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DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY

Course Supplement – Fall 2014

Updated: May 23, 2014

 

The Art History Department welcomes students of all disciplines. Our courses provide students with the skills needed to analyze the visual arts on their own, and to build an understanding of the relationships between artistic traditions and the cultures that produce them.

 

ARTH 11100-all sections EPISODES IN WESTERN ART LA HU 3b, g h [CA perspective; Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; A World of Systems]

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01 & 04: Josh Franco, Gannett G107, Ext. 4-1852, jfranco@ithaca.edu 

Sections 02 & 03: Stephen Clancy, Gannett G117, Ext. 4-1261, clancy@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 28  

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Mainly first and second year students seeking an introduction to art history. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO SENIORS.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will introduce students to the study of art, by focusing on particular times and places that have played key roles in shaping our view of western art history. We will investigate art that was produced around these crucial points in western history, as well as what preceded and what followed these turning points. The course will also pursue recurrent themes in western art history, such as conceptions of the body, forms of visual narrative, the art of spirituality, images of death and mortality, and images of power and propaganda. In addition, we will explore the ways in which western cultural production has been defined through contact with cultures deemed to be "outside" of the western tradition. Basic methods and vocabulary of art historical investigation will be stressed.    

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and lecture.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams and written assignments; consideration given to attendance and class participation in grading.

 

ARTH 11300-all sections ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE LA FA 3b [CA Perspective; Theme: The Quest for a Sustainable Future]

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Brcak, Gannett G114, Ext. 4-3482, brcak@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: Section 01: 56; Discussion Sections 02 & 03: 28 per section

PREREQUISITES: None.                                             

STUDENTS: Inquisitive people drawn from throughout the College. ARTH 11300 is also an essential preliminary course in architectural studies for those who wish to continue in that field. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO SENIORS.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Elements of Architecture will acquaint students with the art of making buildings through a discussion of a variety of topics, among them materials, structure, mechanics, space, and light. Architectural theory will also be introduced, from the ideas of Vitruvius through some of the more provocative pronouncements of today. The course will also feature architectural vocabulary, whose mastery is necessary for the analysis and understanding of architectural forms. Also essential are an understanding of the tools and techniques used by architects – i.e., plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, models, etc., to make and study buildings. Finally, Elements of Architecture will consider the activity surrounding the creation of architecture, including the interaction of architects, clients, builders, and even the natural forces that act upon buildings. All students enroll in Section 01 (lecture) and EITHER Section 02 (discussion) or Section 03 (discussion).

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, studio, interactive website.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Periodic writing assignments; 2 examinations; drawings and model making assignments. Grading based on an assessment of all work, written and oral.

 

ARTH 11400-all sections ARCHITECTURE ACROSS CULTURES LA FA 3b, g h [CA Perspective; Themes: Mind, Body, Spirit; The Quest for a Sustainable Future]

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon

ENROLLMENT: 28

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines with an interest in architecture. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO SENIORS.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An investigation of the history of world architecture in its local and global contexts with attention to the architectural impacts of differing climates, materials, and practices and the ways in which cultural identities can be read in the built environment. Study of architecture’s role in framing intellectual inquiry (mind), shaping physical experience (body), and symbolizing beliefs (spirit) through effects of form, structure and light; analysis of the architectural consumption of resources historically and the role of building activity in future energy consumption.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Digital presentation with discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Course reader and textbooks. Exams, reading responses, project. Grading based on written work and class participation.

 

ARTH 13500-all sections INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL CULTURE LA HU 3b, g h [CA Perspective; Themes: Identities; Power and Justice]                                                                                    

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28 per section

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Those with little or no background in art history. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO SENIORS.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Visual representations are fundamental to our understanding of the world around us. We make, take, consume, and share them throughout the course of our daily lives. Addressing both historical and contemporary images, students in this course will ask how and what images mean while seeking to understand their historical and cultural context. ​This course carries both the Identities and Power & Justice thematic designations and the CA perspective.​​

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, image-based discussion, small-group work.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on class participation, exams, reading responses, a short paper, and a presentation.

 

ARTH 20100-01 PRACTICING ART HISTORY LA  

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 12

PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing and permission of the instructor.

STUDENTS: This course is required for art history majors. Also open to minors and others with related interests.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: What is art history? How do we "practice" it? This course addresses the theories and methods that inform the work done by art historians. We will engage some classic texts as well as more recent challenges from within the discipline. Discussions about the history of the discipline, professional and academic careers, and ethics and standards will be included. Students will develop skills in critical reading, the evaluation of sources, and will distinguish between a variety of approaches to images in order to build student self-awareness in their own research work. This course will involve critical reading, engaged discussion, field trips, and presentations. 

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Some lectures but mostly discussions and small group work.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation; papers and other written exercises; and an oral presentation.

