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Graduate Seminar: Art, Ecology, and other Earthly Matters Course Number: HUM 295 | CCN: 30327

Sugata Ray, Asma Kazmi (Art Practice), Sharad Chari (Geography)

Monday: 3:00-5:00pm

Course Catalog Description These graduate seminars, ranging across disciplines, bring collaborative approaches and team-teaching to graduate studies in the humanities. Teams include two faculty members from the Division of Arts & Humanities and one faculty member from an outside discipline. Seminars...

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Graduate Seminar: Crisis and Figuration: Art and the Politics of the Body Course Number: HA 285 | CCN: 30819

Aglaya Glebova

Wednesday: 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar investigates the issue of figuration in modern art, in particular through interwar European art (1918-1940) and the so-called “return to order”—although we will also consider the questions of figuration, representation, and embodiment in an expanded chronological and geographical...

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Graduate Seminar: Buddhism, Race, Class, and Gender Course Number: HA 290 | CCN: 31025

Gregory Levine, Mark Blum (Buddhist Studies)

Tuesday: 2:00-5:00pm

This exploratory graduate seminar, co-taught by Mark Blum (East Asian Languages and Cultures/Buddhist Studies) and Greg Levine (History of Art), focuses on the study of race, class, and gender within the Buddhist tradition, its doctrinal, ritual, and institutional histories as...

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Graduate Proseminar Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 21921

Todd Olson

Thursday: 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 history of the...

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Graduate Seminar: The Uncertainty Principle: Critical Writings on Chinese Art Course Number: HA 230 | CCN: 31560

Jun Hu

Monday: 9:00-12:00pm

This seminar is designed as an introduction to the growing body of critical writings on Chinese art. Weekly themes will span from Bronze-age ritual implements to cinema. Subjects for each week, however, are chosen not merely on the basis of period and medium but...

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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: South Asia in/and Global Art History Course Number: HA 285 | CCN: 26502

Atreyee Gupta

Monday: 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar will track the histories, methods, and debates that have animated the field of South Asian art and architecture. Our temporal spectrum will stretch from disputes over the origins of Buddhist art in the late 19th century to the...

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Graduate Seminar: Comparative Conceptualisms– LA/MENA [Latin America/Middle East/North Africa] Course Number: HA 290.1 | CCN: 31561

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Anneka Lenssen

Tuesday: 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar explores how conceptual art—that is, art devoted primarily to generating and manipulating ideas rather than visual appearance—has been made and used by artists in Latin America, the Middle East, and other territories of non- and anti-First World engagement...

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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: Cal Conversations: Object Histories + Critical Concepts + Curatorial Practicum in Latin American Art / The Long Sixteenth-Century: Colonization and its Aftermath Course Number: HA 290.2 | CCN: 33041

Todd Olson, Ivonne del Valle

Tuesday: 2:00-5:00pm

Starting in the late fifteenth-century the world began to become “global.” This process had many implications in all areas, starting with the economy, religious beliefs and practices, daily life and cultural and artistic practices. Among these some would gradually disappear...

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Seminar in History of Art Teaching Course Number: HA 375 | CCN: 21905

Anneka Lenssen

Thursday: 9:00-11:00am

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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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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Graduate Seminar: Why does Greek and Roman art and architecture matter? Course Number: HA 290.3 | CCN: 41130

Wednesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

Our graduate seminar will be an experimental workshop. To get to know each other we will present our recent work (research, article, etc.) in a short question-and-problem-driven paper. This will provide the basis to discuss which questions and topics in...

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Graduate Seminar: Beyond El Dorado: Materials, Values, and Aesthetics in Pre-Columbian Art History Course Number: HA 290.2 | CCN: 41050

Lisa Trever

Tuesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

Legends of indigenous American gold seduced European voyagers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Spanish conquistadors and others including Sir Walter Raleigh were taken in by tales of cities of gold and other stories, for example of a king called...

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Graduate Seminar: Evolutionary Aesthetics and the History of Art Course Number: HA 290.1 | CCN: 24897

Whitney Davis

Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

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

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Graduate Seminar: Ecologies, Aesthetics, and Histories of Art Course Number: HA 236 | CCN: 39365

Sugata Ray

Thursday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

  Nuclear disasters. Acid rain. The mass extinction of animal and plant species. The devastating environmental crisis that the planet faces today has fundamentally transformed the way we perceive human interaction with the natural environment. New forms of thinking such as...

