At Bryn Mawr: History of Art, 2012-2013
Students may complete a major or minor in History of Art.
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 Haverford, Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania. Majors are also encouraged to study abroad for a semester.
Professor David J.D. Cast (on leave Spring 2013)
Visiting Assistant Professor Erica Cho
Visiting Assistant Professor Rebecca DeRoo
Professor Christiane Hertel (on leave Fall 2012)
Associate Professor Homay King (on leave 2012-2013)
Professor and Chair Steven Z. Levine
Professor Gridley McKim-Smith
Professor Lisa R. Saltzman (on leave 2012-2013)
Assistant Professor Alicia W. Walker
The major requires ten units, approved by the major adviser. A usual sequence of courses would include at least one 100-level “critical approaches” seminar, four 200-level lecture courses, three 300-level seminars and senior conference I and II in the fall and spring semesters 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, such as courses in ancient art offered by the Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology department or in architecture by the Growth and Structure of Cities department. 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.
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 adviser.
Seniors whose work is outstanding will be invited to submit an honors thesis instead of the senior paper. Two or three faculty members discuss the completed thesis with the honors candidate in a one-hour oral examination.
HART B100 The Stuff of Art (Cross-listed as CHEM B100)
An introduction to chemistry through fine arts, this course emphasizes the close relationship of the fine arts, especially painting, to the development of chemistry and its practice. The historical role of the material in the arts, in alchemy and in the developing science of chemistry, will be discussed, as well as the synergy between these areas. Relevant principles of chemistry will be illustrated through the handling, synthesis and/or transformations of the material. This course does not count towards chemistry major requirements, and is not suitable for premedical programs. Lecture 90 minutes, laboratory three hours a week. Enrollment limited to 20. Not offered 2012-2013.
HART B104 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical Tradition (CI) (IP)
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 B106 Art of the Global Middle Ages (CI) (IP)
This course considers the art and architecture of the middle ages from a global perspective and surveys artistic interaction between Europe, Africa and Asia from the 4th to 15th century. Emphasis is placed on theories of globalism and their articulation in relation to medieval cultures and history.
HART B107 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Self and Other in the Arts of France (CI) (IP)
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. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration.
HART B108 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Women, Feminism, and History of Art (CI) (IP)
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. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration. Not offered 2012-2013.
HART B110 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema (CI)
An introduction to the analysis of film through particular attention to the role of the spectator. Counts toward Film Studies concentration. Not offered 2012-2013.
HART B115 Classical Art (Cross-listed as ARCH B115, CITY B115 and CSTS B115)
An introduction to the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky (Cross-listed as ARCH B125 and CSTS B125)
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B190 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present (CC) (IP) (Cross-listed as CITY B190)
This course studies the city as a three-dimensional artifact. A variety of factors—geography, economic and population structure, politics, planning and aesthetics—are considered as determinants of urban form. Offered Spring 2013.
HART B204 Greek Sculpture (CI) (IP) (Cross-listed as ARCH B205)
One of the best-preserved categories of evidence for ancient Greek culture is sculpture. The Greeks devoted immense resources to producing sculpture that encompassed many materials and forms and served a variety of important social functions. This course examines sculptural production in Greece and neighboring lands from the Bronze Age through the 4th century B.C.E. with special attention to style, iconography and historical and social context. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B205 Introduction to Film (CI) (Cross-listed as ENGL B205)
This course is intended to provide students with the tools of critical film analysis. Through readings of images and sounds, sections of films and entire narratives, students will cultivate the habits of critical viewing and establish a foundation for focused work in film studies. The course introduces formal and technical units of cinematic meaning and categories of genre and history that add up to the experiences and meanings we call cinema. Although much of the course material will focus on the Hollywood style of film, examples will be drawn from the history of cinema. Attendance at weekly screenings is mandatory. Counts toward Film Studies concentration. Offered Spring 2013.
HART B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture (CI) (IP) (Cross-listed as ARCH B206)
This course surveys the sculpture produced from the 4th century B.C.E. to the 4th century C.E., the period beginning with the death of Alexander the Great that saw the transformation of the classical world through the rise of Rome and the establishment and expansion of the Roman Empire. Style, iconography and production will be studied in the contexts of the culture of the Hellenistic kingdoms, the Roman appropriation of Greek culture, the role of art in Roman society and the significance of Hellenistic and Roman sculpture in the post-antique classical tradition.
