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FALL 2017  

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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 EPISODES IN WESTERN ART LA HU 3b, g h
[CA perspective; Theme(s): Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; A World of Systems]
3 credits
INSTRUCTORS for Sections 01 & 02:  To be announced.
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 11200-01 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 11300 ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE LA FA 3b
[CA Perspective; Theme(s): The Quest for a Sustainable Future]         
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Brcak, Gannett G114, Ext. 4-3482, brcak@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 56 (lecture = section 01) with discussion sections 02 and 03 (28 seats per each discussion 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: 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 13500-all sections INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL CULTURE LA HU 3b, g h
[CA Perspective; Themes: Identities; Power and Justice]                                                                                              
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: To be announced.
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
INSTRUCTOR: 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 20400-all sections VISUAL CULTURE OF SCIENCE LA HU 3b
[CA perspective; Theme(s): Inquiry, Imagination, Innovation; World of Systems]            
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gary Wells, Gannett G109, Ext. 4-1247, wells@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines interested in science, visual culture, and art history.
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: Lecture and discussion.            
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams, written papers, and participation.

ARTH 23200-01 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: 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 27550-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN ART HISTORY:  ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE LA 3b, g, h 
[CA Perspective; Themes:  Identities; Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation]  
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: To be announced.
ENROLLMENT: 24
PREREQUISITES:  Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: All interested students are welcome.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of the art and architecture produced in Muslim lands from Central Asia to Spain between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. The course emphasizes the role of arts in the formation and expression of cultural identity, exploring painting, sculpture, architecture, and smaller, portable arts, including ceramics, ivory, metalwork, and illuminated manuscripts. Topics of discussion include the uses of figural and non-figural imagery, calligraphy and ornament, religious and secular art, public and private art, the art of the court, the art of the urban middle class, as well as the status, function, and meaning of the portable arts.  
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/Discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular class attendance and participation. Written assignments and exams.

ARTH 28500-all sections ART SINCE 1960 LA HU 3b, g h
[CA Perspective; Theme(s): Inquiry, Innovation, and Imagination]
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Wilson, Gannett G116, Ext. 4-3281, pwilson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24 per section
PREREQUSITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines with an interest in contemporary art and culture.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This discussion-oriented course will survey the diverse field of contemporary art, focusing primarily on art since 1960, but making connections to earlier trends since 1945. It will address painting, sculpture, photography, video art, performance art, installation, and digital art. Students will become familiar with various issues of recent art theory and criticism in order to analyze artworks from a theoretical perspective. While the primary geographical focus of the course will be the United States and Western Europe, the internationalization and globalization of contemporary art discourses and practices will also be a central theme.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Slide lecture and class discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based upon participation, papers, and exams.

ARTH 29200-01 INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES LA FA    
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Risham Majeed, Gannett G117, Ext. 4-1261, rmajeed@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 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, and cultural patrimony. There will be lectures, field trips, discussions, and presentations. 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 oral presentations, short written papers, and active participation in class discussion and activities.

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 35008-01 STUDIES IN ART: RACE AND REPRESENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA LA HU
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett G111, Ext. 4-1254, jjolly@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9
PREREQUISITES: One art history course at level 2 or above; junior standing.
STUDENTS: Students interested in Latin American and Caribbean art (1600-present), and/or the critical study of race and gender.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will focus on the changing history of how race has been understood, represented, and regulated in Latin American and the Caribbean from the colonial period to the present. While racial ideologies assume that race is self-evident and transparent, this class will seek to disrupt this notion. The course will begin by exploring the emergence of race as a technology of social control in colonial-era imagery, and then consider the impact of 19th-century racial typologies and “scientific” documentation, before looking at the rise of modernist and indigenista representations that contribute to 20th-century nation-building projects.  Because race and gender intersect in the creation of social relations, gender analysis will also be central to our discussions.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion with minimal lecture.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation, essays, research paper, and presentation.

ARTH 37500-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN ART HISTORY: MODERN / CONTEMPORARY VISUAL CULTURE LA FA HU                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: To be announced.
ENROLLMENT: 9
PREREQUISITES: One art history course at level 2 or above; junior standing.
STUDENTS: Students interested in modern and contemporary art, photography, and visual culture
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will offer critical perspectives on modern and/or contemporary visual culture.  Specific topic to be determined.  
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar-style discussions, with some lecture.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation, essays, research paper, and presentation.

ARTH 38002-01 ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY: ARCHITECTURE IN THE U.S.  LA FA HU                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Brcak, Gannett 114, Ext. 4-3482, brcak@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the fine arts or humanities, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above.
STUDENTS:  Interested students of all disciplines are welcome.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: What does our architecture tell us about our sensibilities and ourselves?  Architecture in the U.S. surveys the growth of American architecture from earliest colonial times to the present day.  We will examine political, social and artistic forces behind the making of U.S. buildings in the context of a chronological survey that includes vernacular architecture as well as familiar major monuments.  We will also consider why it is that Americans destroy or abuse more of their built environment than do inhabitants of many other countries.
COURSE FORMAT/ STYLE:  Lecture and class discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:  Written work, group projects, and participation in class discussion.
GRADING: Based on an assessment of the student’s written work, class participation and group projects.

ARTH 48000-01 SENIOR PORTFOLIO: ARCHITECTURE LA FA CP
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: Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Grading based on drawn and written work, presentations, and class participation.

ARTH 49000-01 SEMINAR: HISTORY, MEMORY & NOSTALGIA LA HU [WI: Writing Intensive]                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Wilson, Gannett 116, Ext. 4-3281, pwilson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
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: Art history majors, minors, and other students with a substantial background in art history.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: How can we know the past? How do artists visualize or represent the past? How do artworks make us question what we think we know about the past? How can we write about artworks that are so new that they are not yet part of “art history”? This seminar will analyze artworks by a range of contemporary artists using theories of history, memory, and nostalgia. While the course material will focus primarily on artworks made after 1990, student research projects may apply theoretical frameworks of the class to artworks from other time periods.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar, fieldtrip.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Research paper, active participation.

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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