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Undergraduate Seminar: Victorian Orientalisms Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 30623

Tuesday, 9:00-12:00pm

This undergraduate seminar explores the art of the Victorian period (1837–1901) with a focus on orientalisms. We will look at diverse case studies in a range of media including Pre-Raphaelite paintings by William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward...

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Undergraduate Seminar: The Good Life: Leisure, Art, and the Senses in the Ancient Mediterranean and Modern Europe Course Number: HA 192T | CCN: 33472

, Diliana Angelova

Wednesday | 9:00 - 12:00PM

This new undergraduate seminar course examines diverse material expressions and conceptualizations of the good life in the ancient Mediterranean and modern Europe. Co-taught by two professors, the course takes a comparative approach, offering a rare opportunity to study ancient and...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Black Bodies Matter: Photography and Race from the 19th- to the 20th-Century Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 16537

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Monday | 1:00 - 4:00pm

This seminar will use a series of case studies to focus on photography and the representation of and by blacks in the United States and the Caribbean. The seminar will take advantage of the exhibition I have curated at the...

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The Art and Technologies of Modernity in late 19th-Century France Course Number: HA 180C | CCN: 16654

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

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

What form can be given to modernity? What were the national, colonial, class and gender politics of modern self-fashioning in late 19th-century French art? On what basis should we evaluate avant-garde practice? This class will focus on the...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Representing the Body in Indian Art Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 05066

Figural art, both in the form of sculpture and painting, comprises much of art production from India. There is a wide variety in the modes of depicting the human body – over time, region, and across media. In this seminar...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Urban Africa Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 31268

Ivy Mills

Monday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

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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Undergraduate Seminar: AR/VR Development for Art History (and Beyond) Course Number: HA 192DH | CCN: 33293

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: Contemporary Art In/Against Global Crisis: Cairo Course Number: HA 192H | CCN: 30624

Anneka Lenssen

Thursday, 9:00-12:00pm

This seminar takes the city of Cairo, the massive Egyptian capital of some 20 million residents, as a locus for exploring a range of critical artistic practices from the 1970s until the present day, and how these visual experiments shaped...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Hands on at the Hearst: Greek and Roman Art Course Number: HA 192CU | CCN: 31469

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: Evolutionary Aesthetics and the History of Art Course Number: HA 192T | CCN: 24450

Whitney Davis

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

A recent resurgence of interest in evolutionary-developmental 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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Undergraduate Seminar: Roman Mummy Portraits  Course Number: HA 192B/Classics 130 | CCN: 16623

Christopher Hallett

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

There survive from the Roman province of Egypt a large corpus of anthropoid mummy cases that were equipped with brilliantly vivid portrait faces painted in encaustic (colored wax).  About 1000 such portraits survive, and of these about 100 still possess...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Mural Painting in the Ancient Americas Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 05067

Lisa Trever

In this seminar we will study the mural paintings of palaces, temples, and tombs from pre-Hispanic Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru. Our corpus includes the ancient Maya sites of San Bartolo, Bonampak, Xultún, and Calakmul; Teotihuacan and Cacaxtla in Central Mexico...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Representing “3/11”: Cataclysm, Trauma, Memory, and “Slow Violence” Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 16443

Gregory Levine

Thursday | 2:00 - 5:00PM

This seminar seeks to learn from artists in Japan responding to the seismic, tsunami, and radiological disasters that struck Japan on March 3, 2011 and to ask larger questions about representation and disaster: how and where does creative response...

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Theory of the Copy Course Number: HA 190T.2/Rhetoric 136 | CCN: 31488

Winnie Wong

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

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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Ancient Art and the Modern Imagination Course Number: HA 190T.1 | CCN: 16363

Whitney Davis

Tuesday, Thursday | 5:00 - 6:30PM

This course explores modern collections and interpretations of ancient arts broadly and globally defined to include, for example, “prehistoric” arts and indigenous “traditional” arts that have very contemporary expressions (e.g., aboriginal Australia; San cultures of South Africa), focusing on the...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art: Take It, Break It, and Fake It Course Number: HA 192T | CCN: 33031

Gregory Levine

Tuesday | 2:00 - 5:00pm

Why do people take, break, and art—art looting, iconoclasm and vandalism, and forgery? In other words, not the sorts of behaviors conventionally associated with the arts in simple senses of artistic creativity, beauty, and history. As violent, possessive, and deceitful...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Global Tudors Course Number: HA 192E/ English 165.1 | CCN: 19980

Elizabeth Honig

Friday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This seminar challenges us to look back to a time before England’s colonial period and consider how people of the 16th century began to perceive of themselves as part of a truly global world. The class will begin by thinking...