HART B209 Topics in Chinese Cultural History (Cross-listed as EAST-B210)
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
HART B210 Medieval Art (CI) (IP)
An overview of artistic production in Europe from antiquity to the 14th century. Special attention will be paid to problems of interpretation and recent developments in art-historical scholarship. Current topic description: This course traces the evolution of Christian portable paintings from their origins in late antiquity to their impact on art of the early Renaissance. Exploring the function of paintings as much as their aesthetics, we examine how their cultic versus artistic value shifted from the medieval to Renaissance periods.
HART B211 Topics in Medieval History (Cross-listed with HIST B211 when topic is appropriate)
NOt offered in 2012-2013.
HART B212 Medieval Architecture (CI) (IP) (Cross-listed as CITY B212)
This course takes a broad geographic and chronological scope, allowing for full exposure to the rich variety of objects and monuments that fall under the rubric of "medieval" art and architecture. We focus on the Latin and Byzantine Christian traditions, but also consider works of art and architecture from the Islamic and Jewish spheres. Topics include: the role of religion in artistic development and expression; secular traditions of medieval art and culture; the use of objects and monuments to convey political power and social prestige; gender dynamics in medieval visual culture; and the contribution of medieval art and architecture to later artistic traditions. Not offered 2012-2013.
HART B213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities (CI) (Cross-listed as PHIL B253, COML B213, ENGL B213, ITAL B213, FREN B213 and RUSS B253)
Not offered 2012-2013.
HART B215 Russian Avant-Garde Art, Literature and Film (Cross-listed as RUSS-B215)
This course focuses on Russian avant-garde painting, literature and cinema at the start of the 20th century. Moving from Imperial Russian art to Stalinist aesthetics, we explore the rise of non-objective painting (Malevich, Kandinsky, etc.), ground-breaking literature (Bely, Mayakovsky) and revolutionary cinema (Vertov, Eisenstein). No knowledge of Russian required. Counts toward Film Studies concentration. Not offered 2012-2013.
HART B225 Topics in Modern Chinese Literature (Cross-listed as EAST B225 and HIST B220)
This is a topics course. This course explores modern China from the early 20th century to the present through its literature, art and films, reading them as commentaries of their own time. Topics vary.
HART B227 Topics in Modern Planning (Cross listed as CITY-B227, FREN-B227 and GERM-B227)
This course examines topics in planning as defined by specific areas (modern European metropoles) or themes (the impact of oil). It is a writing-intensive course.
HART B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism (Cross listed as CITY B229, ANTH B229 and EAST B229)
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Current topic description: This course will examine different building forms and processes in greater China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, from the imperial to the contemporary eras. It starts with the concrete buildings (residential houses) to the more abstract building (ethnicity, nation-state, historical narratives). With a comparative perspective and an historical approach, this course seeks to familiarize students with the perception of seeing cities as built environments as well as processes. Counts toward the Environmental Studies and the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentrations. Enrollment limited to 25 with preference to Cities majors.
HART B230 Renaissance Art (CI) (IP)
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 2012-2013.
HART B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity (CI) (IP) (Cross-listed as ARCH B234 and CSTS B234)
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration.
HART B238 The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945 Silent Film: From United States to Soviet Russia and Beyond (Cross-listed as ENGL B238, COML B238 and RUSS B238)
This course will explore cinema from its earliest, most primitive beginnings up to the end of the silent era. While the course will focus on a variety of historical and theoretical aspects of cinema, the primary aim is to look at films analytically. Emphasis will be on the various artistic methods that went into the direction and production of a variety of celebrated silent films from around the world. These films will be considered in many contexts: artistic, historical, social and even philosophical, so that students can develop a deeper understanding of silent cinema’s rapid evolution. Counts toward Film Studies concentration. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B241 New Visual Worlds in the Spanish Empire 1492 —1820 (CI) (IP)
The events of 1492 changed the world. Visual works made at the time of the Conquest of the Caribbean, Mexico and South America by Spain and Portugal reveal multiple and often conflicting political, racial and ethnic agendas. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration.
HART B242 Material Identities in Latin America 1820—2010 (CC) (CI)
Revolutions in Latin America begin around 1810. By the 20th and 21st centuries, there is an international viewership for the works of Latin American artists, and in the 21st century the production of Latina and Latino artists living in the United States becomes particularly important. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B250 19th-Century Art in France (CI) (IP)
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 Before Modernism: Architecture and Urbanism of the 18th and 19th Centuries (IP) (Cross-listed as CITY B253)
The course frames the topic of architecture before the impact of 20th-century Modernism, with a special focus on the two prior centuries—especially the 19th—in ways that treat them on their own terms rather than as precursors of more modern technologies and forms of expression. The course will integrate urbanistic and vernacular perspectives alongside more familiar landmark exemplars. Key goals and components of the course will include attaining a facility within pertinent bibliographical and digital landscape, formal analysis and research skills exercised in writing projects, class field-trips and a nuanced mastery of the narratives embodied in the architecture of these centuries.