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Mellon Graduate Seminar: Material Culture: The Interpretation of Objects Course Number: HA 203 | CCN: 39364

Margaretta Lovell

Monday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

This seminar looks at both material culture theory and the many ways scholars understand, ‘read,’ and interpret objects. It draws on the practices and questions of multiple disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, cultural geography, and art history. It considers painting, architecture...

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Seminar in History of Art Teaching Course Number: HA 375 | CCN: 14987

Lisa Trever

Tuesday | 2:00 - 4:00pm

This class is both 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...

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Graduate Seminar: Futurism and Futurity Course Number: HA 290 | CCN: 44381

Anneka Lenssen

Wednesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

We art historians know to interrogate "history" and the ways we draw connections between past events, persons, and things, but how might we also interrogate accounts of the future? This course explores a number of future-oriented speculations in the practices...

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Graduate Proseminar Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 32254

Atreyee Gupta

Monday, 2:00-5:00pm

What does art history look like now? A range of political developments and their attendant intellectual commitments have slowly, but surely, reshaped the methods of art history in the past few decades. In the 1990s, postcolonial theory and deconstruction undermined...

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Graduate Seminar: CREOLE PORTRAITS: France, Saint-Domingue/Haiti, New Orleans (18th to 19th centuries) Course Number: HA 281 | CCN: 44380

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Monday | 1:00 - 4:00pm

This seminar will grapple with the unique indeterminacy of the term “creole,” defined by one dictionary as: “ in the West Indies and parts of America- a. a native-born person of European, especially Spanish, ancestry; b. a native-born person of...

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Proseminar in Art History: Genealogies, Methodologies, Practices, Horizons Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 15075

Sugata Ray

Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

The Proseminar is required of first-year PhD students in History of Art and is open to students from other programs interested in engaging with the visual. In the last three decades, a range of political and methodological interjections have substantively...

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Graduate Seminar: Modern-Contemporary Buddhist Visual Cultures Course Number: HA 290.1 | CCN: 19151

Gregory Levine

Tuesday, 9:00-12:00pm

The study of modern-contemporary Buddhisms has produced books, articles, conferences, and the like, with significant interventions in “Buddhist Studies.” The mid-20th-century turn towards modern-contemporary Buddhisms is itself significant, often incorporating empirical, critical interpretive, and anti-colonial, anti-racist, feminist, queer, and anti-capitalist...

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Graduate Seminar: Global Medieval Visual Cultures: Themes, Disconnections, and Variations Course Number: HA 290.2 | CCN: 32255

Diliana Angelova

Tuesday, 2:00-5:00pm

Considered in turn, dark and monstrous or glorious and global, the Middle Ages (500-1500) continue to be redefined with each generation of scholars. This graduate level seminar embraces the relatively recent global turn in the humanities to examine thematically select...

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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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Graduate Seminar: Sensations: Cultural Histories of the Senses in the Ancient Mediterranean World Course Number: HA 290.1/ MELC 223/ HIST 280U | CCN: 19462

Diliana Angelova, Benjamin Porter

Thursday, 9:00-12:00pm

This graduate seminar draws on the recent analytical turn toward the senses to investigate the different ways in which Ancient Mediterranean societies experienced their material worlds. It examines senses-centered scholarship that engages visual, textual, and archaeological records, ranging from the...

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Graduate/UG Seminar: Feminist and Queer Theories in Art  Course Number: HA 290.2/192T.1 | CCN: 32377

Julia Bryan-Wilson

Wednesday, 2:00-5:00pm

What happens when we understand art as an active producer of theory, rather than as an object to which theory might be “applied?” This seminar proposes that recent art has catalyzed and shaped advanced feminist and queer thought, and asks...

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Stronach Travel Graduate Seminar: Art and Memory in Peru Course Number: HA 291 | CCN: 32064

Lisa Trever

Monday | 1:00 - 4:00pm

This graduate seminar will explore the ways in which forms of memory (personal, social, historical, etc.) have been recorded, made visual and material, contested and re-made in art and visual culture produced during critical times in Peruvian prehistory and history....