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Allies, Lamas, and Protagonists: Buddhist Arts of Tibet and Mongolia Course Number: HA 190A | CCN: 31508

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 2:00 - 3:00PM

This course will introduce to Buddhist art and architecture in Tibet and Mongolia through architectural examples and case studies roughly following chronological order from imperial Tibet in the 7th century until the rule of Gelug protagonists in the early 20th...

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Race and Representation In The Twentieth Century in the United States Course Number: HA 187AC | CCN: 31489

Lauren Kroiz

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

This class focuses on theories and visualizations of race in the United States during the twentieth century. Class sessions will be organized around chronological case studies of diverse subjects made in varied media, including Thomas Dewing’s tonalist paintings, baby albums...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Popular Visual Cultures of the Global South: Africa in India, India in Africa Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 23518

Ivy Mills

Wednesday, 9:00-12:00pm

In this undergraduate seminar, we will explore horizontal affinities and antipathies in the Global South by tracking flows of visual culture between Africa and India. We will also experiment with a comparative approach that tests analytics developed to understand contemporary...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: The Alterity of Ornament Course Number: HA 192D.2 / HA 262 | CCN: 05303

Todd Olson

Instructor Approval Required 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...

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Classical Greek Art Course Number: HA 141B | CCN: 33721

Jennifer Stager

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

This course surveys Greek sculpture, painting, and architecture from the Persian invasions to the death of Alexander the Great. In addition to close study of the major works (Olympia, the Riace bronzes, the Parthenon, Praxiteles’ Knidian Aphrodite and Hermes, the...

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Contemporary Art and Identity in the United States (Session A) Course Number: HA 187AC | CCN: 12610

Emma Silverman

Since 1945, artists have celebrated the death of the author, created artwork in tandem with identity-based social movements, pushed multiculturalism into the mainstream of the art world, and contributed to the rise of post-identity art. This course explores how race...

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Histories of Photography: Ethics and Activism in Photography of the United States, 1850-present (Session D) Course Number: HA N182 | CCN: 12608

Sarah Cowan

This course examines the profound ambivalence of the photographic medium, a visual technology of both subjugation and empowerment. Looking at a wide array of photographic practices in the United States between 1850 and the present, we will explore how the...

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Undergraduate Seminar: African Power Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 30051

Ivy Mills

Tuesday | 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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Cities and the Arts: New Orleans (Session D) Course Number: HA 108 | CCN: 12606

Elaine Yau

More than parade floats, cheap beads, and “Huge Ass Beers,” the arts of New Orleans encompass an enormous range of creative expression owing to its complex history. Among the most significant threads include the city’s position within French, Spanish, and...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: New Perspectives on Flemish and French Tapestry, 1600–1800 Course Number: HA 192E / HA 270 | CCN: 04854

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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Undergraduate Seminar: Art History and Philosophy Course Number: HA 192T.1 | CCN: 31191

Whitney Davis

Tuesday, 2:00-5:00pm

This seminar explores how different philosophical frameworks enable (or in some cases disable) certain kinds of art historical inquiries. We might look at various kinds of philosophical systems which have been taken up by art historians or have obvious relevance...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Popular Visual Cultures of the Global South: Africa in India, India in Africa Course Number: HA 192M | CCN: 05105

Ivy Mills

We will explore horizontal affinities and antipathies in the Global South by tracking flows of visual culture between Africa and India. We will also consider possibilities opened up by a comparative approach that tests the transferability of analytics developed in...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Selecting, Exhibiting, and Interpreting “Queer Art” Course Number: HA 192T.1/ 290.2 | CCN: 30052

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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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Readings in African American Art / Black Visual Culture Course Number: HA 192F.1 / HA 281 | CCN: 05069

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Undergraduates—instructor approval required.   Room share with African American Studies 144 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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Psychologies of Art: Medieval & Early Modern Europe Course Number: HA 192T.2 | CCN: 31192

Henrike C. Lange

Thursday, 2:00-5:00pm

“Psychologies of Art: Medieval & Early Modern Europe” maps psychological, emotive, and pathological patterns in art, in the history of art, and in art theory from the late Middle Ages to the present day. In this new version of the...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Museum Seminar: Research and Presentation of Works of Art Course Number: HA 192CU | CCN: 05088

