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Undergraduate Upper-Division

Undergraduate Seminar: Berkeley’s Built Environment: Two Residential Neighborhoods Course Number: HA 192G | CCN: 25857

Margaretta Lovell

Thursday, 2:00-5:00pm

Students in this 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, a Southern Pacific Railroad tunnel, and topographically-sensitive platting...

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Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Latin America Course Number: HA 171 | CCN: 31006

Todd Olson

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

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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Projecting Ancient Rome Course Number: HA 108 | CCN: 30612

Lisa Pieraccini

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

Projection consists of presenting an image on a surface (such as a movie screen). It can also refer to distancing (we are not the Romans) or relating to or identifying with (we are the Romans) or sometimes a blend of...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Roman Mummy Portraits Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 30974

Christopher Hallett

Monday, 9:00-12:00pm

The Roman province of Egypt has bequeathed us a large number of vivid portrait faces painted in the encaustic technique (brightly colored wax—the oil painting of the ancient world). These paintings were placed over the actual faces of the mummified...

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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: Space, Time, and Chinese Architecture Course Number: HA 192A.1 | CCN: 30812

Jun Hu

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

Todd Olson, Ivonne del Valle

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

The concept of conversion is regularly employed to refer to changing religions; one leaves a set of beliefs and practices to adopt new ones is the context in which it is most commonly used. This process can be personal or...

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The Transatlantic Gilded Age and Its Discontents Course Number: HA 190G | CCN: 32602

Margaretta Lovell

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

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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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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Korean Art in the Museum Course Number: HA 198 | CCN: 33202

Kwi Jeong Lee

Friday: 2:00-3:00pm

We go to museums not only to see artworks we already know, but also to encounter an art world that is unfamiliar to us. The field of Korean art is one such art world–underrepresented outside Korea. In this course, we...

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Sacred Arts in China Course Number: HA 131A | CCN: 30614

Jun Hu

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

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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Undergraduate Seminar: Questions Concerning Global Modernism Course Number: HA 192A.2 | CCN: 30813

Atreyee Gupta

Wednesday: 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: French Art and Revolution: from the 18th- to the mid-19th century Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 52221

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Wednesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This seminar will focus on the politics of French art during a period characterized by multiple revolutions and regimes changes (the Bourbon monarchy, the Revolution of 1789, the Napoleonic empire, the Bourbon monarchy’s restoration, the Revolution of 1830, the Revolution...

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

Gregory Levine

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

This course explores the Visual Cultures of Buddhist Modernism, namely the forms, things, materials, places, ideas, and powers associated with Buddhist visual images in diverse circumstances and communities of the global modern and contemporary world. Images of Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and...

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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: Undergraduate Seminar: Contemporary Bay Area Arts and Artists Course Number: HA 192CU.2 | CCN: 32510

Jon Winet

Thursday, 2:00-5:00pm

The Bay Area is home to diverse and vibrant contemporary art scenes, fueled by thousands of creative artists working in a wide range of media – and with an impressive array of interests. The course is an active exploration of this multifaceted topic.  In-class...

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Theories and Methods of Art History Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 04910

Whitney Davis

Required of majors in History of Art. This course introduces theories and methods of art history that have played a major role in its intellectual and professional formation from the later eighteenth century to the present day. The approach is...

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Contemporary African Art in Transnational Perspective Course Number: HA 190T.1 | CCN: 31009

Ivy Mills

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 1:00 - 2:00pm

In February of this year, 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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Breaking Images: Iconoclasms, Past and Present Course Number: HA 192T.2 | CCN: 46145

Diliana Angelova

Monday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

Purposeful destruction has occurred many times in the history of art. This undergraduate seminar examines the causes and theorization of such Iconoclasms through a number of case studies, including Christian destruction of pagan images; the Byzantine Iconoclasm; Maya breaking and...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Revisiting “Reception” of the Ancient World Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 30815

Lisa Pieraccini

Monday: 9:00-12:00pm

This seminar will explore ancient Greek and Roman monuments and artworks and their resurgence in Neo-Classical art in Europe and the Americas. It will often juxtapose ‘old world’ and ‘new world’ art and architecture in an attempt to address issues...

