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Art and Art History

Course Descriptions

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Art History

Art Courses

  • ART 130: Elements of Design
    Introduction to basic design problems in various two- and three-dimensional techniques and media. A prerequisite for most other courses in studio art.
  • ART 131: Studio Art: Drawing
    This introductory course exposes the student to a variety of drawing tools and techniques. The emphasis is on the development of observational skill and on hand-eye coordination. Students learn the basics of value, line, and composition. The stress is on the development of a visual vocabulary and critical skills to express ideas in extended drawings. While focusing on hand/eye coordination and observational skills, the conceptual aspect of the subject matter centers, in large part, on our place in Nature: the plant/human connection, and the human/animal connection. All drawing will be created through observation of the real three-dimensional world; including plants, animals and animal/human skeletons. Emphasis will be on developing a drawing using preliminary studies and compositional ideas. Students will participate in group critiques, and will be exposed to ideas and techniques (historical and contemporary) through slide lectures.
  • ART 133: 3-D Design Foundations
    This course offers students an introduction to three dimensional art and design materials and methods. Inspired by Bauhaus course topics, the curriculum approaches additive and subtractive processes in material and conceptual explorations of form. Students will make studio projects and study important texts in 3D design and sculpture theory in building a vocabulary to deal with spatial design issues including figuration, abstraction, structure, surface, form and function. No prerequisites.
  • ART 142: Digital Design Foundations
    Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. The curriculum decodes digital tools and culture while explaining fundamental visual design principles within a historical context. Students develop an understanding of the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • ART 230: Painting
    This course is designed for the beginning student in oil painting. The emphasis in this course is on the description and analysis of the world around us. Students will learn the basics of color theory, color mixing, how to prepare and stretch a canvas, how to use and mix paint, and different techniques for various effects using brushes, rags, and palette knives. Emphasis will be on value and depth and their relationship to color. Students must have experience in drawing with value. Students will participate in group critiques and will be exposed to ideas and techniques through slide lectures. Prerequisite: Art 131.
  • ART 231: Figure Drawing
    This course is designed to give advanced students an opportunity to develop their ability to draw and interpret the human form. Working from the model, students will explore a variety of techniques including gesture drawing, studies of volume and mass, and contour and cross-contour drawing. Prerequisite: Art 131.
  • ART 232: Photography
    Intended for majors and students with background in design, this course introduces the aesthetics and techniques specific to photography, including fundamentals of camera and darkroom procedure and the study of the expressive possibilities of the medium. Prerequisite: ART 130.
  • ART 233: Sculpture
    This course will familiarize students with the basic language and art-historical background of sculpture as both a narrative medium and a contemplative objectification of some of humankind's deepest desires. Reading key texts in the theory and history of modern and contemporary sculpture along with the creation of sketches, models and 3-dimensional artworks students will explore how sculpture functions in various contexts to convey meaning and to pose questions of reality and perception, identity, originality, psychology, society and space. Prerequisite: ART 130 or ART 133.
  • ART 234: Landscape Painting
    An outdoor, landscape/nature course involving the student in the observation of nature, transcribed through perceptual data, and resulting in painting and drawing.
  • ART 235: Drawing and Landscape Painting
    (Drawing and Landscape Painting in the Social Media Age.) This course is a primarily outdoor experience that explores the nature of "landscape" in a heavily mediated era. What is the place of drawing and landscape painting in an age where landscapes are routinely shared via smartphones, and when panorama photography, 360-degree videos, and virtual reality imaging are becoming as commonplace as cameras? This course involves the student in the careful observation of nature, transcribed through perceptual data, and resulting in painting and drawing. No prerequisites.
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  • ART 236: Ceramics
    This course offers an introduction to ceramic art, including wheel-work, hand-building, and glazing, on a college level. In addition to developing practical skills in ceramics, students will explore the history of the medium and the relationship of concept to visual form. Because this course is sited near the campus, students scheduling their courses must allow time between classes for transport. Cost of materials is not included in tuition; it will be billed upon enrollment and is not refundable.
  • ART 237: Performance Art
    This course will provide students with an understanding of performance art as a constantly evolving and flexible medium. The class will trace the emergence and development of performance art as a form of expression both distinct from and yet dependent upon traditional and experimental forms of theater and other contemporary manifestations of theatricality. Students will negotiate, through reading, research, discussion and planning and practical application, the blurred boundaries between performing and living, entertainment and art.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 224, ENGL 233
  • ART 238: Mixed Media for a Remixed World
    This course asks students to cross boundaries?to create with different techniques, materials, and methods?through sustained exploration of how art can respond to and interact with the current mashup and remix moment. Students will use drawing media, paint, and transfer processes?combining them with non-traditional ways of making, such as 3D printing, sculptural books, digital photography, and collage. The emphasis will be on experimentation to not only familiarize students with relevant techniques but also to produce unexpected outcomes toward the production of innovative works of art that will kick start student practice for the future. No prerequisites.
  • ART 244: Digital Art
    This class explores digital media through the eyes of contemporary art. Exposure to contemporary work in two-dimensional digital media, contemporary art theory and criticism will assist the students to develop their own artistic voice in the context of ongoing contemporary conversations in art. Students explore complex image manipulation and generation options and refine technical skills in preparation for advanced artwork. Projects are designed to combine student's conceptual abilities with technical expertise. Emphasis is on integration of digital images, scanned images and drawing into high-resolution images for output and use in large-scale projects, image-sequencing possibilities, and integration of multi-media installations. Prerequisite: ART 142.
