Courses: Current and Upcoming

Current Semester Courses

SPRING 2016

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; Theme(s): Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; A World of Systems]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR:  Frances Gallart-Marques, Gannett G107, Ext. 4-1852, fgallart@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 11300-01 ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE LA FA 3b [CA Perspective; Theme(s): The Quest for a Sustainable Future] 
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon, Gannett G119, Ext. 4-1380, dsalomon@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28
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.  
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, studio, interactive website.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Periodic writing assignments; 2-3 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; Theme(s): Mind, Body, Spirit; The Quest for a Sustainable Future]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lauren O’Connell, Gannett G118, Ext. 4-1377, oconnell@ithaca.edu
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: Paul Wilson, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-3281, pwilson@ithaca.edu 
ENROLLMENT: 27 per section
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Those with little or no background in art history. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO SENIORS.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Susan Sontag has written, “A society becomes modern when one of its chief activities is producing and consuming images.”  Today, producing and consuming images isn’t one of our chief activities; it is our chief activity.  This is a course about how images shape identities and exert power.  Through both historical and contemporary case studies, students will develop and explore questions about the ways in which images form a foundation of knowledge in the modern and contemporary world. 
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 16000-all sections ART ACROSS CULTURES LA HU 3b, g h [CA perspective; Theme(s): Power and Justice, and World of Systems]
3 credits
INTRUCTOR: Risham Majeed, Gannett G117, Ext. 4-1261, rmajeed@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28 per section
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Mainly first and second year students who want an introduction to art history. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO SENIORS.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers a cross-cultural comparison of artistic and visual production and introduces fundamental concepts, terms, and visual analysis skills used in art history. By juxtaposing a variety of artistic cultures across time and space, this course will address how and why various peoples create art and communicate visually. Organization by theme will highlight different visual conventions and approaches to a range of subjects as well as the cultural and historical reasons for those differences. This iteration of Art Across Cultures will focus on pilgrimage and power objects as a theme, as we move from medieval Europe to Buddhist Japan.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture with discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams, paper, class participation. Grade based on all written work, plus attendance.

ARTH 19601-01 READING BUILDINGS LA FA 3b [CA perspective; Theme(s): Power and Justice and Identities]     
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Lauren O'Connell, Gannett G118, Ext. 4-1377, oconnell@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 27 
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Students may not receive credit for ARTH 19601 and ARTH 11400. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO SENIORS. 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory course for students interested in architecture as a functional necessity, a structural art, and a window on human culture. Explores how we build and what our buildings say about us -- as individuals and members of groups and societies. Through the metaphor of "reading," students learn to look at buildings and to decipher what they see, with focus on the architectural expression of identity and power.   
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Digital presentation with discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams, reading responses, analysis project; consideration given to attendance and participation in grading.

ARTH-20700-01 THE ARCHITECTURE OF PATTERNS: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PATTERNS LA                 
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon, Gannett G119, Ext. 4-1380, dsalomon@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24 
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing or above.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines the multidisciplinary history of patterns and speculates upon their present and future use across a variety of fields. In additions to seminars and readings, the course includes design workshops where students will study and make patterns, utilizing examples and ideas from architecture, art, biology, chemistry, fashion, mathematics, ornament and other sources.   
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar / Studio.

ARTH 21900-all sections ARTS OF ANTIQUITY: GREECE AND ROME LA FA 3b, g h 
[CA & HM perspectives; Theme(s): Identities; Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Frances Gallart-Marques, Gannett G107, Ext. 4-1852, fgallart@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines are welcome.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will study the development of sculpture, architecture, and vase painting in ancient Greece, and observe how the Romans progressed along different lines, although sometimes borrowing from their predecessors. We will investigate the social, political, and historical roles played by images, objects, and buildings within the cultures they served.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, and in-class work with images.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance in class is expected. Exams and a paper or project. Grade based on written work, class participation, and attendance.