Jacquelynn Baas

An exhibition of works of art from the collection of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive opening July 14, 2016 in the museum’s new building, is the focus of a seminar on...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Hands on at the Hearst Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 05088

Andrew Stewart

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...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Visuality, Virtuality and Visibility Course Number: HA 192F.3 / HA 290.1 | CCN: 05075

Whitney Davis

Instructor Approval Required. 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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Global Surrealisms Course Number: HA 192T.2 | CCN: 30056

Anneka Lenssen

Wednesday | 9:00 - 12:00pm

This seminar explores surrealist ideas and their legacy in the visual arts of the global twentieth century. We will take advantage of a recent proliferation of documentary studies of surrealism outside the West to consider a wide distribution of historical...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Cultural Dynamics of Medieval and Early-Modern Manuscripts Course Number: HA 192D.1 | CCN: 05091

In this course we will study medieval and early-modern manuscripts as complex intersections of materiality, aesthetics, politics, and institutionality. In a first part, students will be introduced into the fundamentals of codicology, paleography, and manuscript illumination: a hands-on phase for...

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Transnational Avant-gardes Course Number: HA 190M | CCN: 05064

Anneka Lenssen

This course explores the dreams of newness that traversed modernity’s overlapping geopolitical spaces, 1900-1968, and gave rise to experimental artistic practices around the world. In particular, we focus on the formation and reformation of four paradigms of avant-garde efforts: Futurism...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Breaking Images: Iconoclasms, Past and Present Course Number: HA 192T.3 | CCN: 32558

Diliana Angelova

Wednesday, 2:00-5:00pm

Purposeful image-destruction, or iconoclasm, has occurred many times in the history of art. This undergraduate seminar examines the causes and the theorization of such iconoclasms through a number of case studies, starting with Mesopotamian assault and abduction of statues, and...

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Early Modern French Art and Visual Culture: Renaissance to French Revolution Course Number: HA 175 | CCN: 05055

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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Renaissance Walls & Wall Paintings Course Number: HA 192D.2 | CCN: 05094

Henrike C. Lange

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 decorating walls with frescoes. We will examine...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Reading Photographs of the American West, 1850-1920 Course Number: HA 192F.1 | CCN: 05097

Christine Hult-Lewis

This seminar will focus on three intertwined issues: photography in the American West, the ways in which these photographs were disseminated, and how these images defined and visualized the West for the...

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Methods and Theories of Art History Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 05013

Lauren Kroiz

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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Etruscan and Roman Painting Course Number: HA 145A | CCN: 05028

Christopher Hallett, Lisa Pieraccini (Classics)

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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art and the Modern Interior Course Number: HA 192F.2 | CCN: 05100

Imogen Hart

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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art: Take it, Break it, and Fake it Course Number: HA 192T | CCN: 05105

Gregory Levine

This undergraduate seminar considers the visual arts in relation to behaviors that are generally deemed pernicious or at least provocative or sensational—art looting and theft, iconoclasm and vandalism, and forgery. Not, in other words, the sorts of behaviors one might...

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Art in Late Antiquity Course Number: HA 151 | CCN: 05037

Diliana Angelova

This class examines the complex artistic, religious, and cultural transformations that took place in the ancient Mediterranean world in the period from the emperor Constantine (306-337) to the rise of Islam in...

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Visual Activism Course Number: HA 190F | CCN: 05055

Julia Bryan-Wilson

How has visual culture played a contested role within the social movements of the last several decades? How, we might ask, is activism made visible; how does it erupt (or disappear) with collective fields of vision? Drawing upon South...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Theorizing the Global Early Modern, South Asia 1550-1850 Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 05055

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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Elizabethan Renaissance: Art, Culture, and Visuality Course Number: 169A | CCN: 05046

Elizabeth Honig

This course has two goals: to explore visual culture and the role of visuality in renaissance England, and to develop research skills. Elizabeth I’s long reign saw a remarkable flowering of the arts.  Her unique position as a female monarch surrounded...

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Early Chinese Art and Archaeology Course Number: HA 130A | CCN: 05027

Patricia Berger

As the first part of a multi-semester overview of the history of Chinese art, this course focuses on visual and material culture in what is now China from the 5th millennium BCE to the end of the Han dynasty (220...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Religious Images and the Quest for God, 300-800 Course Number: HA 192C | CCN: 05106

Diliana Angelova

This undergraduate seminar (open also to graduate students) explores the emergence of Christian religious art and its role in the teaching the stories recounted in the sacred books of Christianity, understanding theology, and approaching the divine through contemplation. Topics covered...

