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SPRING 2020 HISTORY OF ART COURSE OFFERINGS  (Followed by Summer 2020 below)

Note that courses are arranged by Subject Area  : Introductory survey courses, Freshman Seminars, 1000W courses, then courses in Non-Western, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, and Modern Art, followed by Elective courses and Advanced Seminars.


HART 1100: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval Art.
An introduction, through lectures and readings, to the extraordinary range of works of art and architecture produced in the first 30,000 years of Western civilization up to about 1400--from the Prehistoric through Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Medieval cultures. The first goal of this course is to enable students to apply the methods and vocabulary of art history in their thinking and writing, so that they will be able to analyze and compare the formal qualities of works of art. The second will be to deepen our understanding of the works we study by reading selected primary sources contemporary with the works of art, to learn something of their social, religious, and cultural circumstances. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Minor. [3] Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: HCA).


HART 1205: Arts of South and Southeast Asia.
This survey course provides an introduction to the arts of South and Southeast Asia from the second millennium BCE to the present, including countries such as India, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Burma, and Malaysia.  We will look at selective artifacts and sites from these regions to understand the development of artistic traditions in response to cultural exchange and political dynamics.  We will also explore the formation of political and social identities as reflected in the artistic production of South and Southeast Asia. The main goals of the course are two-fold: 1) to learn the basic vocabulary and concepts for discussing different artistic traditions of South and Southeast Asia, and 2) to develop skills in analyzing Asian arts critically, using vocabulary and concepts acquired throughout the course. Counts toward HART Major, HART Minor, and ARCH Minor. [3] Heeryoon Shin. (AXLE: INT).


HART 1111-10: Ancient Art and Ethics. Freshman Seminar. 
Who owns the past? Should the British Museum return the so-called Elgin Marbles to Greece? Whatever happened to the antiquities stolen from the Baghdad Museum following the US invasion in 2003? This course considers the ethical issues surrounding the visual and material culture of ancient societies, including the looting of archaeological sites, the international antiquities market, the display of artifacts in museums, repatriation of stolen antiquities, and cultural heritage management. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] Mireille Lee. (AXLE: HCA). 


HART 1111-13: American Icons and Monuments. Freshman Seminar.
This course will examine icons and monuments in American visual art and culture. During the semester we will explore the following issues: Why are particular images and monuments of people, historical events, and national symbols revered in the U.S. and renowned throughout the world? What do they say about national identity, historical memory, or political ideologies? How do they convey a common set of ideals and values that create an overarching sense of unity and identity in American society? Conversely, how and why do different social groups contest certain monuments and icons? Each class will examine a “case study.” The course, in other words, is not a survey but instead an in-depth analysis of specific artworks, texts, or visual artifacts, that we will consider in a chronological manner. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] Vivien Fryd. (AXLE: US).


HART 1500W: Impressionism.
Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and the other members of the French Impressionist group pioneered a painting style that emphasized changing atmospheric effects. They focused much of their efforts on capturing the transformation of Paris in the 1860s and '70s under the influence of the Emperor Napoleon III, as well as on the suburbs and rural landscapes.  Impressionists stressed the qualities of "modernity"--especially its fleetingness and ephemerality--as defined by poet Charles Baudelaire in the 1860s. This seminar will examine the work of the French Impressionists from formal, social, political, and intellectual perspectives and in doing so will make use of the collections of the Vanderbilt Library and Fine Arts Gallery. In addition, the seminar will consider the international impact of French Impressionism elsewhere in Europe and in North America. Writing assignments will address descriptive, analytic, critical, and historical modes. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] Kevin Murphy. (AXLE: HCA).


HART 1740W: Introduction to Design Studies.
Design encompasses us.  From the typeface in which these words are printed to the buildings that keep our classrooms comfortable to the forester-managed national parks that we visit in order to escape the artificial city, we inhabit an age in which everything on our planet is a product of human design.  And designers, born into a thoroughly designed world, continue to revise and recreate that world.  Indeed, the relationship between design and society are profoundly reciprocal. This class critically examines the exchange between the designed world of objects, images, and experiences, and the culture that creates, manipulates, and absorbs these designs. Our work together will lead to new questions and innovative ways of thinking about our material and immaterial worlds. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] Matthew Worsnick. (AXLE: HCA).


HART 2100: Architecture and the Mapping of Empire in Asia.
Empires in Asia were built through military and economic conquest. But after the dust settled, architecture, as the most visible and persistent public art, was used to sustain imperial identity and authority.  Why did emperors, empresses, and aspiring officials sponsor monumental architectural constructs, including cities, palaces, temples, tombs, universities, and museums, to display their imperial aspirations, social stations, and/or spiritual inclinations in Asia? Once established, how was visual culture used to expand the reach of those individuals and the corporate structures they represented? This course examines methods of mapping empire through the construction of highly visible, highly potent monuments.  Major themes to be covered include cosmology in the construction of cities, temples, and gardens; physical manifestations of divine kingship and royal divinities, appropriation of ancient models to enhance legitimacy; architecture and the expression of ethnic/state identities across Asia from the 3rd century BCE through the 20th century CE. This course will count toward the “Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Tracy Miller and Heeryoon Shin. (AXLE: P).