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The Spectacle of Modernity: Art and Technologies in late 19th-Century Paris Course Number: HA 180C | CCN: 30617

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

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

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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Undergraduate Seminar: Approaches to the “Origins of Art” Course Number: HA 192T.1 | CCN: 22590

Whitney Davis

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

In this practice- and results-oriented seminar, in group work, team work, and individual research we will explore current cross-disciplinary scholarship (and relevant artifacts and archives) on seven topics commonly understood to bear on the question of "the origins of art":...

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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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Undergraduate Seminar: Urban Africa Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 46142

Ivy Mills

Thursday | 9:30 - 12:30pm

Outside the continent, Africa is overwhelmingly imagined as a rural space, albeit one that can take different forms – a green savannah teeming with exotic animals; a dark jungle where danger lurks behind twisting vines; or an impoverished village inhabited...

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AsiaAmerica: Asian American Art and Architecture Course Number: HA 132AC | CCN: 32587

Atreyee Gupta

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

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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Undergraduate Seminar: From SFMOMA to the Ghost Ship: Exploring Bay Area Arts Ecosystems Course Number: HA 192CU.2 | CCN: 44431

Jon Winet

Friday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

The Bay Area is home to a vibrant and diverse art scene, fueled by thousands of creative artists working in a wide range of media – and with an impressive array of interests. At the same time local and national...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Hands on at the Hearst: Greek and Roman Art Course Number: HA 192CU.1 | CCN: 21873

Andrew Stewart

Friday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This is a hands-on seminar designed to introduce qualified students to the "nuts and bolts" of Greek and Roman art, in the form of intensive study of selected objects in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on campus. We shall...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art Across the High Seas: Maritime Trade and the Global before Globalization Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 15120

Sugata Ray

Thursday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

Bringing together maritime history, environmental humanities, and art 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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Art, Architecture, and Design in the United States (1800 to the Present) Course Number: HA 185A | CCN: 31050

Margaretta Lovell

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

Looking at major developments in painting and architecture from Romanticism to Post-modernism (with some attention to sculpture, city planning, design, and photography), this course addresses art and its social context over the last two and a half centuries in what...

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Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture (Also Near Eastern Studies C121A) Course Number: HA C121A | CCN: 04922

Heba Mostafa

This course introduces the art and architecture of the Islamic world, examining transformations from pre-Islam up to the present. The course explores the main features of the built environment of Muslim communities throughout the Central Islamic lands, Central Asia and...

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Contemporary Art in the Americas Course Number: HA 186C | CCN: 46144

Julia Bryan-Wilson

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

  This lecture course provides a hemispheric overview of contemporary art—starting around 1960—with an emphasis on the contested relationship between art, audiences, and museums. We take the broadest possible definition of “American art” as we look at art spanning North, Central...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Feminist and Queer Theories in Art Course Number: HA 192T.1/290.2 | CCN: 19179

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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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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Undergraduate Seminar: Social Justice and Museum Studies Course Number: HA 192CU | CCN: 32617

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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Renaissance Art in Venice Course Number: HA 162 | CCN: 46217

Eva Allan

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

This course surveys the rich production of art from Venice, 1450-1600. We will study the development of the particularly Venetian style of painting, from the innovations of Giovanni Bellini and the Arcadian painting of Giorgione, through the long and influential...

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Sacred Arts in China Course Number: HA 131A | CCN: 44351

Patricia Berger

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

This course will cover two millennia of art produced in China to serve ritual purposes and will focus on the role that the visual arts played in defining doctrine and belief in two traditions: Daoism and Buddhism. Major themes will...

