UC Berkeley History of Art Department


Fall 2018

  • HA 192T | CCN: 24450Undergraduate Seminar: Evolutionary Aesthetics and the History of Art

    Whitney Davis Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

    A recent resurgence of interest in evolutionary-developmental aesthetics (in such disciplines as cognitive anthropology, philosophy of art, and prehistoric archaeology) has reopened many questions about the “origins of art” and …

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  • HA 100 | CCN: 24927Theories and Methods

    Lauren Kroiz Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 2:00 - 3:00pm

    This course introduces theories and methods of art history that have played a major role in the formation of the discipline from the later eighteenth century to the present day. Readings include key texts by major art-writers, art theorists, and …

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  • HA 192F | CCN: 25942Undergraduate Seminar: Victorian Art and Beauty

    Imogen Hart Friday | 11:00 - 2:00pm

    This course explores the different concepts of beauty in three Victorian art movements—the Pre-Raphaelite movement, the Aesthetic movement, and the Arts and Crafts movement. Pre-Raphaelite beauty was associated with truth to nature; …

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  • HA 134B | CCN: 31004Buddhist Icons in Japan

    Gregory Levine Tuesday | Thursday: 2:00 - 3:30pm

    This course introduces the study of Buddhist icons in Japan within broader visual cultures in Asia. We will consider exemplary and unusual images of the Buddha and other deities; miraculous and secret icons; relics and icono-texts; and art …

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  • HA 171 | CCN: 31006Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Latin America

    Todd Olson Tuesday | Thursday: 9:30 - 11:00am

    The epithet “Golden Age” is commonly used to describe the art and literature of seventeenth-century Spain. Ironically, the complex paintings of Diego Velázquez, harbingers of Manet’s modernity, were produced during the …

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  • HA 190T.1 | CCN: 31009Contemporary African Art in Transnational Perspective

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

    In February of this year, British-Nigerian artist Lina Iris Viktor announced she was suing hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, whose music video for “All the Stars” – one of the hit songs on the Black Panther soundtrack – …

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  • HA 192B | CCN: 31010Undergraduate Seminar: Roman Mummy Portraits

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

    In the Roman period Egyptian mummies were sometimes equipped with extremely lifelike painted portraits rather than the traditional gilded masks. About 1000 such painted portraits survive, and of these about 100 are still attached to the mummy …

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  • HA 192D | CCN: 31011Undergraduate Seminar: Renaissance Walls & Wall Paintings

    Henrike C. Lange Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

    The study of wall painting unites some of the most defining elements of Renaissance artistic practices: Questions of patronage, spirituality, materiality and illusionism, architecture, time, and narrative arise from the many options of covering …

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  • HA 37 | CCN: 32149Contemporary Art + Architecture from Asia, ca. 1945-present

    Atreyee Gupta Tuesday | Thursday: 3:30 - 5:00pm

    This course will offer an overview of contemporary art and architecture from South, Southeast, and East Asia. Beginning around 1945 and paying special attention to new avant-garde and experimental practices, the lectures will trace the emergence …

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  • HA 105 | CCN: 32151Eco Art: Art, Architecture, and the Natural Environment

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

    Nuclear disasters. Acid rain. The mass extinction of animal and plant species. The environmental crisis that the planet faces today has fundamentally transformed the way we perceive human interaction with the natural environment. What can art, …

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  • HA 24 | CCN: 32183Freshman Seminar: Feminism and Other Life Skills

    Lauren Kroiz Friday | 1:00 - 2:00pm

    What does it mean to be a feminist now? What is feminism’s lineage? What does feminism look like? How can feminism teach us now? This course is designed to give students an introduction to key texts in feminist theory with an emphasis on …

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  • HA 80 | CCN: 32577Introduction to Modern Art

    Imogen Hart Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 10:00 - 11:00am

    This course introduces students to modern western art from the 1860s to the 1960s. It aims to demystify the “isms” of modern art—including Cubism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Futurism, Impressionism, Minimalism, Modernism, …

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  • HA 192A | CCN: 32599Undergraduate Seminar: Europe in Asia: The Visual Culture of Colonialism, 1500-1850

    Sugata Ray Friday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

    Spices. Porcelain. Silk. Diamonds. Asia was seen as the exotic other and a land of astonishing wealth in European accounts of travel, trade, and empire from the Roman times onwards. But it was only in the 16th century that European presence in …

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  • HA 190G | CCN: 32602The Transatlantic Gilded Age and Its Discontents

    Margaretta Lovell Tuesday | Thursday: 12:30 - 2:00pm

    This course considers the linked arts of the United States, England, and France in the period between 1865 and 1918 looking at specific case study artists, structures, social movements, and literary works. We will focus on the arts and …

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  • HA 190T.2/Rhetoric 136 | CCN: 32948Theory of the Copy

    Winnie Wong Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 11:00 - 12:00PM

    The course surveys critical controversies surrounding fakes, forgeries, multiples, counterfeits, imitations, and appropriations from the Late Renaissance to the present day, in European, American, Australian and Chinese art. Each of the images …

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  • HA 192DH | CCN: 34279AR/VR Development for Art History (and Beyond)

    Justin Underhill Tuesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

    “The true method of knowledge is experiment.” -William Blake In this course, we will collaborate to build several AR and VR apps of art historical significance. A series of case studies will explore how museums and cultural …

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  • HA 375 | CCN: 21629Seminar in History of Art Teaching

    Gregory Levine Thursday | 3:30-5:30pm

    This class is a pedagogy course and a pre-professional workshop. It will encourage you to think both broadly and pragmatically about the function of pedagogy in art history in particular: what we learn, how we teach, and who we are as teachers in …

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  • HA 200 | CCN: 21659Proseminar in History of Art

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

    This seminar is intended to introduce graduate students to a range of critical perspectives, theoretical issues, and methodologies that constitute the practice of art history. The seminar is not intended to be a comprehensive survey of the …

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  • HA 290 | CCN: 24936Mellon Exhibition Graduate Seminar: Diaspora | Migration | Exile

    Lauren Kroiz, and Leigh Raiford Wednesday | 10:00 - 1:00pm

    Co-taught by professors in History of Art and African Diaspora Studies, this year-long graduate seminar will curate an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) focused on issues of migration, diaspora, and exile in …

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  • HA 289 | CCN: 32604Graduate Seminar: The Transatlantic Gilded Age and Its Discontents

    Margaretta Lovell Monday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

    This graduate seminar will move in tandem with the Undergraduate Gilded Age lecture course. As the lectures in that class will form the background of the seminar sessions, participants will be expected to audit the lectures. Readings for graduate …

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  • HA 285 | CCN: 32819Graduate Seminar: Art and Decolonization

    Atreyee Gupta Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

     Demands for decolonizing the curriculum has gathered force and momentum across Europe and North America. But what does decolonizing systems of knowledge mean for our practice as art historians? By way of approaching the question, this …

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