Graduate Art History Courses

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Graduate Courses

ARH 510 Contemporary Art Criticism (A)

Examines art of made throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries, while simultaneously exploring how the "art world" both reflects and resists societal influences. 3 Cr.

ARH 518 Women in Art (B)

Examines the contributions and creations of women to the visual arts throughout history, with an emphasis on the women artists of the last two centuries. Students will gain an understanding of artistic techniques and movements and become familiar with the social and political history of women, in order to understand how such conditions affect artistic production. 3 Cr.

ARH 519 Nineteenth Century Art (A)

Covers the art of 19th Century Europe and America, with emphasis on patronage and the artistic movements that dominated the century. 3 Cr.

ARH 520 Twentieth Century Art (A)

Examines the major trends and developments of the 20thcentury, primarily in Europe and the United States. Explores how biographical, social, cultural, and political forces influenced various artists. Helps students to understand how are making is not a practice in isolation, but an expression of how creators respond to their interior and exterior worlds. 3 Cr.

ARH 525 Renaissance Art (A)

Examines art and architecture from 15th-and 16th-centuries in Western Europe. 3 Cr.

ARH 531 American Art (A)

Surveys art, architecture, and popular culture from colonial era to the present. 3 Cr.

ARH 541 Art Abroad (A)

Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

Field trips overseas focusing on selected topics in art history. Could be repeated for credit. 3-6 Cr.

ARH 561 History of Photography (A)

(Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Surveys the development of photographic processes and the movements and artists that have influenced photography. 3 Cr.

ARH 563 Contemporary Photography and Imaging Survey (A)

Surveys the visual and media arts since World War II, with primary emphasis on photography and secondary emphasis on the mass media, the book arts, the time-based arts, installation art, etc. 3 Cr.

ARH 565 Alternative Views of Art (A)

Examines and explores art and culture from radically different points of view. Attempts to expand awareness of the multiplicity of world cultures by including subjects, voices and imagery that are often subordinated by traditional institutions of the West such as museums and mainstream commercial media. Uses strategies and disciplines including anthropology, women's studies, subculture, cyborg theory, political activism and liberation pedagogy to see western art in a different light. Encourages the development of different means of practice in addition to expanded theoretical frameworks for looking at art. 3 Cr.

ARH 566 Curatorial Outlooks (B)

Curators play a key role in mappying the ever-shifting boarders of the art world. From the traditional role of a keeper of collections to the more recent interpretation as one who selects and interprets a particular exhibit, the position of curator is a powerful one. This course will identify the role of curators and examine the work of curators who have been influential in their respective fields. *elective 3 Cr.

ARH 570 Asian Art (A)

Studies Indian, Chinese, and Japanese arts from their origins to the 19th Century, with emphasis on Buddhist art, and Chinese influences on the arts of Japan. 3 Cr.

ARH 590 Topics in Art History (A)

Reserved for topics unlisted in this catalog. May be repeated for credit. 1-3 Cr.

ARH 599 Independent Study in Art History (A)

Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

Designed individually through consultation between student and instructor to suit the needs and interests of the student, and the special competence of the instructor. Additional requirements may be established by the department. Variable Credit. 3-6 Cr.

ARH 661 History of Photography II (A)

This course provides a survey of the medium's history from early experiments to present. It provides an overview of photography's development and its impact on society as both an artistic, cultural and sociological phenomenon. It also familiarizes students with existing histories of photography, and addresses some of the problems of defining a visual history through photographic collections. 3 Cr.

ARH 664 Media Culture (A)

Explores the culture of media through image production and dissemination, sequence and montage and the media environment. Through readings, archival research and direct observations of contemporary life, explores how individuals and groups respond to and manipulate images to make sense of their lives. Examines how images work as a language and how images and words function together. Considers how images construct our environment and social world. Analyzes the practices of mass and alternative media in relation to emerging systems of information. 3 Cr.

ARH 691 Research Topics in Photographic History (A)

Students in this seminar will form small research teams; with each team, under guidance, developing a specific project from the resources and materials available from the visual collections at the Visual Studies Workshop or in Rochester. The students will research the background history and specific information relative to their chosen topic, then produce an "exhibition" of those materials either in a computer-generated exhibition catalog, or on-line, or as a physical show in the small gallery spaces at VSW. Each student will keep a written journal of their experiences and progress throughout the course of the project. 3 Cr.