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The Shock of the Modern: European Art, 1900-1940 Course Number: HA 186A | CCN: 30918

Aglaya Glebova

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

In this course, 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. Topics covered include abstraction, the avant-garde’s use of mass media (from...

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Theory of the Copy Course Number: HA 190T.2/Rhetoric 136 | CCN: 32948

Winnie Wong

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 11:00 - 12:00PM

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 objects we will examine sparked extensive debate...

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Hellenistic Art (ca. 336-30 B.C.) Course Number: HA 141C | CCN: 30044

Andrew Stewart

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

 “Hellenistic” means “late Greek,” and this class is about Greek art after the classical period. Completely restructured and revised, and including weekly sections with a GSI, it covers Greek architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaic, and luxury crafts from Alexander the Great...

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Interactive Media: History, Theory, Practice Course Number: HA 109 | CCN: 44348

Justin Underhill

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 12:00 - 1:00pm

This course will introduce students to interactive media and provide a developmental chronology of its digital implementation from 1963 (when Ivan Sutherland developed the first Graphic User Interface) to the present. We will look at the history of computer graphics...

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Sacred Arts in China Course Number: HA 131A | CCN: 04934

Patricia Berger

This course deals with two millennia of art that was produced in China to serve ritual purposes and especially with the role that images played in defining doctrine and belief in two traditions: Daoism and Buddhism.  We begin with a look...

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Methods and Theories of Art History Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 44344

Whitney Davis

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 10:00 - 11:00am

This course is required of majors in History of Art. It reviews major paradigms of art-historical method and theory in relation to relevant developments in philosophy, aesthetics, history, anthropology, and other disciplines. Topics include antiquarianism, the legacy of critical idealism...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Ancient Sculpture/Modern Sculpture Course Number: HA 192T.2 | CCN: 32416

Whitney Davis

Wednesday, 9:00-12:00pm

The seminar will look at the uptake of various indigenous,’tribal’, ‘archaic’, and ancient sculptural traditions (e.g., Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, Igbo, Yoruba, Egyptian, Assyrian, Cycladic, Pacific NW Coast) by modern European, American, and Asian sculptors deeply invested in revising Western neo-classicisms...

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

Julia Bryan-Wilson

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

This lecture course provides a hemispheric overview of contemporary art—starting around 1960—with an emphasis on the contested relationship between art, audiences, and museums. We take the broadest possible definition of “American art” as we look at art spanning North, Central...

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Undergraduate Seminar: On Unicorns, Lions, Dragons, and Rabbits: Noah’s Ark from the Medieval Bestiarium to the Baroque Menagerie Course Number: HA 192D | CCN: 30816

Henrike C. Lange

Thursday: 2:00-5:00pm

In this seminar, we will consider how our local Berkeley mountain lions, canyon deer, and gophers relate to Dante and Giotto, and what our hummingbirds have to do with the global Baroque age. We will consider a history of animals...

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Undergraduate Seminar: The Un-Chosen Body: Disability in Israeli Literature, Film, and the Arts Course Number: HA 192T.2/ NES 190H | CCN: 34485

Ilana Szobel

Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

This course explores representations of disability within Hebrew and Israeli culture. By focusing on literature, film, dance, and visual art, it looks at personal and socio-political conceptualizations of disability. This course pursues various applications of physical, mental, and emotional disability...

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Histories of Photography (Session D) Course Number: HA N182 | CCN: 11767

Alexandra Courtois de Vicose

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

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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Anti-Colonial Avant-gardes Course Number: HA 190M | CCN: 30621

Anneka Lenssen

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

This lecture course explores the transnational history of artistic efforts at radical representation and reconstruction following the Second World War, a period of sweeping independence and liberation movements in formerly colonized territories as well as new definitions of human rights....

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Images and the Law (Session A) Course Number: HA N107 | CCN: 15542

Kappy Mintie

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

In this course students will learn to analyze both artworks and legal texts through an investigation of significant laws and court cases that have impacted the history of American art from the nineteenth century to the present. From the sensational...

