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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in History of Art


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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HISTART 102. Western Art from the End of the Middle Ages to the Present.

Instructor(s): Ward Bissell (bissellw@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed HISTART 104 and 105, or 150. Two credits granted to those who have completed one of HISTART 104 or 105. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A chronological survey of major achievements in Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from the 14th C. to the mid-20th C., this course proposes both to reveal the uniqueness of great creative personalities (how, through the manipulation of their art forms, they gave expression to profound feelings) and to place these masters within their sociocultural contexts (with their shifting conceptions of human relationships to the physical and spiritual worlds). Along the way, a variety of art-historical methodologies will be pressed into action. What we will study gives visual form to human thought and aspirations of seven centuries, and in challenging, stirring, and teaching will reveal to us hitherto hidden truths. Except for commitment a willingness to become intellectually and emotionally involved there is no prerequisite. Course materials include a textbook, a set of study prints, an on-line Image Study Gallery, and a syllabus. Students will be evaluated by way of midterm and final examinations, informed participation in discussion sections, and a short museum paper.

Required text: Frederick Hartt, Art: A History of Painting Sculpture Architecture, Vol. II, Prentice-Hall/Abrams Paperback, latest edition.

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HISTART 103. Arts of Asia.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qiang Ning (qning@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will take a topical approach to the arts of Asia rather than attempt a broad survey. One segment will trace the transmission of Buddhist arts (particularly architecture, painting, and sculpture) across northern Asia from the tradition's origins in India across China and into Japan. The Ming/Qing capital of Beijing and the Tokugawa capital of Edo (modern Tokyo) will be analyzed as symbols of political power. The course will also examine the social values inscribed in secular painting and graphic arts such as Chinese landscape painting, Indian miniatures, and Japanese wood block prints. Course work will include two short essays, a midterm, and a final examination. No prerequisites. First- and second-year students especially welcome.

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HISTART 108 / CAAS 108. Introduction to African Art.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jessica Levin

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course introduces students to the art and architecture of sub-Saharan Africa by focusing on major styles and movements from the 11th century to the present. Students will critically evaluate the notion of a canon as well as the categories of traditional, contemporary, and popular art. A range of works will be considered, including sculpture, masquerade, royal regalia, body arts, photography, installation, and movie posters. Lectures will locate African visual culture within its social, religious, and political contexts. Weekly discussion sections will explore in depth such thematic concerns as patronage, authorship, portraiture, gender, authenticity, performance, and museum display. Course work includes section participation, two short papers, midterm and a final examination. No prior knowledge of African art is necessary.

Required text: Monica Blackmun Visona, ed. A History of Art in Africa ; Suzanne Preston Blier, The Royal Arts of Africa: The Majesty of Form ; course pack.

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HISTART 194. First Year Seminar.

Section 001 Art and the Black Death.

Instructor(s): Megan Holmes (holmesml@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Late in the year 1347 an epidemic that was later to become known as the "Black Death" first appeared in Italy. Over the next year and a half, it swept through Europe, moving from east to west, killing around a third of the population. Following this first incidence of the plague, there were recurring bouts in most Italian cities every twenty years or so, each lasting up to two years, and peaking during the summer months. Art historians, like their counterparts in other disciplines, have long been interested in the effects of these devastating visitations. While most accept that the plague had an impact upon the visual arts, there is disagreement over just what form this impact took. There are, in fact, very few works of art that treat the plague in a very direct manner. There was no genre within the visual arts during the Early Modern period for the direct reportage of current events and there were also limited possibilities for the articulation of personal experience. Visual imagery did, however, play a role in the social practices and public rituals organized in response to the plague. Painted banners were carried in religious processions; altarpieces, chapel decorations, and funerary monuments were commissioned by the heirs of plague victims; prints were issued that displayed plague-saints with accompanying prayers. Some have argued that there were also changes in the manner in which traditional subjects like the Last Judgment, scenes of death and the human body were represented in the aftermath of the plague.