 

ARTH 20400-01 VISUAL CULTURE OF SCIENCE LA HU 3b [CA perspective; Themes: Inquiry, Imagination and Innovation; A World of Systems]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gary Wells, Gannett G109, Ext. 4-1247, wells@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing

STUDENTS: Students interested in visual culture, art, art history, and science.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the intersection of visual culture and science. Students will examine and analyze the ways in which images have been used to document and explain the methods and discoveries of scientific inquiry. Through lecture and discussion, we will consider conventions of representation, semantic encoding, and cultural references of scientific illustrations and visualizations. We will also consider the impact of science on popular visual culture and art since the early 17th century. Examples will be drawn from astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics, among other fields.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and lecture.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades based on participation, exams, and research projects.

 

ARTH 22300-01 JEWISH IMAGERY, IMAGES OF JEWS LA HU 3b, g h [CA and HM perspectives; Themes: Identities; Power and Justice]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Clancy, Gannett G117, Ext. 4-1261, clancy@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: All interested students are welcome, including those with little or no experience in art history.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will explore the ways in which images, objects, and architecture have shaped and expressed ideas about Jewish culture and identity, by both Jews and non-Jews. Traditional approaches to western art history neglect Jewish architectural and artistic production, under the fiction that Jewish culture has been, historically, an "artless" one.  However, cultural production in service of Jewish worship and Jewish communities was (and remains) rich and formative, relying upon and contributing to the architectural and artistic traditions of Europe and the Mediterranean basin.  The course will explore Jewish visual culture by considering (1) the question of how to define "Jewish" art and "Jewish" art history; (2) historical developments in Jewish art, architecture, and ritual objects – ranging from ancient synagogues through modern works by artists such as Chagall and Rothko – that created distinctive Jewish visual identities while at the same time adapting to politically dominant non-Jewish visual cultures; (3) the nature of (and motivations for) representations of Jews, manipulations of Jewish art, and appropriations of Jewish art history in contexts where, in the past, Jewish visual culture and identity were rejected, subverted, or obliterated. Cross-listed with JWST 22300; students may not receive credit for both JWST 22300 and ARTH 22300.  

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, lecture, and in-class activities based on images and readings.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Online readings, exams, and written projects. Regular attendance and participation are expected. Grades based on required work, with consideration given to level of attendance and class participation.

 

ARTH 23200-all sections ARCHITECTURE FROM RENAISSANCE TO REVOLUTION LA FA 3b, g h         [CA Perspective; Themes: Identities; Power and Justice]

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren O'Connell, Gannett G118, Ext. 4-1377, oconnell@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 28 

PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: Students interested in architecture, European culture and history.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Exploration of European architecture from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, focusing on its role in shaping and expressing social, religious and political identities and its status as a monumental vehicle for the assertion and contestation of power.  Topics include class representation and the Florentine palazzo, Counter-Reformation church architecture in Bavaria, absolute monarchy and the French formal garden, and architectural resistance and the French Revolution.  Includes close attention to elements of architectural form and structure; critical examination of concepts such as Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical.

 

ARTH 23300-01 GREAT SPACES: INTRODUCTION TO URBAN DESIGN LA FA 3b, g h

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren O'Connell, Gannett G118, Ext. 4-1377, oconnell@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 28

PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: Students interested in architectural design, landscape architecture, and city form.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the history of open space design around the world with emphasis on the city. Examination of the principles that generate successful spaces at several scales, from pocket parks to public squares, and of the cultural meanings embedded in urban space. Case study analysis of local spaces through basic 3-D computer modeling in SketchUp.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Digital presentations with discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based primarily on exams, modeling projects and participation.

 

ARTH 24000-01 NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE LA FA 3b, h

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Brcak, Gannett G114, Ext. 4-3482, brcak@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 28

PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: All interested students are welcome. Students with particular interests in the radical cultural developments of the twentieth century are especially welcome.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a selective overview of the development of architectural modernism from the late eighteenth century to the present that includes a discussion of radical cultural, political, and economic developments, new conceptualizations of history, technological developments, and novel written and built architectural vocabularies. We will pay particular attention to modernism as a global phenomenon spanning “western” and “non-western” contexts.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Illustrated lectures and discussions.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams and written assignments. Regular attendance and participation in discussion is required. Grading based on written work and class participation.

 

ARTH 26500-all sections MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART LA HU 3b, g h [CA perspective; Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Identities; Attribute: DV ** pending **]                                       

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett G111, Ext. 4-1254, jjolly@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 28 per section

PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines interested in the history of art and/or Latin America.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to art produced in Latin America from the Independence period (19th century) through the 20th century. Chief among its concerns will be identifying competing definitions of what it means to be “modern” and what it means to be Latin American. In addition we will consider themes including nationalism and internationalism, race and representation, the art market, and the relationship between art, politics, and social movements, as well as major art movements in Latin America: modernismo, the Mexican Mural Movement, Surrealism, Constructivism, Nuevo figuración, conceptual art and Chicano/a Art, among others.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: A series of papers and class participation.

 

ARTH 30100-01 ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO I: FUNDAMENTALS OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND DRAWING LA FA            

4 credits

INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon
ENROLLMENT: 9

PREREQUISITES: Junior standing; ARTH 11300 or 11400; ART 13000; and any Architectural Studies course at the 200-level. 

