Writing Intensive Cross-listed as ITAL B340

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HART B340 Topics in Baroque Art Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-listed as COML B340 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HART B350 Topics in Modern Art
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Modern Art in Exhibition
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Still Life Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: TBA

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HART B354 Gender and Contemporary Art Not offered 2014-15 We will examine artists from 1960 to the present whose work thematizes gender, including Robert Morris, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Mike Kelley. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HART B355 Topics in the History of London Fall 2014 Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century. Cross-listed as HIST B355 Cross-listed as CITY B355

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HART B358 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Illustration Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-listed as ARCH B359 Cross-listed as CSTS B359

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HART B359 Topics in Urban Culture and Society
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Global Borderlands Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course is a social scientific examination of various types of borderlands - spaces of cross-national and cross-cultural exchange - around the world. We will explore the social, cultural, political, and geographic processes and interactions that occur within these spaces. Specific types of borderlands explored in the course may include geo-political borders, bordertowns, suburbs, frontiers, divided cities, and global borderlands.
Cross-listed as CITY B360 Cross-listed as SOCL B360

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HART B370 Topics in Chinese Art
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Chinese Painting
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Chinese Painting
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Perspectives on Ornament Fall 2014, Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course will examine comparative perspectives on ornament and decorative arts.
Current topic description: This seminar examines Chinese painting by presupposing that all aspects of these paintings have or share agency, creating multiple networks of meaning. In other words, the traditional triage of art works sitting at the intersection of a painter and patron relationship will be complicated by understanding each element in the production of a Chinese painting as meaningful nodes in a complex relationship composed of people, places and things.

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HART B372 Feminist Art and Theory, 1970-Present Not offered 2014-15 How have feminist artists and theorists challenged the conventions of art history? This course begins with the feminist art world activism that arose in the 1970s in the context of the women's liberation movement and continues through current issues in global feminism. In the 1970s, feminist activist artists sought to establish new forms of art education, venues for exhibition, theoretical writing, and creative working methods to provide alternatives to traditional art institutions and art criticism. We will examine how current artists, building on this recent history, continue to develop feminist aesthetics and politics in a variety of contemporary practices, including installation art, multi-media art, and performance. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HART B373 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond Fall 2014 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.

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HART B374 Topics: Exhibition Seminar
Section 001 (Spring 2015): John Sloan and a Print "Art Show" Spring 2015 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.
Current topic description: This course explores over 80 etchings by American artist John Sloan (1871-1951) held in the collections of Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections. Only two of these etchings have been exhibited before at the College, but both were shown without context. Students will be expected to master material in several different areas: 1) John Sloan: art, interpretation, problems, 2) prints and illustrations, 3) museum display. Beyond researching the little known histories of these objects, students will use postmodern theory to explore simultaneous claims made on these objects: original and reproduction, book illustration and independent art object, social commentary and comic depiction, commissioned work and artistically-motivated expression.
Writing Attentive

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HART B377 Topics in Modern Architecture
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Liveable Cities
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Mobility and Territory Fall 2014, Spring 2015 This is a topics course on modern architecture. Topics vary.
Current topic description: This course examines historical change in the period from World War II to the present through the concepts of mobility and territory. In shared readings on architectural and urban issues, we will examine territorial remapping, human displacement, and the emergence of new technologies to address this reorganization of space and human life. Independent student projects will probe themes of sovereignty and citizenship, cosmopolitanism and difference.
Cross-listed as CITY B377

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HART B380 Topics in Contemporary Art
Section 001 (Spring 2015): The Global Present
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Visual Culture & the Holocaust Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: TBA
Current topic description: This course will examine, week by week, artists from around the globe - Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa.

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HART B397 Junior Seminar Not offered 2014-15 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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HART B425 Praxis III Students are encouraged to develop internship projects in the college's collections and other art institutions in the region. Counts toward Praxis Program

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HART B610 Topics in Medieval Art
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Byzantine Objects: Things
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Surveying Byzantium Fall 2014, Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course assesses the presentation of Byzantine art and architecture in survey books from the nineteenth century to today. Taking a historiographic perspective on this literature, the course provides an overview of the changing interpretation of Byzantine art and architecture over time.
Current topic description: This course explores a range of theoretical models that have been brought to bear on the study of Byzantine objects in recent years, including thing theory, portability, the social life of things, material culture studies, entanglement, and gift theory.

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HART B630 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Cultures of Collecting Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course explores the origins of the museum by attending to early modern practices of collecting and displaying art and artifacts, with particular attention to the "Kunstkammer" or curiosity cabinet, collections of art, books, prints, small scientific instruments, and so-called "marvels" of art and nature, both European and colonial, including rocks and ore, shells and even stuffed animals.

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HART B636 Vasari Not offered 2014-15 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.

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HART B640 Topics in Baroque Art: Spanish Painting and Sculpture Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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HART B645 Problems in Representation Spring 2015 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.

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HART B650 Topics in Modern Art Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Topics vary. Admission by permission of the instructor.

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HART B651 Topics: Interpretation and Theory
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Approaches to Abstraction Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course will examine a range of theoretical approaches to abstraction.

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HART B671 Topics in German Art Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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HART B672 Feminist Art and Theory, 1970-Present Not offered 2014-15 How have feminist artists and theorists challenged the conventions of art history? This course begins with the feminist art world activism that arose in the 1970s in the context of the women's liberation movement and continues through current issues in global feminism. In the 1970s, feminist activist artists sought to establish new forms of art education, venues for exhibition, theoretical writing, and creative working methods to provide alternatives to traditional art institutions and art criticism. We will examine how current artists, building on this recent history, continue to develop feminist aesthetics and politics in a variety of contemporary practices, including installation art, multi-media art, and performance.

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HART B673 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond Fall 2014 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.

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HART B678 Portraiture Not offered 2014-15 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.

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HART B680 Topics in Contemporary Art
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Photography and its Afterlife
Section 001 (Spring 2015): The Global Present Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course will examine, week by week, artists from around the globe - America, Europe, Asia, Africa.

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HART B701 Supervised Work
Section 009 (Fall 2013): Dis & Rebld in Japan Fall 2014, Spring 2015 Supervised Work

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Graduate level Courses