UC Berkeley History of Art Department


  • HA 192B | CCN: 19407Undergraduate Seminar: Roman Mummy Portraits

    Christopher Hallett Monday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

    There survive from the Roman province of Egypt a large number of mummy cases that were equipped with brilliantly vivid portrait faces painted in encaustic (colored wax — the oil painting of the ancient world). About 1000 survive, and of …

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  • HA 100 | CCN: 24748Theories and Methods

    Whitney Davis Tuesday | Thursday: 12:30 - 2:00pm

    This course introduces the principal methods and theories of the professional discipline of art history from the later eighteenth century to the present. Although it emphasizes conceptual and practical tools that arguably are unique to art …

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  • HA 192F | CCN: 25356Undergraduate Seminar: The Arts and Crafts Movement

    Imogen Hart Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

    “I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.” William Morris, 1877 Is art essential to human happiness? What is the role of art in everyday life? Can machines make art? Is there a difference …

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  • HA 192CU | CCN: 26290Undergraduate Seminar: Hands on at the Hearst

    Andrew Stewart Friday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

    This is a hands-on seminar designed to introduce qualified students to the "nuts and bolts" of Greek and Roman art, in the form of intensive study of selected objects in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on campus. We shall …

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  • HA 192A.1 | CCN: 30984Undergraduate Seminar: The Folk and/in the Modern: Critical Concepts + Curatorial Practicum in 20th-century South Asian Art

    Atreyee Gupta, Lawrence Rinder (Director and Chief Curator, BAMPFA) Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

    This seminar is conceived as an integral component of an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) that addresses the relation between the folk and the modern in India. As part of the course, students will be …

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  • HA 134C | CCN: 30986Buddhist Images in the Modern & Contemporary World

    Gregory Levine Tuesday | Thursday: 9:30 - 11:00am

    This course explores the Visual Cultures of Buddhist Modernism, namely the forms, things, materials, places, ideas, and powers associated with Buddhist visual images in diverse circumstances and communities of the global modern and contemporary …

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  • HA 21 | CCN: 31029Beauty and Truth in Islamic Art

    Anneka Lenssen Tuesday | Thursday: 5:00 - 6:30pm

    This course is an exercise in thinking about human perception and knowing in relation to the history of Islamic art and visual culture. It tracks the expression of theories of beauty and truth in great works of art and architecture, spanning from …

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  • HA 10 | CCN: 31030Introduction to Western Art

    Lisa Pieraccini Tuesday | Thursday: 3:30 - 5:00pm

    This course is an examination of Western Art from the Prehistoric to the Medieval Periods. It will introduce you to looking at and interpreting art in different ways, exploring the relationship of various visual art forms and the cultural context …

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  • HA 30 | CCN: 31034Introduction to the Art and Architecture of South and Southeast Asia: Tantric Yogis, Dancing Ganeshas, Starving Buddhas

    Sugata Ray Tuesday | Thursday: 12:30 - 2:00pm

    South and Southeast Asia brings to mind conflicting images of the glamour of Bollywood, abject poverty, the Vietnam War, tranquil beaches, yoga, and military dictatorships. How to reconcile such images with the region’s long history of …

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  • HA 185A | CCN: 31050Art, Architecture, and Design in the United States (1800 to the Present)

    Margaretta Lovell Tuesday | Thursday: 11:00 - 12:30pm

    Looking at major developments in painting and architecture from Romanticism to Post-modernism (with some attention to sculpture, city planning, design, and photography), this course addresses art and its social context over the last two and a …

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  • HA 186C | CCN: 31057Contemporary Art in the Americas

    Julia Bryan-Wilson Monday | Wednesday: 5:00 - 6:30pm

    This lecture course provides a hemispheric overview of contemporary art—starting around 1960—with an emphasis on the contested relationship between art, audiences, and museums. We take the broadest possible definition of …

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  • HA 190M | CCN: 31062African Aesthetics

    Ivy Mills Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 1:00 - 2:00pm

    How should we approach the grotesque, the exaggerated, the imperfect, the improvisational, the unfinished, and the obscured in African art? Should we read “ugliness” as a sign of the “bad” - either as an intentional …

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  • HA 192E | CCN: 31267Undergraduate Seminar: Venice in the Early Modern World

    Todd Olson Thursday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

    The artistic heritage of Venice is the combined result of unique local geographic conditions and extensive engagement with a larger multi-cultural world. The material cultures of the Mediterranean – from the Islamic marble intarsia of the …

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  • HA 192M | CCN: 31268Undergraduate Seminar: Urban Africa

    Ivy Mills Monday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

    Outside the continent, Africa is overwhelmingly imagined as a rural space, albeit one that can take different forms - a green savannah teeming with exotic animals; a dark jungle where danger lurks behind twisting vines; or an impoverished village …

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  • HA 108 | CCN: 32559Cities and the Arts: Rome and Constantinople

    Diliana Angelova Monday | Wednesday: 5:00 - 6:30pm

    This lecture class explores the ways in which urban dwellers in the ancient Mediterranean imagined, decorated, and designed their cities. The ancient cities of Rome and Constantinople will be the focus of these explorations, though the class will …

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  • HA C110/Spanish C110 | CCN: 32898Conversion and Negotiation

    Todd Olson, Ivonne del Valle Tuesday | Thursday: 9:30 - 11:00am

    The concept of conversion is regularly employed to refer to changing religions; one leaves a set of beliefs and practices to adopt new ones is the context in which it is most commonly used. This process can be personal or historical, involve a …

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  • HA 192T | CCN: 33031Undergraduate Seminar: Art: Take It, Break It, and Fake It

    Gregory Levine Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

    Why do people take, break, and art—art looting, iconoclasm and vandalism, and forgery? In other words, not the sorts of behaviors conventionally associated with the arts in simple senses of artistic creativity, beauty, and history. As …

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