In this course we will attempt to answer a question that is relevant to the study of culture in any period: How do human experiences particularly those associated with extraordinary and epochal events manifest themselves within cultural forms? Each week we will consider a different aspect of the plague. The Monday class will be a lecture and the Wednesday class a student-led discussion about the assigned readings and specific works of art. There will be a midterm exam, a final exam, and a paper/project.

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HISTART 194. First Year Seminar.

Section 002 Collecting African Art: From Pillage to Preservation.

Instructor(s): Jessica Levin

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This first-year seminar considers African artworks stolen, seized in time of war, traded through illicit networks, or otherwise illegally gained. Students will debate the merits of returning these objects to previous owners, community-based institutions, and national museums. The question of repatriation will be addressed using case studies from Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso, among other countries. For each case study, the class will investigate the artworks' local meanings, circulation in international trade networks, and role in national agendas. Topics include: the question of universal vs. individual ownership of great masterpieces; the ethical responsibilities of museums; the preservation of archeological sites; forgeries and fakes; and the role of art in maintaining cultural heritage. Course work includes assigned readings, museum visits, short writing assignments, and a final paper.

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HISTART 212 / ARCH 212. Understanding Architecture.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert L Fishman (fishmanr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Not open to students enrolled in Architecture. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 222 / CLARCH 222. Introduction to Roman Archaeology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael L Thomas

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Classical Archaeology 222.001.

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HISTART 251 / MEMS 251. Italian Renaissance Art, II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Megan Holmes (holmesml@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 272. 20th-Century Art: Modernism, The Avant Garde, The Aftermath.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maria E Gough (mgough@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 341. The Gothic Age.

Section 001 The Art of Medieval Paris.

Instructor(s): Elizabeth L Sears (esears@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 384(431) / CLARCH 384. Principal Greek Archaeological Sites.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lisa Nevett

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and a course in archaeology. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Classical Archaeology 384.001.

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HISTART 393. Junior Proseminar.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Howard G Lay (hglay@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concentration in history of art and upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 394. Special Topics.

Section 002 Feminist Perspectives on Lesbian Studies. Meets with WS 347.001.

Instructor(s): Patricia Simons (patsimon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

We will examine the varieties of representations of women who desired other women in Western Europe from the 15th-17th centuries. Focusing on England and Italy, with forays into France, Germany, Spain and Holland, we will read early modern texts (poems, drama, opera, mythology, prints, paintings, domestic artifacts, pornography, and medical writing), as well as contemporary theorizing about lesbianism. Charting continuities and discontinuities between early modern conceptions and twentieth century ones, we will investigate the extent to which a coherent history of lesbianism exists.

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HISTART 394. Special Topics.

Section 003 The Art and Poetry of Michelangelo. Meets with RC Humanities 333.003.

Instructor(s): Thomas Willette (willette@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The life and art of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) offers an exciting context for intensive study of verbal and visual creativity in early modern Europe. For his contemporaries, and for many later generations, Michelangelo exemplified the ideal modern artist postulated in the art literature of humanistic philosophy and cultural theory. The seminar will examine Renaissance theories of style and invention as a means of grasping the substratum of rhetorical "figures" or "tropes" that inform both his rough-hewn sonnets and his highly polished marbles. Hence we will attend closely to certain drawings that show the artist thinking on paper, as it were, in both line sketches and fragments of verse. Other central topics include Michelangelo's verbal and visual self-fashioning as a grouchy genius, his Neoplatonic theories of artistic inspiration, his preoccupation with the body as the source of visual and verbal metaphors, and the religious anxiety that accompanied his intense devotion to craft and physical beauty. We will analyze both the language and the genres of his poetry notably the sonnet, the madrigal, and the epitaph as well as the critical vocabulary employed by contemporary critics of his art, such as Giorgio Vasari, Pietro Aretino, and Ludovico Dolce. Close inspection will be made of Michelangelo's drawing and painting techniques, as well as his use of color and his treatment of stone surfaces, in order to observe the figurative effects of his working of materials. In the course of the academic term we will study a considerable portion of his efforts in sculpture, painting and architecture, while examining his prodigious reputation and influence, particularly in the court settings of Medici Florence and Papal Rome. Students are expected to participate in discussion at every meeting. Several short papers on reading assignments will be required, and there will be a midterm slide exam with essay questions. A substantial research paper will be due by the end of the term. There will be a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts to see an exhibition of works by Michelangelo and his contemporaries.

