Courses

Fall 2019

Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Picturing Absence: Aesthetics of Gentrification Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 21954

Eric Peterson

Monday | Wednesday: 8:00 - 9:30am

Ever since the rise of industrialization led to rapid urbanization, residents of Western cities have debated the co-existence of extreme wealth and poverty in their neighborhoods. Since the word “gentrification” was coined in the 1960s, many US cities have witnessed...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice, and Politics Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 21955

Patricia Yu

Monday | Wednesday: 9:30 - 11:00am

This is the second course in the Reading and Composition series. We will focus on how to read critically, compose arguments, conduct research, and write a 10-12 page research paper using visual evidence and citing appropriate sources. In addition to...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art and Power: Changemaking American Art Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 21985

Mathilde Andrews

Monday | Wednesday: 11:00 - 12:30pm

This course will examine how art in the 19th and early 20thcenturies effected change in the United States. Spurring the creation of the national parks system, contributing to labor reform, and critiquing wars and wealth disparity–among many other things–art in...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: How to Read Comics Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 21986

Nicole D. Santiago

Monday | Wednesday: 12:30 - 2:00pm

The reading of comics and graphic novels, which unite the divergent media of images and text, requires a unique mode of visual literacy. In this course, we will look at the history of comics and graphic novels, and take a...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Nothing’s Shocking: Contemporary Art and Controversy Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 21987

Jez Flores

Monday | Wednesday: 2:00 - 3:30pm

This course examines art at the center of public controversy in the United States since the 1970s. We will be exploring art in a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, prints, and video. The content of this course is...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Location and the Spatial Aesthetics of Encounter Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 21988

William Stafford

Monday | Wednesday: 3:30 - 5:00pm

In this class, we will explore the visualisation of form as a way to represent, mediate, engage, cultivate, and reproduce frameworks of encounter through their spatial localisation of the viewer. We will pursue this dynamic through a focus on how...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Twentieth-Century South American Modernism: Argentina, Venezuela, and Brazil Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 21989

Megan Alvarado Saggese

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

This course aims to develop students’ critical thinking, looking, reading, writing, and research skills through close analysis of visual art and aesthetic theory, with a particular emphasis on twentieth-century geometric abstraction in Argentina, Venezuela, and Brazil. We will explore the...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Language Arts Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 24412

Kamala Russell

Tuesday | Thursday: 8:00 - 9:30am

This class centers on the analysis of artworks that use language, text, and communication as either medium, subject, or the butt of the joke. How have artists used speech, writing, grammar, and theories of meaning as resources, interpretive frameworks, or...

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Introduction to Western Art Course Number: HA 10 | CCN: 31030

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

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...

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

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 complex political cultures, multivalent...

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Theories and Methods Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 24748

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 history (such as stylistic...

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

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 also engage...

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Conversion and Negotiation Course Number: HA C110/Spanish C110 | CCN: 32898

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...

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

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 world. Images of Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and...

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

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 half centuries in what...

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

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 “American art” as we look at art spanning North, Central...

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African Aesthetics Course Number: HA 190M | CCN: 31062

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 signaling of moral deviance, or...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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 Ottoman Empire to the...

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

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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Urban Africa Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 31268

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 inhabited...

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

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 violent, possessive, and deceitful...

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Graduate Proseminar Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 21990

Julia Bryan-Wilson

Wednesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

Reading widely across art history and taking nothing for granted in terms of pre-existing assumptions, this seminar will ask: What is an object? What is a method? What is art? What is history? How have these categories been by turns...

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Graduate Seminar: The Matter of Material: Towards Planetary Art Histories Course Number: HA 236 | CCN: 31445

Sugata Ray

Monday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

The globe is on our computers. No one lives there. It allows us to think we can aim to control it. The planet is in the species of alterity, belonging to another system; and yet we inhabit it, on loan. &ndash...

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Graduate Seminar: Botticelli – The Making of a Renaissance Artist Course Number: HA 260 | CCN: 31446

Henrike C. Lange

Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This graduate seminar opens a wide historiographic panorama on Botticelli’s life and works from his time to the present day. Following the participants’ interests, we will focus with increasing intensity on the nineteenth-century making of Botticelli (Pater, Ruskin, the Pre-Raphaelites)...

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Graduate Seminar: The Folk and/in the Modern: Critical Concepts + Curatorial Practicum in 20th-century South Asian Art Course Number: HA 285 | CCN: 33237

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...

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Seminar in History of Art Teaching Course Number: HA 375 | CCN: 21973

Anneka Lenssen

Tuesday | 2:00 - 4:00pm

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...

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