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Capstone Experience – Guided Research & Exhibition Project Course Number: HA 193 | CCN: 32677

Jun Hu

Tuesday, 2:00-5:00pm

Announcing another new pilot program, Histart 193: Capstone Experience is a four-unit course designed for majors and minors interested in pursuing original research and collaborative work based on archives, artifacts, and structures scattered across the Berkeley campus. To give students...

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Pre-Colombian Art History Course Number: HA 188A | CCN: 30472

Molly Fierer-Donaldson

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 3:00 - 4:00pm

The Western Hemisphere was a setting for outstanding accomplishments in the visual arts for millennia before the arrival of Europeans in the so-called “New World.” This course explores the indigenous artistic traditions of what is now Latin America, from early...

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Letters & Science Big Ideas Course: Art and Science in the Middle Ages (Also History C188A) Course Number: HA C156B | CCN: 05027

Massimo Mazzotti

In this course we explore the intersections of art and science in medieval, modern, and contemporary history. Our aim is twofold. First, to show the close interaction between these two fields, and of the way in which historically they have...

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Theories and Methods of Art History (Session D) Course Number: HA N100 | CCN: 15104

Grace Harpster

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

This course introduces students to the major methodological and theoretical movements in art historical practice. Organized roughly chronologically, we begin with Vasari and artistic biography in the Renaissance, examine the origins of art historical scholarship in the eighteenth century, and...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Europe in Asia: The Visual Culture of Colonialism, 1500-1850 Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 32599

Sugata Ray

Friday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

Spices. Porcelain. Silk. Diamonds. Asia was seen as the exotic other and a land of astonishing wealth in European accounts of travel, trade, and empire from the Roman times onwards. But it was only in the 16th century that European...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) and the Global Hispanic World Course Number: HA 192E | CCN: 30817

Todd Olson

Thursday: 2:00-5:00pm

The Spanish born artist, who was active in Rome and Naples during the first half of the seventeenth-century, has left a series of works that are remarkable for their repetitiveness. Thumbnail photos of his oil paintings in catalogue raisonées betray...

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

Ivy Mills

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 1:00 - 2:00pm

How should we approach the grotesque, the exaggerated, the imperfect, the improvisational, the unfinished, and the obscured in African art? Should we read “ugliness” as a sign of the “bad” – either as an intentional signaling of moral deviance, or...

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Theory of the Copy Course Number: HA 190T/Rhetoric 136 | CCN: 32760

Winnie Wong

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:00-10:00am

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 objects we will examine sparked extensive debate...

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The Dutch Golden Age Course Number: HA 172 | CCN: 04970

Elizabeth Honig

In the seventeenth century, the Dutch Republic (what we now call Holland) was home to a rich and unique visual culture; it was also perhaps the first truly modern society. In this course, we will study Dutch pictures with a...

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Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age Course Number: HA 190B/Classics 172 | CCN: 26532

Kim S. Shelton

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

Introductory overview of the art and archaeology of ancient civilizations of the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BCE) Aegean: Crete, Cyclades, Mainland Greece, and Western Anatolia. Intended to expose to the sites, monuments, art, and artifacts of these cultures and understand the...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art and the Modern Interior Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 26249

Friday: 10:00-1:00pm

2020 has cast a spotlight on the domestic interior. As we regularly Zoom into one another’s homes, the boundary between public and private space seems more fragile than ever. New relationships between art and domesticity have developed as the pandemic...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Roman Mummy Portraits Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 31010

Christopher Hallett

Monday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

In the Roman period Egyptian mummies were sometimes equipped with extremely lifelike painted portraits rather than the traditional gilded masks. About 1000 such painted portraits survive, and of these about 100 are still attached to the mummy cases to...