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Graduate Seminar: Art in Discourse Course Number: HA 290.3 | CCN: 32417

Whitney Davis

Monday, 9:00-12:00pm

The seminar will examine the recent upsurge of critical and theoretical interest in the histories and practices of ‘artwriting’–a form of elaborate rhetorical discourse about art that is placed between biographies of artists, connoisseurship, academic art history, art criticism, art...

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Graduate Seminar: Visibility, Virtuality, and Visuality Course Number: HA 290 | CCN: 15958

Whitney Davis

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

Based on recent work by the instructor, the seminar develops and tests a comprehensive framework for analysis of pictoriality in the visual field, deploying certain traditions of art-historical reasoning in combination with intellectual resources drawn from philosophical psychology (especially the...

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Graduate Seminar: Ornament and Alterity Course Number: HA 270 | CCN: 15955

Todd Olson

Tuesday | 9:30 - 12:30pm

This seminar will explore the early modern origins of three closely interrelated stylistic categories, the Gothic, grotesque, and arabesque, and the ways in which they engage with the perceived alterity of ornament. Both the Gothic and grotesque were defined...

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Mellon Graduate Seminar: Greek and Roman Art in the Hearst Museum: The Neuerburg Bequest Course Number: HA 240 | CCN: 32045

Christopher Hallett, Andrew Stewart

Friday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This is an object-based course held under the auspices of the Mellon Curatorial Preparedness Program. It will focus on the bequest to U.C. Berkeley in 1997 of almost two dozen boxes of ancient artifacts by the distinguished classical archaeologist, architectural...

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Graduate Seminar: Extinction and Visual Representation Course Number: HA 290.4 | CCN: 32543

Gregory Levine

Tuesday, 9:00-12:00pm

This exploratory graduate seminar asks: how does visual representation (allowing it generous flexibility) come to terms with extinction as process and end? Not just death, not just the “end of the world.” Extinction, full stop. Astrophysical-caused extinction (asteroids, the eventual...

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Graduate Seminar: Dunhuang Course Number: HA 230 | CCN: 32044

Patricia Berger

Wednesday | 10:00 - 1:00pm

This graduate seminar will focus on Dunhuang, the richest Buddhist cave site in China. Over the course of the semester, we will trace shifts in the design and construction of its nearly 400 devotional caves over a millennium, from the...

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Unconscious Perception A Mini-Course and Residency with Christopher Bollas at the Townsend Center for the Humanities Course Number: HA 298 | CCN: 16308

Whitney Davis

Wednesday | 5:15 - 7:15pm

The seminar and residency will explore the work of the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today, Christopher Bollas, who will be scholar-in-residence at the Townsend Center in the first week of November 2016. Bollas is widely known for his...

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Teaching the History of Art Course Number: HA 375 | CCN: 16481

Elizabeth Honig

Friday | 9:15 - 11:15am

This class will be both a pedagogy course and a pre-professional workshop. It will encourage you to think in larger terms about the function of pedagogy in art history–what we learn, what we teach, who we are as teachers in...

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Mellon Graduate Seminar in Objects Analysis Course Number: HA 290 | CCN: 16350

Lauren Kroiz, Patricia Berger

Thursday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

Supported by a special Mellon Foundation grant, this course will draw on the expertise of senior conservators in the Bay Area to give graduate students in art history (and other related graduate programs) better understanding concerning the nature of the...

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Graduate Seminar: Botticelli: The Making of a Renaissance Artist Course Number: HA 260 | CCN: 16472

Henrike C. Lange

Monday | 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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Proseminar in the History of Art Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 16350

Whitney Davis

Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

The Proseminar is required of first-year PhD students in History of Art; it is open to first-year students in other programs by permission of the instructor. In a mixture of lectures, discussion of readings, and student presentations, the seminar engages...

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Graduate Seminar: Display and Exhibition in Japan/Objects as Things and Events Course Number: HA 234 | CCN: 16472

Gregory Levine

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

What do display (a placeholder for contexts separate from the modern museum and gallery) and exhibition offer critical study of “Japanese art,” ancient to contemporary? Put to the task of listing such spaces—and thinking of events as much as things—we...

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Proseminar in History of Art Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 21659

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 history of the...

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Graduate Seminar: Art and Decolonization Course Number: HA 285 | CCN: 32819

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 seminar will explore the...

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

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 students...

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Graduate Seminar: Ethics of Abstraction Course Number: HA 290.1 | CCN: 05184

Anneka Lenssen, Julia Bryan-Wilson

The course will interrogate abstraction as a strategy in 20th and 21st century art around the globe, and its manifold implications for political projects of being, seeing, and knowing together. We will look at...

