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Course Catalog

History of Art: 2009-2010

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Description

The curriculum in History of Art immerses students in the study of visual culture. Structured by a set of evolving disciplinary concerns, students learn to interpret the visual through methodologies dedicated to the historical, the material, the critical, and the theoretical. Majors are encouraged to supplement courses taken in the department with history of art courses offered at Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania. Majors are also encouraged to study abroad for a semester. Should they choose to do so, they should plan to undertake that work during the spring semester of their junior year.

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Faculty

Professor David J. Cast (on leave semester II)
Visiting Associate Professor Dorothea Dietrich
Professor and Major Advisor (A-L) Christiane Hertel
Associate Professor Homay King
Professor Dale Kinney
Professor and Chair Steven Z. Levine
Professor and Major advisor (M-Z) Gridley McKim-Smith (on leave semester I)
Professor Lisa Saltzman (on leave semesters I and II)
Lecturer Diala Touré

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Major Requirements

The major requires eleven units, approved by the major advisor. A usual sequence of courses would include at least one 100-level “critical approaches” seminar, four 200-level lecture courses, four 300-level seminars, and junior seminar in the fall semester of the junior year and senior conference in the spring semester of senior year. In the course of their departmental studies, students are strongly encouraged to take courses across media and areas, and in at least three of the following fields of study: Ancient and Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern and Contemporary, Film, and Non-Western.

With the approval of the major adviser, courses in fine arts or with significant curricular investment in visual studies may be counted toward the fulfillment of the distribution requirements. Similarly, courses in art history taken abroad or at another institution in the United States may be counted. Generally, no more than two such courses may be counted toward the major requirements.

A senior paper, based on independent research and using scholarly methods of historical and/or critical interpretation must be submitted at the end of the spring semester. Generally 25-40 pages in length, the senior paper represents the culmination of the departmental experience.

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Minor Requirements

A minor in history of art requires six units: one or two 100-level courses and four or five others selected in consultation with the major advisor.

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Requirements for Honors

Seniors whose major average at the beginning of the spring semester is 3.7 or higher will be invited to write an honors thesis instead of the senior paper.

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Courses

  • HART B103 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Icons and Idols
    D.Kinney
    What is an icon? What is an idol? How do they differ or are they the same? And what is the relation between icons, idols, and images? This course treats potent image-objects across cultures and across time, including religious icons (Madonnas), pop icons (Madonna), and comparable image-objects of other traditions, such as African minkisi and Native American totems. Readings range from Plato and the Old Testament to contemporary criticism.

    HART B104 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical Tradition
    D.Cast
    An investigation of the historical and philosophical ideas of the classical, with particular attention to the Italian Renaissance and the continuance of its formulations throughout the Westernized world.

    HART B105 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Poetry and Politics in Landscape Art
    C.Hertel
    An introduction to the representation and perception of nature in different visual media, with attention to such issues as nature and utopia; nature and violence; natural freedom; and the femininity of nature.

    HART B107 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Self and Other in the Arts of France
    S.Levine
    A study of artists’ self-representations in the context of the philosophy and psychology of their time, with particular attention to issues of political patronage, gender and class, power and desire.

    HART B108 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Women, Feminism, and History of Art
    L.Saltzman
    An investigation of the history of art since the Renaissance organized around the practice of women artists, the representation of women in art, and the visual economy of the gaze. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B110 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema
    H.King
    An introduction to the analysis of film through particular attention to the role of the spectator. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B115 Classical Art (Cross-listed as ARCH B115, CITY B115, and CSTS B115)
    Donohue
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky (Cross-listed as ARCH B125 and CSTS B125)
    Lindenlauf

    HART B190 The Form of the City (Cross-listed as CITY B190 and ANTH B190)
    Cohen, Hein
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B204 Greek Sculpture (Cross-listed as ARCH B205)
    Donohue
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B205 Introduction to Film (Cross-listed as ENGL B205)
    King, Nguyen
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture (Cross-listed as ARCH B206)
    Donohue
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B209 Topics in Chinese Cultural History (Cross-listed as EAST B210 and PHIL B250)
    Lin
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B210 Medieval Art
    Kinney
    An overview of artistic production in Europe antiquity to the 14th century. Special attention will be paid to problems of interpretation and recent developments in art-historical scholarship. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B212 Medieval Architecture (Cross-listed as CITY B212)
    Kinney
    Not just Gothic cathedrals, medieval architecture includes mosques, synagogues, fortifications, palaces, monasteries and other residential structures produced in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East between about 300 and 1350 CE. This course offers a selective overview and an introduction to research in this broad and diverse field of study.

    HART B225 Topics in Modern Chinese Literature (Cross-listed as EAST B225 and HIST B220)
    Lin
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B227 Topics in Modern Planning (Cross-listed as CITY B227)
    Hein, Hurley
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B230 Renaissance Art
    D.Cast
    A survey of painting in Florence and Rome in the 15th and 16th centuries (Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael), with particular attention to contemporary intellectual, social, and religious developments. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B238 The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945 (Cross-listed as ENGL B238)
    Staff
    Introduction to the international history of film as a narrative and aesthetic form, with consideration of cultural, social, political, technological, and economic determinants that allowed film across the world to evolve, thrive, and become the defining artistic medium of the 20th century. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B241 Art of the Spanish-speaking World
    G.McKim-Smith
    A study of painting and sculpture in Spain from 1492 to the early 19th century, with emphasis on such artists as El Greco, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Goya and the polychrome sculptors. As relevant, commentary is made on Latin America and the Spanish world’s complex heritage, with its contacts with Islam, Northern Europe, and pre-Columbian cultures. Continuities and disjunctions within these diverse traditions as they evolve both in Spain and the Americas are noted, and issues of canon formation and national identity are raise. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B246 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture (Cross-listed as GERM B245)
    Meyer
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B250 Nineteenth-Century Art in France
    Levine
    Close attention is selectively given to the work of Cézanne, Courbet, David, Degas, Delacroix, Géricault, Ingres, Manet, and Monet. Extensive readings in art criticism are required.

