Course Listings, Spring 2023
For the days and times that the following classes meet, please refer to the Schedule of Classes on YES.
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SPRING 2023 HISTORY OF ART and ARCHITECTURE COURSE OFFERINGS
Note that courses are arranged by Subject Area: Introductory survey courses, Freshman Seminars, 1000W courses, then courses in Global, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, and Modern Art, followed by Elective courses and Advanced Seminars.
HART 1105: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern Art.
An introductory survey of Western art history from the Renaissance to the Modern period, considering primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture. Please note that the chronological and thematic range of material covered will vary somewhat depending on the instructor. HART 1105 is intended to provide a historical understanding of the major artistic movements within the Western visual tradition, and to encourage students to develop a literate and critical eye. Attention is given to works of specific artists, as well as cultural factors that affect the visual arts from production to reception. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Major, Minor as a 1000-level course.  Rebecca VanDiver. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 1121: History of Western Architecture I.
From prehistoric Europe and Western Asia to Renaissance Italy and the Ottoman Golden Age. Form and function; historical, social, spatial contexts; architects and patrons. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Major, Minor as a 1000-level course.  Betsey Robinson. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 1200: Arts of East Asia.
An exploration of the cultural traditions of East Asia--China, Japan, and Korea--including sculpture, painting, and architecture with a focus on historical, religious, philosophical, and cultural background. Early funerary and Buddhist art in East Asia; the early modern – Ming/Qing (China), Choson (Korea), and Edo (Japan) – from the 14th century onward; modern and contemporary eras from the mid-19th to the 21st century. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Major, Minor as a 1000-level course. (Note: the “Global” requirement for the HART major requires a 2000-level course or above, see below in course listings).  Boyoung Chang. (AXLE: INT).
HART 1111-14: Art and Controversy in 20th-Century America. First-Year Writing Seminar.
Art often mirrors culture, but what happens when art does not reflect the views of the society or culture that produces it? We will study recent and historical controversies concerning the visual arts that address questions of government funding, the role of public art, censorship, decency, morality, and issues of diversity and inclusion. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission.  Jack Crawford. (AXLE: US).
Art and Environment in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800.
First-Year Writing Seminar.
This course examines the ways in which changes in the environment and climate impacted the visual and material culture of the early modern world and, vice-versa, how art and architecture helped generate new ideas about the environment and humanity's place within it. Readings and class discussions on the art of disaster, the environmental origins of artistic materials, the 'Little Ice Age' in global art, nature and imperialism, forests and floods, and other topics will introduce students to a range of objects and monuments from around the early modern world, from Renaissance Venice to Mughal Delhi to Colonial Mexico City. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor or ARCH Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission.  James Pilgrim. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 1210W: Art and Ritual in Asia.
This course explores the arts of Asia through the lens of their ritual function across time. We will ask the questions: How has art-making developed in response to social and religious rituals over the course of centuries? In what ways have diverse social formations and religious traditions shaped rituals to suit their needs, and what are the different roles that the arts have played in them? What characteristics unite, as well as distinguish, the arts of the different Asian sub-regions? Finally, in the age of globalization, how have various cultures preserved their artistic traditions and rituals? Class time will be divided between lecture and discussions of both Asian art—in China, Japan, Korea, India, and elsewhere—and the craft of writing itself. The collections of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery will provide prompts for some writing activities. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. (Note: the “Global” requirement for the HART major requires a 2000-level course or above, see below in course listings).  Susan Dine. (AXLE: INT).
HART 2200: Cities of the Ancient Mediterranean World.
Comparative studies around the Mediterranean and adjacent regions, 4th millennium BCE to 4th century CE. Origins and evolution; environmental, social, and economic determinants of urban form; city planning and amenities; engineering and architecture. Formal, material, comparative, and theoretical approaches. This course will count toward the “Ancient” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and ARCH Major, ARCH Minor.  Betsey Robinson. (AXLE: SBS).
HART 2270: Early Christian and Byzantine Art.
The development of architecture, sculpture, painting, and the minor arts from the third through eleventh centuries. This course will count toward the “Medieval” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and ARCH Major, ARCH Minor.  Jelena Bogdanovic. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 2288: Art of the Book.
