Courses

Fall 2021

Introduction to Western Art – Ancient to Medieval Course Number: HA 10 | CCN: 24806

Lisa Pieraccini

Mon, Wed, Fri: 1:00-2:00pm

This course is an examination of ancient art from the Prehistoric through the Medieval periods with a focus on and questioning of the western perspective.  You will be introduced to major works of art and architecture from various time periods...

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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: 31074

Sugata Ray

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

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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Contemporary Art + Architecture from Asia, ca. 1945-present Course Number: HA 37 | CCN: 31075

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 of abstraction, hyperrealism, pop...

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Theories and Methods of Art History Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 23921

Imogen Hart

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

This course introduces students to a range of theories and methods used by art historians in the past and present. It aims to prepare students to recognize, understand, and critique some of the concepts and approaches they will encounter in...

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Conversion and Negotiation Course Number: HA / Spanish C110 | CCN: 31073

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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The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 1000-330 BCE Course Number: HA / MELC C120B | CCN: 32730

Benjamin Porter

Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:30pm

The royal art and architecture of later Mesopotamia will be explored in terms of the social, political, and cultural context of the great empires of Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. The course provides an integrated picture of the arts of Mesopotamia...

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Sacred Arts in China Course Number: HA 131A | CCN: 31077

Jun Hu

Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00-6:30pm

Why did a ruler of a small state take a lavish set of bronze bells instead of weapons with him to the netherworld in a time of war? Why, over a millennium, did artists continue to excavate and furnish grottoes...

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Art and Revolution, Empire, and Race: France and Haiti from the 18th to the mid-19th century Course Number: HA 180A | CCN: 31076

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00-6:30pm

This course will focus on the art precipitated by the intertwining French and Haitian Revolutions. How, we ask, did art contend with this violent period of political and cultural upheaval, repeated revolutions, regime changes, the abolition and reinstatement of slavery...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Picturing Architecture in Early Modern China and Beyond Course Number: HA 192A.3 | CCN: 31225

Jun Hu

Tuesday: 9:00-12:00pm

Architecture is more than just brick-and-mortar buildings. Or timber-and-stone frames, as the case may be with Chinese architecture. Representations of architecture occupy that interesting space between the process of its material construction and whatever function its end result is designed...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Problems of Representation in Ancient and Medieval China Course Number: HA 192A.4 | CCN: 31226

Kwi Jeong Lee

Wednesday: 2:00-5:00pm

The concept of representation assumes a distance between reality and its doubles. Images, symbols, diagrams, events, and acts serve to represent reality deemed inaccessible without such mediating devices. While the validity of the representation is often measured by the degree...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Ancient Portraiture and Biography Course Number: HA 192B.1 / AGRS 130N | CCN: 31227

Christopher Hallett

Monday: 9:00-12:00pm

Important individuals in Greek and Roman society were commemorated both in honorific portraits—bronze and marble statues set up in public places—and in biographies written to record for posterity their lives and achievements.  In this class we will be reading a...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Etruscan Pasts, Present and Futures: An Art of Many Faces Course Number: HA 192B.2 | CCN: 31228

Lisa Pieraccini

Wednesday: 9:00-12:00pm

This seminar will explore the material culture and art of the Etruscans through the lens of indigeneity and colonialism (both ancient and modern). We will approach this subject from a variety of perspectives, including, but not limited to an introduction...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Social Justice and Museum Studies Course Number: HA 192CU | CCN: 31215

Lauren Kroiz

Thursday: 9:00-12:00pm

How can museums become sites for social justice work? In 1793, the National Assembly in France opened the Louvre as an art museum, articulating a Western connection between museums and the spaces of democracy that continues to the present. Some...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Aby Warburg’s Early Modernity: Time, Medium, Material Course Number: HA 192D | CCN: 32705

Henrike C. Lange

Friday: 2:00-5:00pm

Several decades into the recuperation of Aby Warburg’s work, his unfinished “Mnemosyne Atlas” (63 collaged boards combining reproductions of historical sites, objects, and artworks with contemporary ads, maps, stamps, postcards of 1927-1929) is newly accessible. Digital access to the Bilderatlas...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Writing About Berkeley’s Built Environment: Two Residential Neighborhoods Course Number: HA 192G | CCN: 31217

Margaretta Lovell

Tuesday: 2:00-5:00pm

Students in this writing-intensive upper-division seminar will investigate Berkeley’s residential history with case studies of two distinct neighborhoods, one in the hills and one in the flats. The hills section includes Native American sites, the Southern Pacific Railroad tunnel, and...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Handicraft and Contemporary Art Course Number: HA 192H | CCN: 32706

Julia Bryan-Wilson

Monday: 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar examines the resurgence of craft within contemporary art and theory. In a time when much art is outsourced — or fabricated by large stables of assistants– what does it mean when artists return to traditional, and traditionally laborious...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Transformations: Modern and Contemporary African Art Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 24849

Ivy Mills

Thursday: 9:00-12:00pm

This course explores themes and processes of transformation at multiple registers in modern and contemporary African art. Historically, transformation has been central to African visual cultures; we can look, for example, to masquerades, sculptural constructs imbued with metaphysical force, and...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Breaking Images: Iconoclasms Past and Present Course Number: HA 192T.1 | CCN: 31216

Diliana Angelova

Tuesday: 9:00-12:00pm

Humanity has resorted to deliberate image destruction many times in its recorded history. This class focuses on the theorization of this widespread phenomenon and on its specifics through a series of case studies from the Ancient Near East, ancient Athens...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art and Decolonization Course Number: HA 192T.2 | CCN: 32335

Atreyee Gupta

Monday: 2:00-5:00pm

Demands for decolonizing museums and university curricula 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 seminar will...

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Graduate Seminar: Ornament, Alterity and the Long Early Modern Course Number: HA 270 | CCN: 31254

Anneka Lenssen, Todd Olson

Wednesday: 9:00-12:00pm

The Gothic, grotesque, and arabesque. These are categories that seem to undergo “resurgence” at points of crisis or irresolution. They are also early modern discourses inherited by modernism, each marking ways to engage and manage the perceived alterity of ornament...

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Graduate Seminar: HAND-MADE: when photographic prints were manipulated Course Number: HA 290 | CCN: 31322

Aglaya Glebova, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Wednesday: 2:00-5:00pm

In our digital age, photographs come into existence with one touch of a finger and disappear just as easily. Yet for most of its history, photography required extensive manipulation—in the sense of handling—to materialize. While professional photographers determined the appearance...

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Seminar in History of Art Teaching Course Number: HA 375 | CCN: 21691

Gregory Levine

Tuesday: 2:00-4:00pm

This seminar satisfies a University-wide requirement that all first-time Graduate Student Instructors take a pedagogy course, and it qualifies for the GSI Teaching and Resource Center’s Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. It can be taken concurrently with...

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