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Undergraduate Upper-Division

Art and Labor: The Visual Culture of Work in Early Twentieth-Century United States (Session A) Course Number: HA 186A | CCN: 15770

Amy O’Hearn

Mon-Thurs / 12-2:00pm

In the early twentieth century, millions of Americans entered the workforce for the first time.  Artists and producers of visual culture depicted and documented these workers, some of whom engaged in jobs that had not existed in previous centuries—including taxi...

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Theories and Methods of Art History (Session D) Course Number: HA N100 | CCN: 15519

Joseph Albanese

Mon-Thurs, 12-2:00pm

How might you define the term “humanities,” and where does Art History fold into that umbrella term?  Have you ever wondered how Art History came about as a discipline? Perhaps you are interested in social history as it pertains to Manet’s artworks...

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Photography in the 20th Century: Sex, Race, and Medicine (Session D) Course Number: HA 182 | CCN: 15701

Ty Vanover

Mon-Thurs, 10-12:00pm

The terms “medicine” and “photography” both tend to convey a sense of objectivity: medical knowledge purports to be grounded in scientific fact and photographs are often thought to serve as an index of their subject. In reality, however, neither medicine...

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Southeast Asian Contemporary – Art and the Global Market (Session D) Course Number: HA 190H | CCN: 15905

Katherine Bruhn

Mon-Thurs, 2-4:00pm

This course explores how processes of globalization and political change have impacted the shape of Southeast Asia’s art world since the late-1990s. It is often the case that the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is taken as a...

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Eco Art: Art, Architecture, and the Natural Environment Course Number: HA 105 | CCN: 30806

Sugata Ray

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

Nuclear disasters. Global pandemics. The mass extinction of animal and plant species. The environmental crises that the planet faces today has fundamentally transformed the way we perceive human interaction with the natural environment. What can art, architecture, sustainable design, urban...

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The Classical Painting Tradition in China Course Number: HA 131B | CCN: 30807

Jun Hu

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

In 1651 a Mr. Wu in southern China made the dying wish that a mid-14th century landscape painting be tossed into a fire, hoping to take it with him to the netherworld. Unfortunately for him—but fortunately for us—when the painting...

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Art and Society in Late Antiquity Course Number: HA 151 | CCN: 30808

Diliana Angelova

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

This class has several objectives. The primary one is to teach you about the complex artistic, religious, and cultural transformations that took place in the ancient Mediterranean world in the period between Constantine’s reign (306-337) and the death of the...

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Southern Baroque Course Number: HA 170 | CCN: 30811

Todd Olson

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

“Baroque” is an all-encompassing term that has been used to describe an amazing number of seventeenth-century artists and architects: Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Bernini, Ribera Rubens, Poussin, and Velázquez to name a few. Rather than trying to convince you that they...

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The Shock of the Modern: European Art, 1900-1940 Course Number: HA 186A | CCN: 32783

Aglaya Glebova

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

In this course, for which no prior art history experience is required, we will look at the major developments, movements, and paradigms of European modernism from the turn of the century to the beginning of World War II—as well as...

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Buddhist Visual Culture Course Number: HA 190A | CCN: 30818

Kwi Jeong Lee

Mon, Wed, Fri: 3:00-4:00pm

This course provides an introduction to the visual culture of Buddhism, covering the time period from its nascence up to the present in light of its regional forms and variations. While the course follows the chronological order loosely, it is...

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Decolonizing Ancient Mediterranean Art Course Number: HA 190B | CCN: 33393

Lisa Pieraccini

Mon, Wed, Fri: 2:00-3:00pm

This class examines new and innovative ways of “seeing”, discussing, analyzing and critically thinking about ancient Mediterranean material culture. There is a real urgency and agency in stripping away old models for understanding the past – this class embarks on...