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

Atreyee Gupta, Lawrence Rinder (Director and Chief Curator, BAMPFA)

Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

This seminar is conceived as an integral component of an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) that addresses the relation between the folk and the modern in India. As part of the course, students will...

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Visual Culture in Early Modern France: Renaissance to Enlightenment Course Number: HA 175 | CCN: 04982

Todd Olson

This course will examine French art and visual culture from the 16th century to the mid-18th century. Beginning with the architecture, processions, painting, prints and decorative arts of the School of Fontainebleau, the course addresses the development of the Royal...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Space, Time, and Chinese Architecture Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 31183

Jun Hu

Mon. 9:00-12:00pm

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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Undergraduate Seminar: Lagos: Picturing the African Megacity Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 25455

Ivy Mills

Wednesday: 9:00-12:00pm

Lagos is a city of constant flux, centuries-old cosmopolitanism, endless excitement, boundless potential, unchecked expansion, and 24/7 hustle. For the many millions who call the city home, Lagos life is also defined by daily frustrations, broken dreams, stalled traffic, power outages...

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Venice in the Early Modern World Course Number: HA 190E | CCN: 30048

Todd Olson

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

The artistic heritage of Venice is the combined result of unique local geographic conditions and extensive engagement with a larger multi-cultural world. The material cultures of the Mediterranean – from the Islamic marble intarsia of the Ottoman Empire to the...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Exploring the Etruscans at the Hearst Museum Course Number: HA 192CU | CCN: 32579

Lisa Pieraccini

Thursday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

At the turn of the 20th century Phoebe A. Hearst set out to bring Etruscan antiquities to UC Berkeley for the educational benefit of students, faculty, and the public at large. Some 4,000 Etruscan artifacts (the largest collection in the...

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Rubens Undergraduate Seminar: Renaissance Art and Science: Flemish Scientific Instruments in context Course Number: HA 192D | CCN: 34413

Koenraad Van Cleempoel

Monday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This course starts from the assumption that art and science where strongly related in the Renaissance, which we illustrate by studying a large corpus of scientific instruments, such as astrolabes, globes, sundials and armillary spheres. Representing the concept of ‘materialised...

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

Christopher Hallett

Monday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

There survive from the Roman province of Egypt a large number of mummy cases that were equipped with brilliantly vivid portrait faces painted in encaustic (colored wax — the oil painting of the ancient world). About 1000 survive, and...

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Histories of Photography Course Number: HA 182 | CCN: 04994

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Julia Bryan-Wilson

This course examines the history and strangeness of this medium from its simultaneous invention in more than one country during the early nineteenth century to its practice by artists (and non-artists) today. We will introduce students to the rich theoretical...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art in Public Course Number: HA 192G | CCN: 32043

Lauren Kroiz

Wednesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This seminar explores art’s public presence in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. Class sessions will consider works ranging from monumental sculptures and murals to performances and ephemeral expression, focusing on how various audiences have...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Evolution, Aesthetics, and Art History Course Number: HA 192T | CCN: 19575

Whitney Davis

Tuesday: 9:00-12:00pm

We will look at a body of recent writing in which evolutionary theory intersects with aesthetics and art history, such as Prum’s theory of the evolution of beauty, Rutherford’s study of aesthetic fitness, Davies’s research on the role of art in the evolution...

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Undergraduate Seminar: American Folk Art Course Number: HA 192AC | CCN: 30622

Margaretta Lovell

Friday, 9:00-12:00pm

This seminar will look at specific case studies of the production and use of architecture, paintings, and needlework within specific communities in what is now the United States.  We will look, for instance, at Shaker watercolors and design; Puritan painting...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) and the Global Hispanic World Course Number: HA 192E | CCN: 32042

Todd Olson

Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

The Spanish born artist, who was active in Rome and Naples during the first half of the seventeenth-century, has left a series of works that are remarkable for their repetitiveness. Thumbnail photos of his oil paintings in catalogue raisonées betray...