HART 2815: Digital Heritage, Methods and Practice: The Parthenon--Athens, Nashville, and Virtual. 
This class will focus on digital approaches to artwork, architecture and built assemblages (civic and sacred space and place), and cultural landscapes. Class time will be divided between substance and practice: 1) We will study the architecture, setting, and decoration of the Athenian Parthenon. 2) We will learn about the current “state of the art” and underlying theory of digital heritage studies, and gain practical experience in applications such as photography and photogrammetry; 2D and 3D modeling, rendering, and orthographic projections. Class time will include lectures, discussions, skill development, and workshopping. Students will gain experience in research design, the recording, processing, analysis, and presentation of two- and three-dimensional data—highly desirable skills in current art history, museum work, and heritage studies. Final projects will range from traditional studies of form, subject, iconography, and cultural context, to the use of photogrammetry and 3D modeling to explore the Parthenon. This course will count toward the “Ancient” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Betsey Robinson. (AXLE: HCA). 


HART 3224: Greek Sculpture.
This course provides an overview of the development of Greek sculpture ca. 900-31 B.C., including its origins and influences from the Ancient Near East and Egypt, techniques of bronze- and stone-working, the identification of sculptors, organization of workshops, and patronage. Emphasis will be placed on the contexts of Greek sculpture: sacred (votive dedications, cult statues, architectural sculpture); civic (honorific statues, historical reliefs); funerary (grave stelae, funerary portraits, sarcophagi, monumental tomb sculpture); and private (domestic spaces, gardens); as well as the special problems of Roman copies of Greek originals. We will also consider the influence of Greek sculpture on later Western art. This course will count toward the "Ancient" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Mireille Lee. (AXLE: HCA).


HART 2290: Gothic Paris.
The area around Paris, the Île de France, sponsored some of the chief examples of Gothic architecture.  But as the largest city in the West, the seat of power for the Church, the University, and the Capetian and Valois dynasties (987-1529), Paris also excelled in the so-called minor arts—ivories, manuscripts, textiles, and precious metalwork.  We will examine some of the outstanding achievements of the city’s artists and artisans, considering the social and political background to the efflorescence of artistic patronage in later medieval Paris.  Lectures, readings, and discussions will consider the construction of a mythical past, traditions of gift-giving and patronage, building the churches of Saint-Denis, Notre Dame, Chartres Cathedral, and the Sainte Chapelle, the conventions of heraldry and portraiture, models for male and female behavior, trends in fashion, and a newly literate middle class anxious about appearances and hungry for their own books. This course will count toward the “Medieval” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: INT).


HART 2320W: The Italian Renaissance Workshop.  
A consideration of Italian Renaissance artists' workshops and the collaborative artistic process, covering material from the 14th into the 16th century, but with a focus on the fifteenth-century in Florence. We will study the organization, structure, and production of shops, painting and sculpture techniques, and the role of artists in society. Case studies will include artists such as Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Andrea del Verrocchio and the young Leonardo da Vinci, and Sandro Botticelli. A focus of the course will be the firsthand study of Italian paintings in a regional collection that we will visit as a group as part of the class. This course will count toward the "Renaissance and Baroque" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Sheri Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA).


HART 2362: Fifteenth-Century Northern European Art.  
A survey of the major developments in the painting and sculpture of Northern Europe, including the Netherlands and France, from the mid- to late fourteenth through the fifteenth century. Our focus will be on Netherlandish Painting, and key artists to be considered include the Limbourg Brothers, Claus Sluter, Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin (the Master of Flémalle), Rogier van der Weyden, Dieric Bouts, Petrus Christus, Hugo van der Goes, Geertgen tot sint Jans, Hans Memling, Gerard David, and Hieronymus Bosch. Our analysis of the period will progress roughly chronologically, as we consider specific artists and regional schools. In class lecture and discussion, there will be particular emphasis upon stylistic progression, iconographic interpretation and meaning, the role of patronage and audience, original physical and cultural context, the workshop tradition, and scientific analysis. This course will count toward the “Renaissance and Baroque” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Sheri Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA).


HART 2720: Modern Architecture.
An in-depth study of developments in the history of architecture from the early 19th century to the present. Works of architecture will be considered as objects of intellectual and physical labor that can be studied for information about the historical period of their production. In addition to buildings, we will take architecture to include theory, drawings, unbuilt architecture, city planning, and ways in which architectural ideas are used in non-architectural media. Formal analysis and a social historical approach will address questions such as: Why was this building constructed? Whose purpose did it serve? How was it received in its own time? How does a consideration of its style help to answer the previous questions? Emphasis will be placed on relationships between style and content, and in turn to general historical conditions. The course intends to demonstrate that architectural production, as other forms of human behavior, can yield meaningful information about the historical process. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. [3] Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).