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Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Latin America Course Number: HA 171 | CCN: 05054

Todd Olson

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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Introduction to Islamic Art Course Number: HA C121A | CCN: 05027

Anneka Lenssen

This course introduces students to the art, architecture, and visual and material cultures in Islamic contexts, from the 7th through the 19th centuries. In the first half of the course, we examine the aesthetic manifestations of Islam within the context...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art and Evolution Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 05109

Imogen Hart

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

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Persia and the West Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 05103

Sabrina Maras

This seminar will take an in-depth look at the relationship between ancient Persia (from the time of Cyrus the Great to the rule of the Sassanians) and its neighbors westward (specifically, Greece and Rome). Beginning with a survey of...

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Theories & Methods for a Global History of Art Course Number: HA 101 | CCN: 05026

Lisa Trever, Sugata Ray

Simply put, art history is a history of image worlds, objects, and material practices. Could art history, then, help us better understand the haptic and visual potential of the latest iPad, the deification of the natural environment in ancient India...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Mural Painting and the Ancient Americas Course Number: HA 192L | CCN: 05112

Lisa Trever

In this seminar we will study the wall paintings of palaces, temples, and tombs from pre-Hispanic Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru with an emphasis on the early periods prior to the Aztec and Inca empires. Secondarily, we will examine colonial, modern...

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Contemporary Art in the Americas Course Number: HA 186C | CCN: 05055

Julia Bryan-Wilson

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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Archaic Greek Art and Architecture (750-480 B.C.) Course Number: HA 141A | CCN: 05040

Andrew Stewart

Greek architecture, sculpture, painting, and luxury crafts from the late Geometric period to the Persian invasions. In addition to close study of the major works, we shall be paying particular regard to their cultural context and to key issues such...

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Histories of Photography Course Number: HA N182 | CCN: 14630

Alexandra Courtois de Vicose

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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Cities and the Arts: Beijing and Shanghai Course Number: HA 108 | CCN: 14620

Rosaline Kyo

Beijing, with its long imperial history in northern China, and Shanghai, a relatively young port city to the south, present two contrasting cases of the complex relationship between urban spaces and the arts in China. While the northern capital’s artistic...

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Theories and Methods of Art History Course Number: HA N100 | CCN: 14615

Charles Oliver O'Donnell

Required for majors in History of Art. As an academic discipline, art history is constantly evolving. While this fact seems rather banal and commonplace in our fast-paced, science-dominated 21st century, it points towards an important and frequently overlooked truth: as...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Pieter Bruegel’s Renaissance Course Number: HA 192E | CCN: 05121

Elizabeth Honig

Undergraduate Seminar: A) Europe and Mediterranean; II) 1200-1800. This course looks at the artistic production of Pieter Bruegel as a particular window onto some of the biggest issues of Renaissance thought: the place of man in the cosmos, selfhood and self-knowledge...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Love in Ancient and Medieval Art Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 05118

Diliana Angelova

Undergraduate Seminar: A) Europe and Mediterranean; I) prehistoric-1200, II) 1200-1800. This class explores the concept of romantic love in ancient (Greek and Roman) and medieval (Byzantine and western medieval) art and literature. The material covered encompasses two different religious contexts (pagan...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Modern Art and the Modern Imagination Course Number: HA 192F.2/290.3 | CCN: 05126

Whitney Davis

This seminar is open to qualified undergraduates and to graduate students. Undergraduate Seminar: A) Europe and Mediterranean, E) transcultural; I) prehistoric-1200, III) 1800-present. It explores the historiography of the study of ancient arts and more broadly the reception of ancient arts...

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Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Human Rights and the Arts in Modern China Course Number: HA 192A.2/HA 230 | CCN: 05117

Patricia Berger

Upper Division Seminar: B) Asia; III) 1800-present. 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 of speech and expression, which...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art in Public Course Number: HA 192G | CCN: 05127

Lauren Kroiz

Upper Division Seminar: A) Europe and Mediterranean; C) Americas; III) 1800-present. 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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Picturing the New World: Illustrated Manuscripts from Early Colonial Mexico and Peru Course Number: HA 192L | CCN: 05130

Lisa Trever

Upper Division Seminar: C) Americas; II) 1200-1800. In this seminar we will delve into the texts and images of four remarkable illustrated manuscripts created during the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Created by various agents—Spanish friars and indigenous authors and artists—these four...

