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COURSES FOR SPRING 2014

Course Number Description
AH103 Ways of Seeing: Arts of Africa, Oceania, Americas, Aronson
AH104 Ways of Seeing: Survey of Asian Art, Gulbransen
AH107 Ways of Seeing: The Domestic Interior, Hellman
AH207 African Art, Aronson
AH220 Writing in Art History, Hellman
AH223 Roman Art and Archaeology, Mechem
AH257 Nineteenth-Century Art, Hellman
AH268 Ad/dressing the Body, Jolly
AH321 History of Photography, Hauser
AH351A 001

Art Works

Will closely examine works in the Tang collection as case studies for exploring original research on contemporary art.  By conducting oral histories with visiting artists students will develop critical art historical skills, enrich the museum's archive and expand the art historical record.

AH351N 001

The Taj Mahal and Beyond: The Art of Mughal India, Gulbransen (fulfills breadth area ā€œeā€)

Explores the art and architecture of the Mughal dynasty in South Asia, from the origins of the empire in the sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, when the last Mughal ruler was exiled by British forces.  Miniature manuscript and album paintings, palace and tomb architecture, lavish jewelry, enameled weaponry, and elaborate textiles will all be interpreted within the context of Mughal political structures, Islamic doctrine, and existing aesthetic traditions in South Asia. The artistic and cultural exchange between the Mughal capital and contemporary, neighboring courts, particularly in Rajasthan and the Himalayan foothills, will also be examined. (Designated a non-Western cultures course.)

AH361D Topics in Gender and Visual Culture: Arts of Africa and the Americas; Aronson
AH375B 001

Seminar: Dressing and Undressing the Renaissance Body, Jolly

A study of Renaissance fashion and dress in Europe, from its origins in 14th-century France through the 16th century in Italy and the North.  Topics concern the meaning and function of dress, for example, the origins of "fashion," constructing class and gender differences via dress, dressing "the Other," production and maintenance of clothing, ecclesiastical dress, head and body hair, Renaissance dress accessories, and "undress" (i.e., nudity or erotic clothing).  This course will require significant student engagement in weekly readings and discussions, as well as the development of an in-depth research project that will be presented orally to the class and then expanded into a written paper.  Prerequisite: two art history classes.

HF300 002

The Mughals & Modern Mass Media, Gulbransen

Explores the varied and numerous references to Mughal India in contemporary popular culture. Students will examine and question the ways in which Mughal art, architecture, and culture has been adapted into a variety of mass-produced art forms, questioning the veracity of modern depictions. The course is designed to encourage students to think critically about perceptions of Mughal India in South Asia, the United Kingdom, and America today. Although the class focuses on contemporary pop culture, British descriptions of Mughal India from the colonial period will also be considered.

Bollywood films will figure prominently in the class, particularly the films Jodhaa Akbar and Mughal-e-Azam. Advertisements and prints featuring the Taj Mahal, moralizing folk tales starring the emperor Akbar and his advisor Birbal, and comic book depictions of Mughal leaders will also be explored. Weekly writing assignments and creative projects will allow students to examine these topics in greater depth.

 

TENTATIVE COURSES FOR FALL 2014

Course Number Description
AH100 Ways of Seeing: Survey of Western Art, Jolly
AH104 Ways of Seeing: Survey of Asian Art, Waraich
AH203 Native American Art (plus honors add-on), Aronson
AH220 Writing in Art History, Hellman
AH221 Practices of Art History, Hellman
AH232 Late Antique, Early Medieval, and Byzantine Art, Jolly
AH315 Contemporary African Art, Aronson
AH322 Inside the Museum, Berry
AH347 Northern Renaissance Painting, Jolly
AH375E Seminar in Asian Art, Waraich
AH380 The Art History Major and Beyond, Aronson
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