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Fall 2016

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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: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@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(s): The Quest for a Sustainable Future]         
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Staff
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: A primer on the topic of architecture and architectural history. Acquaints 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 is also introduced, from the ideas of Vitruvius through some of the more provocative pronouncements of Venturi. Students will learn to consider the activity surrounding the creation of architecture, including the interaction of architects, clients, builders, and even the natural forces that act upon buildings. Features architectural vocabulary, mastery of which is necessary for the analysis and understanding of architectural forms.

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 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 20100-01 PRACTICING ART HISTORY LA HU  
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9
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 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: To be announced
ENROLLMENT: 27
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines are welcome.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Bronze Age art of the Aegean, Greek art from the geometric through the Hellenistic periods, and Roman art to the end of the pagan era. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400" requirement in the major.
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 22100-01 INTRODUCTION TO THE MEDIEVAL WORLD LA HU 3b, g h                                    
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Staff
ENROLLMENT: 24
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: All interested students are welcome.  Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400" requirement in the major.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Explores different facets of medieval life as revealed through the visual and material culture of the Middle Ages. Organized by theme rather than chronology. Topics include modern fascinations with the medieval, religious functions and contexts for images, medieval places and spaces, visual storytelling, images and objects of daily life, and medieval images of death. Investigates a variety of types of objects and images (including buildings, sculpture, manuscript illumination, metalwork, and mosaics), as well as archaeological remains of medieval life.  

ARTH 23200-01 ARCHITECTURE FROM RENAISSANCE TO REVOLUTION LA HU 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: 24
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: 24
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 26500-01 MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART LA HU 3b, g h
[CA perspective; Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Identities; Attribute: DV]                                      
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett G111, Ext. 4-1254, jjolly@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24 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: Papers and class participation.

ARTH 27500-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN ART HISTORY: MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART OF SOUTH ASIA LA FA 3b, g h                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Natasha Bissonauth
ENROLLMENT: 24
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: All students interested in modern and contemporary art and/or the history and culture of South Asia.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: During the last century, artists worldwide have increasingly adopted and intervened in a modern artistic idiom and attitude, however only now are their works cast as "modern." Moreover, the past twenties years has witnessed an explosion of artistic activity by artists from the “non-west”, expanding the definition of what constitutes modern and contemporary art. This course forges an analysis of this trajectory within South Asia. As we move forward chronologically, the course will attend to thematic trends such as intersecting art making, media, and aesthetics with the politics of the region – for example, the role of abstraction in nationhood, postcolonial artistic subjectivity, performance and the colonial archive, modernist traditions, exhibiting in the global art market, and queer methods for reading art production. This course does not assume prior knowledge of modern and contemporary history and politics of South Asia.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion with images
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Paper, exams, and class participation.

ARTH 29200-01 INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES LA FA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Wilson, Gannett G116, Ext. 4-3281, pwilson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing or above.
STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines interested in museums, particularly those curious about careers in a museum or art gallery.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: At its heart, this course asks the question “What is a museum?” It will provide a broad introduction to the history of art museums and galleries, explore the role of these institutions in society, and address the issues and ethical dilemmas that they face in the contemporary world. We begin with a brief history of art museums, investigating how their changing architecture reflects their changing missions. Next we explore key debates surrounding history, memory, audience, censorship, public funding, cultural patrimony, and economic development. There will be lectures, field trips, discussions, and presentations. Students will also research and present different careers in museums and galleries. This is a discussion and presentation oriented course that demands active student involvement.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, reading/topic discussions, and field trips.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on journal, oral presentations, short written papers, and active participation in class discussion and activities.

ARTH 29300-01 MUSEUM PRACTICES NLA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: TBA
ENROLLMENT: 4
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing, Art History or Architectural Studies majors and minors.
STUDENTS: Art History or Architectural Studies majors and minors.
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 rendition of the course will focus on work as a Museum Preparator, installing, deinstalling, and preparing exhibitions.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Practicum
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Assignments, special projects.  Intensive time commitment (including weekends) required during the process of installing and deinstalling Handwerker exhibitions.

ARTH 30100-01 ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO I: FUNDAMENTALS OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND DRAWING LA FA            
4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon, Gannett G119, Ext. 4-1380, dsalomon@ithaca.edu
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 and model-making 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 36600-01 ART AND REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA LA HU
3 credits
INTRUCTOR: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett 111, Ext 4-1254, jjolly@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9
PREREQUISITES: One course in art history; junior standing.
STUDENTS: Students with an interest in 20th century art, Latin American Studies, and/or revolutionary politics are encouraged.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course investigates painting, photography, graphic art, sculpture, architecture, and film aligned with 20th century revolutions in Latin America. The Mexican and Cuban Revolutions led to the social and political restructuring of their respective countries, and their repercussions were felt internationally. Art and cultural institutions both countries were of necessity part of the revolution. This course will consider definitions of revolutionary art, relationships between political policy and artistic creation, ways in which artists contribute to the construction of revolutionary society, and the viability of 20th century Latin American revolutionary art.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Presentations and class discussion of artworks, readings, and films.  
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Participation, essays, leading discussion, and research paper. Grading based on assessment of student's written work and class participation.

ARTH 38005-01 STUDIES IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY LA FA HU                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR:  TBA
ENROLLMENT: 9
PREREQUISITES: One art history course at level 2 or above; junior standing.
STUDENTS: Architectural Studies students and other students interested in the history of the built environment
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced studies of focused issues in the history of architecture and architectural theory.  Specific course topic varies.  May be repeated for credit for different topics.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: lecture and discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, projects, and presentations.

ARTH 48000-01 SENIOR PORTFOLIO: ARCHITECTURE LA FA
1 credit
INSTRUCTOR: David Salomon, Gannett G119, Ext. 4-1380, 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 that reflects upon their ICC experience.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Studio course with individual critiques and presentations. Class meets once a week. Outside of  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 [WI: Writing Intensive]               
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Risham Majeed, Gannett G117, Ext. 4-1261, rmajeed@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 5
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in art history; senior standing.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will create an exhibition around the Handwerker’s collection of African art. We will also use the Johnson museum’s collection for loans along with local collections. The exhibition will be developed around the themes of Primitivism and Authenticity. We will examine the notion of “fakes” as it relates to African art, the market, and public and private collections. In so doing we will deal with the issues of exhibition-related curatorial work, from checklists to loans along with writing the accompanying catalogue. Subjects covered include exhibition planning, organization, and installation; writing and 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.

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.

ARTH 49900-01 HONORS: INDEPENDENT STUDY LA [WI: Writing Intensive]
3 to 4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Staff
ENROLLMENT: 1
PREREQUISITES: Senior Standing and permission of the instructor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Student-designed program of individualized reading, discussion, and research, culminating in the preparation and presentation of an honors thesis.  Developed under the supervision of art history faculty.  

 

 

 

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