Hi friends—since we are in the middle of advising week, here is a description of the two Art History electives I am offering in the Spring. Email me if you have more questions!
ARTH 302, Survey of Modern Art (MW, 4-5:15)
This is a visual history class that covers 20th century art, which includes Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, and well-known artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, Jackson Pollack, and Andy Warhol. It is a great way to learn about 20th century history and become more culturally literate. Students will take three tests, write two short (5-6 page) papers, and read approx. 40 pages per week.
ARTH 480, Special Topics: American Modernism (TTh, 1-2:15)
This seminar focuses on a small group of American Artists in New York City in the 1920’s, ‘30’s, and early ‘40’s. We will discuss the rise of early Photography (Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams) the beginnings of Abstraction (Kandinsky, Duchamp, O’Keeffe), the crucial Armory Show of 1913, and the concept of the Avant-garde in America. As a focused seminar, we’ll read writing from the time period by these artists and their critics as well as texts written by modern scholars about their artwork. Students will take three tests, write two short (5-6 page) papers, and read approx. 60 pages per week. This class is not suggested for Freshmen.