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Bronze, Ivory, and Dragon’s Blood: Making the Middle Ages in the Indian Ocean World (Session D) Course Number: HA 190C | CCN: 15776

Ariana Pemberton

Mon-Thurs / 12-2:00pm

How did ivory, a material sourced from the corpse of a slain elephant, affect a carved Buddha icon? What did tin have to do with the global obsession with blue and white porcelain? From monumental stone temples to tiny bronze...

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Folklore and the Folkloresque in Contemporary Art (Session A) Course Number: HA 190H | CCN: 14367

Kristine Barrett

Mon-Thurs / 10-12:00pm

This course explores the use of folk arts, folklore, and “the folkloresque” in contemporary art. We will begin by asking ourselves: what is folklore? Who are “the folk” (and alternatively, who are not)? What kinds of socio-political power structures and...

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Theories and Methods Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 24398

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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The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 1000-330 BCE Course Number: HA C120B | CCN: 33366

Benjamin Porter

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

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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AsiaAmerica: Asian American Art and Architecture Course Number: HA 132AC | CCN: 31556

Atreyee Gupta

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

This course focuses on modern and contemporary Asian American art and architecture from the mid-1800s to the present. It is not intended to be an encyclopedic survey of Asian American art. Rather, each class uses case studies—the work of a...

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The Transatlantic Gilded Age and Its Discontents Course Number: HA 185D | CCN: 31553

Margaretta Lovell

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

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 institutions...

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Visual Activism Course Number: HA 190F.1 | CCN: 31552

Julia Bryan-Wilson

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

How has visual culture played a role within the social movements of the last several decades, such as #BlackLivesMatter and Extinction Rebellion? How, we might ask, is activism made visible; how does it erupt (or disappear) with collective fields of...

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Art into Life: Modernism and Design Course Number: HA 190F.2 | CCN: 33739

Aglaya Glebova

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

How can art shape, inform, and transform everyday life? What is the artist’s role in forming (and reforming) the material conditions of living? Focusing on Europe in the first half of the twentieth century—but also looking beyond this chronological and...

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Contemporary African Art in Transnational Perspective Course Number: HA 190T | CCN: 31551

Ivy Mills

Mon, Wed, Fri: 2:00-3:00pm

In 2018, British-Liberian 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 – appears to draw from Viktor’s Constellations...

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Undergraduate Seminar: South Asia in/and Global Art History Course Number: HA 192A.1 | CCN: 19462

Sugata Ray

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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Undergraduate Seminar: Image Theory in Premodern China Course Number: HA 192A.2 | CCN: 33763

Kwi Jeong Lee

Thursday: 2:00-5:00pm

What does “image” mean in Chinese intellectual traditions? How did proponents of different religious persuasions construe the relationship between images and their referents differently and how did such construal change over time? Why did the practice of fashioning images often...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Etruscan Wall Painting: From Here to Eternity Course Number: HA 192B.2 | CCN: 31564

Lisa Pieraccini

Wednesday: 9:00-12:00pm

For centuries artists, archaeologists, scholars, and poets have been captivated by the phenomenal images found on the painted walls of Etruscan tombs. These wall paintings offer an extraordinary look at the earliest examples of monumental painting in ancient Italy (a...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art and the Good Life Course Number: HA 192B.3 | CCN: 31565

Diliana Angelova

Thursday: 9:00-12:00pm

Houses filled with images of gardens, marriage chests carved with frolicking Loves, marble statues of regular people with the flawless bodies of immortal gods, colorful tapestries with Dionysus’ band of drunken merrymakers, the watery abundance of the Nile: these are...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Medieval/Modern, Giotto to Michelangelo & beyond Course Number: HA 192D | CCN: 31550

Henrike C. Lange

Friday: 2:00-5:00pm

This new seminar will engage with questions of modernity and modernities across time and space. Connecting our current location in California in 2020 to different phases of late medieval, early, mid-, and high Renaissance art history, patterns of artistic new...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art and Evolution Course Number: HA 192F.1 | CCN: 24849

Tuesday: 9:00-12:00pm

This course explores the profound effect of evolutionary theory on modern art in Europe and the United States. Artists explored new ideas about the struggle for existence, the relationship between humans and other animals, sexual selection, the purpose of beauty...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Collage, Montage, Appropriation, Remix Course Number: HA 192F.2 | CCN: 31562

Aglaya Glebova

Wednesday: 2:00-5:00pm

What makes a work of art original? And why, over the course of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, did artists increasingly turn to pre-existing objects to produce art? How can an earlier form be endowed with new meaning, and...

