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FALL 2015

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: Gary Wells, Gannett G109, Ext. 4-1247, wells@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 10900-all sections ART ACROSS CULTURES LA, HU 3b, g, h  [CA Perspective; TPJ, TWOS]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR:  To be determined.
ENROLLMENT: 28
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:  A cross-cultural comparison of artistic and visual production and introduction to 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.   

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 20100-01 PRACTICING ART HISTORY LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1254, jjolly@ithaca.edu
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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 20900-01 INTRODUCTION TO THE ROMAN WORLD LA HU 3b, g h
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: To be announced.
ENROLLMENT: 28 PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines are welcome.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Explores the many facets of Roman life as revealed through material culture; the arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, mosaics, pottery, metalwork); and the archaeological remains that shed light on the way Romans conducted their everyday lives. This is a thematic, rather than chronological, course. Satisfies the "art, visual culture, or architecture before 1400" requirement in the major.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, and collaborative work.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance in class is expected. Exams and projects. Grade based on written work, class participation, and attendance.

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 24300-all sections GENDER AND VISUAL CULTURE LA HU 3b, g h [CA Perspective; Themes: Identities;
Diversity Attribute]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24 per section
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Student with little or no experience in art history, but with a significant interest in questions about gender.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines images of women and men in relation to the concepts of gender, race,
class, and sexuality in a wide variety of media. We will discuss both the history of art and feminist theory while
investigating historical and contemporary representations. A central goal of the course will be to contextualize
representations of femininity and masculinity within particular historical and cultural formations, to analyze the beliefs and
attitudes held by their creators and shared or resisted by those who viewed them.
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 28500-01 & 02 ART SINCE 1960 LA HU 3b, g h (Inquiry, Innovation, and Imagination CA designation pending)
3 credits
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 HU
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: To be determined.
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: Introduces the history of museums and galleries, explores the societal role of these institutions,
and addresses the contemporary issues and ethical dilemmas they face. Investigates roles and responsibilities within
museums and galleries. Combines lectures, field trips, discussions, and presentations.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:

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, 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 35005-01 STUDIES IN ART FROM BAROQUE TO MODERN: 19TH CENTURY ART AND VISUAL
CULTURE
LA HU
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Gary Wells, Gannett G109, Ext. 4-1247, wells@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: Open to any student with an interest in 19th century art and visual culture.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore 19th century art and visual culture through a series of focused topic
discussions, readings, and presentations. We will consider the art and visual culture of the nineteenth century as
international phenomena, and seek out the ideas that dominated the creation of the visual environment of the era. The
traditional periods and styles from Romanticism through Impressionism and Symbolism will be brought into sharper focus
through an examination of the underlying cultural, technological, and political currents of the century. We will also
examine the ways in which the nineteenth century has been transformed and revisited in the 20th and 21st centuries. A
research project will allow students to closely examine an issue, artist, or visual culture phenomenon of their choice.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion with lecture
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grade based on class participation in discussions, research project.

ARTH 38003-01 ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY: PRESERVING AMERICA LA FA HU
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Brcak, Gannett G114, Ext. 4-3482, brcak@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
STUDENTS: Students interested in the contemporary world as well as American heritage.
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the humanities or fine arts, sophomore standing or above, (or permission of the
instructor).
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will contain a history of the preservation movement in this country but will focus
more on local projects and other contemporary issues. Topics will include the viability of preservation in the 21st century,
gentrification, public laws vs. private property, etc.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion; field trips.
REQUIREMENTS: Two exams, one paper; students will also keep a journal related to the topic. Grading based on
assessment of all written work, with consideration of contributions to discussions.

ARTH 39500-01 PERFORMANCE, INSTITUTIONAL CRITIQUE, AND THE MUSEUM LA, HU
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Wilson, Gannett G116, Ext. 4-3281, pwilson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: One art history course; junior standing or above.
STUDENTS: Students interested in contemporary art, social change, and/or museums.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the complicated relationship between contemporary artists, art museums,
and commercial art galleries. Ever since the late 1960s, artists, art critics, and art historians have claimed that certain
artworks “critique” the white-cube gallery space, “refuse” commodification within the commercial gallery system, or
“resist” institutionalization in the museum. But what do these terms actually mean? And why would artists want their
work to do these things anyway? How do museums collect or exhibit works that seem to oppose museums? We will
explore these and other questions as we study the art practices of performance art and institutional critique.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussions, readings, and lecture.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Research paper, exam, presentations, projects, and active participation.

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.
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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 49057-01 SEMINAR: ARCHITECTS WRITE LA HU [WI: Writing Intensive]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lauren O'Connell, Gannett G118, Ext. 4-1377, oconnell@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 9
PREREQUISITES: Art History or Architectural Studies major with senior standing or permission of department chair;
permission of instructor.
STUDENTS: Primarily intended for senior Art History and Architectural Studies majors. Open to non-majors by permission.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Architects design and build, but they write as well, grappling eloquently with eternal questions
about the cultural roles of buildings, their relationships to the natural world, and how to go about making them. This
seminar will feature group study of influential and provocative texts, historical and contemporary, by such
architect/writers as Alberti, Viollet-le-Duc, LeCorbusier, Kahn and Koolhaas. This course fulfills the ICC Writing Intensive
requirement.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and research-based study in a group setting.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING: Grading based on contributions to group discussion, critical analysis of
readings, and research/writing projects.

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 FA HU [WI: Writing Intensive]
3 to 4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Staff
ENROLLMENT: 5
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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