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Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar: Creole: French Portrayals of the Caribbean and Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries Course Number: HA 281 | CCN: 05178

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

This seminar will grapple with the unique indeterminacy of the term “creole,” defined by one dictionary as: “ in the West Indies and parts of America- a. a native-born person of European, especially Spanish, ancestry; b. a native-born person of...

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Graduate Seminar: Cultural Transfer: Problems and Methods in the Study of Renaissance and Early Modern Visual Cultures (Colonial Latin America and the Trans-Atlantic World) Course Number: HA 270 | CCN: 05175

Todd Olson

This seminar will examine art historical theories and critical tools concerning the transmission, circulation and translation of images, artifacts, performances and visual technologies. The seminar’s readings and studies will focus on the...

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

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 the visual...

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Proseminar in Classical Archaeology and Ancient Art Course Number: HA C204/ Classics C204 | CCN: 30055

Christopher Hallett, Andrew Stewart

Friday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

This seminar, which is offered every two or three years, is intended to introduce graduate students—both archaeologists and non-archaeologists—to the discipline of classical archaeology, its history and evolution, and its research tools and bibliography. Since it is both impossible...

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Graduate Seminar: The Arts of Migration/ The Arts of the Folk Course Number: HA 289 | CCN: 30627

Margaretta Lovell

Wednesday, 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar takes as its subject two kinds of artworks—first, those made by migrating peoples chronicling their journeys or commenting on the facts of their migration (such as Hmong storycloths and the Aztec codices), and in some cases, artworks made...

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Graduate Seminar: City of Memory Course Number: HA 285 | CCN: 05181

Lauren Kroiz, Andrew Shanken

Our cities are layered with pasts. Street names celebrate lost leaders and buildings provide tangible links to history. Monuments memorialize traumas that are also written on to the bodies of urban inhabitants....

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Mellon Exhibition Graduate Seminar: Berkeley Collects! Course Number: HA 290.2 | CCN: 05187

Margaretta Lovell, Patricia Berger

This seminar continues the work of the fall 2015 Mellon Exhibition Graduate Seminar (HA 290.1) and is open (only) to the enrollees in that earlier class. Drawing on the University’s vast collections...

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

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...

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Graduate Seminar: In the Nature of Things? Japan, Art History, and Ecology Course Number: HA 234 | CCN: 30066

Gregory Levine

Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This seminar focuses on the visual-material cultures of the Japanese archipelago in relation to emerging practices of eco-critical inquiry. At first glance, Japan may appear to be an important case for such investigation given the notion of Japanese (and “Oriental”)...

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Theorizing the Global Early Modern, South Asia 1550-1850 Course Number: HA 236 | CCN: 05221

Sugata Ray

The recent past has seen a renewed scholarly focus on the mobility and global circulation of people, objects, and ideas across the early modern world. Historians have now come to understand the early modern as fundamentally transcultural, a form of...

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Graduate Seminar: Berlin: The Guilt Environment (Global Urban Humanities Graduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Spring 2020) Course Number: HA 290.1/ Architecture 209 | CCN: 18605

Lauren Kroiz, Andrew Shanken

Thursday, 9:00-12:00pm

Since the city’s reunification in 1989, Berlin has intertwined its urban renewal with landscapes of reconciliation and commemoration. The “New Berlin” that politicians and city authorities imagined in the 1990s, after the Wende (or Fall of the Berlin Wall), was...

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Mellon Exhibition Graduate Seminar: Diaspora | Migration | Exile Course Number: HA 290.1 | CCN: 19972

Lauren Kroiz, and Leigh Raiford

Wednesday | 10:00 - 1:00pm

This is the second semester of a two semester sequence. 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...

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Graduate Seminar: SCULPTURE! Course Number: HA 290.2 | CCN: 32870

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Todd Olson

Monday, 2:00-5:00pm

“Why sculpture is boring” wrote Charles Baudelaire in his Salon of 1846.  The phrase has lived on partly because many concur. After all, much sculpture appears so formulaic that we hardly see it at all. Yet sculpture as painting’s other...