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Undergraduate Seminar: COLOR! Course Number: HA 192F.3 | CCN: 31563

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Tuesday: 9:00-12:00pm

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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Undergraduate Seminar: African Power Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 25799

Ivy Mills

Monday: 9:00-12:00pm

Following a troubled postcolonial era in which the figure of the grotesque, corrupt dictator came to represent African state power in the global imaginary, the 2018 blockbuster film Black Panther revived images of dignified and elegant African monarchs whose legitimate...

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Theories and Methods of Art History (Session D) Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 15088

Joseph Albanese

Mon-Thurs, 12-2:00pm

How might you define the term “humanities,” and where does Art History fold into that umbrella term?  Have you ever wondered how Art History came about as a discipline? Perhaps you are interested in social history as it pertains to...

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Fashion, Technology, and the Sensible (Session D) Course Number: HA 156C | CCN: 15419

Michele D’Aurizio

Mon-Thurs, 10-12:00pm

In this course, we will widely explore fashion, art, and society, while focusing on the problem of clothing. We will embark on a journey in search of the objects that the contemporary luxury industry seems to have buried under piles...

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Histories of Photography (Session A) Course Number: HA 182 | CCN: 15325

Jez Flores

Mon-Thurs, 2-4:00pm

Since its emergence in the 1800s, photography has influenced how we present and view ourselves and our world. This course explores photography as a medium, including image manipulation techniques and distribution. Throughout, we pay attention to the medium’s entanglement with...

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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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Race and Representation In The Twentieth Century in the United States (Session A) Course Number: HA 187AC | CCN: 15788

Grace Kuipers

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 2:00 - 4:00PM

This course draws on critical theories of race and representation to interrogate complex and sometimes vexing notions of race, ethnicity, visuality, surveillance, authorship, identity and appropriation in the historical context of the twentieth century in the United States. Courses are...

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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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Art and Resistance in Latin America (Session D) Course Number: HA 188C | CCN: 15741

Lesdi C. Goussen Robleto

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 2:00 - 4:00PM

Under the violence of dictatorial regimes, social repression, and foreign intervention, artists across Latin America have historically turned to art and craft practices as a tool for demonstration. In light of recent scholarship and exhibitions that have focused on the...

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

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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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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Cities and the Arts: Rome and Constantinople Course Number: HA 108 | CCN: 26602

Diliana Angelova

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

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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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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Art, Architecture, and Design in the United States (1800 to the Present) Course Number: HA 185A | CCN: 31112

Margaretta Lovell

Mon, Wed, Fri: 2:00-3:00pm

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

Todd Olson

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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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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Theories & Methods for a Global History of Art Course Number: HA 101 | CCN: 32307

Anneka Lenssen

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

This course is designed to guide students interested in art history—that is, the history of image worlds, objects, material practices, and their shifting and contingent meanings—through the acquisition of the methodological tools and knowledge needed for further study of art...

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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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The Shock of the Modern: European Art, 1900-1940 Course Number: HA 186A | CCN: 31113

Aglaya Glebova

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

*This course will not meet for section* In this course, for which no prior art history experience is required, we will look at the major developments, movements, and paradigms of European modernism from the turn of the century to the beginning...

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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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The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 1000-330 BCE Course Number: HA C120B | CCN: 31194

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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Illusion, Memory and Prosperity: The Painted Walls of Ancient Italy Course Number: HA 190B | CCN: 25897

Christopher Hallett, Lisa Pieraccini

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

The art of painting was highly valued in ancient Italy. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that pre-Roman cultures of Italy made extensive use of painting. This course seeks to examine the relationship between Italian wall painting of the Roman period and the...

