Art - History (ARTH)

ARTH 1100. Interactive Media and Society. 4 Hours.

Offers a critical historical survey of interactive media from analog to digital techniques and from physical to virtual spaces. Examines the social, ethical, and cultural impact of interactive media. Concludes with a study of current issues and directions in interactive media. Through weekly lectures, research projects, and critical analyses, offers students an opportunity to consider current and historical aspects of interactive media and design.

ARTH 1110. Global Art and Design History: Ancient to Medieval. 4 Hours.

Investigates the history of painting, sculpture, design, and related arts through a study of masterpieces from prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with specific works, styles, and terminology of art and design and to develop an ability to communicate about the visual arts.

ARTH 1111. Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern. 4 Hours.

Explores the evolving history of painting, sculpture, design, and related arts through a study of masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with specific works, styles, and terminology of art and design and to develop an ability to communicate about the visual arts.

ARTH 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ARTH 2210. Modern Art and Design History. 4 Hours.

Surveys modernist movements from early to mid-twentieth century. Emphasizes the reciprocal evolution of art and design within cultural and social context. Prereq. ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102.

ARTH 2211. Contemporary Art and Design History. 4 Hours.

Offers a study of contemporary culture in an art and design survey from mid-twentieth century to present. Presents a thematic approach to late-modern and postmodernist movements, focusing on interrelationships among media. Prereq. ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102.

ARTH 2212. Survey of the Still and Moving Image. 4 Hours.

Examines the history of still and moving images in relationship to other artistic, documentary, and journalistic practices.

ARTH 2213. Nineteenth-Century Art. 4 Hours.

Explores art from 1780 to 1900. Considers developments such as neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, and symbolism in terms of major changes in society: industrialization, Parisian urbanism, photography, Japonisme, the status of women, and the institutions of art. Emphasizes French painting, but developments in Europe and the Americas are considered. Includes museum visits. .

ARTH 2214. American Art. 4 Hours.

Surveys the history of American painting and sculpture. Explores the social and cultural forces as well as the aesthetic and intellectual concerns that shape the evolution of art in the United States. Includes visits to museums and galleries.

ARTH 2215. History of Graphic Design. 4 Hours.

Follows a chronological survey of graphic design from 4000 bc to the beginning of the twenty-first century, emphasizing work from 1880 to 2000, and the relationship of that work to other visual arts and design disciplines. Demonstrates how graphic design has responded to (and affected) international, social, political, and technological developments since 1450. Traces developments in the areas of typography and publication, persuasion, identity, information, and theory.

ARTH 2217. American Animation Film. 4 Hours.

Considers the history and influence of American animation as a once- and still-thriving form. Covers topics including the link between modernism and graphic-based animation, the paradigm shift from Disney to Warner Brothers and MGM during the “golden age” (1928–1958), the rise of underground comix and alternative animation of the 1960s–1970s, the status of animation in relation to live-action film (from avant-garde practices to slapstick comedy), the relationships between American and international animation, and the current revolution in CGI and television animation.

ARTH 2220. Recitation for ARTH 2210. 0 Hours.

Convenes at galleries and museums to experience, study, and discuss works of art.

ARTH 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ARTH 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ARTH 4500. Arts of the African Diaspora. 4 Hours.

Traces the historical development of the art forms and production practices of the African Diaspora, from traditional to contemporary styles in Africa, the Americas, and elsewhere in the African Diaspora. Emphasizes the study of art objects, the historical and social context in which aesthetic issues are shaped, and the impact of religion and external forces on creativity. Uses lectures, critiques, discussions, fieldwork, and hands-on interaction with art objects. Prereq. Junior or senior standing.

ARTH 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ARTH 5100. Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism. 4 Hours.

Introduces the major critical and philosophical approaches that have transformed the reception, interpretation, and production of contemporary art since the 1960s. Examines a range of key interpretive methodologies—including modernism, postmodernism, psychoanalysis, feminism, Marxism, poststructuralism and deconstruction, critical race theory, visual studies, and globalism—designed to provide practitioners with the means to critically frame their own art making within contemporary debates about the meaning and social functions of art. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

ARTH 5200. Issues in Contemporary Art. 4 Hours.

Introduces the major artists, movements, and issues that have redefined contemporary art since the late twentieth century. Examines, both critically and historiographically, topics such as conceptualism, earth art, appropriation, installation, street art, identity politics, activist art, performance, globalism, relational art, and new media. Offers an overview aimed at helping students negotiate the relationship between their own artistic practice and global art worlds. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

ARTH 5300. Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts. 4 Hours.

Surveys the emergence and evolution of postmodernism’s challenge to modernism through the work of theorists, critics, and visual artists. Explores recent claims that our current globalized and digitized era has generated a new, “post-postmodern” stage of cultural production. Requires students to develop an original intensive research topic, analyze methods of presentation, and present the topic in written form. Prereq. (a) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, ENGL 1102, or graduate standing and (b) senior standing or graduate standing.

ARTH 5400. Contemporary Visual Culture. 4 Hours.

Explores the implications of the erosion of the traditional boundary between fine art and mass culture for artistic theory and practice as well as art’s place in an increasingly globalized world. Situates contemporary artistic practice within the broader context of visual culture—including film, television, advertising, architecture, and the Internet. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

ARTH 5500. Art and New Media: History and Theory. 4 Hours.

Surveys the impact of the emergence and evolution of new media technologies on the production, circulation, and criticism of art in the late twentieth century and in the twenty-first century. Topics include video art, multimedia installation, digital photography, and Internet art, as well as the critical and theoretical frameworks that inspired and responded to them.

ARTH 5902. Special Topics in Art and Design History. 4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity for the intensive study of specialized themes in areas of research in art history, aesthetics, or critical studies. Format and content are determined by the instructor in this elective in Art + Design history. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

ARTH 6212. The History of the Avant-Garde. 4 Hours.

Examines the role of the artistic avant-garde from the mid-nineteenth century to the present as it relates to established artistic institutions and radical politics. Considers the most shocking and innovative art of the last century as defined by critical and public response. Explores theories of modernism as well as critiques of the avant-garde.

ARTH 6901. Special Topics in Contemporary Art. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity for the intensive study of specialized themes and topics in the area of contemporary art history and criticism, such as globalism, gender, identity politics, critical theory, and art in a museum context. Topics vary each time it is offered and are announced in the semester’s course listings. May be taken up to two times with unique topics.

ARTH 6962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

ARTH 6976. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers directed study of a specific topic not normally contained in the regular course offerings but within the area of competence of a faculty member.