Courses

Fall 2021

Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Re-Creating the Virgin Mary in the Spanish Viceroyalties Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 21675

Joseph Albanese

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:30am (Remote)

IMPORTANT: Seats in this remote section have been reserved for those students who are unable to return to in-person instruction on the campus. To register in the course under these circumstances, please contact the instructor, Joe Albanese, at josephalbanese@berkeley.edu and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: American Moderns/American Orients: Asian American Art and Design Before 1970 Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 21676

Susan Eberhard

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-11:00am

How did artists and communities of Asian descent claim forms of self-representation — and wield strategies of creative adaptation — in the twentieth-century United States? This course begins with the rebuilding of San Francisco’s Chinatown after the 1906 earthquake, and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Moving Objects, Static Stories Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 21699

Kristen Keach

Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:30pm (Remote)

IMPORTANT: Seats in this remote section have been reserved for those students who are unable to return to in-person instruction on the campus. To register in the course under these circumstances, please contact the instructor, Kristen Keach, at kkeach@berkeley.edu and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: A Patterned Language: De-coding Textiles Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 21700

Kristine Barrett

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-2:00pm

Prior to mechanized cloth production, textiles were often imbued with regenerative and cosmological associations, and contributed to social and political organization—tying communities and families together while simultaneously subject to degradation and decay. As Mary Schoeser notes, “It can be argued...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Missing Heads, Mermaids, and Masquerades: Visual Culture in Urban Nigeria Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 21701

Ivy Mills

Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:30pm

When the new public sculpture honoring legendary musician and activist Fela Kuti was unveiled in Lagos, some were dismayed by the artist’s choices.  Abolore Sobayo fashioned the figure in a pose reminiscent of iconic photographs of Fela on stage. In...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art Practices in the Early Modern Iberian World Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 21702

Verónica Muñoz-Nájar

Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-5:00pm

This course introduces undergraduate students to diverse artistic forms and practices created between the 15th and the 18th centuries in the Iberian world, a formation that, thanks to the expansionist projects of Portugal and Spain, came to include parts of...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Depicting Food and Drink in Mediterranean Antiquity Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 21703

Jennifer Black

Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00-6:30pm (Remote)

OPEN SEATS for all students qualified to take R1B. To enroll, contact the instructor – Jennifer Black – at jenniferblack@berkeley.edu.   Illustrations of food — sumptuous, simple, half-consumed, or yet to be hunted — have been central to human art for at...

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Reading and Writing about the Visual Experience: Diego Rivera Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 23664

Grace Kuipers

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

This course focuses on the influential career of the immensely popular artist Diego Rivera. A celebrated painter who traveled between Europe, Mexico, and the United States, Rivera straddled cubism and social realism, marxism and indigenismo, and evinced a romantic attachment...

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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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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: 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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Connect in History of Art Course Number: HA 198 | CCN: 33446

Anneka Lenssen

Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm, every other week

Announcing a new pilot program, Connect in History of Art! This is a low-stakes, one-unit course we have designed for incoming transfer students and newly declared Majors in the History of Art department. We welcome any/all Majors (or intending Majors)...

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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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