    HART B253 Survey of Western Architecture (Cross-listed as CITY B253 and HIST B253)
    D.Cast
    The major traditions in Western architecture are illustrated through detailed analysis of selected examples from classical antiquity to the present. The evolution of architectural design and building technology, and the larger intellectual, aesthetic, and social context in which this evolution occurred, are considered. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B254 History of Modern Architecture (Cross-listed as CITY B254)
    Steffensen

    HART B255 Survey of American Architecture (Cross-listed as CITY B255)
    Steffensen, Cohen
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B260 Modern Art
    Dietrich
    This course will involve an inquiry into the history of 20th-century visual culture, European and American, through an exploration of art practice, art history, art criticism and art theory. Against the dominant and paradigmatic theorization of modernism, the course will introduce and mobilize materials aimed at its critique.

    HART B266 Contemporary Art: 1945 to the Global Present
    Dietrich
    America, Europe and beyond, from 1945 to the present, in visual media and visual theory.

    HART B268 Greek and Roman Architecture (Cross-listed as ARCH B268 and CITY B268)
    Staff
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B270 Japanese Architecture and Planning (Cross-listed as CITY B270 and EAST B270)
    Hein
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B272 Topics in Early and Medieval China: Chinese Cities and City Culture (Cross-listed as EAST B272 and CITY B273)
    Lin
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B276 Video Art
    Saltzman
    If the origins of video art date to 1965, when Sony introduced its Portapac to the United States and Nam Jun Paik shot his first piece in New York; its theorization dates to 1976, when Rosalind Krauss published her field defining essay. This course functions as both an introduction and an immersion in the history and theory of video art. Prerequisite: HART 110, HART/ENGL 205, HART 266, HART 299 or permission of instructor. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B282 Arts of Sub-Saharan Africa
    D.Touré
    This course examines the significant artistic and architectural traditions of African cultures south of the Sahara in their religious, philosophical, political, and social aspects.

    HART B299 History of Narrative Cinema (Cross-listed as ENGL B299)
    H.King

    HART B305 Classical Bodies (Cross-listed as ARCH B303)
    Donohue
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B306 Film Theory (Cross-listed as ENGL B306 and COML B306)
    H.King

    HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art (Cross-listed as CITY B312)
    Kinney
    Topics vary. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B323 Topics in Renaissance Art (Cross-listed as CITY B323)
    D.Cast
    Selected subjects in Italian art from painting, sculpture, and architecture between the years 1400 and 1600. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B331 Palladio and Neo-Palladianism (Cross-listed as CITY B331)
    D.Cast
    A seminar on the diffusion of Palladian architecture from the 16th century to the present. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B334 Topics in Film Studies: Transitional Objects: Old and New (Cross-listed as ENGL B334)
    H.King

    HART B340 Topics in Baroque Art: Velazquez (Cross-listed as COML B340)
    G.McKim-Smith
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B348 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies (Cross-listed as GERM B321, CITY B319, and COML B321)
    Hertel, Meyer
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B349 Theories of Authorship in the Cinema (Cross-listed as ENGL B349)
    H.King
    The study of the author-director remains one of the primary categories through which film is to be understood; various directors and critical approaches to this topic will be studied. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B350 Topics in Modern Art
    S.Levine
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B354 Topics in Art Criticism (Cross-listed as COML B354 and HEBR B354)
    S.Levine
    Individual topics in art-historical methodology, such as art and psychoanalysis, feminism, post-structuralism, or semiotics are treated. Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B355 Topics in the History of London (Cross-listed as CITY B355 and HIST B355)
    D.Cast
    Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century.

    HART B358 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology (Cross-listed as ARCH B359 and CSTS B359)
    Donohue
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B362 The African Art Collection
    D.Touré
    This seminar will introduce students to the African art holdings that are part of the Art and Archaeology Collections.

    HART B367 Asian American Film, Video and New Media (Cross-listed as ENGL B367)
    Nguyen

    HART B377 Topics in Modern Architecture: War, Catastrophes, and Reconstruction (Cross-listed as CITY B377)
    Hein, Steffensen
    Not offered in 2009-10.

    HART B380 Topics in Contemporary Art (Cross-listed as GERM B380)
    Dietrich
    Topics vary.

    HART B397 Junior Seminar
    Levine
    Designed to introduce majors to the canonical texts in the field of art history and to formalize their understanding of art history as a discipline. Beginning with such foundational figures as Plato and Pliny and ending with the leading art historical practitioners of the poststructural and the performative, junior majors will read across the history of art history. Required of and limited to History of Art majors.

    HART B399 Senior Conference
    Kinney, Dietrich
    A seminar for the discussion of senior research papers and such theoretical and historical concerns as may be appropriate to them. Interim oral reports. Required of all majors; culminates in the senior paper.

    HART B403 Supervised Work
    Staff
    Advanced students may do independent research under the supervision of a faculty member whose special competence coincides with the area of the proposed research. Consent of the supervising faculty member and of the major advisor is required.

    HART B425 Praxis III
    Staff

     

     

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