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|Professor:||C. Lawton (Ottilia Buerger Professor of Classical Studies Art and Art History)|
|Associate professor:||E. Carlson (Art and Art History)|
|Assistant professors:||N. Lin (Art and Art History), B. Zinsli (Art and Art History)|
|Visiting assistant professor:||A. Sullivan (Art and Art History)|
|Instructor:||M. Barragan (Art and Art History)|
An integral part of a liberal arts curriculum, the courses of the art and art history department encourage aesthetic awareness and appreciation by emphasizing the interdependence of art-making, art history, and other creative and intellectual fields. A major is offered in either studio art or art history, and certification for teaching K-12 is available in conjunction with the studio art major. A student may complete a double major in studio art and art history by fulfilling the requirements for each major. Students planning to major in studio art and/ or art history should take the introductory 100-level courses required for the major in their freshman and sophomore years. Students may take a maximum of 126 units in the art and art history department, provided that no more than 90 are in either studio art or art history.
Required for the art history major
- A minimum of 9 art history courses (54 units) to include:
- ARHI 100 and 102
- One 200- or 300-level course (6 units each) in each of the following periods:
- Medieval and Renaissance
- Modern and Contemporary
- One 400 level course (6 units)
- ARHI 680: Senior Seminar
- Two additional art history courses (12 units)
- One course in studio art (6 units)
Required for the art history minor
- A minimum of six art history courses (36 units) to include:
- ARHI 100 and 102
- Three courses at the 200 or 300 level (6 units each) to be taken from at least two of the following periods:
- Medieval and Renaissance
- Modern and Contemporary
- One 400-level course (6 units)
- C average in the minor
Art history majors are urged to coordinate with their studies participation in one of Lawrence’s international off-campus programs or the program at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Art history majors, particularly those considering graduate studies, are strongly encouraged to begin the study of German and/or French in the freshman or sophomore year.
Senior Experience in Art History
The art history Senior Experience consists of ARHI 680: Senior Seminar, taken during the senior year. Students pursuing double majors and double degrees are encouraged to consult in advance with the art history faculty if they are interested in pursuing a research topic in ARHI 680 that integrates their interests in both majors.
Courses - Art History
ARHI 100: Survey of Western Art I: Ancient to MedievalAn introductory survey of the art and architecture of the ancient Near East and of Europe from the Prehistoric through the Gothic periods and an introduction to methods of viewing art in its historical and cultural context.
ARHI 101: Introduction to Art HistoryThis lecture course aims to develop skills in the critical analysis of a wide range of visual materials. Issues and problems in the making, exhibition, and understanding of images and objects will be explored through lectures, classroom discussion of key works, critical reading of primary and secondary sources, and visits to the Wriston Print Study Rooom. Students will be assessed through exams and writing assignments.
ARHI 102: Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance to ModernAn introductory survey of the art and architecture of Europe and North America from the Renaissance to the Modern era. Particular emphasis on viewing works of art and architecture within their historical and cultural context.
ARHI 130: Art of the Islamic WorldAn introduction to rich artistic traditions of the Islamic world from the 7th century to the present, looking at architecture, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, film, and more. Topics include the role of art in Islam, the relationship between art and power, and the importance of cross-cultural exchange.
ARHI 175: The Arts of East AsiaAn introduction to artistic traditions in China, Japan, and Korea, from prehistory to the 21st century, including such objects as tomb and temple sites, gardens sculpture, calligraphy, painting, prints, and bronze and ceramic vessels. Through a balance of broader art historical readings, primary texts, scholarly essays, and focused exercises in viewing, students will explore how an object’s visual and material properties contribute to its function.
ARHI 191: Directed Study in Art HistoryDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
ARHI 195: Internship in Art HistoryApplied work in art history arranged and carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Students might work for a gallery, museum, archive, auction house, a publication, or visual resource database. The academic internship is supplemented with readings, discussions, and assignments. The course grade will be based on submitted work evaluated by the supervising faculty member.
ARHI 200: Archaic and Classical Greek ArtA study of Greek art and architecture to the end of the fourth century B.C. Topics include the great sanctuaries at Olympia, Delphi, and Athens; the development of mythological narrative in sculpture and vase painting; the political and propagandistic function of Greek art; and the beginning of portraiture.
ARHI 202: From Alexander to Kleopatra: Art of the Hellenistic AgeA study of Greek and Greek-influenced art from the time of Alexander the Great to the Roman conquest of Egypt in 31 B.C. Topics include portraiture and the royal iconography of the Hellenistic rulers, the development of regional styles in sculpture, and the influence of the Romans as patrons.
ARHI 204: Roman ArtA study of the art and architecture of the Etruscans and the Romans to the end of the Roman empire. Topics include the funerary arts of the Etruscans, the art and archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum, developments in imperial portraiture and historical relief, technological innovations in architecture, and the beginnings of Christian art.