HART B254 History of Modern Architecture (CC) (IP) (Cross-listed as CITY-B254)
A survey of the development of modern architecture since the 18th century. The course concentrates on the period since 1890, especially in Europe and North America.
HART B255 Survey of American Architecture (Cross-listed as CITY B225)
An examination of landmarks, patters, landscapes, designers and motives in the creation of the American built environment over four centuries. The course will address the master narrative of the traditional survey course, while also probing the relation of the canon to the wider realms of building in the United States. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B260 Modern Art (CI)
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. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B266 Contemporary Art: 1945 to the Global Present (CC) (CI)
America, Europe and beyond, from the 1950s to the present, in visual media and visual theory. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B268 Greek and Roman Architecture (IP) (Cross-listed as ARCH B268 and CITY B268)
The course will introduce the structure of Greek and Roman cities and sanctuaries, the variety of building types and monuments found within them, and how local populations used and lived in the architectural environment of the classical world. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B280 Video Practices: Analog to Digital (Cross-listed as ENGL B280)
This course explores the history and theory of video art from the late 1960s to the present. The units include: aesthetics, activism, access, performance and institutional critique. We will reflect on early video’s "utopian moment" and its manifestation in the current new media revolution. Feminist, people of color and queer productions will constitute the majority of our corpus. Prerequisite: ENGL/HART B205 (Intro to Film) or consent of the instructor. Counts toward the Gender and Sexuality Studies and Film Studies concentrations. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B299 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to Present (CI) (IP) (Cross-listed as ENGL-B299)
This course surveys the history of narrative film from 1945 through the contemporary moment. We will analyze a series of styles and national cinemas in chronological order, including Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave and other post-war movements and genres. Viewings of canonical films will be supplemented by more recent examples of global cinema. While historical in approach, this course emphasizes the theory and criticism of the sound film, and we will consider various methodological approaches to the aesthetic, socio-political and psychological dimensions of cinema. Fulfills the history requirement or the introductory course requirement for the Film Studies minor. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B305 Classical Bodies (Cross-listed as ARCH B303 and COML B313)
An examination of the conceptions of the human body evidenced in Greek and Roman art and literature, with emphasis on issues that have persisted in the Western tradition. Topics include the fashioning of concepts of male and female standards of beauty and their implications; conventions of visual representation; the nude; clothing and its symbolism; the athletic ideal; physiognomy; medical theory and practice; the visible expression of character and emotions; and the formulation of the "classical ideal" in antiquity and later times. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B306 Film Theory (Cross-listed as ENGL B306 and COML B306)
An introduction to major developments in film theory and criticism. Topics covered include: the specificity of film form; cinematic realism; the cinematic “author”; the politics and ideology of cinema; the relation between cinema and language; spectatorship, identification and subjectivity; archival and historical problems in film studies; and the relation between film studies and other disciplines of aesthetic and social criticism. Each week of the syllabus pairs critical writing(s) on a central principle of film analysis with a cinematic example. Class will be divided between discussion of critical texts and attempts to apply them to a primary cinematic text. Counts toward Film Studies concentration.
HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art (Cross-listed as CITY B312)
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: Kings, Caliphs and Emperor: Images of Authority in the Era of the Crusades. Counts toward the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies concentration.
HART B323 Topics in Renaissance Art (Cross-listed as CITY B323)
Selected subjects in Italian art from painting, sculpture and architecture between the years 1400 and 1600. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B324 Roman Architecture (Cross-listed as CSTS B324 and ARCH B324)
The course gives special attention to the architecture and topography of ancient Rome from the origins of the city to the later Roman Empire. At the same time, general problems with architecture and planning with particular reference to Italy and the provinces from republic to empire are also addressed. These include public and domestic spaces, structures, settings and uses, urban infrastructure, the relationship of towns and territories, “suburban” and working villas, and frontier settlements. Prerequisite: ARCH 102.
HART B334 Topics in Film Studies (Cross-listed as ENGL B334)
This is a topics course. Content varies. Current topic description: The course examines same-sex eroticisms as depicted in global cinemas; it considers these films through the theories of globalization, transnationalism and diaspora. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies and Film Studies concentrations.
