Courses in History of Art (Division 392)

Open to All Undergraduates; Not Open to Graduate Students.

105. Western Art from the End of the Middle Ages to the Present II. Hist. of Art 104 or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed Hist. of Art 102 or 150. (2). (HU).

During Spring and Summer Half Terms, History of Art 102 will be offered in two sections: History of Art 104 in the Spring Half Term and History of Art 105 in the Summer Half Term. It is expected that students electing HA 105 will have completed HA 104 or its equivalent. History of Art 105 is a chronological history of major achievements in Western painting, sculpture, and architecture in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The course will attempt both to define the uniqueness of great creative personalities and to place these artists within wider art-historical/cultural contexts. The weekly discussion section will reinforce the lectures and explore special topics while encouraging intellectual and emotional involvement with the works of art. Throughout, the student will be introduced to the basic methodologies of the discipline. There will be a required textbook. Various other study materials (suggested additional readings, study photographs) will be made available, and grading will be based on examinations, participation in discussion sections, and on a short, non-research paper. Prerequisites: HA 104 or permission of instructor.

113/Art 113. Introduction to the Visual Arts. (3). (Excl).

This course is for non art majors only. Visual arts are a part of the human experience in all cultures and all time periods. The ability to appreciate, to understand, and to assess the quality of visual art can enrich a person's life and broaden one's thinking. This course will introduce students having no formal art or art historical background to the major forms of visual expression through human history from the Stone Age to the present. We will examine works of art in various media (painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, architecture, film/video, computer graphics, decorative arts, and design) and will explore not only the materials and techniques used to produce works of visual art but will also consider "how art works" and how works of art relate to the cultural and historic periods in which they are produced. Students will learn how artists use formal elements (line, texture, color, composition, etc.) to communicate information and to express emotion. While emphasis will be on learning how to look at and evaluate works of art, students will also be introduced to major cultural and historical epochs in the history of art as well as to artists whose works represent the "high points" of these epochs. Assigned readings and visits to museums and galleries will help students to expand their own abilities to see, to appreciate, and to assess visual arts. Requirements include a midterm and a final examination and two short analytic papers in which students will be asked to examine and evaluate selected works of art on The University of Michigan campus.

Open to Upperclass Students and Graduate Students

580. Twentieth-Century Masters. Hist. of Art 102, 272, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The course this term (Summer Half-Term, 1989) will feature the works of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. The careers of both artists will be systematically reviewed in some detail but special attention will be given to, respectively, Picasso's role in the development of Cubism and so-called formalist modernism and Duchamp's role in the development of Dada modes of anti-formalist, "anti-art" approaches. Those wishing to take the course should have had H.A. 102 or 272 or their equivalent. There will be a midterm and a final examination plus a 12-15 page research paper or project. Assigned texts: Barr, PICASSO: 50 YEARS OF HIS ART; Bailly, DUCHAMP. Suggested texts: Barr, CUBISM AND ABSTRACT ART; Rubin, DADA, SURREALISM, AND THEIR HERITAGE. [Cost:3] (Miesel)


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