Undergraduate Courses in Art History 2017-2018


Fall 2017

*BASC 201 (CRN 15793) Arts and Science Integrative Topics (3 credits) Prof. Gabriella Coleman, T, TH, 1435-1525, DUFF-THTR1 (in addition, 5 conferences are scheduled)

This course introduces students to a range of issues concerning hacking, openness, and anonymity in science and technology though the angle of controversies. The class takes a broad view of the meanings of hacking, openness, and anonymity and includes, among other topics: the rise of the ethic of openness in science, debates over access and intellectual property law, body modification and disability, the role of new technologies in expanding the scope of state surveillance as well as opening up new possibilities for exposing state secrecy.

This class uses the angle of controversy to introduce students to various academic and popular approaches to the social scientific and humanistic study of science and technology. The class draws on classic academic works in diverse fields, such as the history and philosophy of science, anthropology, and bio­ethics, while also integrating a broad base of engaging and accessible material (editorials, national policies on science, legal regulations, and scientific controversies to name just a number examples) that educate as well as evoke critique and transformation of the complex contemporary practices, methods, and politics of science and technology.

ARTH 205 (CRN 20536) Introduction to Modern Art (3 credits) Saelan Twerdy, T, Th, 0835-0955, Arts W-215

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ARTH 207 (CRN 20537) Early Modern Art 1400-1700 (3 credits) David Mitchell, M, T, Th, 1035-1125, ENGMC 13

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ARTH 215 (CRN 22469) / EAST 215 (22154) Introduction to East Asian Art (3 credits) Prof. Jeehee Hong, W, F, 1605-1725, Arts W-215

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ARTH 226 (21916) Introduction to Eighteenth Century Art and Architecture (3 credits) Prof. Matthew Hunter, T, Th, 1135-1255, Arts W-215

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ARTH 315 (CRN 19245) / CANS 315 (CRN 19271) Indigenous Art and Culture (3 credits) Reilley Bishop-Stall, F, 0835-1125, Arts W-215

Indigenous Art and Culture: Contemporary Indigenous Art in Canada
This course will examine the production of Indigenous contemporary artists in Canada from the 1990s to the present. A diverse range of contemporary art practices – including painting, drawing, photography, film, performance, installation and new media art – will be considered in relation to key aspects of the cultural, political and social life of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Much of the work examined reflects and responds to the continuing legacy of colonization and successive Canadian governments’ policies of assimilation and segregation. Artists, artworks and exhibitions examined will therefore be both historically and contemporarily contextualized. We will discuss the impact of the Indian Act, the Indian Residential School System, the establishment of Reserves and ongoing conflicts surrounding Indigenous sovereignty and status, as well as the representation of Indigenous identity in art, popular culture and news media. Additionally, we will engage with artistic responses to ongoing celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday, the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the early stages of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, land claims, protest movements and current events related to the theme of the course. The course is divided thematically, rather than chronologically, with weekly topics addressing significant aspects of Indigenous art and culture in Canada today. In addition to the artists discussed in class, students will be shown a number of documentary and narrative films by Indigenous producers and directors and asked to attend local exhibitions of Indigenous artists.  

Objectives, Expectations and Evaluation: This course offers students the opportunity to critically engage with key themes in contemporary Indigenous art and culture. Students are expected to complete required readings in advance of each class, attend all lectures and participate in class discussion. In addition, students will be required to see and engage closely with at least one exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art and are encouraged to attend other exhibitions and events related to the theme of the course. Assignments will include an exhibition review, a film response, a research paper and take-home exam.

Required Readings: Required readings for this course will be available on MyCourses either as PDFs or as links to online articles. Students may also be asked to visit specific websites and/or watch films available online that relate to topics covered in the course. For assignments, students are expected to do independent research and locate academic texts in addition to the assigned readings. The reading list is composed of texts predominantly, although not exclusively, written by Indigenous authors. Some sample texts include:

“Introduction.” Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: The Truth And Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015: 1-25. Cheyenne Turions, “Decolonization, Reconciliation, and the Extra-Rational Potential of the Arts.” Arts Everywhere. March 23, 2016.

Heather Igloliorte. “The Inuit of Our Imagination.” Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection. Ed. Gerald McMaster. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario; Vancouver: Douglas &McIntyre, 2010: 41-47.

Qwo-Li Driskill. “Doubleweaving Two-Spirit Critiques: Building Alliances Between Native and Queer Studies.” Sexuality, Nationality, Indigeneity: A Special Issue of GLQ. Eds. Daniel Heath Justice, et. al. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010: 69-92.

Sherry Farrell Racette. “‘This Fierce Love’: Gender, Women, and Art Making.” Art in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue. Eds. Cynthia Chavez Lamar and Sherry Farrell Racette with Laura Evans. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research, 2010: 27-51
 

ARTH 321 (23969) Visual Culture of the Dutch Republic (3 credits) Prof. Angela Vanhaelen, T, Th, 1435-1555, Arts W-215

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ARTH 323 (23970) Realism and Impressionism (3 credits) Shana Cooperstein, M, W, 1305-1425, Arts W-215

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ARTH 338 (CRN 21920) Modern Art and Theory: WWI-WWII: "Risk and Excess: Women Artists Between the Wars" (3 credits) Julia Skelly, T, Th, 1305-1425, Arts W-215

This course will consider the work of female artists who were, and continue to be, positioned as ‘other’ in relation to male modernists. The theoretical framework for the course will be Mary Russo’s concept of the ‘female grotesque,’ a figure who exceeds gendered norms and expectations. Russo notes that the act of exceeding norms has inherent risk, and we will consider the ways in which female artists have exceeded gendered boundaries, as well as the risks and rewards that have accompanied these ostensible excesses. We will also discuss feminist art-historical scholarship that has set out to recuperate women artists, in addition to deconstructing the (masculine) discipline of art history. Issues of race and sexuality will also be central to our discussions. Throughout the term we will consider how the theoretical frameworks of ‘risk’ and ‘excess’ are productive (and/or limiting) for the study of women artists. Readings will focus primarily on female artists working in France, Mexico, Canada, the United States and Germany.

