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Art History Course Offerings

Spring 2020 
Art History Course Schedule & Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Survey Courses - Spring 2020

ARTH 1301 Art History Survey I
Sec. 001: MWF 10:00-10:50 ARCH 01  Mr Rafiei
Sec. 002: TR     9:30-10:50   ART B01  Ms Mailler
Sec. 003: TR     3:30-4:50     ART B01  Dr Elliott

ARTH 2302 Art History Survey II (satisfies multicultural requirement)
Sec. 001: MWF 10:00-10:50  ART B01  Dr Chua
Sec. 002: MWF 12:30-1:50    ARCH 01  Dr Wolff

ARTH 3303 Art History Survey III (writing intensive)
Sec. 001: MWF 11:00-10:50  ARCH 01  Ms Weintraub
Sec. 002: TR      9:30-10:50  ART B01  Dr Orfila

Survey descriptions are available in the Texas Tech University 2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

Undergraduate Upper-level Courses - Spring 2020

ARTH 3320 Medieval Art of Europe
TR 12:30-1:50 ART B01
Instructor: Dr. Elliott
Topic: Gothic Art & Architecture 1140-c.1300
Prerequisites: ARTH 1301 and 3303, or consent of instructor. Writing intensive.

An introduction to the art and architecture of western Europe from the reconstruction of the royal abbey of St-Denis c.1135 to the beginnings of Renaissance art in Italy c.1350. The course will focus on the spiritual and political origins of Gothic architecture, sculpture, and stained glass in France, and follow the style as it spread through England, Spain and Germany. The course will reveal how the collision of northern Gothic with the classical tradition in Italy led to the Renaissance! The goal is to think about what Gothic art was in its own time, how it was perceived by its original audience, and how and why we study it today. Readings, précis, presentations and discussions.

ARTH 3366 18th and 19th Century Art
MW 6:00-7:20PM ART B-01

Instructor: Dr Chua
Topic: Spectacle and Modernity: Art in France and England, 1851-1914
Prerequisites: Suggested: ARTH 2302 (Survey II)

This course will examine art and visual culture in France and England between the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the First World War. We will look at questions of mass consumption and commodity culture, urbanization, new media (photography and film), popular media (eg. the poster and the panorama), the exhibitionary complex, decorative arts, and the meaning of avant-garde modernism. Our focus will be on three interrelated terms: spectacle, image, and dream. Why did the rise of capitalism in the late-19th century rely on such imagistic, dream-like ("impressionist") forms of art? How did the invention or discovery of the "unconscious" in the physiological sciences illuminate hidden processes in society and the economy? And how did commodity culture give rise to a "dream world" of capitalism? Artists and figures to be dealt with will include Manet, Monet, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Seurat, Puvis de Chavannes, Charcot, Marey, William Morris, Whistler, Sickert, and Picasso.

ARTH 4389 20th and 21 Century Art
TR 3:30-4:50PM ARCH 01
Instructor: Dr. Wolff
Topic: Food and Art in the Americas and Beyond, 1920-2020
Prerequisites: Suggested: ARTH 2302 (Survey II) and ARTH 3303 (Survey III)

In the 19th century, the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin famously wrote, "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are," meaning that "taste" is not just a matter of the tongue, but it is also a matter of social subjectivity. Two centuries later, a litany of television shows, films, podcasts, and digital media about food testify to the truth behind Brillat-Savarin's proclamation. To that end, this course considers the relationship between food and representation in the 20th and 21st-century Americas, asking how and to what extent is food visual, and why does that matter? Students consider the ways in which images of food have been active agents of meaning-making in an era of industrial and digital means of production, and what it means to be surrounded by images of food in an age when most of us no longer know how to cook. Students study how the visual, material, and performative qualities of food actively negotiate political ideals, socio-economic status, and attitudes toward race and gender. Interdisciplinary methodologies will be heavily emphasized and the course will examine a variety of media, from modernist still life paintings, to performance art, to Netflix shows about food, and even social media. In addition to writing assignments, students will be asked to create a variety of creative projects related to course material, including a cookbook, and a food/art database.

Graduate Courses - Spring 2020

ARTH 5309 Theories in Contemporary Art
MW 3:30-4:50PM ART B02
Instructor: Dr Orfila

This course will familiarize students with the writings of the most influential theoreticians of the 20th century, and with the way their ideas influenced the creation and interpretation of contemporary art. We will concentrate on the critique of representation, post-humanism, and new media theory. The study of the intersection between contemporary theory and art will allow students to incorporate theoretical ideas in their work, and to use theory for the interpretation of contemporary art.

ARTH 5340 Renaissance and Baroque Art
MW 6:30-7:50PM ART B-02
Instructor: Dr Steele
Topic: Renaissance Venice: Sacred, Secular and Spectacular

The graduate seminar's focus examines Venetians' appreciation of the good life, moral limits, and divine retribution that awaited transgression. The visual arts, legal system, and religious doctrine promoted concepts that defined the ideal family of Venice with Doge as its head as a terrestrial model based upon the divine prototype in which the devout constitute family and Christ its head. Consequently, gendered virtues marked prescribed behavior, while delight in splendor, magnificence, and sensuous pleasure was distinctively modulated in its application to sacred subjects in Venice during an era of religious reform, heterodox beliefs, and Counter Reformation. Graduate projects expand investigation with a mosaic of related themes and topics.

Summer 2020
Art History Course Schedule & Course Descriptions

ARTH 3320.260 Medieval Art of Europe
Summer I: June 1-30, in Rome Italy
Instructor: Dr Elliott
Topic: Art & Architecture of Medieval Rome
Prerequisites: Good academic standing

This course will focus on Rome during the Middle Ages, roughly 300-1300 CE, to explore the "profile" of the city from the time of Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan (making Christianity legal) until the move of the papacy to Avignon in 1309, including the cult of saints and relics, the power of the papacy, the use of ancient remnants (spolia) to build churches, and the many works of art that decorate the churches and civic spaces. We will begin with the necropolis and grottoes beneath St Peter's and a visit to Roman catacombs. We will study the churches built during the reign of Constantine, including the Arch of Constantine, and we will visit the medieval walls, houses, and churches decorated with brilliant mosaics, such as Santa Prassede and the Marian churches of Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Maria in Trastevere.

For the later medieval period and the rise of the mendicant orders, we will visit the Franciscan and Dominican churches in Rome, and make a day trip to Assisi, home of St Francis of Assisi. There we will visit the church dedicated to him which is decorated throughout two levels with frescoes by the leading Italian artists of the thirteenth century. We will also try to retrace a medieval pilgrimage route in Rome. Every site visit will provide an opportunity to examine the relationship of the arts to politics, to historical events, and to religious and devotional practice.

The works of art and architecture in medieval Rome will constitute the documents and the evidence (the material culture) by which we will explore Rome's medieval history and urban developments. We will apply traditional and new art historical research methods: patterns of patronage, iconographic analysis, analysis of the relationship between space and ritual, reception theory, and performance theory. This course also coincides with ART 3324 Advanced Life Drawing: Drawing from Italian Masters and Beyond (Instructor: Professor Sangmi Yoo).