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Promiscuous Gods, Gendered Monsters, and Other Urban Beasts: Art in Early India Course Number: HA 136A | CCN: 05061

Sugata Ray

Upper Division Lecture: B) Asia, E) Transcultural; I) prehistoric-1200. Tricksters. Multiple realities. Androgynes. Animals. Monsters. Evil. Bestiality. Nirvana. Early India is a rich source of creative myths, literary texts, and visual practices that offer a glimpse into the social, cultural, and...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Maximum City: Visualizing the South Asian Metropolis Course Number: HA 192A.1 | CCN: 05115

Sugata Ray

Upper Division Seminar: B) Asia, E) transcultural; II) 1200-1800. Every city feels different, sounds different, smells different, and has distinctive urban cultures. We walk, we stroll, we see. But what do we see when we walk in the city? To what...

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Hellenistic Art (ca. 336-30 B.C.) Course Number: HA 141C | CCN: 05073

Andrew Stewart

Upper Division Lecture: A) Europe and Mediterranean, D) Middle East/Africa; I) prehistoric-1200. “Hellenistic” means “late Greek,” and this class is about Greek art after the classical period. Now completely restructured and revised, it covers Greek architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaic, and...

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Relics, Reliquaries, and Cult Images. The Revival of Monumental Sculpture in Western Course Number: HA 155A | CCN: 05073

Upper Division Lecture: A) Europe and Mediterranean; I) prehistoric-1200. This lecture course is an introduction to Western medieval art. It explores the origins and transformations of Christian visual culture. It will focus on monumental free-standing sculpture, which largely disappeared from...

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Methods and Theories of Art History Course Number: HA 100 | CCN: 05034

Whitney Davis

This course is required of undergraduate majors in History of Art, but it is also open to other interested students. It reviews some of the principal methods of art historical analysis and theories of art history, including connoisseurship, “formalism,” iconography...

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American Architecture: The U. C. Berkeley Campus Course Number: HA 190G | CCN: 05097

Margaretta Lovell

Upper Division Lecture: C) Americas; III) 1800-present. 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...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art and Evolution Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 05124

Upper Division Seminar: A) Europe and Mediterranean, C) Americas; III) 1800-present. This course explores the profound effect of evolutionary theory on modern art in Europe and the United States. Artists explored new ideas about sexual selection, the struggle for existence...

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Mosque Lamps and Electric Hearts: Modern Art in the Middle East, 1834-1954 Course Number: HA 190M | CCN: 05100

Anneka Lenssen

Upper Division Lecture: D) Middle East/Africa; III) 1800-present. This lecture course explores the images, objects, and spaces of a century of efforts to make art and visual culture modern – often radically so – in the geopolitical territory called the...

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Buddhist Images in the Modern & Contemporary World: Icons, Art, and Popular Visual Culture Course Number: HA 134C | CCN: 05049

Gregory Levine

Upper Division Lecture: B) Asia; III) 1800-present. This course explores the Visual Cultures of Buddhist Modernism, namely the visual forms, materials, places, ideas, and powers associated with Buddhist imageries in diverse situations and communities of the global modern and contemporary...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Global Surrealisms Course Number: 192M | CCN: 05345

Anneka Lenssen

This seminar explores surrealist ideas and practices and their legacy in the visual arts of the global twentieth century. We will take advantage of a recent proliferation of documentary studies of surrealism outside the West to consider a wide distribution...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Reformation, Iconoclasm and the Origins of Northern Baroque Course Number: HA 192D | CCN: 05063

Koenraad Jonckheere

Although it was the era in which, for the very first time, writings on (religious) art were published in the Netherlands (both in Latin and the vernacular), the Iconoclastic era (1566-1585) has rarely drawn the attention of art historians. Yet...

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Art & Science Course Number: HA C158/ History C188A | CCN: 04961

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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Undergraduate Seminar: Photography, Archaeology and Maya Ruins: the Frenchman Désiré Charnay in Mexico Course Number: HA 192L | CCN: 05300

Lisa Trever, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

This seminar will focus on the extraordinary photographs of Mexico by the French nineteenth-century photographer Désiré Charnay during his first voyage of 1857-1861. Already an experienced photographer (he took up the medium in 1853 in Paris), he photographed Maya ruins...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Transatlantic Modernisms Course Number: HA 192F | CCN: 05065

Lauren Kroiz

This seminar explores the art and material culture of the United States and Europe at the turn of the twentieth century. Class sessions will be organized around case studies of diverse subjects in diverse media, including Aubrey Beardsley’s erotic Art...