HART B336 Topics in Film (Cross-listed as ENGL B336)
This course examines experimental film and video from the 1930s to present. It will concentrate on the use of found footage: the reworking of existing imagery in order to generate new aesthetic frameworks and cultural meanings. Key issues to be explored include copyright, piracy, archive, activism, affect, aesthetics, interactivity and fandom. Counts toward the Film Studies concentration.
HART B340 Topics in Baroque Art (Cross-listed as COML B340)
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: The course considers costume and fashion from the perspective of visual and cultural studies, combines with a historical acknowledgment of consumerism. Representations of costume in Europe and Latin America from the 15th century to present day. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration.
HART B348 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies (Cross-listed as GERM B321, CITY B319 and COML B321)
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration. Not offered in 2012-2013
HART B350 Topics in Modern Art
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B355 Topics in the History of London (Cross-listed as CITY B355 or HIST B355)
Selected topics of social, literary and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century.
HART B359 Topics in Urban Culture and Society (Cross-listed as CITY B360, ANTH359 and SOCL B360)
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This course examines European cities and their distinct architectural and urban character through the lens of the historical development of Hamburg, Germany. It examines the city's urban form in its larger European, German, and regional context from its medieval origins to the contemporary HafenCity redevelopment, currently Europe's largest urban revitalization project. Counts towards the Environmental Studies concentration.
HART B367 Asian American Film, Video and New Media (Cross-listed as ENGL B367)
The course explores the role of pleasure in the production, reception and performance of Asian American identities in film, video and the Internet, taking as its focus the sexual representation of Asian Americans in works produced by Asian American artists from 1915 to present. In several units of the course, we will study graphic sexual representations, including pornographic images and sex acts some may find objectionable. Students should be prepared to engage analytically with all class material. To maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and solidarity among the participants in the class, no auditors will be allowed. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies and Film Studies concentrations. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B377 Topics in Modern Architecture (Cross-listed as CITY B377)
This is a topics course on modern architecture. Topics vary. Current topic description: This course uses the global architecture of oil—its extraction, administration and resale—to examine the impact of international economic networks on architecture and urban form since the mid-19th century.
HART B380 Topics in Contemporary Art (Cross-listed as GERM B380 and HEBR B380)
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Not offered in 2012-13.
HART B398 Senior Conference I
A critical review of the discipline of art history in preparation for the senior paper. Required of all senior majors who have not taken junior seminar.
HART B399 Senior Conference
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
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 adviser is required.
HART B425 Praxis III
Students are encouraged to develop internship projects in Bryn Mawr’s collections and other art institutions in the region. Counts towards the Praxis Program.
HART B610 Topics in Medieval Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B630 Topics in Renaissance Art
This seminar is concerned with the history and the historiography of Mannerism. The first subjects are those works of art, described as Mannerist, produced in Italy and then in the rest of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. But we are also concerned with the critical reception of these works and the attention they have gathered within the history of criticism, from the 17th century onwards to the writings of historians of art, especially in Germany, at the beginning of the last century. We will also examine how far, and how usefully, such a term can be used today in criticism, as it is still so often.
HART B636 Vasari
This seminar focuses on Giorgio Vasari as painter and architect and above all as a founder of the Florentine Academy and the writer of the first modern history of the arts. Topics covered range across the arts of that time and then the questions any such critical accounting of the arts calls up imitation, invention, the notion of the artist and however it is possible to capture in words what seems often to be beyond them.
HART B640 Topics in Baroque Art: Spanish Painting and Sculpture
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: The course considers costume and fashion from the perspective of visual and cultural studies, combined with a historical acknowledgment of consumerism. Representations of costume in Europe and Latin America from the 15th century to the present day.
HART B645 Problems in Representation: Realism
This seminar examines, as philosophy and history, the idea of realism, as seen in the visual arts since the Renaissance and beyond to the 19th and 20th centuries. Admission by permission of instructor. Not offered in 2012-2013.
HART B650 Topics in Modern Art
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Admission by permission of instructor. Not offered in 2012-2013
HART B671 Topic in German Art
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Current topic description: In this seminar we shall familiarize ourselves with theories of allegory in the German intellectual tradition from Winckelmann, Lessing and Burckhardt to Riegl, Benjamin and others, and with a series of case studies ranging from Rubens’ Marie de’ Medici Cycle to contemporary memorials.
HART B678 Portraiture
Not offered in 2012-2013
HART B680 Topics in 20th C. Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Not offered in 2012-2013.