For the days and times that the following classes meet, please refer to the Schedule of Classes at: https://webapp.mis.vanderbilt.edu/more/SearchClasses!input.action
Note that courses are arranged by Subject Area : Introductory survey courses and Freshman Seminars, 1000W courses, then courses in Non-Western, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, and Modern Art, followed by Elective courses and Advanced Seminars.
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MAYMESTER AND SUMMER 2019 HISTORY OF ART COURSE OFFERINGS
HART 2722: Modern Art and Architecture in Paris (taught on location in Paris).
Paris was the center of western modern art movements throughout the 19th century and until the mid-20th century. It became the exemplary modern city in Western Europe, and developed an extensive infrastructure of cultural institutions such as art academies, private galleries, and vast museums. The major movements of this period were represented by artists such as David, Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Monet and the other Impressionists; the post-Impressionists Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Seurat; and the Cubists Picasso and Braque. This list includes members of the Dada and Surrealist groups, leading into more international movements of radical abstraction, performance art, conceptual art, and post-modernism by the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Class periods will be spent touring sites in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée Picasso, two opera houses, a major department store, public parks, and the Centre Pompidou. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor.  Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).
Summer Session 2
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, HART Minor, and ARCH Minor.  Sheri Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA).
FALL 2019 HISTORY OF ART COURSE OFFERINGS (>> SPRING 2020 FOLLOWS)
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, HART Minor, and ARCH Minor.  Christopher Johns, Sheri Shaneyfelt. (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, HART Minor, and ARCH Minor as a 1000-level course. (Note: the “Non-Western” requirement for the HART major requires a 2000-level course or above, see below in course listings).  Tracy Miller. (AXLE: INT).
: Monuments and Masterpieces.
The Athenian Parthenon, the Pantheon in Rome, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the Hall of Gold in Japan; and the U.S. Capitol are among the fourteen works from East and West through which we will explore the ways in which objects of all kinds both contribute to the shaping of the human experience and provide evidence of political, social, religious, economic, and other transformations throughout history. The instructor, as well as many guest lecturers from the Dept. of History of Art, will unravel the multiple meanings that these objects possess, in the process demonstrating how historians analyze works for their immediate qualities, but also use them to answer questions that go far beyond the things themselves. Although the course will not be a comprehensive survey, we will see how and why many cultures made and used works of art, and gain new insights on how material objects were the medium through which social and personal relationships were negotiated, and historical change was navigated. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Minor.  Matthew Worsnick with HART department faculty as weekly guest lecturers, each in their field of specialty. (AXLE: INT).
HART 1111-07: The Meaning of Modern Art in its Political Context. Freshman Seminar.
This course will present art of the modern period, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ask of that art what it means, and how and why that meaning was produced. Why is modern art so difficult to understand? Why does it look so unrealistic, and why is its meaning so hidden? This course will approach these questions seriously. To understand modern art and why it looks as it does, we must study modern history and society, especially its politics. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission.  Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).
New York City Architecture: Form and Fantasy. Freshman Seminar.
This course provides an introduction to architectural history and criticism and focuses on the history of the built environment of New York City as imagined and realized. Students will explore approaches to understanding the aesthetics and the operations of the built environment, and will trace the development of the city, as understood through its constructed environment, from European contact in the seventeenth century to the present. The course will consider architectural trends, urban planning, technologies of construction and transportation, the development of neighborhoods, the design and construction of urban parks, as well as impact of class and race, immigration, and global trade on patterns of urban life. Discussion and readings will also consider the ambiguities of preservation and the difficulties of confirming and representing historical fact. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor or ARCH Minor as an elective with departmental permission.  Matthew Worsnick. (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 “Non-Western” requirement for the HART major requires a 2000-level course or above, see below in course listings).  Heeryoon Shin. (AXLE: INT).
HART 2120: The Arts of Korea.
The history of Korea from ancient times to the present through the lens of art and culture. This interdisciplinary course examines intersections of art, religion, and politics in Korea, as well as Korea’s interactions with China and Japan. We will discuss: the formation of the early Korean kingdoms and the transmission of Buddhism; the role of female artists and patrons; the pre-modern Korean porcelain industry and trade in the trans-regional context; the influences of Buddhist and Confucian thought over Korean aesthetics and art production in pre-modern times; visual culture and politics under Japanese colonial rule; modern and contemporary Korean art and its interaction with the global art world; the relationship between art and state in the North Korean regime; and the interaction between contemporary art and K-pop. Students will have opportunities to examine art objects at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, and learn how to apply interdisciplinary methods to analyze visual materials. No background in Asian/Korean studies or art history is necessary for the successful completion of this course. This course will count toward the “Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Heeryoon Shin. (AXLE: INT).