Required text:

  • A modest coursepack;
  • The Poetry of Michelangelo, ed. James Saslow (Yale Univ. Press);
  • The Life of Michelangelo, by Ascanio Condivi (Pennsylvania State Univ. Press);
  • Michelangelo, by Anthony Hughes (Phaidon Press);
  • Lives of the Artists, vol. I, by Giorgio Vasari (Penguin Books);
  • A Short Guide to Writing about Art, by Sylvan Barnet, 7th edition (Longman).

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HISTART 394. Special Topics.

Section 004 Enlightenment and Revolution.

Instructor(s): Susan Siegfried

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 396. Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 393. Open to students admitted to Honors in History of Art. Permission of instructor required. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 399. Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 403 / ENVIRON 403 / NRE 403. History of Human Interaction with the Land.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elizabeth A Brabec (ebrabec@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Environment 403.001.

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HISTART 415 / WOMENSTD 415. Studies in Gender and the Arts.

Section 001 Gender & Visual Arts.

Instructor(s): Patricia Simons (patsimon@umich.edu) , Celeste Brusati (cbrusati@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and one course in women's studies or history of art. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 434 / CLARCH 434. Archaic Greek Art.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lisa Nevett

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Classical Archaeology 434.001.

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HISTART 434 / CLARCH 434. Archaic Greek Art.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lisa Nevett

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Classical Archaeology 434.001.

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HISTART 473. Twentieth-Century Architecture.

Section 001 Meets with Architecture 543.001.

Instructor(s): Anatole Senkevitch (senkanat@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 102. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 481 / CLARCH 481. Art of Ancient Iran.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Margaret C Root (mcroot@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 101. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 489. Special Topics in Art and Culture.

Section 001 Gender and Viewing. [3 credits]. Meets with WS 483.002.

Instructor(s): Susan Siegfried (seigfrie@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

We take it for granted today that viewing is gendered. The theories for analysing this gendering in the visual arts were pioneered by feminist film theory and literary criticism, as well as psychoanalysis. The course will study those models and their elaboration in feminist critiques of the visual arts. It will also attend to the historical question they raise, of how present-day theories of gender can be enlisted in the study of earlier art. Drawing on material from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we will examine the dynamics of gender in relation to the thematics of viewing and the social spaces of exhibition. The topics considered include the importance of female subjectivity in the production and consumption of paintings, the capacity of a work of art to gender the spectator's position, and the gendering of fantasies provoked by works of art.

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HISTART 489. Special Topics in Art and Culture.

Section 002 Issues in Modern Sculpture and Theory.

Instructor(s): Alexander Potts

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 489. Special Topics in Art and Culture.

Section 003 Labcoats in the Studio: Flying Cars, Flying buildings, and Mid-Century American Architecture. Meets with Architecture 409.103.

Instructor(s): Kent Kleinman

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 489. Special Topics in Art and Culture.

Section 004 Becoming Modern Architecture: An American (Case) Study. Meets with Architecture 409.102.

Instructor(s): Kent Kleinman

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 514. Spanish Art: El Greco to Goya.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): R Ward Bissell (bissellw@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 102. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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HISTART 565. Early Modern Architecture in Italy, Austria, and Germany.

Section 001 Baroque Architecture. Prerequisite: Arch 323 or permission of instructor. Meets with Architecture 528.

Instructor(s): Lydia M Soo (lmsoo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

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HISTART 584. Painting in Islamic Countries.

Section 001 Mughla India and the Coalescence of Visual Cultures.

Instructor(s): Sussan Babaie (sbabaie@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 285. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

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