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Course Listings, Spring 2022

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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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). 
MWF 12:20-1:10.


RLST 1111-13/HART 1111-99: Renaissance Art and Politics. First-Year Writing Seminar.
In this course we will examine the history of the Renaissance in Florence, Rome, and Nuremberg, three major cultural centers that underwent profound transformations in art, religion, and political structure. We will study politics and religion as a basis for interpreting the functions of Renaissance art. Above all, we will examine how art and religious culture contested and created political power and authority. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. [3] David Price. (AXLE: HCA).
TR 2:45-4:00.


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).
TR 11:00-12:15.


HART 1285W: Introduction to Medieval Art.
The period we call the Middle Ages was once considered the murky space between antiquity and modernity, but it includes a variety of distinctive cultures and their achievements in works as diverse as tiny illuminated manuscripts, massive stone cathedrals, tapestries woven with gold, fine metalwork for devotion and adornment, and sculpture for the dead.  This course looks primarily at the art of Western Europe, with attention to Byzantine and Islamic art, from about the third to the fifteenth century.  The visual arts are our primary focus, but we will also consider the religious, political, and social forces that shaped them, and the people who created and used them.  Although we will be using works of art and art-historical articles as subjects, students will become familiar with forms and conventions that will be useful for academic writing in general, especially in the humanities. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission. (Note: the “Medieval” requirement for the HART major requires a 2000-level course or above). [3] Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: INT).
TR 9:30-10:45.


HART 2160: Art and Architecture of Buddhist Asia.
Introduction to the fundamental concerns of appearance, creation, and function of Buddhist art works from South to East Asia. Issues include: the iconographic and stylistic analysis of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other arts; relationship between ideology, text, and image; Buddhism and state formation. Lectures and selected readings introduce key elements for understanding artistic production in various cultures where Buddhism flourished, with a particular focus on the interplay between different religious traditions, personal aspirations, and the implications of state patronage. Students will learn to see commonality in certain developments despite surface differences, such as in the creation of monuments that mark or articulate sacred space and the myriad ways in which images play a part in Buddhist practice. This course will count toward the “Global/Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Susan Dine. (AXLE: INT).
TR 9:30-10:45.


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 Spring 22 is on Japanese Woodblock Prints. This course will count toward the “Global/Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor. [3] Susan Dine. (AXLE: P).
TR 2:45-4:00.


HART 3112: The Arts of China during the Liao-Song Period, 907-1279 C.E.
Developments in the art and architecture of China during the Liao-Song period, long considered a pinnacle of artistic culture in East Asia, in the context of politics, religion, and aesthetics. By the end of the tenth century a divided China had been unified but there were two Sons of Heaven—emperors divinely bestowed the right to rule—ruling two vast dynasties: the Liao and the Song. Emperors of the Song dynasty instituted a civil service exam system that emphasized a mastery of the classics of literature, philosophy, and history for employment in the court. In a time of prosperity and wealth, this new class of intellectuals began collecting antiquities and experimenting with pictorial representation to critique the political culture of the present. The artistic production of this magnificent period thus set the standard for painting, sculpture, ceramics, and architecture across East Asia for centuries to come. This course will examine that process, and why the arts of this period came to be so highly esteemed in the history of Chinese art. This course will count toward the “Global” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Tracy Miller. (AXLE: INT).
MW 2:30-3:45.


HART 2230/CLAS 2210: Late Classical Greek and Hellenistic Art and Architecture.
Sculpture, vase painting, architecture, and the minor arts from after the Parthenon to the Roman Empire. Media that developed significantly in this period, such as wall painting and mosaic. This course will count toward the “Ancient” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; and ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Betsey Robinson. (AXLE: HCA).
MWF 12:20-1:10.


HART 2285: Medieval Art. 

An introduction to the major and minor arts of later medieval Europe in the West from ca. 1000- ca. 1400 CE. Lectures will provide a chronological armature for the course, readings will suggest themes beyond the stylistic development of Romanesque and Gothic art, and primary sources will allow us a glimpse of the concerns of medieval people. The patronage of this period is overwhelmingly Christian, and our focus will be on Western Europe, but we will also consider the impact of the art of the Byzantine Church, and the art that emerged with the coming of Islam in the 7th century. This course will count toward the "Medieval" area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor; ARCH Major, ARCH Minor. [3] Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: HCA).
TR 1:15-2:30.


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).
TR 11:00-12:15.


HART 2710: Twentieth-Century European Art.  

A survey of major movements and artists, with examples from painting, architecture, prints, sculpture, performance and conceptual art, music, and cinema. Emphasis is placed on a close examination of the stylistic elements of the artworks, with that analysis contextualized within the social, political, and economic dynamics of the time in which they were made. Instruction places a heavy emphasis on the ideological nature of art and on its role as a major indicator of its time and place. This course will count toward the "Modern" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).
MWF 11:15-12:05.


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).
MWF 10:10-11:00.


HART 2755: Women in Art since 1850.  
Historical survey of European and American women artists and their artistic contributions from 1850 to the present. Arranged chronologically and thematically, we will consider how gender identity influenced the circumstances under which women artists work and examine the forms their art took. We will begin by learning about second-wave feminism in the 1970s and the concurrent development of feminist art history. Building on this theoretical foundation we will examine how employing a feminist lens alters the way we look at art produced throughout history and even challenges dominant notions of art itself. A priority is placed upon the visual analysis of specific art objects and an attentive, critical engagement with key texts. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Rebecca VanDiver. (AXLE: P).
MW 2:30-3:45.


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, Minor. [3] Matthew Worsnick. (AXLE: US).
MW 2:00-3:15.


HART 3890/AMER 3890: Selected Topics: Public Art in America: Space, Performance, and Citizenship.
Beginning with Henry “Box” Brown, an enslaved American who mailed himself to freedom across the Mason Dixon line, and ending with examples of contemporary art that critically examine immigration as well as racial and ethnic identity, this course explores how American artists have engaged with social and cultural issues. We will consider how artists function as activists and how their work occupies public and private space, impacts audiences, stimulates dialogue, and moves minds.
This course will count toward the "Modern" area requirement or as an Elective for the HART Major; HART Minor. [3] Kevin Murphy, Leah Lowe. (No AXLE credit).
TR 1:15-2:30.


HART 3610W: Art and Politics in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1785-1830.
Art patronage, politics, and propaganda of the ancien régime, French Revolution, reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Bourbon Restoration. French art policies on national patrimony, looting, and the confiscation of artworks; cultural centralization at the Musée du Louvre. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, and decorative arts. David, Ingres, Gérard, Canova, Géricault. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar or toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major, HART Minor. [3] Christopher Johns. (AXLE: HCA).
T  1:15-3:45.


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. [3] Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).
M  1:25-3:55.


Updated 10/1/2021