Graduate Courses in Art History 2018-2019

Fall 2018

ARTH 600 (CRN 3400) Advanced Professional Seminar (3 credits) Prof. Cecily Hilsdale, W, 1135-1425, Arts W-220

This seminar focuses on the craft of art history—what art historians do. Approaching art history as a set of interrelated practices, it is designed to build and refine the primary critical skills of the discipline. In the early part of the term we will devote particular attention to the art of compelling and argument-driven visual analysis as well as grant writing (drafting, revising, and assessing grant applications). Later in the term, teaching and curating take center stage (designing syllabi for a lecture course as well as curating and critiquing an exhibition). The final section of the term addresses conference papers, from crafting an abstract, explaining your thesis with clarity and confidence, to effective presentation. In addition to weekly workshops and exercises, a number of activities involve lectures and collections off campus.
A Gathering of poets, 16th century Shiraz (McGill Rare Books/Special Collections, MSP 27)

ARTH 618 (CRN 25740) / EAST 504 (25815), Art History - 1400-1900 1 (3 credits) Prof. Jeehee Hong, T, 11:35-14:25, Arts W-220


ARTH 630 (CRN 5256) Directed Reading 1 (3 credits) Advisor approval required


ARTH 645 (CRN 25741) Medieval Art and Archaeology (3 credits) Prof. TBA, T, 14:35-17:25, FERR 230


ARTH 675 (CRN 23976) Topics: 19th Century Art and Architecture 1 - "Transatlantic Slavery: Identity, Bondage, and Resistance" (3 credits) Prof. Charmaine Nelson, M, 14:35-17:25, Arts W-220

Transatlantic Slavery: Identity, Bondage, and Resistance
Although art historians have been slower to come to the post-colonial/anti-racist “table,” the Visual Culture of Slavery has developed into a vibrant critical field which bridges an overarching critique of imperialism and colonialism with a persistent attention to the nature of the art and visual culture that was born within the context of slavery. This class will examine the scholarship from some of the field’s most prolific writers through an organization, which will focus on certain significant themes and issues. The course will examine the nature of slavery, race, and racism within a European imperial context through the analysis of various types, styles, and genres of art. The regional focus will encompass Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean.

ARTH 698 (CRN 19380) Thesis Research 1 (12 credits)

For the completion of thesis research.

ARTH 699 (CRN 20087) Thesis Research 2 (12 credits) Advisor approval required

Supervised independent research work on an approved topic relating to thesis preparation.

ARTH 701 (CRN 3402) Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam (0 credits)

Compulsory examination for all doctoral candidates.

ARTH 723 (24619) / COMS 639 (24620) / EAST 685 (25814) Art Criticism 1 (3 credits) Prof. Thomas Lamarre, F, 1135-1425, Arts W-5


ARTH 730 (19316) / COMS 647 (21984) Current Problems in AH 1: “The Current Politics of Emerging Media” (3 credits) Prof. Carrie Rentschler, Th, 1135-1425, Arts W-5


ARTH 731 (CRN 21403) / COMS 675 (18662) Media and Urban Life (3 credits) Prof. Will Straw, F, 1135-1425, Arts W-5



Winter 2019

ARTH 630 (CRN 7429) Directed Reading 1 (3 credits) Advisor approval required

Advisor approval required.

ARTH 653 (CRN 18315) Early Modern Visual Culture 1 (3 credits) Prof. Angela Vanhaelen, Th, 11:35-14:25, Arts W-220


ARTH 661 (CRN 18316) Contemporary Art and Criticism 2 (3 credits) Prof. Christine Ross, T, 1435-1725, Arts W-5


ARTH 699 (CRN 14533) Thesis Research 2 (12 credits)

Supervised independent research work on an approved topic relating to thesis preparation.

ARTH 701 (CRN 2935) Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam (0 credits) Instructor’s approval required

Compulsory examination for all doctoral candidates.

ARTH 714 (CRN 14814) Directed Reading 2 (3 credits) Advisor approval required

Directed reading.

ARTH 725 (CRN 17214) Methods in Art History 1: "Ancient and Living Archives: Indigenous Materialities, Visual Sovereignties, and Cultural Belongings" (3 credits) Professor Gloria Bell, Th, 1435-1725

Drawing inspiration from Seneca historian Arthur Parker who described First Nations wampum as an “ancient archive” for Indigenous peoples in 1916, this seminar investigates wampum, beadwork, and other arts practices as archives both ancient and living. Throughout this course we will engage with scholarship on materiality, visual sovereignty, art institutions, and the embodied practice of historical and contemporary Indigenous artists. Our readings include a mixture of art history, materiality studies, and archival theories. We will make site visits to the to think about the competing sovereignties of Indigenous cultural belongings and artworks within colonial art institutions and to encourage sustained respectful engagement with material things for Indigenous and Settler communities.