ARHI 210: Early Medieval Art and ArchitectureA survey of art and architecture in Europe and the eastern Mediterranean between the fourth and ninth centuries. Topics include Imperial-sponsored Christian art, the development of Byzantine art and architecture, the Celtic artistic tradition of northern Europe, and the flowering of art under the Carolingian emperors.
ARHI 211: Splendor & Power: Byzantine ArtSurveys the art and architecture of the Byzantine Empire, including mosaics, metalwork, icons, manuscripts, textiles, and other arts. Emphasizes the transition from classical Roman society, the patronage of Byzantine political figures, the profound importance of religion for the arts, and international contacts, especially with western Europe and the Islamic world.
ARHI 213: Gothic and Northern Renaissance ArtThe arts of this period are famous for their beauty and grandeur, from soaring cathedrals to delicate paintings. We will consider these beautiful works alongside historical changes within the cultural, economic, and ideological fabric of society, as well as contemporary theories about social contruction and the nature of objects.
ARHI 220: Art of the Italian RenaissanceA study of the art and architecture of Italy from the late 13th century until the early 16th century. Topics include patronage and the art market, the revival and influence of the antique, theories of perspective and design, and changes in the status of the artist.
ARHI 240: 19th Century Art: From Romanticism to Post-ImpressionismA study of the development of 19th-century European art that traces the emergence of movements such as Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism. Readings and class discussion consider how political instability, industrialization, imperialism, and the growth of popular culture influenced production, style, and presentation of painting and sculpture.
ARHI 242: Modern Art: 1900-1960A study of 20th-century European and American art that traces the emergence of movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. The shifting meanings of art, artistic production, and the definition of the term “artist” are considered against the massive political and social changes of the time period.
ARHI 244: American ArtAn examination of American art, 1776-1940. This course considers the growth of landscape, genre, and history painting, as well as portraiture, in the context of changing ideas about nationalism, class, race, and gender. Architecture and sculpture are also discussed in terms of how visual culture shaped early ideas about nationhood.
ARHI 246: 19th-Century Art, Design, and Society in BritainIn the 19th century, Britain was at the height of her imperial and industrial powers, with a burgeoning middle class with increased spending power. Against this background, this course examines the painting (including Turner, Constable, the Pre-Raphaelites, the High Victorians), architecture, furniture, and interiors of the period, utilizing the wealth of examples in London’s museums, galleries, and buildings. Offered at the London Centre.
ARHI 250: History of PhotographyIntroduction to photography’s histories, from early attempts to fix light and shadows to the diverse digital practices of the present. Topics will include: social, scientific, and artistic uses of photography; theoretical and critical writings on photography and its place in our visual culture; and major figures, movements, and images.
ARHI 270: Latin American Visual Art (in English)The course introduces the cultures of Latin America through a survey of its major movements and artists from the early 19th century to the present. Image-based lectures will be accompanied by discussion of visual and thematically related texts (i.e., biographies, letters, scholarly articles) and carefully selected fragments of videos. Taught in English.
ARHI 272: African-American ArtBeginning with the late eighteenth century and concluding with art today, this course examines African-American history through visual culture. We will examine how race relations in the United States were and are constructed through an examination of painting, sculpture, public monuments, photography, advertising, and performance.
ARHI 275: Latin American Visual ArtThe course introduces the cultures of Latin America through a survey of its major movements and artists from the early 19th century to the present. Image-based lectures will be accompanied by discussion of visual and thematically related texts (i.e., biographies, letters, scholarly articles) and carefully selected fragments of videos.
ARHI 284: The Spectacle of Edo JapanThis lecture-discussion course will focus on the diverse artistic production and consumption within Edo-period Japan (1603-1868). Topics include the revival of classical imagery, the rise of an urban bourgeois culture, the prints and paintings depicting theater and the pleasure quarters, the reification of the tea ceremony and encounters with the West through trade. Coursework will include exams and written work, and presentation.
ARHI 285: The Transformation of the East Asian Metropole: Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai (1860-1945)This lecture-discussion course explores the transformation of the cityscape in Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai. Topics include the emergence of the modern artist, the search for an “avant-garde” of the East, the modernization of public and private spaces, the introduction of film and photography and the rise of the “modern girl.” Coursework will include exams, an annotated bibliography and a paper.
ARHI 286: The Politics of Power in Modern and Contemporary Chinese ArtOver the past century, China has witnessed the arrival of Western Imperialism, mass rebellion, revolution, and radical reconstruction under the Communist regime. This seminar will trace how artists attempted to intervene in social life to change its course of devlopment and how art continues to affect radical social change. Students will be assessed through exams, presentations, and written assignments.