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Art and Ecology Course Number: HA C106 | CCN: 33310

Sugata Ray, Sharad Chari, Asma Kazmi

Friday, 2:00-5:00pm

Taught by faculty from the Departments of Art Practice, Geography, and History of Art, this Big Ideas course is a space where we collectively study, think, and make art about the cataclysmic ecological crises that threaten our planet today. Examining...

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Histories of Photography (Session D) Course Number: HA N182 | CCN: 15304

Kaitlin Forcier

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 10:00 - 12:00PM

Define photography. Go ahead. Not as evident as it seems? One of the reasons may be the staggeringly quick evolution of the technology behind the production of pictures and the multiplicity of roles these images were/are made to play. The plurality...

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Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Latin America Course Number: HA 171 | CCN: 30975

Todd Olson

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

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 decline of Spain and its Empire in Europe and...

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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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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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Contemporary African Art in Transnational Perspective Course Number: HA 190T.1 | CCN: 31114

Ivy Mills

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

*This course will not meet for discussion section. In 2018, British-Liberian 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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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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Projecting Ancient Rome Course Number: HA 108 | CCN: 30940

Lisa Pieraccini

Mon, Wed, Fri: 12:00-1:00pm

Projection depends on two fundamental aspects: distancing (we are not the Romans) or relating to or identifying with (we are the Romans) or sometimes a blend of both (might we be the Romans?) (Joshel, Malamud, Wyke 2001). Ancient Rome, with...

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The Spectacle of Modernity: Art and Technologies in late 19th-Century Paris Course Number: HA 180C | CCN: 30976

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

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

What form can be given to modernity?  What were politics of modern self-fashioning and visual culture in Paris, the city Walter Benjamin famously called “the Capital of the Nineteenth Century”? This class will focus on the period from the 1860s...

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Art and Authorship: Theory of the Copy Course Number: HA 190T.2 | CCN: 32794

Winnie Wong

Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00-11:00am

*This course will not meet for discussion section. 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 and...

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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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Mapping the Modern World: Cartography in the Age of Discovery, Rediscovery and Invention, 1400-1700 (Session A) Course Number: HA N190E | CCN: 16116

Keith Budner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 2:00 - 4:00PM

When you look at a map – whether it’s a navigational chart from the 1400s or google maps on your smartphone – you are looking at an object and image that is produced through visual design, technology, and politics. In...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Global Modernism/s: Perspectives from South and Southeast Asia Course Number: HA 192A.1 | CCN: 33295

Atreyee Gupta

Monday: 2:00-5:00pm

The idea of “global modernism” has now gained significant currency within the academy. But what exactly does this term connote? When appended to “modernism” does the term “global” merely serve as a moniker for what was formerly described as the...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Space, Time, and Chinese Architecture Course Number: HA 192A.2 | CCN: 19548

Jun Hu

Wednesday, 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar offers a set of introductions to basic aspects and elements of built environments in China. It is not a chronological survey. Each of the thematic sections incorporates a variety of perspectives, theoretical and technical, aesthetic and historical. Our...

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AsiaAmerica: Asian American Art and Architecture Course Number: HA 132AC | CCN: 30941

Atreyee Gupta

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

This course focuses on modern and contemporary Asian American art and architecture from the mid-1800s to the present. It is not intended to be an encyclopedic survey of Asian American art. Rather, each class uses case studies—the work of a...

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Art into Life: Modernism and Design Course Number: HA 190F | CCN: 30974

Aglaya Glebova

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

How can art shape, inform, and transform everyday life? What is the artist’s role in forming (and reforming) the material conditions of living? Focusing on Europe in the first half of the twentieth century—but also looking beyond this chronological (up...