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Undergraduate Seminar: World Heritage and Digital Media Course Number: HA 192DH | CCN: 32898

Justin Underhill

Monday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

This course will investigate foundational principles of cultural heritage and its material preservation, with a particular focus on emerging threats (such as global warming, religious extremism, and armed conflict) and the technologies being utilized to confront these challenges. Students will...

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American Architecture: UCB Campus Course Number: HA 190G | CCN: 30049

Margaretta Lovell

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 10:00 - 11:00am

This course takes as its subject the U. C. Berkeley campus as a product of many disparate visions about the nature of the institution and the role of the built environment in instruction and in envisioning a landscape of learning....

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Undergraduate Seminar: Psychologies of Art Course Number: HA 192T.1 | CCN: 33403

Henrike C. Lange

Wednesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

"Psychologies of Art” will map important psychological, psychoanalytical, and pathological patterns in art, in the history of art, and in art theory from the late Middle Ages to the present day. In the first third we will trace themes such as...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Where is Home? Issues of Tradition and belonging in Contemporary Asian arts Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 32037

Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

The seminar will look into questions provoked by modern practices of Asian artists that take their homes, exhibitions, and workshops across continents. While in the world of globalization we all are uprooted in one way or another, a question of...

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Latin American Art: Before Columbus Course Number: HA 188A | CCN: 32906

Lisa Trever

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 10:00 - 11:00am

The Western Hemisphere was a setting for outstanding accomplishments in the visual arts for millennia before the arrival of Europeans in the so-called “New World.” This course explores the indigenous artistic traditions of what is now Latin America, from the...

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Sculpture Since Rodin Course Number: HA 186A | CCN: 05014

Jessica Maxwell

By 1900, famous sculptor Auguste Rodin and others of his cohort successfully renovated the traditional practice of sculpture — the academic modeling of ideal figures based on neoclassical precedents in celebration of national heroes, institutions and middle class values. In its place, arose the beginning...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Renaissance Walls & Wall Paintings Course Number: HA 192D | CCN: 31011

Henrike C. Lange

Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

The study of wall painting unites some of the most defining elements of Renaissance artistic practices: Questions of patronage, spirituality, materiality and illusionism, architecture, time, and narrative arise from the many options of covering walls with murals. We will examine...

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

Andrew Stewart

Friday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This is a hands-on seminar designed to introduce qualified students to the "nuts and bolts" of Greek and Roman art, in the form of intensive study of selected objects in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on campus. We shall...

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Etruscan and Roman Painting Course Number: HA C145A/Classics C175F | CCN: 33100

Christopher Hallett, Lisa Pieraccini (Classics)

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

The art of painting was highly valued in ancient Italy from the earliest times. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that the pre-Roman cultures of Italy—such as the Greeks, Leucanians, and Etruscans—all made extensive use of painting in various contexts. This course...

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Buddhist Temple Art & Architecture in Japan Course Number: HA 134A | CCN: 31997

Gregory Levine

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

This course introduces the art and architecture of Buddhist temples in Japan. The Buddhist temple (tera)—monastery, convent, private chapel, hub of devotion and popular culture, and so forth—has been a key religious space in Japan and has had an enduring...

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Undergraduate Seminar: The Art and Monuments of Augustan Rome Course Number: HA 192B.2 | CCN: 24756

Christopher Hallett

Monday, 2:00-5:00pm

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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Digital Travels Course Number: HA C109/English C181 | CCN: 33562

Elizabeth Honig

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 11:00 - 12:00pm

This course introduces tools and methods of the Digital Humanities as they can be used in studying the art and literature of the early modern period. Our focus is on how, around 1600, things were in motion: people, but also...