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 “Non-Western” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor.  Tracy Miller. (AXLE: INT).
Greek Art and Architecture.
This course surveys the development of Greek art and culture from the Bronze Age (Minoans and Myceneans) through the Hellenistic period. Special emphasis will be placed on the social and cultural contexts of Greek material and visual culture, including vase painting, sculpture, and architecture. Topics to be considered include: the origins of Greek culture, including influences of the Ancient Near East and Egypt; problems of reconciling textual and material sources; the ritual functions of Greek art; the role of art and material culture in the transformation of ancient Athens from aristocracy to democracy; the concepts of “growth” and “decline” in the interpretation of Greek art; constructions of gender in Greek visual culture; the rise of Macedonia, Alexander the Great and of Hellenism through artistic media. This course will count toward the “Ancient” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor.  Mireille Lee. (AXLE: HCA)
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 Minor.  Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 3320: Early Renaissance Florence.
Major masters and works from Early Renaissance Florence during the Quattrocento, i.e., the Fifteenth Century, ca. 1400-1500. We will primarily consider works of painting and sculpture that are part of larger decorative programs, with the inclusion of architectural principles and monuments when appropriate to our topic of discussion. Key masters to be considered during the semester, time permitting, will include Giotto di Bondone, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Leonbattista Alberti, Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Andrea del Verrocchio and the young Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico del Ghirlandaio and the young Michelangelo Buonarroti. In class lecture and discussion, there will be particular emphasis upon stylistic progression and connoisseurship, iconographic interpretation and meaning, the role of patronage and audience, original physical and cultural context, and the Italian Renaissance workshop tradition. This course will count toward the "Renaissance and Baroque" area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Sheri Shaneyfelt. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 2625: French Art in the Age of Impressionism.
French painting, sculpture, and drawing in its social, political, aesthetic, academic, and spiritual context from 1848 to 1886. The Social Realism of Daumier and Courbet; Manet and Aesthetic Realism; Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, Morisot, and Impressionism; and the rise of Neo- and Post-Impressionism with Seurat and van Gogh. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART major; HART Minor.  Christopher Johns. (AXLE: INT).
HART 2665: The Vanderbilts as Patrons: Taste-Makers of Gilded-Age Art and Architecture.
The Vanderbilt family were among America's most influential taste-makers of the Gilded Age. Their vast wealth fueled the acquisition of fine art, while it also financed the construction of both city and resort residences that were considered highly influential in their time and that continue to draw many visitors, from the vast Biltmore estate in North Carolina to the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. The Vanderbilts engaged the most well-known architects of their time who produced expressions of contemporary taste that were lavish, sometimes to the point of ostentation. While the Vanderbilt houses have had their critics, and the seminar will approach the buildings with a critical eye, we will use them to investigate important Gilded Age architectural developments (especially of various historical revivals, and Americans' discovery of European architecture) as well as larger social developments, such as the emergence of the elite summer resort. This course will count as a “Modern” for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor. Please note that this course is part of an Immersion sequence that will include a department-paid trip to NY/NYC over Spring Break 2020 to visit some of the sites studied in the course. Students completing this course as part of the Immersion sequence will be required to participate in the Spring Break trip. See the HART website for information on Immersion opportunities (forthcoming) and/or contact Prof. Murphy for further details about this course.  Kevin Murphy. (AXLE: HCA).
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.  Leonard Folgarait. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 2765: Art since 1945.
The theory and practice of mostly American art since 1945, focusing upon modernism and postmodernism. Beginning with the emergence of large-scale abstract painting in New York in the post-war years, we will examine challenges to "formalist" conceptions of the picture and its priority on aesthetic quality as the guarantor of artistic value. We consider what was at stake in the redeployment of avant-garde artistic strategies in the 1950s and the adoption of serial forms and mechanized production processes by Minimalist and Pop artists in the 1960s. We analyze the so-called "dematerialization" of the art object and the rise of Conceptual Art; the relationship between art, its institutions and politics; the emergence and impact of new media; the rise of installation art as a dominant presentational form; and the work of selected contemporary artists. Besides examining a range of different art forms, we will also keep track of the critical debate that surrounded their emergence--students will be given an initial introduction to key ideas drawn from formalist, Marxist, psychoanalytic, feminist, and postmodern theory. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Vivien G. Fryd. (AXLE: US).
HART 3364W: Art of the Court of Burgundy.
The Valois dukes of Burgundy (1364-1477) ruled an increasing collection of lucrative territories beginning with one duchy in eastern France and expanding into the southern Netherlands. Along the way they developed a reputation for luxury and display that eclipsed the rest of Europe's courts, commissioning architecture, sculpture, precious metalwork, painting, tapestries, and manuscripts from artists such as Claus Sluter, Jan van Eyck, and Rogier van der Weyden. The visual arts are our primary focus, but we will also consider the religious, political, and social forces that shaped the arts at court. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar or toward the “Medieval” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: HCA).
