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Course Listings, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 

For the days and times that the following classes meet, please refer to the Schedule of Classes on YES.

See how these courses apply to the requirements toward the HART Major or Minor , or, toward the ARCH Major or Minor

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FALL 2022 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.

 

CLAS 1020: Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology.
 
Iron Age through Middle Ages (ca. 1000 BCE-1500 CE). Remains of Greeks, Romans, and related peoples of southern Europe, north Africa, and the Near East. Society, economy, religion, urbanism. Human settlement and natural environment. Classical and Renaissance paradigms. Modern theory of material and visual culture. Techniques of data collection, analysis, and curation. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Major, Minor. [3] Jelena Bogdanovic. (AXLE: (SBS).

 

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 Major, Minor. [3] Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: HCA).

 

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. [3] Sheri Shaneyfelt. (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. [3] Betsey Robinson. (AXLE: HCA). 

 

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. [3] Jack Crawford. (AXLE: US).

 

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). [3] Susan Dine. (AXLE: INT). 

 

HART 2120: The Arts of Korea. 
History of Korean art and visual culture from ancient times to the present. Intersections of art, literature, religion, and politics, and cultural interactions with China and Japan. This course will count toward the “Global” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and toward the ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Boyoung Chang. (AXLE: INT).

 

HART 2130: The Arts of Japan.
Artistic production from the Neolithic through Meiji periods in relation to religious and cultural contexts. This course will count toward the “Global” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Susan Dine. (AXLE: HCA).

 

HART 2810W: Museum Exhibition: Japanese Woodblock Prints.
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 Fall 2022 is on Japanese Woodblock Prints. This course will count toward the “Global” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor. [3] Susan Dine. (AXLE: P).

 

CLAS 2180: The Mediterranean World from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
Eastern Roman Empire from Constantine to Arab conquests. Political, social, cultural, and religious history, including monasticism, barbarian invasions, changing roles of Emperor and Church, and birth of Islam. Developments in urban life and landscape. This course will count toward the “Medieval” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Jelena Bogdanovic. (AXLE: INT).

 

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 Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: INT).

 

HART 3334: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Life and Works.
 
This course will focus on the Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564. We will consider his sculpture, painting, architecture, and drawings, and to a somewhat lesser degree, his written works, including his poetry and letters. Our study of Michelangelo will be grounded in the cultural, historical, and religious climate of his day. Furthermore, we will consider the artistic ambient in Florence at the time of his training, and his profound influence not only upon artists of his generation, but those following. Thus, some consideration will also be given to other artists working in Florence and Rome, including Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael Santi, so that students will have an understanding of High Renaissance Art in Central Italy as a whole. 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 Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).

 

HART 2750: African American Art. 

A survey of painting, sculpture, photography, print, and film from the late 18th-century Colonial Era to the present. Organized chronologically and thematically, the course will explore issues concerning artistic identity and the need for representation, gender, the politics of display, political activism and art, and the influence of European and African art practices on African American artists. For example, we will consider Kara Walker's controversial depictions of the antebellum South, examine the emergence of the "New Negro" during the Harlem Renaissance, and discuss art-historical precedents for works like Jay-Z's 2013 "Picasso Baby" performance piece, among many other topics. By the end of the semester students will possess a critical understanding of the relationship between race and representation as well as the impact of historical, cultural, racial, and political forces on African American cultural production. Not open to students who have earned credit for HART 1750W without permission. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART major, HART Minor. [3] Rebecca VanDiver. (AXLE: P).

 

HART 3735: History of Photography.
Uses and meanings of photography from its invention in ca. 1839 to the present. Ways of thinking about the medium and its status as a separate discipline in relation to the history of art. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART major, HART Minor. [3] Boyoung Chang. (AXLE: HCA).

 

HART 2820: Architectural Heritage: Research and Documentation.
In this seminar, students will collaborate to produce an historic structure report on the Vaughn Home, one of the earliest buildings on Vanderbilt’s Campus. The course will be taught at the Home, which houses the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Students will participate in an in-depth architectural analysis of the Vaughn Home including its original design, evolving function, later renovation, and preservation as an historically significant element of Vanderbilt’s campus. Investigative paths will include research into public records and historical publications, archival research in personal and institutional archives and construction records, surveying and documentation of existing conditions, and evaluation and contextualization of architectural designs and renovations. The student-produced report will detail the history and character of the house and will be delivered to the university for use in future planning, renovation, exhibition, and publications. Counts toward HART Major as an Elective; HART Minor, and ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Victoria Hensley. (AXLE: US). 

HART 3256W: Roman Architecture and Power
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Prestige building projects and architectural expressions of social, political, religious, and technological power in Rome and across its Empire. Public and private architecture; state institutions, infrastructure, and city dwellers; Romanization and resistance. Late antique transformations, modern legacies. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar or as an “Ancient” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and as a Seminar or Elective for the ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Betsey Robinson. (AXLE: HCA).

 

HART 3712W: Surrealism.
A close examination of the major themes, images, and artists of Surrealism, from its origins in France to its international proliferation.  A wide range of media will be considered, from painting to cinema.  Instruction will stress seminar-style discussion, with emphasis on analysis of the formal qualities of the artworks and on their ability to articulate the ideological dimension of the place and time of their making. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar or as a “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor. [3] Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).

 

SPRING 2023 HISTORY OF ART and ARCHITECTURE COURSE OFFERINGS (please check back for updates)

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. [3] 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. [3] Betsey Robinson. (AXLE: HCA). 

 

HART 1200: Arts of East Asia.
An exploration of the cultural traditions of East Asia--China, Japan, and Korea--from the 2nd millennium BCE to the 19th century CE through the visual arts. Architecture, painting, ceramics, and sculpture will be examined both as works collected and admired for their aesthetic qualities as well as examples of the culture in which they were produced. Considerations of style will be used to aid in answering questions regarding a work's commission, production, and social significance. Thus, the historical, religious, philosophical, and cultural background will form the framework of our study. 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). [3] Boyoung Chang. (AXLE: INT).

 

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). [3] 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. [3] 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. [3] 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. [3] 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. [3] 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. [3] Jack Crawford. (AXLE: US).

 

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. [3] 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. [3] 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; ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] 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. [3] 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. [3] Jelena Bogdanovic. (AXLE: HCA).

 

 

 

Updated 9/21/2022