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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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The Transatlantic Gilded Age and Its Discontents Course Number: HA 185D | CCN: 30942

Margaretta Lovell

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

This course considers the arts of the United States, England, and France in the period between 1865 and 1920, looking at specific case study works by painters, sculptors, architects, designers, photographers, literary works, and social movements. We will focus on...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Etruscan Pasts, Present and Future: An Art of Many Faces Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 19549

Lisa Pieraccini

Tuesday, 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar will explore the material culture and art of the Etruscans through the lens of indigeneity and colonialism (both ancient and modern) with a special emphasis on reception studies. We will approach this subject from a variety of perspectives...

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Theories and Methods Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 24927

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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African Aesthetics Course Number: HA 190M | CCN: 30978

Ivy Mills

Mon, Wed, Fri: 3:00-4:00pm

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: 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: “Fantastic and Eccentrics” Revisited: Painting in Seventeenth-Century China Course Number: HA 192A.1 | CCN: 32248

Jun Hu

Friday, 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar examines one of the most vibrant episodes in the history of Chinese painting, a period that is diverse not only in stylistic expressions, but also in the social and discursive forces that came to bear on painting practice...

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Decolonizing Ancient Mediterranean Art Course Number: HA 190B | CCN: 29788

Lisa Pieraccini

Mon, Wed, Fri: 3:00-4:00pm

This class examines new and innovative ways of “seeing”, discussing, analyzing and critically thinking about ancient Mediterranean material culture. There is a real urgency and agency in stripping away old models for understanding the past – this class embarks on...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Modern-Contemporary Buddhist Visual Cultures Course Number: HA 192A.2 | CCN: 34062

Gregory Levine

Tuesdays, 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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Undergraduate Seminar: Giotto: History, Theory, Practice Course Number: HA 192D | CCN: 32691

Henrike C. Lange

Friday, 2:00-5:00pm

Focusing on Giotto’s life, works, and historiography, this seminar will guide students systematically through the history of Western art and architecture in its Vasarian and post-Vasarian construction from a critical point of view of 2023 Berkeley: Giotto’s biography and legend...

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Undergraduate Seminar: The Art and Monuments of Augustan Rome Course Number: HA 192B.1 | CCN: 19161

Christopher Hallett

Monday, 9:00-12:00pm

Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome, inaugurated an enormous building program during his long reign that completely transformed the empire’s capital city.  In this seminar we will consider some of the most famous of his constructions—his Mausoleum (the tumulus...

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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: Visions of Women’s Suffrage Course Number: HA 192G | CCN: 33753

Lauren Kroiz

Thursday, 10:00-1:00pm

Beginning with the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention and ending in 1920 with the successful passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the movement for female suffrage united, but also divided American women, particularly along lines of race. This...

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

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, architecture, sustainable design, urban...

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Warburg’s Archives in Berkeley: New Perspectives on Renaissance and Baroque Art Course Number: HA 190D | CCN: 30945

Henrike C. Lange

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

This new series of lectures highlights Renaissance / early modern and Baroque paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and architecture through the lens of Aby Warburg’s Bilderatlas Mnemosyne. In continuation of the Warburg Lab at the Bancroft and Berkeley Art Museum (Fall...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Beyond El Dorado: Materials, Values, and Aesthetics in Pre-Columbian Art History Course Number: HA 192L | CCN: 39363

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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Undergraduate Seminar: African Diasporic Art from 2000 to now, with focus on New York (and beyond) Course Number: HA 192H | CCN: 33190

Nana Adusei-Poku

Monday, 10:00-1:00pm

In 2001, “Freestyle”, a survey exhibition curated by Thelma Golden at the Studio Museum in Harlem, introduced a young generation of artists of African descent and the ambitious yet knowingly opaque term post-black to a pre-9-11 pre-Obama world. How to...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Handicraft and Contemporary Art Course Number: HA 192H.2 | CCN: 39362

Julia Bryan-Wilson

Thursday | 1:00 - 4:00pm

This undergraduate 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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Revisiting Reception: Old and New World Monuments, Myths & Memor Course Number: HA 192B.2 | CCN: 19162

Lisa Pieraccini

Wednesday, 9:00-12:00pm

This seminar will explore ancient Mediterranean monuments and artworks and their resurgence in Neo-Classical art (reception). It will often juxtapose ‘old world’ and ‘new world’ art and architecture in an attempt to address issues of identity, politics, racism, gender, geopolitical...