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Daitokuji’s Art History/Art History’s Daitokuji Course Number: HA 234 | CCN: 05220

Gregory Levine

In the late nineteenth century, as the art history of East Asia was emerging as an academic field, works of painting, sculpture, calligraphy, and ceramic art preserved at the Zen Buddhist monastery Daitokuji, located in Kyoto, assumed prominence in the...

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Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar: Selecting, Exhibiting, and Interpreting “Queer Art” Course Number: HA 290.2/ 192T.1 | CCN: 32775

Whitney Davis

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

This seminar builds from a pioneering exhibition surveying the history of "Queer British Art 1861 – 1967" in Britain, held at Tate Gallery (London) in 2017. The date range was set by significant legal developments affecting same-sex relationalities in Britain...

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Human Nature: Between Medieval and Modern Course Number: HA 262 | CCN: 05223

Elizabeth Honig

What is Mankind ? How are we placed in the cosmos; what constitutes the fundamental nature of our being; and in what ways can we be elevated, inspired, socialized, and corrupted? Our ways of answering these questions are said to...

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Graduate Proseminar in the Interpretation of Art Historical Materials Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 05211

Elizabeth Honig

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the way in which art history developed from the late 19th through the late 20th century, and to allow them to frame art history’s current practices with that development in...

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Mellon Exhibition Graduate Seminar: Berkeley Collects! Course Number: HA 290 | CCN: 05225

Margaretta Lovell, Patricia Berger

The University’s vast collections are a treasure trove of extraordinary objects that range from natural history and ethnographic materials to ancient texts and many kinds of art. The gifts of many dedicated collectors over the past century, these collections (in...

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Graduate Seminar: From Democracy to Decolonization: The History and Futures of Museums Course Number: HUM 295 | CCN: 32451

Lauren Kroiz

Thursday, 3:00-5:00pm

Collaborative Research Seminars, 2 credit Graduate Seminar   Instructors Lauren Kroiz, Associate Professor, History of Art Beth Piatote, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies   HUM 295 Collaborative Research Seminars are a suite of 2-unit graduate seminars, ranging across...

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Teaching History of Art Pedagogy Course Number: HA 375 | CCN: 05304

Lauren Kroiz

Instructor approval required. This seminar satisfies a University-wide requirement that all first-time Graduate Student Instructors take a pedagogy course. It can be taken concurrently with a first teaching assignment or in the semester before beginning teaching. The class will encourage...

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Graduate Seminar: Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria Course Number: HA 290.3 | CCN: 19974

Ivy Mills, and Charisma Acey (City and Regional Planning)

Thursday | 2:00 - 6:00pm

“Lagos, the city where nothing works but everything happens.” Nnedi Okorafor Lagos is notorious for its ever-expanding population, massive infrastructural challenges, and controversial practices of state-sanctioned land capture. Neighborhoods branded as undesirable slums are razed—their inhabitants violently displaced and economies destroyed—as...

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Proseminar in Classical Archaeology and Ancient Art Course Number: HA C204 | CCN: 05217

Christopher Hallett, Andrew Stewart

This seminar, which is offered biennially, is intended to introduce graduate students – both archaeologists and non-archaeologists – to the discipline of classical archaeology, its history and evolution, and its research tools and bibliography. Since we cannot cover the entire...

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(Visual and Material) Conversion in the Early Modern World Course Number: HA 290.4 | CCN: 32776

Todd Olson

Thursday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

The notion of conversion exerts some pressure on the given terminology of trans-cultural encounters of early modern maritime capitalism and European empires (hybridity, diffusion, transmission, circulation, convergence, etc.). In addition to studying religious conversion and the visual/performative cultures of missionary...

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Graduate Seminar: COLOR! Course Number: HA 290.5 | CCN: 32858

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

How strange is our attempt to write about the visual, and color is perhaps the most challenging visual quality to describe, even to name. Art historians have devoted books upon books to perspective and to drawing, but color is too...

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Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar: Human Rights and the Arts in Modern China Course Number: HA 230/HA 192A.2 | CCN: 05178

Patricia Berger

This course is open to qualified undergraduates and to graduate students. The internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s exhibition @large opened on Alcatraz in late September and runs through April 2015. Ai designed the show around the theme of freedom...

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Graduate Seminar: the Cold War Contingent Course Number: HA 290.1 | CCN: 05187

Anneka Lenssen

  This seminar is devoted to interrogating the Cold War image – painted, projected, planted, or proclaimed – in the art worlds spanning multiple ‘fronts’ of global conflict from the end of the Second World War to the...

