BA Concentrating in Art History
The Art History concentration track focus's a student's abilites on understanding a comprehensive range of knowledge regarding works by artists. They will be challenged to write and talk about works to begin to see artworks in a more advanced manner as the courses train the student to develop a keen eye. As a student progresses in the track many come to see all art as well as their own in a more professional and refinded manner gained through intense scrutinization of many works.
The department's curriculum includes lower and upper level art history and cognate areas of study with further advancement in approved elective areas of study. Also, several lower level studio art courses as well as a section in upper-level studio art will be included:Upper-level art history includes many sections ranging from courses in The History of Photography to Late Twentieth Century Art Since 1950. Cognate areas includes: Public Art and Media Culture, Comparative Aesthetics, and Art Criticism.
At the more advanced level the student will round off their degree in their senior year with a thesis presentation preceded by a facutly reviewed senior research course to develope the thesis. The two courses are to be taken only during a students senior year and in succession of one another.
ARTS 4800. WOMEN AND ART. (3-0-3)
This course introduces women artists traditionally neglected by art historical surveys, though the primary emphasis of the course will be on the socio-historical issues and the critical concepts that have informed these exclusions. Beginning with goddess cultures, we will map the impact Feminisms have had on art production and reception, and feminist art historians' efforts to reconstruct the art historical canon. Theories of race and class will be explored as well as contributions from film theory and lesbian studies. (Cross-listed as WMST 4800). No prerequisites.
o4356ARTS 4810. TWENTIETH CENTURY ART, 1900-1950. (3-0-3)
A survey of art of the first 5 decades of the 20th century examining painting, sculpture and architecture emphasizing their interrelationships within historical contexts. Theoretical and formal discussions will focus upon the critical assessment of various works and movements, changes in the production and reception of art, and reasons for the shift from Paris to New York as the home of the "avant-garde." ARTS 2800 and 2810 strongly recommended.
o4357ARTS 4820. LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY ART SINCE 1950. (3-0-3)
A survey of post-World War II art, examining painting, sculpture, photography, performance, video, film, conceptual practices, and the mass media. Critical issues to be examined include the art market, feminist art practices, the politics of identity, and artistic freedom and censorship. ARTS 2800 and 2810 strongly recommended.
o4358ARTS 4825. SEMINAR IN ART HISTORY. (3-0-3)
Exploration in advanced problems in a special field of study. Prerequisites: ARTS 2800 or 2810 and one upper level Art History.
o4359ARTS 4830. AMERICAN ART: FROM COLONY TO CONCEPTUALISM. (3-0-3)
A survey of the visual arts (principally painting, sculpture, and architecture but also non-traditional media) in the United States from the early republic to the late twentieth century. Prerequisite: ARTS 2810.
o4360ARTS 4840. AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART. (3-0-3)
An overview of general information on African-American visual arts and material culture in the United States. (Cross-listed as BLST 4840.)
o4361ARTS 4845. AFRICAN ART HISTORY. (3-0-3)
An introduction to the arts and material culture of sub-Saharan Africa from ancient times to present. Emphasis on relationship of art forms to social and cultural contexts. (Cross-listed as BLST 4845.) No prerequisites.
ARTS 4860. NINETEENTH CENTURY ART OF THE WEST. (3-0-3)
Nineteenth-Century Painting from the American and French Revolutions through Impressionism/Post-Impressionism. Focusing on Europe and the United States, this lecture course will begin with the arts produced for revolutions and close with the triumphs of Impressionism and the dealer/critic system. Prerequisite: ARTS 2810.
ARTS 4880. ASIAN ART HISTORY-CHINESE. (3-0-3)
Introduction to the arts of selected Chinese cultures from ancient times to present. Emphasis on relationship of art forms to social and cultural contexts. No prerequisites.
o4368ARTS 4881. ASIAN ART HISTORY-INDIAN. (3-0-3)
Introduction to the arts of Indian cultures from ancient times to present. Emphasis on relationship of art forms to social and cultural contexts. No prerequisites.
o4369ARTS 4882. ASIAN ART HISTORY-SOUTHEAST ASIA. (3-0-3)
Introduction to the arts of Southeast Asian cultures from ancient times to present. Emphasis on relationship of art forms to social and cultural contexts. No prerequisites.