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    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 the twenty-first century 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. Required: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week. No prerequisite. This course may not be dropped without department head approval.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisite.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 3 hours/week.

    3 credits
    AH 202

    (NW) Japanese Art

    This course surveys the art of Japan from the prehistoric period to the 20th century. The diverse influences on Japanese art are studied in historical context. Active participation in the form of discussion and student presentations is emphasized. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week. Prerequisite: AH 101-102 or equivalent.

    Prerequisites : AH 101-102 or equivalent.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 3 hours/week.

    3 credits
    AH 317

    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; 3 hours/week.Prerequisite: AH101-102 or equivalent.

    Prerequisites : Prerequisite: AH101-102 or equivalent.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 3 hours/week.

    3 credits
    AH 323

    History of Photography

    This course surveys the historical development of photography from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present. We will cover a roster of artists, theoretical concerns, and technical developments that have contributed to the field, both historically and contemporarily. In a series of lectures and seminars, we will be examining how the camera has functioned as a tool for documentation, portraiture, scientific inquiry, social commentary, journalism, advertising, personal expression and fine art. Additionally, the coursework is designed to develop research methodologies in art history while reinforcing the basics of critical reading, writing, and editing. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/ week.  Prerequisite: AH 101-102 or equivalent.

    Prerequisites : Prerequisite: AH 101-102 or equivalent.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 3 hours/week.

    3 credits
    AH 339

    Affect, New Materialism & Contemporary Art Practices

    The mid-1990s witnessed a dramatic backlash against the “semiotic turn” of art history and the overall influence of post-structuralism across the humanities. This reaction was somewhat concurrent with the publication of two seminal essays discussing the role that affect plays in perception. This new turn toward affect laid the groundwork for the emergence of “New Materialism” in the early 21st century. In contrast to Marxist and ancient materialisms “new materialism” draws insight from Feminist studies, Queer theory, post-humanist theory, and process philosophy to criticize anthropocentrism and rethink subjectivity by exploring the role of inhuman forces within human experiences. What do the motions of atomic particles have to do with desire, sexuality, and everyday life? What new possibilities for politics emerge when we consider matter as lively and active, rather than static and passive? What happens when matter and meaning collide? These are some of the questions that this course will explore through readings, discussions, and critical analyses of material objects. This course will help students to better understand and articulate how the affective content of their work operates while also providing them with a solid understanding of the critical theories that define new materialism and its relevance to contemporary art practices. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week. Prerequisite: AH101-102 and AH 250.

    Prerequisites : Prerequisite: AH101-102 and AH 250.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 3 hours/week.

    3 credits
    AH 342

    We The Institutions: Case Studies in Museums

    Institutions are the apparatuses through which we understand the mechanisms and politics of representation, and they are ultimately the things that shape our world. This word, however, remains vague as ‘institutions’ are things we experience and within which we participate; Including buildings, beliefs, histories, and ideologies. To examine these ideas we will focus on our position as artists and how we relate to the museum, the academy, and the commercial market. From this vantage we will explore the ways in which these structures shape our practices, what affect they have on our habits, and how they set the rules for our interactions. We will review the critical terms and discourses that anchor us to the functions of these places. We will investigate the historical developments that have come to shape our contemporary world and what impact these have on our cultural production. We will include conversations on large and small museums, for-profit galleries, and artist run initiatives. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week. Prerequisite: AH 101-102 and AH 250 or equivalent.

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

    Additional Notes : Elective. 3 hours/week.

    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