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Southern Baroque Art Course Number: HA 170 | CCN: 04976

Todd Olson

“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, Poussin, and Velázquez to name a few. Rather than trying to convince you that they are in...

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Theory of the Copy Course Number: HA 190T / Rhet 136 | CCN: 05033

Winnie Wong

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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Undergraduate Seminar: Priest, Warrior, King: Images as Propaganda in the Ancient Near East Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 05057

Sabrina Maras

This seminar will take an in-depth look at royal art as a tool for political propaganda and the indoctrination of cultural and religious beliefs in the world of the ancient Near East (c. 3000 BC- 320 BC). Emphasis will be...

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Buddhist Icons in Japan Course Number: HA 134B | CCN: 04937

Gregory Levine

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; iconotexts and relics; and art historical praxis....

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Prayers, Paradox, and Peasants: Art of the Northern Renaissance Course Number: HA 190E | CCN: 05024

Elizabeth Honig

In 1566, the great iconoclasm in the Netherlands signaled the revolt of a modern, middle-class, trade-based polity against its distant Catholic monarch, the King of Spain. In the previous 150 years, the Netherlands had undergone remarkably rapid social, religious, and...

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Art, Architecture, and Design in the United States (1782-present) Course Number: HA 185A | CCN: 05000

Margaretta Lovell

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 centuries in what is now the...

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Histories of Performance Art Course Number: HA 190H | CCN: 05033

Julia Bryan-Wilson

In 1971, UC Irvine graduate Chris Burden was shot in the arm with a gun in front of a small audience; this act has become a classic in the history of performance art. How might we understand this gesture of...

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The Classical Painting Tradition in China Course Number: HA 131B | CCN: 04925

Ping Foong

Beginning with the post-Han period (after the third century) and ending with China’s final imperial dynasty, the Manchu Qing (1644-1912), this course will take a chronological and topical approach to the classical tradition of Chinese painting as it was expressed...

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Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age Course Number: HA 190B | CCN: 05011

Kim Shelton

Room share: Classics 172 This course is an introductory overview of the ancient civilizations of the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BCE) Aegean: Crete, the Cyclades, Mainland Greece, and Western Anatolia. It is intended to expose you to the sites, monuments, art, and...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Art in Public Course Number: HA 192G | CCN: 05069

Lauren Kroiz

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: Visual Culture and British India Course Number: HA 192F.2 | CCN: 05066

This seminar engages with recent groundbreaking scholarship in the field of art and the British Empire, focusing on visual material relating to British India in the nineteenth century. We will consider a range of media, including prints, photographs, sculpture, painting...

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Undergraduate Seminar (Modern/Contemporary): Art as Appropriation Course Number: HA 192F.1 | CCN: 05063

Jessica Maxwell

In an effort to articulate his own procedure for creative quotation, artist Glenn Ligon once recited Jasper Johns’ famous sketchbook note: “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” These influential instructions begin to describe the...

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Undergraduate Seminar in the Digital Humanities: Sound & Vision in the Built Environment Course Number: HA 192DH | CCN: 05059

This course will consider how human beings engineer perceptual experiences. We will explore the relationship between architecture, acoustics, and illumination in a series of case studies. We will pay close attention to the pictures situated in these environments. Do they...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) and the Global Hispanic World Course Number: HA 192D.1 | CCN: 05057

Todd Olson

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: Identity and Politics in Contemporary Art of East Asia Course Number: HA 192A | CCN: 05048

Orna Tsultem

As the title indicates, the course will have two main foci of discussion: the construction of identity and politics broadly defined during the 20th and 21st centuries. Here we will consider arts within political regimes; politics of display, and politics...

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Undergraduate Seminar: Commemorating Augustus Course Number: HA 192B | CCN: 05051

The year 2014 marks the 2000 anniversary of the death of the first emperor of Rome, Augustus. Even before his death, Augustus was the subject of a great number of commemorative monuments and memorials in a variety of genres...

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Muslim Spain Course Number: HA 190C | CCN: 05012

Heba Mostafa

Room share: NES 190D From its earliest beginnings as an Umayyad province and up until the 15th century, al-Andalus acted as a lynch pin within the Mediterranean world. Connecting the Islamic empire in the East and forging links of trade and...

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