ARTH 23500-01 ART IN EUROPE, 1500-1800 LA HU CA 3b g h [CA Perspective; Theme(s): World of Systems]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24 per section
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing. 
STUDENTS: Students with little or no experience in art history, but with a significant interest in understanding the history of European art from the Renaissance through Neoclassicism.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the visual culture of early modern Europe between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries covering Renaissance art through the Revolutionary era. This course will survey a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as the decorative arts. We will also be charting the development of important art institutions, including art academies, public exhibitions, and museums. Satisfies the “art, visual culture, or architecture from 1400 to 1750" requirement in the major.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular class attendance and participation. Written assignments and exams. The grades for this course will be determined by class participation, assignments, and exams.

ARTH 24500-01 IMAGING AUTHORITY HU LA 3b g h [DV diversity]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students with an interest in the links between visual imagery and cultural attitudes.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: What do we see when we look at images of kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers? This course will address the visual construction of power and authority and how gender impacts the representation of rulership/political leadership. We will examine images of rulers from the early modern Europe, such as Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and Louis XIV (1638-1715), to the present, including the representation of the 2016 United States presidential candidates, in a series of case studies. In particular, this course will engage with visual constructions of power and authority in relation to culturally specific concepts of identity, including gender, sexuality, race, and class. We will look at a variety of representational formats and consider how images of authority have changed or remain unchanged over time.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on class participation, exams, and written assignments.

ARTH 25200-01 TWENTIETH-CENTURY EUROPEAN ART LA HU 3b, g h 
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gary Wells, Gannett G109, Ext. 4-1247, wells@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24  
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines with an interest in the art, history and culture of 20th century Europe. 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course studies the development of painting and sculpture in Europe from the 1890's until the post-WWII period. Emphasis will be given to the social and historical context of European Art, as well as the contributions of individual artists, like Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Duchamp. Movements from Post-Impressionism through Surrealism will be examined.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and Discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on written work, exams, regular class attendance and participation.

ARTH 28300-all sections AMERICAN VISUAL CULTURE: 1690 - 1960 LA HU 3b, h
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Brcak, Gannett G114, Ext. 4-3482, brcak@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24 per section 
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Anyone interested in the United States and its culture. 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: American Visual Culture will be organized in a thematic fashion around topics such as democracy, colonialism, progress, and materialism. Traditional, “art historical” media will be joined by vernacular building, costume, advertising, film, photography, and television in order to create a fuller “picture” of American life and culture over three centuries. Recently, an astute observer of American life and culture asked, “What can we say about Americans from the things and images they have made?” This is an excellent question to keep in mind as you proceed through American Visual Culture.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, class discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Will be based on an assessment of the student’s written work and on class participation.

ARTH 28700-all sections LATINO ART IN THE UNITED STATES LA HU 3b, g h [DV diversity]
3 credits
INTRUCTOR: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett G111, Ext. 4-1254, jjolly@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24  
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students interested in the study of Art History, Latin America, the United States, and Latino Studies.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: “Latino Art” is a broad category encompassing art produced by U.S.-based artists who acknowledge cultural ties to a range of countries, regions, and ethnicities within Latin America. This course will offer a historical and thematic investigation of U.S. Latino artistic production (painting, muralism, graphic arts and posters, photography, sculpture, performance art, installation art and film) during the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include defining what it means to be both “Latino” and “American”; the “Borderlands” as a historical, political and metaphorical subject for artists; art and activism; regional art worlds within the US; and the art market and its impact on cultural migration.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Essays and presentations. Grading based on class participation and assessment of written work and presentations.

ARTH 30200-01 ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO II LA FA
4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon, Gannett G119, Ext. 4-1380, dsalomon@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9
PREREQUISITES: Must have taken Architectural Studio I.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course builds on skills introduced in ARTH 30100, moving from the scale of the individual architectural object to consideration of the building in its broader urban and natural environment. Basic techniques of drawing and 3-D modeling are further developed with exposure to more advanced representational challenges and digital tools. Ithaca and New York City will serve as a locus for studio projects focused on the intelligent integration of built and natural form. Targeted exploration of such themes as ecologically sensitive siting, sustainable use of materials, and harmonization with natural forces for reduced energy consumption will occur through focused exercises and a culminating semester project. 
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Studio
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading is based on effort, craft and quality of design projects; students are expected to have necessary drafting and model making equipment.