ARHI 315: Introduction to the Art Museum: History, Issues, and PracticesIntroduction to art museums and exhibitions as objects of critical inquiry, and to issues and practices in the art museum field. Topics will include: history and evolution of collecting and display; museum exhibitions and knowledge formation; collection practices and ethics; exhibition theory and design; controversies, institutional critique, and the artist-as-curator.
ARHI 320: Contemporary Art:A study of art since 1960. Students will examine art works and the theories and strategies that have informed their production. Topics include: gender and ethnicity, new materials and processes, site-specific and time-based works, and alternative venues and approaches toward exhibition.
ARHI 325: Ethics in Archaeology: Who owns the past?An exploration of ethical and legal concerns surrounding archaeology: the ownership and treatment of archaeological remains and relations between archaeologists and descendent communities. Topics include the ethics and legality of collecting looting, and the antiquities market; archaeology and nationalism; repatriation of skeletons and artifacts; and professional responsibilities of archaeologists.
ARHI 330: Seminar: PortraitureThis course explores definitions of portraiture and surveys the history of portraiture from antiquity to the present. Topics will include the ruler portrait, the self-portrait, the group portrait, photography and portraiture, and portraiture and modernism.
ARHI 331: Topics in East Asian ArtAn examination of a particular topic in East Asian art history. Students are expected to carry out independent reaseach through a series of guided assignments. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 430.
ARHI 335: Faith and Power in Mediterranean CitiesThis course examines the complex histories of buildings and urban landscapes around the Mediterranean, emphasizing how religious and political structures transformed them from the Classical world, through Christian and Islamic empires, and down to modern nation states. The city of Istanbul will be a central focus, though case studies from other cities will be introduced.
ARHI 341: Topics in Contemporary and Modern ArtAn examination of a particular topic in modern and/or contemporary art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research through a series of guided assignments. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for ARHI 440.
ARHI 345: Theorizing the Female Body in East Asian ArtThis discussion-based course will examine how tomb murals, paintings, prints, photography, and film have addressed the female body throughout East Asian history. We will explore how social and political issues were defined and negotiated through the gendered images of bodies in Japan, Korea and China in the context of national identity formation, historical reconstruction, subjectivity and sexuality. Coursework will include exams and a research paper.
ARHI 390: Tutorial Studies in Art HistoryTutorials for advanced students in art history. Apply to the instructor at least one term in advance with a written proposal and a preliminary bibliography.
ARHI 391: Directed Study in Art HistoryDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
ARHI 395: Internship in Art HistoryApplied work in art history arranged and carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Students might work for a gallery, museum, archive, auction house, a publication, or visual resource database. The academic internship is supplemented with readings, discussions, and assignments. The course grade will be based on submitted work evaluated by the supervising faculty member.
ARHI 399: Independent Study in Art HistoryAdvanced study for students doing honors projects in art history.
ARHI 400: Topics in Ancient ArtAn examination of a particular topic in ancient art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different.
ARHI 420: Topics in Medieval and Renaissance ArtAn examination of a particular topic in medieval or Renaissance art history. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when the topic is different.
ARHI 430: Topics in Asian ArtAn examination of a particular topic in the history of art in Asia. Students are expected to carry out independent research culminating in a research paper. Topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when topic is different. Not open to students who have previously received credit for ARHI 331.
ARHI 440: Topics in Modern and Contemporary ArtAn examination of a particular topic in modern or contemporary art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research, culminating in a research paper. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated when topic is different. Not open to students who have previous received credit for ARHI 341.
Topic for Fall 2017: The Art of Protest
This seminar examines creative activity that blurs traditional distinctions between socio-political expressions and art. Historically, art has both served as a catalyst for change and been deemed a distraction within more urgent social movements. These responses manifest the power of art and will guide our discussions as we think about art’s limits and its possibilities.
ARHI 480: Topics in Art HistoryAn examination of a particular topic in art history that does not fit the chronological format of the other 400-level topics seminars in art history. Course may be repeated when topic is different.
Topic for Spring 2018: The Art of Stuff
This seminar will explore the "thingness" of art by emphasizing its physicality and exploring the meanings of matter, modes of exchange and circulation, and the question of function. Art historical topics will range across multiple periods, and theoretical discussions will include Actor Network Theory, Ecocriticism, and the “New Materialisms.”
Topic for Spring 2018: Dracula and His After Images in Art and Cinema
This seminar focuses on visual and textual representations of Vlad III Dracula (1431-c. 1476), prince of Wallachia, from the mid-fifteenth century to the present. The objectives are to examine the ways in which these representations have fashioned Vlad’s likeness and reputation over the course of three centuries, and to evaluate the degree to which multiple reinterpretations of this complex historical figure have inflected twentieth- and twenty-first-century renditions of Dracula and his vampire subculture in films, TV shows, plays, novels, and comic books.