HART 2740: Modern Design.
Over the past one-hundred-and-fifty years, scholars, designers, and cultural critics have responded to the changing nature of our artificial world in a variety of ways. Some have praised modernism, while others have looked at modernity as the end of civility, claiming that modern design destroys our values, morals, and ethics. This class looks at these varied responses and ways in which modernism has affected design processes and products.  Some of the topics we will assess include: new technology and the design process, race and modernism, modernity and gender, design and social class, design and luxury, design exhibitions, and modern design as cultural reform. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART major; HART Minor. [3] Matthew Worsnick. (AXLE: HCA). 


HART 2680: British Art: Tudor to Victorian. 
A survey of art and visual culture in the British Isles from the reign of Henry VIII to Queen Victoria, ca. 1500-1900. Major emphasis will be placed on portraiture and landscape painting, the relationship between art and empire, the rise of the Royal Academy, and patterns of patronage. The primary artists to be considered include Holbein, Lely, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Lawrence, Turner and the pre-Raphaelites. Emphasis in course lectures will be on artists, art production, and the social, political, and intellectual British context. Major issues covered in the course include: art as propaganda, the changing institutional values of the court and academy, the effects of travel and colonialism, the role of patrons and collectors from art dealers to auction houses, and the shifting status of artists. This course will count as an Elective for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Christopher Johns. (AXLE: HCA).


HART 2775: History of Prints.
Woodcut, engraving, etching, and lithography from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. Religious, political, ornamental, and documentary functions. Dürer, Cranach, Holbein, Merian, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Hogarth, Daumier, and Kollwitz. Advances in technique, relationship to fine art, and place in popular culture. The class will be working firsthand with prints in the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery collection. This course will count as an Elective for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] David Price. (AXLE: HCA).


CSET 2420W: Art and Science: A Shared Past.
We think of art and science as being opposite ways of understanding the world, but they share a deep history. This writing-intensive seminar examines the shared past of art and science from the Renaissance to the present, with an emphasis on the histories of observation and experiment. Special topics will include the histories of alchemy, anatomy, museums, photography, and taxidermy. This course introduces students to key concepts from the history of art and history of science, as well as introducing the ways that knowledge, labor, and creativity have been organized in Western culture. The course will feature fieldtrips to library and museum collections, as well as specialized instruction in the craft of writing. Counts toward HART Major as an Elective course. [3] Laurel Waycott. (AXLE: P).


CSET 2430: The Craft of Computation.
Before there were programmable computers, there were programmable looms: machines that could execute complex instructions and create intricate patterns by reading punch cards. These programmable looms are an example of the numerous historical developments that have blurred the line between craft and technology. But what does it mean to call something a “craft” or a “technology”? What assumptions about labor, gender and expertise does it entail? Furthermore, what can you learn from making something with your hands? We will investigate these questions by combing traditional seminar activities with an experiment in “learning by doing.” In addition to reading works from history, science studies, and material culture studies that discuss the history of computing between 1800 and 1980, students will take part in a craft “lab” featuring hands-on experimentation with fibers and weaving. Over the course of the semester, students will build and program their own tablet loom. This course will be held in the WOND’RY and will include field trips to library and museum collections. Counts toward HART Major as an Elective course. [3] Laurel Waycott. (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 “Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Tracy Miller. (AXLE: INT).


HART 3767W: Neo-Dada and Pop Art: Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Johns.
This course will examine the artistic movements of Neo-Dada and Pop art, and how these movements mark the end of modernism and beginning of postmodernism, ca. 1955-1980. Our study will be grounded within historical and cultural context, and we will consider the intersection of Neo-Dada and Pop Art with contemporary music, consumer culture, advertising, and economics. Our focus will be on artists such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. Issues of gender and sexuality through construction of femininity and masculinity will also remain a focus. We will approach the course material through a combination of close readings, written exercises, and class discussion. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Vivien G. Fryd (AXLE: US).




HART 1400: U.S. Icons and Monuments. 
The chronological scope of this course ranges from 1776 to the present, and will cover important North American icons and monuments such as George Washington, the U.S. Capitol, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore, among many others. A special focus of this course will be important landmarks in Nashville, and we will make field trips to the Parthenon, the Tennessee State Capitol, the Ryman, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and more. We will consider how and why images of people, historical events, and symbols are revered, and the associated implications for national identity, historical memory, consumerism, and political ideologies. No credit for students who have completed the similarly titled Freshman Seminar HART 1111-13 due to overlap in content. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Minor. [3] Kevin Murphy. (AXLE: US).



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 Minor. [3] Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA). 


 Updated 11/14/2019