Courses in History of Art (Division 392)

Open to All Undergraduates; Not Open to Graduate Students.

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

The course presents a chronological history of the principal styles and monuments in Western art from the early fourteenth century to the late sixteenth century. The emphasis will be upon painting, but developments in architecture and sculpture will also be addressed. The aim of the course is to introduce and attempt to understand some of the principal achievements in the visual arts during this period, both with regard to their particular qualities and their relation to contemporary social and cultural outlooks. Weekly discussion sections complement the lectures and provide an opportunity to explore particular issues in greater depth. Students will be expected to write a short paper discussing a work of art in the University of Michigan Museum of Art. In addition, there will be a midterm and a final examination. Participation in discussion sections will also be taken into account in establishing a student's final grade. Cost:2 WL:4 (Smith)

Open to Upperclass Students and Graduate Students

471. Investigations of Recent Art. Hist. of Art 272 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

AMERICAN ART OF THE 1970's. This course will investigate the subject of American art in the 1970's. Through an examination of art and artists, critical texts and social histories, this class will explore art issues pervasive in this period. It will work through sociological and ideological positions inherent to the art world structure and theorize the effects of these positions on the art being produced. Studies will be directed toward an articulation of how this art resonates with the politics, sociologies, psychologies, and philosophies of those who produced it as well as the masses from which these creators were spawned. The Modernist crisis in painting and sculpture is also considered. Also considered will be other mediums such as performance, conceptual, and video art. All these forms will be viewed not so much as a collection of objects created by unique individuals, but rather, they will be thought about in terms of their implication in the construction of a Post-Modern art world paradigm. Suggested prerequisites include H.A. 272 or 101, or else a recent American history class. Class requirements include a series of written responses to assigned readings and one research paper. (Griffith)


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