Art History

Survey of Art History I (ARTH 2203.01)

Instructor: Maria Maurer
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays — 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

This course is an examination of the form and content of the Western art and architecture from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. Explores basic artistic principles and vocabulary, specific examples of works, and the historical and social context from which these works emerged. Provides the background to take more advanced art history courses and ability to critically assess works of art.

Art Since Mid-Century (ARTH 4023.01)

Instructor: Kirsten Olds
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays — 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Art and visual culture from mid-20th century to present, including Neo-Dada, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Feminism, Postmodernism, and Multiculturalism. Places art into broader cultural, historical, social, political context, examining impact of mass media, Cold War, rise of civil rights and women’s liberation movement, and increasing globalization of culture.

Italian Renaissance Art 1300-1480 (ARTH 3643.01)

Instructor: Maria Maurer
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays — 9:30 AM –10:45 AM

This course explores the development of art and architecture produced in Italy from CA. 1300 through 1480. The course examines works of art and material culture within their broader social and historical context in an effort to better understand the works and the people who made and viewed them. The course is broadly chronological, but also explores themes such as the influence of antiquity, artistic and civic competition, the role of patronage, the status of the artist, and the ways in which viewers engaged with the objects and spaces artists created. Students will develop their critical, analytical, rhetorical, and writing skills using both artworks and readings as a foundation.

Cultural Response to War (ARTH 4033.01)

Instructor: Kirsten Olds
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays — 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

This course is an examination of the form and content of the this interdisciplinary course examines the methods that individuals in the 20th century have adopted to document, decry, and honor war. It focuses on three moments of cultural response to trauma: modernist production in World War I, West Germany during World War II, and American reactions to the Vietnam War.

Byzantine Art Architecture (ARTH 4803.01)

Instructor: Maria Maurer
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays — 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

This course will explore the art and architecture of the Byzantine Empire, which lasted from the founding of Constantinople in 330 until the fall of the city to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. We will investigate several themes, including the use of art and architecture to craft both a new empire and the emerging Christian religion, the way that Byzantines used art to visualize connections between heaven and earth, and the relationship of the Byzantine Empire to the rising religion of Islam. Byzantines believed strongly in the power of images to act in the world, and this class will interrogate the reasons behind such beliefs and their larger effects on image making in Western art history.