Graduate Courses in Art History 2017-2018

Fall 2018

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

 

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

Advisor approval required.

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

 

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

Few cultures defined the role of the visual in society so explicitly as Byzantium, the eastern Roman empire centered in Constantinople from the fourth to the fifteenth century CE. Triggered by debates about the authority and sanctioned function of sacred images, the period of “iconoclasm” (image-breaking) unleashed waves of violence against icons themselves and their proponents. The icon emerged triumphant from these controversies and became one of the defining features of Byzantium.

​This seminar addresses the origins of icons, the crisis of representation associated with iconoclasm, and the Orthodox definition of sacred imagery that ensued. As part of this agenda, we consider the related cross-cultural dimensions by addressing aniconism in Islam, thus attending to the monotheistic suspicion of idolatry more broadly, and the legacy of the miraculous image in the Renaissance and beyond. These theoretical and historical considerations remain fundamentally grounded by Byzantine icons themselves and the sacred economies they animate.

Key thematic units include the following:

* Theory: Iconic Origins, Crises, and Aftermath
* Aniconism versus Iconoclasm in Islam: Between cult and culture
* Icon Incarnation: Mother and Son
* Iconic Bodies: Saints and their Lives (Vita Icons)
* Sacred Economies: Votive Complexes, Intercession, and Pilgrimage
* Secular, Miraculous, and Sensuous Icons
* Likeness and Presence: the sacred image before the era of “art”
* Modern Iconic: legacies of the self-generating image

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

 

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 (24010) Art Criticism 1 (3 credits) Prof. Thomas Lamarre, 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.