Fall 2018 Course Schedule 
Spring 2019 Course Schedule


    AH 102

    Art History Survey II 

    The second semester of the art history survey course combines a chronological overview of art works from the seventeenth century through 1960 with a rigorous investigation of the contexts in which art has been made. The course covers major art historical developments in the western and non-western worlds with an evaluation of their form, content, style, cultural meaning, and historical import. The course also introduces students to art historical vocabulary and various methods of art historical research. Each section meets twice a week for lecture and student discussion.

    Prerequisites : None

    3 credits
    AH 317 (W)

    Women and Art

    This course will investigate women as makers of art, as subjects of art, and as critics, theorists, and historians of art. Rather than attempting a comprehensive chronological survey, the course will focus on a series of topics or themes exploring art production in Western Europe and America from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Among the topics to be considered are: the impact of feminism and feminist art theory on the rewriting of art history; the nude; orientalism and women as other; female subjects as the object of the gaze; feminist art of the 1970s and essentialism; psychoanalytic theory; woman and craft and art history's privileging of painting and sculpture; women and Impressionism; Victorian women artists; 19th-century American women sculptors; the careers of specific women artists, i.e., Cassatt, O'Keefe, Kahlo, Krasner, and the concept of "greatness"; race and women of color as makers/subjects; body, performance, conceptual art; the status and concerns of contemporary women artists. Elective: 3 credits/semester.

    Prerequisites : AH 101-102 and AH 250 or equivalent.

    3 credits
    AH 343 (PE)

    Theories of Social Practice

    Artists are making informed critiques of traditional institutions as well as fostering new dialogues through the field of social practice. By decentering traditional studio practices, issues regarding medium, materiality, agency, audience, participant, collaboration, and the market are gaining fresh relevancy and new currency. Social practice is providing leverage for artists to create and engage in new, unexpected, and meaningful ways. Students in this course will learn about the history as well as chart the future of social practice through readings, writing assignments, and strategic post-studio partnerships.

    Prerequisites : AH 101-102 and AH 250 or equivalent. 

    3 credits
    AH 355

    Performative Representations of Intimacy

    For many theorists, the digital era ushered in a second "industrial revolution" and like the first it dramatically transformed human relationships. This course explores some of these transformations by taking up the theme intimacy and its relationship with different forms of representation, including television, social media, film and photography. We begin with Jürgen Habermas’s notion of the public sphere and the shifting terrains of the public versus private arena that have defined history. Along side of Habermas we will explore Michel Foucault work around surveillance and apparatuses of power. Drawing insight from these and other theorists we will explore how Reality TV and participatory culture in general constructs our intimate expressions or what Giorgio Agamben has called a "shared sensation of being".

    Prerequisites : AH 101-102 and AH 250 or equivalent. 

    3 credits
    AH 356 (W)

    Global Contemporary Photography

    This course explores developments in visual cultural and photographic technology in contemporary culture across the World and surveys photography's role in shaping world histories, cultures, and identities. It will introduce students to the work of pioneering photographers from the Americas, Europe, Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East in the late-20th and early 21st century. With the advent of the internet, globalization has changed the history of photographic exchange. It is through thematic lectures and discussions that this course will examine and assess the impact of globalization on photographic practices. Major topics include the worldwide production and dissemination of photographic images; the local and global character of specific genres, such as portraiture and photojournalism; the photographic representation of human movement and migration; and (post)colonial photographies. This course will begin with a historical survey and a review of important movements, historical events and significant theoretical issues that relate to what is now called the "global art world." Over the semester students will learn to think critically about the relationship between history and cultural representations, particularly through the international circulation of photographic images. This way of thinking will reorient their compass toward different and vibrant centers of artistic production that are too often kept at the margins of the art historical discourse. This course places a strong emphasis on art-historical writing and research practices. Three major writing projects incorporate original artworks at the Portland Museum of Art and Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

    Prerequisites : AH101-102 and AH 250 or equivalent.

    3 credits
    AH 357

    Visions of Dissent: Moving Images & Resistance

    Film and video have the potential to become tools for effecting social change. This course explores the material and the social conditions of filmmaking, and the relationships between aesthetics, resistance, and representation. In-class screenings and discussions will focus on international film and video works that present a wide range of approaches to the subject, including experimental, documentary, détournement, auto-ethnographic, and verité.

    Prerequisites : AH 101-102 and AH 250 or equivalent. 

    3 credits
    AH 440

    Art History Minor Thesis

    Students pursuing the minor may enroll in this course either semester. Students work with a thesis advisor. Independent Study: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week. Prerequisites: AH 101-102 and permission of Minor Program Coordinator.

    Prerequisites : Prerequisites: AH 101-102 and permission of Minor Program Coordinator.

    Additional Notes : Independent Study. 3 hours/week.

    3 credits