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Methods and Theories of Art History Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 15903

Whitney Davis

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

This course is required of majors in History of Art. It reviews major paradigms of art-historical method and theory in relation to relevant developments in philosophy, aesthetics, history, anthropology, and other disciplines. Topics include antiquarianism, the legacy of critical idealism...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Colonial Histories, Postcolonial Transcripts: Modern & Contemporary Art of South Asia Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 19979

Atreyee Gupta

Monday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

Do extra-aesthetic conditions exert pressure on artistic form? Do political processes impact art history writing? We will enter these questions via the modern and contemporary art of South Asia. Our deliberations will begin in the nineteenth century, when the Indian subcontinent...

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Ancient Portraiture and Biography (Also Classics 130) Course Number: HA 190B / Classics 130 | CCN: 05015

Christopher Hallett

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: Forensic Imaging and Digital Art History Course Number: HA 192DH | CCN: 34622

Justin Underhill

Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

Digital photography and image processing have radically transformed the production and distribution of visual culture. Although these tools now allow us access to new types of data, and some of them have been widely adopted as infrastructural components of art...

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

Todd Olson

Thursday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

The artistic heritage of Venice is the combined result of unique local geographic conditions and extensive engagement with a larger multi-cultural world. The material cultures of the Mediterranean – from the Islamic marble intarsia of the Ottoman Empire to the...

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Undergraduate Seminar: AR/VR Development for Art History (and Beyond) Course Number: HA 192DH | CCN: 34279

Justin Underhill

Tuesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

“The true method of knowledge is experiment.” -William Blake In this course, we will collaborate to build several AR and VR apps of art historical significance. A series of case studies will explore how museums and cultural heritage specialists use technology...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Tomb Biographies & Rituals from Ancient Italy: Exploring the Etruscans at the Hearst Museum Course Number: HA 192B.3 | CCN: 31190

Lisa Pieraccini

Monday, 9:00-12:00pm

At the turn of the 20th century Phoebe A. Hearst set out to bring Etruscan antiquities to UC Berkeley for the educational benefit of students, faculty, and the public at large. Several thousand artifacts from Tuscany (from funerary and religious...

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Theory of the Copy (Also Rhetoric 189.2) Course Number: HA 190F.3 | CCN: 05058

Winnie Wong

The course surveys critical controversies surrounding fakes, forgeries, imitations, and appropriations from the Late Renaissance to the present day, in European, American, Australian and Chinese art. Each of the images and objects we will examine sparked extensive debates in art...

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Undergraduate Seminar: “Brimming with the Muses’ Gifts”: Ancient Mediterranean Cities in Images and the Imaginary Course Number: HA 192B.1 | CCN: 30050

Diliana Angelova

Monday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This undergraduate seminar has two goals. First, it explores the ways in which ancient urban dwellers imagined and designed their cities. Second, it investigates the notion of the city as an actor and inspiration for ancient artistic and literary production....

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

Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

“I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.” William Morris, 1877 Is art essential to human happiness? What is the role of art in everyday life? Can machines make...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Victorian Art and Beauty Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 25942

Friday | 11:00 - 2:00pm

This course explores the different concepts of beauty in three Victorian art movements—the Pre-Raphaelite movement, the Aesthetic movement, and the Arts and Crafts movement. Pre-Raphaelite beauty was associated with truth to nature; Aesthetic beauty with subjectivity; Arts and Crafts beauty...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Insiders and Outsiders in the Age of Pieter Bruegel Course Number: HA 192E | CCN: 33734

Elizabeth Honig

Tuesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

Taking the work of Pieter Bruegel as its visual focus, this seminar considers how group identification was formed, and what defined exclusion from those groups, in northern Europe of the early- to...

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Whistler to Whiteread: Art in Britain since 1875 Course Number: HA 190G | CCN: 05065

Rather than offering a broad survey, this lecture course will examine some of the key episodes and developments in British art in the period, from J.A.M. Whistler’s radical Falling Rocket—a painting so apparently slapdash and formless that it led to a...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Etruscan Wall Painting: From Here to Eternity Course Number: HA 192B.2 | CCN: 33466

Lisa Pieraccini

Friday | 1:00 - 4:00pm

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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