Illuminated manuscript (literally “hand written”) books are arguably the most characteristic objects of the European middle ages, but contemporary artists have also responded to the challenge of making a book by hand. This course will consider the changing material and visual make-up of medieval illuminated manuscripts, and through them questions of literacy and audience, the mutation and popularity of certain texts and illustrations, the various contributions of script and picture, and the concerns of patron and artist. We will explore how much the impact of a work depends on the arrangement of words on the page, looking at examples from medieval grid-poems and pictorial initials, the Arts and Crafts revival of the book arts, Dada and Futurist publications, and contemporary artists’ books. The class will work with medieval and modern material in Vanderbilt’s Special Collections. This course will count toward the "Medieval" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Elizabeth Moodey (AXLE: HCA).
HART 2390: Seventeenth-Century Art.
This lecture course provides a survey of the major developments in Western Art, including painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the later sixteenth through the seventeenth century, circa 1580-1700. Our focus this semester will be "Baroque" painting and sculpture, with the inclusion of several key architectural monuments. Our study will be organized geographically by artistic school and will begin in Italy, followed by Spain, France, Flanders, and Holland. The goal of this course is to introduce the pivotal movements and masters, and to enable students to analyse and understand a variety of works and monuments, considering their subject and meaning, style, patronage and audience, as well as relate works of art to their respective cultural and historical contexts, including their connection with certain religious, social, and political issues. This course will count toward the "Renaissance and Baroque" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Sheri Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 2765: Art Since 1945.
Survey of art produced in the United States and Europe since 1945 with an emphasis upon theory and the social and intellectual factors.This course will count toward the "Modern" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Jack Crawford. (AXLE: US).
Contemporary Art and Biennial Exhibitions.
From 1850 to present. Origins of world fairs, the Crystal Palace, Venice Biennale, and modern exhibitions. Core themes: Globalization of art, decolonized thinking and art making, the relation between locality and globality, and the commercialization of contemporary art. This course will count toward the "Modern" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Boyoung Chang. (AXLE: P). This course will meet MW 2:30-3:45.
HART 2775: History of Prints.
Woodcut, engraving, etching, and lithography from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. Scientific, devotional, ornamental, and documentary functions. Dürer, Piranesi, Hogarth, Daumier, and Kollwitz. Advances in technique and marketing, relationship to fine art, and place in popular culture. This course will count as an Elective for the HART Major; HART Minor.  David Price. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 2805: Introduction to Museum Studies.
Fundamentals of museum history; diversity, theory, current practices, and ethics related to collecting and collection management, interpretation, and display. Global perspectives with emphasis on Euro-American museums. Museums of Art, Anthropology, History, and Science. Includes site visits to local museums. This course will count as an Elective for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Susan Dine. (AXLE: P).
HART 2810W: Museum Exhibition: Curating the Vaughn Home.
Culture of museums and exhibition. Object handling, storage, and display. Ethics of exhibition including of objects from various cultures. Contextual presentation of art. Culminates in plan for online or physical exhibition. Focus for Spring 2023 is the historic Vaughn Home on Vanderbilt's campus which houses the Robert Penn Warren Center, where the course will meet. This course will count as an Elective for the HART Major, HART Minor; and for the ARCH Major, ARCH Minor.  Victoria Hensley. (AXLE: P).
HART 3164W: Art of Buddhist Relic and Reliquary.
This course analyzes the veneration of Buddhist relics and the construction of reliquaries from a visual perspective. The overarching focus of the course will be on the art, ritual, and devotion to relics and reliquaries as manifested in the material and visual cultures of Asia. Connections will be drawn between the varying forms and functions of relic worship and reliquary construction across India, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar or toward the “Global” area requirement for the HART Major and as an Elective for the HART Minor.  Susan Dine. (AXLE: INT).
HART 3825W: Meaning and Form in Architecture.
Critical study of meaning and form in architecture and human-made environments in various cultural contexts examined from historical and theoretical perspectives. Diverse approaches and methodologies for addressing formalism in architecture and the visual arts. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar for the HART Major, or as an Elective for the HART Minor; and as a Seminar or Elective for the ARCH Major, ARCH Minor.  Jelena Bogdanovic. (AXLE: P).