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Next Semester Courses

SPRING 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: Josh Franco, Gannett G107, Ext. 4-1852, jfranco@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: 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. 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; 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: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett G111, Ext 4-1254, jjolly@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 art in the Americas, ancient to contemporary.
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: 28
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 20500-01 CHEMISTRY AND ART LA NS HU 2a 3b [CA & SC perspectives; Theme(s): Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation]
4 credits
INSTRUCTORS:
Gary Wells, Gannett G109, Ext. 4-1247, wells@ithaca.edu
Mike Haaf, CNS 363, Ext. 4-7978, mhaaf@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or fine arts. Not open to students that have taken CHEM 11100, 12100, or 12300.
STUDENTS: This course is cross-listed with Chemistry (CHEM-20500-01). Students may not register for both course numbers.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a general chemistry course taught in the context of art and art history. Artists and chemists are both interested in the topics of color and form. In this course, color and form will provide the basis for students to investigate, through a variety of lecture and laboratory activities the scientific basis of such topics as paints, metalworking, dyes and fabrics, polymeric materials, art preservation and restoration, and chemical hazards in art. The course is intended to introduce the student to basic chemical concepts and laboratory techniques, as well as modern analytical instruments.  Lectures on the material history of art, with case studies, will establish the context for the study of these chemical and analytical concepts.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: A combined art history/chemistry lecture will take place on Tuesdays during a double class session, and a hands-on laboratory experimental session will take place on Thursdays during a double class session.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly readings and homework assignments, one individual project, three in‑class exams, final exam during final exam week.

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: 28
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 will 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 LA FA 3b, g h [CA & HM perspectives; Theme(s): Identities; Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Clancy, Gannett G117, Ext. 4-1261, clancy@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28
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. Two exams; two papers or projects; some reading responses. Grade based on written work, class participation, and attendance.

ARTH 23500-01, 02 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: 28 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 26000-01 PRE-COLUMBIAN ART LA HU 3b, g, h
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Jolly, Gannett G111, Ext. 4-1254, jjolly@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students of all disciplines with an interest in art and/or pre-conquest cultures of the Americas.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This survey of pre-Columbian America is intended to introduce students to the art produced by select cultures of Mesoamerica and the Andes up to the time of contact with European cultures. Organized chronologically within each region, we will discuss artworks associated with the following major cultures: Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Aztec, and Chavín, Moche, Paracas, Nazca, Wari and Inca. In addition, the course is designed to introduce students to a range of approaches used in studying art and art history.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, class discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation, exams, and writing assignments.

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: 28 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-28600-all sections ART AND GLOBALIZATION 3B, CA, FA, G, HU, LA [CA perspective; Theme(s): A World of Systems]
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Wilson, Gannett G116, Ext. 4-3281, pwilson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Students with an interest in contemporary art, globalization, and social change.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: How do artworks help us to understand our place in a rapidly changing, interconnected world?  This class will explore the intersections of contemporary art and changing ideas of space and globalization since 1990.  We will use theoretical insights from cultural geography, sociology, and art theory to understand the proliferation of international art exhibitions and emerging art practices such as street/graffiti art, public art, site-specific art, creative mapping, new media, culture jamming, and relational aesthetics.  Students will look at artworks being made around the world, as well as public artworks in Ithaca.  At its core, this class is intended as an introduction to art being made right now – the art that we actually encounter in contemporary art centers, galleries, and in public spaces.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, lecture, and fieldtrip.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grade based on essay exams, presentations, creative projects, and participation.

ARTH 29200-01 INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES LA HU
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 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. Tompkins County and its environs 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-33102-01 ANCIENT TO RENAISSANCE: THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL LA HU FA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Clancy, Gannett G117, Ext. 4-1261, clancy@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: Students of all disciplines with an interest in architecture, art history, and the Middle Ages are welcome.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Gothic cathedrals were the culminating achievements of medieval architecture.  The many great churches constructed between the 12th and the 16th centuries not only challenged the technology of an age to its limit, but also gave tangible expression to the rapid and often contradictory social, economic, political and cultural changes of the late Middle Ages.  This course will place Gothic cathedrals within their rich cultural context, viewing them from the differing perspectives and demands of those who ordered their construction, those in charge of building them, and those who worshipped in and used them after their completion.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, and in-class work with images and other digital materials.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Based on attendance and participation in class discussions; exams; reading responses; and a research project

ARTH 35800-01 FORM, FUNCTION, & FANTASY LA HU
3 credits
INSTURCTOR: Nancy Brcak, Gannett G114, Ext. 4-3482 brcak@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in fine arts or humanities, including at least one art history course; sophomore standing or above.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The decades since World War II have been a time of extraordinary freedom and exploration in architecture and the most intense period of building in the history of the planet. In what direction is architecture headed? This course considers this question and related issues by examining recent and current architecture of Europe, the Western hemisphere, and the Far East.

ARTH 39300-01 EXHIBITIONS, EDUCATION, AND OUTREACH LA HU
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Josh Franco, Gannett G107, Ext. 4-1852, jfranco@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: Three course in art history; junior standing.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Experiential learning course explores the scholarship and the experience of the interface between museums and galleries, arts professionals, and the public. Subjects covered include formulating and producing public programs, such as educational tours and guest lectures; creating and implementing public relations campaigns; designing, installing, and striking an exhibition; and assessing exhibitions.

ARTH-49013-01 SEMINAR: ART / FASHION BODY LA HU                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Germann, Gannett G113, Ext. 4-1527, jgermann@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: Advanced Art History majors and minors and advanced WGST minors. Open to non-majors by permission
COURSE DESCRIPTION: From codpieces to corsets and bloomers to utilikilts, clothing has been used to communicate ideas about identity along multiple axes. This course examines fashion and dress in terms of its historical and material development, messages encoded in dress about gender, race, sexuality, and national identity, and its visual representation in a variety of media. The seminar will collectively engage in readings and discussions based on primary and scholarly sources in relation to visual representations. Students will develop individual research topics within this general framework, resulting in a significant paper. The seminar is designed as a small group experience, so students should be self-motivated and willing to fully participate in the group's activities. The seminar fulfills the Art History Senior Experience requirement for senior Art History majors.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Based on participation, assessment of student writing, including a significant research paper.

ARTH-49200-01 TUTORIAL IN ART HISTORY: POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN ART LA HU FA               
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Wilson, Gannett G116, Ext. 4-3281, pwilson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 4; minimum of 2 students needed for the course to be held
PREREQUISITES: Art History or Architectural Studies major with senior standing or permission of the department chair; permission of instructor.
STUDENTS: Advanced students with some background in contemporary art.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Discussion and research-based study on a focused topic in small group setting under faculty guidance.  Focus on contemporary art made by artists in Africa or the African diaspora and how their art engages with the legacies of colonialism.  After some shared readings introducing the topic, students will conduct a semester long research project on a particular artist or artwork.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Small group meetings and individual research.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Participation, book review, research paper.

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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