STUDENTS: Students pursuing the Architectural Studies major and students interested in developing design as a method of inquiry and exploring the relationship between ideas and material form are also welcome.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to basic concepts of architectural design through a graduated series of exercises and readings. Basic techniques of architectural communication, including drawing, model-making, and simple 3D computer modeling are introduced in the context of controlled investigations of architecture’s formal properties, functional demands, and social ramifications.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Studio course with individual and group critiques and presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Textbooks. Drawing and modeling supplies up to $250. Multiple projects, reading responses. Grading based on evaluation of drawn and written work, presentations, and class participation.

 

ARTH 35000-01 STUDIES IN ART FROM BAROQUE TO MODERN: MODERN ART IN PARIS LA HU

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Gary Wells, Gannett 109, Ext. 4-1247, wells@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 15

STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines with an interest in modern art, art history, the city of Paris, and French culture.

PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the fine arts or humanities, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the role of the city of Paris in the development of art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Three themes will be investigated: the social, historical and political role of Paris as a center for art; images in and of the city of Paris; and the interdisciplinary artistic environment of the city of Paris. The goal is to build an understanding the development of modernism in geographical and historical context. The course will illuminate the relationships between artists and their environment as a catalyst for artistic innovation. Lectures and discussions will address literature, music, and popular culture as well as the visual arts.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on regular attendance and participation, short quizzes, contributions to a shared digital project, presentations, and individual research projects.

 

ARTH 38400-01 FIELDWORK IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY NLA

1 credit

INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon, dsalomon@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 6

PREREQUISITES: Permission of instructor.

STUDENTS: Students in the Architectural Studies major.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines the relationship between architecture and architectural history by exploring architecture in situ. Expands on conventional research in architecture with case studies, workshops, and site visits, to allow students the opportunity to engage in doing architectural history while learning about its methods. Specific focus will vary by semester. Intended for students who have taken at least one ARTH course in the study of architecture. This course may be repeated once for credit if the focus changes. Topic for Fall 2014 will be the architecture of New York State and its representation in encyclopedia-style synopses.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and site visits.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on completion of reading responses/documentation exercises; productive engagement in seminar discussion of readings; active participation in site visits; preliminary case study draft and documentation; final case study report(s).

 

ARTH 48000-01 SENIOR PORTFOLIO: ARCHITECTURE LA FA

1 credit

INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon, dsalomon@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9

PREREQUISITES: Senior standing; ARTH 30100.

STUDENTS: Students graduating from the Architectural Studies major.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A capstone course for students in the Architectural Studies major. Students must design, produce, and submit a portfolio by the end of the course. The portfolio is a compilation of design projects produced in academic settings, along with relevant two- or three-dimensional work in the visual arts, and written work.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Studio course with individual critiques and presentations. Class meets once a week during Block I. Outside class, each student will continue to assemble and refine the portfolio.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Textbooks. Grading based on drawn and written work, presentations, and class participation.

 

ARTH 49300-01 EXHIBITION SEMINAR: LA HU

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett G111, Ext. 4-1254, jjolly@ithaca.edu 

ENROLLMENT: 10

PREREQUISITES: 3 courses in Art History, senior standing

STUDENTS: Those meeting the pre-requisites with an interest in museum studies

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar will address the issues of exhibition-related curatorial work, and students will work together to curate an online exhibition, as well as possibly contribute to an exhibition at the Museum of the Earth. Subjects covered include exhibition planning, organization, and installation; producing catalogues and didactic materials; developing and implementing related programming; and the challenges in each phase of exhibition development from the original idea to its full realization. The student-curated exhibitions will serve as hands-on case studies of the larger social, historical, and theoretical issues surrounding the poetics and politics and display.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Roundtable discussion with collaborative and individual projects, as well as hands-on work with artifacts.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Texts; course readings; group and individual work; exhibition, catalogue and programming development and implementation; and presentations. Grading based on participation (group and individual); catalogue, exhibition and programming; presentations; and professionalism.

 

ARTH 49400-01 INTERNSHIP: ART HISTORY NLA

1 to 4 credits

INSTRUCTOR: staff 

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Three courses in art history, sophomore standing or above, permission of the instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The internship provides opportunity to gain practical experience working in a gallery, museum, or cultural institution under the joint supervision of a member of the museum staff and an Ithaca College faculty member.  Internships are arranged individually at the student’s request, subject to the availability of an appropriate museum or gallery slot.
 

ARTH 49700-01 INDEPENDENT STUDY: ART HISTORY LA HU FA 

1 to 4 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Staff

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Offered only on demand and by special permission.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Program of special reading and research under the supervision of a specialist in art history. 

 

ARTH 49800-01 SENIOR INTERNSHIP NLA

3 to 4 credits

INSTRUCTOR: staff 

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Art History major with senior standing or permission of the department Chair and permission of the instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An opportunity for senior Art History majors to gain practical experience in the fields of art and architectural history, under the joint supervision of a site supervisor and an Ithaca College faculty member. Internships are arranged individually by the student and are subject to the availability of an appropriate internship position.
 

 

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