Many seats for the Fall 2015 semester are still available in the following Art History courses:
ARH 339K/AMS 325 : American Art: Civil War to the Armory Show
20150, MWF 2-3pm ART 1.110
Dr. Susan Rather
This course offers a selective examination of American painting and architecture during the half-century between the Civil War and the infamous New York exhibition of modern art known as the Armory Show. This period saw the transformation of the United States from an agrarian nation to the world’s leading industrial power. Against that background, we will examine the development of new building types and technology, the demand of America’s new moneyed elite for the trappings of European high culture and its effect on native artists, the increasing pressure on artists to gain European training and experience, the dialogue between commerce and aestheticism, and the valorization of masculinity in what came to be seen as a distinctly American aesthetic. Particular emphasis will be given to painters Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, and John Singer Sargent and to architects H. H. Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright. No textbook; readings will be online through Canvas or UTCat. Essay exams, teamwork, and a variety of writing assignments constitute the basis for final grades.
ARH 345K : Contemporary British Artists of the African Diaspora
20165, MWF 12-1pm, ART 1.120
Dr. Eddie Chambers
This class will look closely at the emergence of Black Britain, through an examination of the visual arts. Since the middle of the 20th century, the demographics of the United Kingdom have altered markedly. Though Black people had been coming to Britain for centuries, it was not until the relatively large scale Caribbean migration of the post-war decades that substantial and tangible ‘Black’ communities emerged. Thereafter, large parts of Britain were transformed from relatively monocultural ‘white’ societies to a nation in which the Black presence was as substantial as it was noticeable. The class will examine the work of a wide range of Black British artists, particularly as it relates to the changing face of British society, and the changing nature of the visual arts in Britain. The course will look at the work of painters, sculptors, printmakers, filmmakers and others, in an attempt to explore the ways in which these artists have intervened in debates about race, racism, Britishness, empire, Black identity, and so on. Artists to be looked at include Eugene Palmer, Keith Piper, Sonia Boyce, Donald Rodney, Tam Joseph, Sokari Douglas Camp, and Vanley Burke
ARH 346K: Intro to African Art
20167, MWF 2-3PM, DFA 2.204
Dr. Moyo Okediji
This course is a comprehensive study of the visual arts of Africa, in the social and cultural contexts within which people make and use these images. Students will explore historical, contemporary, and diasporic aspects of African art, as part of a larger expressive complex that includes music, dance, literature, and cinematography. The course will present the works of major artists, art groups, ethnicities, and communities, as a lively dialog between the creative imaginations of those who make the objects, and the philosophical responses of those to whom the artists address the objects.
ARH 348P : Art in the Himalayas
20190, MWF 1-2pm, DFA 2.204
Dr. Janice Leoshko
This course surveys art produced in Himalayan cultures with a focus upon Tibet. Through consideration of certain subjects and styles, students learn about the roles of art in shaping cultures and societies. While there are many aspects underlying specific developments, the emphasis is upon three main themes. By the end of the course students should be able to discuss how these themes enhance understanding Tibet and its visual traditions. The themes are: (1) “Constructions” of Art & Ritual (2) “Geographies” of Tibet and (3) “Viewing” Tibetan Art: Now and Then. Requirements include attendance, discussion, short writing assignments and 3 exams.