Evaluation
Short response paper (3-5 double-spaced pages) -- 20%
Final essay (max 8 double-spaced pages, not including bibliography) -- 40%
Take-home exam (3 short essays, max 3 double-spaced pages each) -- 40%

ARTH 354 (CRN 18637)/COMS 354 (CRN 21918) Selected Topics in Art History 2 (3 credits) Prof. Will Straw, F, 1135-1125, Arts W-215

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ARTH 400 (CRN 6241) / 401 (CRN 6242) Selected Methods in Art History / Honours Research Paper (3 credits) Prof. Chriscinda Henry, T, 1135-1425, Arts W-220

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ARTH 420 (CRN 19923) Selected Topics in Art & Architecture 1: “Global Contemporary Art” (3 credits) Julia Skelly, W, 1135-1425, W-5

This course will critically engage with the following questions: what exactly is ‘global contemporary art’ and why is this field of study only relatively recently being attended to by art historians? Rather than a coursepack we will read three recent books on contemporary art and globalization to illuminate how a range of scholars and artists are approaching the field. For part of the course we will pay particular attention to women artists and globalization. For the final essay students will choose a topic that fits their own definition of ‘global contemporary art.’ One of the objectives of the course will be to engage with how scholarship on global contemporary art, or art in the ‘global world,’ is different from scholarship on plain old ‘contemporary art.’ What are the themes, issues or problems that keep cropping up? And how, as scholars, might we draw on art-historical scholarship to think about and ‘understand’ what is currently happening politically around the world?

Evaluation
Attendance and participation -- 10%
Short essay/presentation on a selected reading -- 20%
Seminar presentation -- 30%
Final essay -- 40%

ARTH 421 (CRN 23971) / EAST 493 (24013) Selected Topics in Art & Architecture 1: “topic TBA” (3 credits) Prof. Jeehee Hong, F, 1135-1425, Ferrier 230

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ARTH 447 (CRN 5097) Independent Research Course (3 credits) Instructor’s approval required.

Supervised independent research on an approved topic.

ARTH 474 (CRN 23973) Studies in Later 18th and 19th Century Art 03 (3 credits) Prof. Matthew Hunter, M, 1135-1425, Arts W-220

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ARTH 490 (CRN 1493) Museum Internship (3 credits) Advisor’s approval required

 

Winter 2018

ARTH 200 (CRN 17916) Introduction to Art History 1 (3 credits) Prof. TBA, T, Th, 0835-0955, Lea 232

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ARTH 202 (CRN 13873) Introduction to Contemporary Art (3 credits), Julia Skelly, T, Th, 1135-1255, SADB 2/36

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ARTH 207 (17197) Introduction Early Modern Art 1400-1700 (3 credits) Prof. Angela Vanhaelen, W, F, 1435-1555, Arts W-215

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ARTH 305 (CRN 3190) Methods in Art History (3 credits) Prof. Matthew Hunter, M, W, 1605-1725, Arts W-215

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ARTH 339 (CRN 16431) Critical Issues-Contemporary Art (3 credits) Prof. Christine Ross, T, Th, 1005-1125, Arts W-215

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ARTH 353 (CRN 16869) Selected Topics in Art History 1: "Topic TBA" (3 credits) Prof. TBA, T, Th, 1435-1555, Arts W-215

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ARTH 354 (13876) Selected Topics in Art History 2: “Addiction in Art and Film” (3 credits) Julia Skelly, T, Th, 1005-1125, SADB 2/3

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ARTH 357 (17203) / EAST 357 (17284) Early Chinese Art (3 credits) Prof. Jeehee Hong, T, Th, 1305-1425, Arts W-215

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ARTH 420 (CRN 13879) Selected Topics in Art & Architecture 1: “Topic TBA” (3 credits), Prof. Mary Hunter, M, 1135-1425, Arts W-5

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ARTH 421 (CRN 15136) Selected Topics in Art & Architecture 2: "Topic TBA” (3 credits) Prof. Christine Ross, M, 1435-1725, Arts W-220

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ARTH 422 (CRN 14296) Selected Topics in Art & Architecture 3: “TBA” (3 credits) Julia Skelly, W, 1435-1725, Arts W-5

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ARTH 447 (CRN 1673) Independent Research Course (3 credits) Instructor’s Approval Required

Supervised independent research on an approved topic.

ARTH 473 (17208) Studies in the 17th and Early 18th Century Art 04 (3 credits) Prof. Angela Vanhaelen, F, 0835-1125, Arts W-220

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ARTH 490 (CRN 1674) Museum Internship (3 credits) Advisor’s Approval Required