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Graduate Seminar: Daumier, Caricature, Medium, and Politics Course Number: HA 290.2 | CCN: 05190

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Todd Olson

Honoré Daumier (1808-79) produced hundreds of cheap, mass-produced lithographic caricatures for the ephemeral newspaper Charivari, making him one of the consummate (Baudelairian) Modern artists. In addition, Daumier transposed his graphic facility to painting and sculpture. Yet he also used the...

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Stronach Travel Graduate Seminar: Indian Ocean Art Histories: Goa; Bombay; Kochi Course Number: HA 291 | CCN: 30054

Sugata Ray

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

Bringing together art history, environmental humanities, and maritime history, this seminar will examine the social, cultural, and economic significance of oceanic waters. Our deliberations will be situated around the Indian Ocean, the third largest water body and the world’s oldest...

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Stronach Travel Seminar: Istanbul – The City and its Art from Antiquity to the Present Course Number: HA 291 | CCN: 05196

Diliana Angelova

This seminar seeks to examine the urban development, art, and architecture of Istanbul, from its origins as a modest Greek colony in the seventh c. BCE to the present- day megapolis of close to 14 million people. Continuously inhabited for...

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Graduate Seminar: Ancient Art and the Modern Imagination Course Number: HA 290.3 | CCN: 05193

Whitney Davis

This seminar is open to qualified undergraduates and to graduate students. It explores the historiography of the study of ancient arts and more broadly the reception of ancient arts in the disciplines of history, art history, archaeology, and anthropology and...

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Graduate Seminar: the Possibilities of Eco-Art History Course Number: HA 234 | CCN: 05181

Gregory Levine

What is eco-art history or, perhaps, eco-critical art historical inquiry? I take it that it has to be more than resource conservation, driving an electric vehicle, and so forth, and one might start with questions such as the following. How...

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Special Seminar – “Money and Representation” Course Number: HA 298 | CCN: 05209

This seminar will begin on Wed 9/24 and end on Wed 10/22. “Money,” T. J. Clark has written, “is the root form of representation in bourgeois society.” The proposition turns on the set of questions it raises, about markets and...

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Regionalism, Nationalism, Globalism Course Number: HA 285 | CCN: 05159

Lauren Kroiz

This seminar will focus on critical models of place and its influence developed in the twentieth and twenty-first century – an era in which many have nostalgically lamented the demise of the local. Considering various ways we might productively position...

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Formalism, Aestheticism, and Eroticism in Modern Art-Writing Course Number: HA 290.3 | CCN: 05168

Whitney Davis

This seminar investigates the relations between formalist procedures, aestheticist philosophies, and erotic investments in art-writing from the eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. How did major modern art-writers deal with the erotic and sexual content of artworks in the past...

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Silent Archives Course Number: HA 290.2 | CCN: 05165

Sugata Ray

The 1980s arrival of an archive fever, le mal d’archive, saw the development of new methods of fieldwork and research in visual studies and art history. This, in turn, provoked a questioning of the conceit of the archive as a...

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Teaching History of Art Pedagogy Course Number: HA 375 | CCN: 05249

Gregory Levine

Instructor approval required. This seminar satisfies a University-wide requirement that all first-time Graduate Student Instructors take a pedagogy course. It can be taken concurrently with a first teaching assignment or in the semester before beginning teaching. The class will encourage...

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Graduate Proseminar Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 05150

Elizabeth Honig

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the way in which art history developed from the late 19th through the late 20th century, and to allow them to frame art history’s current practices with that development in...

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Feminist and Queer Theories in Art Course Number: HA 290.1 | CCN: 05162

Julia Bryan-Wilson

This course proposes that recent art objects and artistic actions have helped catalyze and shape advanced feminist and queer thought, and asks how recent practices in the visual arts have been understood within theories about desire, activism, affect, loss, and...

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Material Culture—The Interpretation of Objects Course Number: HA 203 | CCN: 05153

Margaretta Lovell, Patricia Berger

This seminar looks at both material culture theory and the practice of interpreting objects in the West and in Asia. It draws on the practices and questions of multiple disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, cultural geography, and art history. We will...