HART 3766W: Post-1871 Berlin Monuments, Memorials, and City Planning.
The city of Berlin’s urban planning, monuments, and memorials embody its rich and traumatic history during the German Empire since 1871, the Weimar Republic (1918-33), the Third Reich under Hitler (1933-45), after World War II, under the four Allied occupiers after the end of the war (1945-49), during the Cold War (1949-89), and after reunification in 1990. As a national capitol, the city planning, monuments, and memorials map the destruction of its people and buildings, but also the attempts to remember the atrocities committed by the Nazis and during the Cold War, as well as a compulsion to remember the past and rebuild for the present and future. This class will examine such well-known monuments as the Brandenburg Gate, the Soviet Memorials, the Holocaust Memorial, the Jewish Museum, the Reichstag, the new old and new Schloss (Castle), the Berlin Wall, and other Berlin sites of historical and cultural memory.This course will count as an Advanced Seminar or as a “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor.  Vivien Fryd. (AXLE: P).
SPRING 2020 HISTORY OF ART COURSE OFFERINGS (Anticipated)
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.  Elizabeth Moodey. (AXLE: HCA).
History of Western Architecture I.
A survey of architecture from prehistory to the early modern period: Ancient Egypt and the Near East; Minoans and Mycenaeans; Classical Greece and Rome; Medieval Islam, Byzantium, and Western Christendom; the Italian Renaissance and the Ottoman “Golden Age”; Baroque exuberance. Form and function; historical, social and spatial contexts; and architects and patrons. Through studies of selected sites, buildings, and builders, students will learn about practical and decorative architecture, architectural style and language, and the societal and historical factors promoting and driving change. Students will learn to read buildings in context and gain new perspectives on regimes, religions, and culture. Not open to students who completed HART 1120 Spring 2017 due to overlap in content. Counts toward HART Major, Minor, and ARCH Minor.  Betsey Robinson. (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.  Heeryoon Shin. (AXLE: INT).
HART 1111-05: Impressionism in its Historical Context. Freshman Seminar.
While Impressionist paintings by artists and their contemporaries are so popular in exhibitions, publications, and museum gift shops, the radical origins of the movement and its contested history are often overlooked. We will focus on nineteenth-century Impressionist artists such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, and Degas. We will ask questions beyond defining Impressionism as a style: What does it mean? Why did the Impressionists turn to landscape as their subject matter? What were the artists' attitudes toward industrialization, urbanization, and suburbanization? We will employ different critical strategies as we seek to answer these questions and raise new ones. Will count toward the HART Major or Minor as an elective with departmental permission.  Vivien G. Fryd. (AXLE: HCA).
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.  Mireille Lee. (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.  Matthew Worsnick. (AXLE: HCA).
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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  Shaneyfelt. (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.  Christopher Johns. (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.  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.  Matthew Worsnick. (AXLE: HCA).
Early American Modernism, 1865-1945.
This course will focus on the paintings produced in the United States between the close of the Civil War and the close of the Second World War, ca. 1865 to 1945. During this period, Modernism developed through the influence of the Europeans, especially the Impressionists, Cubists, Futurists, Fauves, and Dada artists, but they also created their own unique modes of expression. These artists responded by way of figurative and abstract art to the increasingly modern, industrialized and urban age of tumultuous change and innovation. Artists such as Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe will be discussed within a cultural and historical context. This course will count toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor.  Vivien G. Fryd. (AXLE: US).
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.  Tracy Miller. (AXLE: INT).
HART 3757W: Women in Architecture.
Women have shaped the built environment in many ways: as patrons of architecture, critics, and inhabitants who adapted buildings to their needs. Their entrance into the profession of architect, however, lagged behind its codification as a distinct field of work. That process accelerated in the nineteenth century as architecture distinguished itself from the allied fields of interior design and engineering. New educational programs and licensing mechanisms brought about the professionalization of architecture, but also worked to exclude women (as well as members of ethnic and racial minorities) from its ranks. Even in the early twentieth century, the numbers of practicing women architects through Europe and North America was very small. In recent decades the representation of women in architecture has increased, but still women architects report rampant sexism throughout the profession including barriers to high-level positions. This seminar will contribute to the growing body of knowledge of women architects, particularly in Europe and the United states during the nineteenth and late twentieth centuries. This course will count as an Advanced Seminar or toward the “Modern” area requirement for the HART Major; HART Minor, ARCH Minor.  Kevin Murphy. (AXLE: P).