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Homoeroticism and the Visual Arts 1750 – 1920 Course Number: HA 190F.2 | CCN: 32559

Whitney Davis

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

This course deals with same-same attractions and the visual arts (concentrating on painting, sculpture, and photography), from the mid-eighteenth century to the end of the First World War, looking at individual artists, particular art movements (ranging from neoclassicism through academic...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Middle East Conceptualisms Course Number: HA 192H.1 | CCN: 39361

Anneka Lenssen

Wednesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This seminar explores art histories of conceptual art——that is, art shifting the locus of consideration from the object to the idea——via the Middle East and the perceptual and material absences that arise from its experience(s) of occupation, war, and the...

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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: Art and the Modern Interior Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 39360

Tuesday | 1:00 - 4:00pm

The domestic interior was central to the development of modern western art. It was a favorite subject for painters, a space of artistic display for new middle-class patrons, and often the site of artistic creation. This course explores the theme...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Vermeer: Looking, Speaking, Listening, Touching Course Number: HA 192E | CCN: 32242

Elizabeth Honig

Friday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

Johannes Vermeer was working near the end of the Dutch “Golden Age.” His art is not innovative, but retrospective. It looks back over a tradition of picture-making, taking visual and epistemological concerns established by others and pushing them toward conclusions....

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Soviet Art and Architecture Course Number: HA 190F | CCN: 30966

Aglaya Glebova

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

What does revolutionary art look like? What is the role of the artist in building a new society? This course explores a wide variety of artistic forms and experiments undertaken over the history of the Soviet Union, including those of...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Black Consciousness & The Black Arts Movement: Mid-Twentieth Century Resistance Art Movements in Southern Africa and the United States Course Number: HA 192T | CCN: 31118

Zamansele Nsele

Friday, 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar will be historical and comparative in its approach by engaging the visual traditions of resistance art movements between Southern Africa and the United States. A comparative analysis will consider the similarities and differences between the iconography of Black...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Saying “No” to Imperialism, Visualizing Freedom Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 32241

Atreyee Gupta

Monday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This seminar investigates the role art played, and continues to play, in anti-colonial and anti-imperial struggles. It also examines how such struggles, in turn, shape artistic languages and forms. In the 19th century, anti-colonial movements were underway across South and Southeast...

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VR and its Prehistories: The Art and Science of Transplanar Images Course Number: HA 190T | CCN: 39358

Justin Underhill

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

This course will investigate 3d images from their development as a popular photographic medium in the nineteenth century to their current digital reemegence. We will closely study the optics that structure transplanar images and learn how to make or own....

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African Aesthetics Course Number: HA 190M | CCN: 39357

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: Exhibiting Calligraphic Modernism Course Number: HA 192CU | CCN: 25856

Anneka Lenssen

Wednesday, 9:00-12:00pm

Not all artists aim for universal communication. In a modern world of heavily policed borders meant to contain identities, languages, and beliefs within fixed ideas of citizenship, an artist’s address to an audience takes place in a terrain of highly...

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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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Buddhist Icons in Japan Course Number: HA 134B | CCN: 31004

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 historical praxis....

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African Aesthetics Course Number: HA 190M | CCN: 26247

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: 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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Contemporary Xicanx Art Production Course Number: HA 190H | CCN: 30943

Jesus Barraza

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

This course will focus on a decolonial reading of Contemporary Xicanx Art history, looking back at the past six decades of artistic production and its’ precolonial influences. We will concentrate on the study of the art of the Chicano/a Movements...

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