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Stronach Travel Seminar: Greek and Roman Art in the Bay of Naples Course Number: HA 291 | CCN: 05147

Christopher Hallett, Andrew Stewart

* Also listed as Classics 270/AHMA 210 * From earliest times the Bay of Naples was home to a series of important Greek settlements —Cumae, Parthenope, Neapolis; and in the late Republic this part of Italy came to enjoy a fabulous...

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Graduate Seminar: Image, Object, and Being in Latin America (600-1650 CE) Course Number: HA 290 | CCN: 05144

Lisa Trever

In this seminar we will study indigenous concepts of image, object, and being—and related problems in visual representation, ontology, materiality, embodiment, and agency—as they impact the writing of Pre-Columbian and early colonial Latin American art history. Sources include Quechua, Nahua...

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Graduate Seminar: Theories of Mimesis Course Number: HA 263 | CCN: 05143

Mimesis, Greek for "imitation" has become a key term in recent debates in a number of disciplines. However, what is at its core is often astonishingly undefined, open and ambivalent. Important theories of Mimesis have been articulated in the...

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Graduate Seminar: Making Art Modern in Japan Course Number: HA 234 | CCN: 05138

Gregory Levine

A strong current of books and essays in recent years has brought into fuller view modern formations of art institutions, policies, histories, and aesthetics in Japan in relationship to global flows/conflicts. The time is ripe for reading into this literature...

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Teaching History of Art Pedagogy Course Number: HA 375 | CCN: 05258

Elizabeth Honig

Instructor approval required. This seminar satisfies a University-wide requirement that all first-time Graduate Student Instructors take a pedagogy course. It can be taken concurrently with a first teaching assignment or in the semester before beginning teaching. The class will encourage you...

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Graduate Seminar: Graduate Seminar in Object Analysis Course Number: HA 290.2 | CCN: 05183

Margaretta Lovell, Patricia Berger

Supported by a special Mellon Foundation grant, this course will draw on the expertise of senior conservators in the Bay Area to give art history (and other) graduate students better understanding concerning the nature of the materials and the fabrication...

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Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar: Visuality, Virtuality and Visibility Course Number: HA 290.1 / HA 192F.3 | CCN: 05180

Whitney Davis

The seminar develops and tests a comprehensive framework for analysis of pictoriality in the visual field, deploying certain traditions of art-historical reasoning in combination with intellectual resources drawn from philosophical psychology (especially the theory of depiction), visual studies, and phenomenological...

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Graduate Seminar: Rethinking American Art Course Number: HA 289 | CCN: 05177

Margaretta Lovell

A re-examination of the social and cultural meanings of American painting (as well as some sculpture and decorative arts objects) of the 18th, 19th,  and 20th centuries, focusing on works in the collection of the deYoung Museum, San Francisco.  The class will...

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Graduate/Undergrad Seminar: Readings in African American Art / Black Visual Culture Course Number: HA 281 / HA 192F.1 | CCN: 05174

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Undergraduates—instructor approval required Room share with African American Studies144 and African American Studies 240. This seminar entails intensive reading of books on the visual representation of and by African Americans from the 19th to 21st centuries, including photography, painting, sculpture and conceptual...

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Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar: New Perspectives on Flemish and French Tapestry, 1600–1800 Course Number: HA 270 / HA 192E | CCN: 05171

Visiting Professor Koenraad Brosens

Despite the fact that tapestry played a pivotal role in the art, liturgy, and propaganda of the courts and churches of late medieval and early modern Europe, in later centuries the medium was long and largely overlooked by art historians...

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Seminar in Chinese Art: Working Across Cultures Course Number: HA 230 | CCN: 05165

Patricia Berger

This seminar will focus on the problems—visual, linguistic and philosophical—that art historians face when working across or between cultures. We will focus on the late imperial period and specifically on the appropriations and translations of visual schemes and technologies of...

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Graduate/Undergraduate Seminar: The Alterity of Ornament Course Number: HA 262 / 192D.2 | CCN: 05168

Todd Olson

This course proposes to explore the Renaissance origins of three closely interrelated stylistic categories, the Gothic, grotesque, and arabesque, and the ways in which they engage with the perceived alterity of ornament.  Both the Gothic and grotesque were defined in...

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Proseminar: Traditions of Art History Writing in the 20th Century Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 05162

The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with the way in which art history has developed since the late 19th century.   It is important that you understand not only where our discipline stands today but also how it...

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