ARTH-35007-01 STUDIES IN ART FROM BAROQUE TO MODERN: UTOPIA HU LA                
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Wilson, Gannett G116, Ext. 4-3281, pwilson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9 
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the fine arts or humanities, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above. 
STUDENTS: Students with an interest in art and social change. 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: What does a better world look like? This course will explore theories of utopia and how artists in the 20th and 21st centuries have engaged with them. Topics include Soviet Constructivism, Joseph Beuys, countercultural art of the 1960s and 70s, queer and feminist utopias, Afrofuturism, among others.  This course is being taught in conjunction with the exhibition “No/Good Place: Utopian Art from Finland” at the Handwerker Gallery, and students will participate in exhibition related projects. 
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, projects, participation.

ARTH-37500-01 EXHIBITING AFRICAN ART FA HU LA                
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Risham Majeed, Gannett 117, Ext. 4-1261, rmajeed@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9
PREREQUISITES Three courses in art history; junior standing or above.
STUDENTS: Students interested the history of museums, African art, and the way politics can inform display choices
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will look at how African art entered western collections from the earliest treasuries and cabinets of curiosities, to ethnography museums, and finally to art museums and galleries. We will focus primarily on traditional African art, but we will also consider how its display continues to have an impact on modern and contemporary African art. 
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: field trips, reading responses, attendance and participation. Final research paper. 

ARTH-38004-01 STUDIES IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY:  FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND FRIENDS FA HU LA                
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Brcak, Gannett G114, Ext. 4-3482, brcak@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9 
PREREQUISITES: One course in the Department of Art History at the 200-level or above; junior standing.
STUDENTS: Students interested in the study of architectural history.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced studies of focused issues in the history of architecture and architectural theory.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, field trips.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Will be based on an assessment of the student’s written work and on class participation.

ARTH 39200-01 MUSEUM PRACTICES AND METHODS NLA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Matt Glaysher, Handwerker Gannett G148 (Handwerker Gallery), Ext. 4-7057, mglaysher@ithaca.edu  
ENROLLMENT: 4
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in art history; junior standing or above.
STUDENTS: Students who like hands-on learning and who are interested in what happens behind the scenes in galleries and museums.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduces various elements in the management of museums and galleries, focusing on the practical application of policies and procedures necessary to establish and maintain intellectual and physical control of museums and their collections. This course combines lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and field trips with hands-on projects in the Handwerker Gallery. Topics vary per offering and will include aspects of administration, object handling, physical care, recording, and the study of museums and their collections. This semester will focus on working as a preparator, installing and deinstalling exhibitions.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Practicum with discussions, demonstrations, field trips, and practical work in the Handwerker Gallery.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: While the course only meets regularly once a week, students will need to commit to full-time installation work on the weekends of March 7-8 and April 23-24, and will expect to work extra hours install each exhibit in the week following each install weekend.  Students will be graded on their work during installations, professionalism and participation, and performance on assigned projects.

ARTH-40100-01 ART HISTORY CAPSTONE CP FA HU LA                
1 credit 
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 6
PREREQUISITES: Senior standing; Art History majors only. 
STUDENTS: XXX 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Explores the relationships between the Art History major, the various components of the integrative core curriculum (ICC), other learning experiences at the College, and future goals.  Students reflect on the role of a liberal arts education.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Writing, discussion, and presentation.

ARTH-49014-01 SEMINAR: MANET AND MODERNITY LA HU                
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Gary Wells, Gannett 109, Ext. 4-1247, wells@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 6 
PREREQUISITES: 3 courses in art history including one art history course at the 300-level or 3 courses in art history and senior standing.
STUDENTS: Open to all interested students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to explore the origins of Modernism in art in the later 19th century. The works and career of Edouard Manet will serve as the focus for our discussions, especially as they introduce or frame issues of importance to emerging modernist approaches to style, subject matter, and authorship in painting. Critical readings will guide discussions around concepts of the flâneur, urban modernity, modern allegory, historicism, and disrupted narrative, among other topics.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar format, Discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: All students will develop a significant research paper during the semester. Grading based on participation, research paper, and presentation.

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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