  • ART 250: Printmaking
    This studio course introduces students to a range of printmaking techniques. Students will generate several quality editions of printed artwork on paper and fabric as they explore the potential of printmaking processes to approach important topics in art and design. Prerequisite: ART 130 OR ART 131.
  • ART 253: Graphic Design
    Graphic Design focuses on developing graphic communication skills through a series of exercises and assignments that help students to successfully integrate image and text with an emphasis on commercial design practices. Students will explore visual design concepts, and use the communicative power of design elements in order to create effective solutions to real-world visual problems. Students learn the principles and techniques of publication design and photo editing techniques, using Mac platforms with Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Emphasis is on topics related to commercial graphics, advertising and publications. Topics include: letter design and typeface, layout, logo and letterhead, computer-generated images, illustration, and print media techniques. Prerequisites: Art 130 and either Art 142 or Art 242.
  • ART 260: Interactive Web Design
    This course integrates art and design fundamentals into a web-based, interactive format. The course covers web design conventions and considerations including color and typography for the web, grid design and wire-framing. Animation fundamentals are also covered. Prerequisites: Art 142, CSCI 107. Art 253 is strongly recommended.
  • ART 261: Art of Social Change
    Artists have a long history as agents of social change, using "traditional" art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, and a bit more recently photography, performance and video to critique various aspects of society and to propose alternatives for the future. The consideration of social engagement as an artistic medium in and of itself has become an important current in contemporary art since at least the 1990s. This course will begin with a consideration of some of the ways artists in the past approached social and political concerns. We will then focus on the more recent proliferation of artists with social practices both within and outside of the gallery/museum realm of contemporary art. Students will address various important historical, theoretical and practical texts; conduct discussions and presentations; and collaborate to design and enact original works of socially engaged art. No prerequisites.
    Cross-listed as: ETHC 261
  • ART 285: Creative Arts Entrepreneurship
    Creative Arts Entrepreneurship will offer an overview of the processes, practices, and decision-making activities that lead to the realization of our creative ideas. Students from across the humanities, arts, sciences, and business will learn the unique contexts and challenges of creative careers, with an emphasis on collaborative projects. The course will help students understand the nature and structure of arts enterprise while cultivating their own career vision and creative goals. Creative Arts Entrepreneurship is designed for students interested in developing, launching, or advancing innovative enterprises in arts, culture, and design, and those who love the initiative, ingenuity and excitement of putting creative ideas into action. The course combines readings and in-class discussions with site visits, case studies, guest lectures by working artists and creative professionals, and student-driven projects. No prerequisites.
    Cross-listed as: MUSC 285, ENTP 285, ENGL 285, THTR 285
  • ART 330: Advanced Painting
    Advanced work in painted media. Prerequisite: Art 230.
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  • ART 331: Advanced Drawing
    Advanced drawing is designed for the student with previous studio drawing background. The course will explore abstraction and non-objective drawing techniques and ideas. Students will, working from known sources, develop abstract imagery and explore new and varied media and materials. Non-objective compositions will be stressed in the later half of the semester. Color will also be an integral aspect of the drawing process. Slides, lectures and field trips will be included in the course work. Prerequisite: Art 131.
  • ART 332: Advanced Photography
    Advanced work with camera and darkroom.
  • ART 333: Advanced Sculpture
    This course approaches contemporary ideas in sculpture with challenging individual and collaborative studio projects, pertinent reading and writing assignments addressing sculptural practices and forms, and virtual methods of sculptural hypothesis. Topics addressed include the relationship between form and function, the importance of process and materiality, developing a conceptual framework, and the context of presentation in conveying meaning. As a 300-level studio course, students are expected to produce work of sophisticated conceptual and formal quality, and to develop a sense of their own artistic style working in 3 (and 4) dimensions. Written project statements will be important components of the presentation of all studio assignments. Critiques will be rigorous and honest, with the paramount goal of improving the effectiveness of each student's artwork as well as their mechanisms of presentation. Prerequisite: Art 233 OR Art 130 and Art 133.
  • ART 334: Installation Art
    In this course students will integrate a variety of artistic media and processes to negotiate the transformation of specific spaces. Students will work both collaboratively and independently on creative projects with the goal of better understanding the contextual importance of site and the potential meanings of materials. Attention will be paid to engaging audiences in both art-dedicated and non-art spaces, and to sustainable and practical materials and construction plans. Prerequisites: Art 130, or Art 131, or Art 133; AND Art 230, or Art 231, or Art 233, or Art 234, or Art 236, or Art 237, or Art 244, or Art 250, or Art 330, or Art 331, or Art 333, or Art 335, or Art 342, or Art 343. Art 233 recommended.
  • ART 335: Mixed Media:Materials & Tech
    This class will focus on the interaction of various media and their application in both two and three dimensions. The class will emphasize a variety of materials and techniques; students will use collage and various other techniques such as monoprinting, transfer techniques, and work with found objects. Emphasis will be on unorthodox methods. Students will work with a variety of materials while developing ideas and exploring visual methods to create formally and conceptually coherent works of art. Critiques and slide lectures will be included. Prerequisite: Art 131.
  • ART 342: Advanced Computer Imaging
    This course explores the computer as a tool to enhance the image-making process. This course will allow students who are interested in a wide range of media to learn new approaches to art-making using time-based media. Utilizing applications such as Dreamweaver and Final Cut Pro, the class will consider the ways artists can manipulate images and craft projects in video and web formats. Students will design and produce videos that will be burned onto tape or DVD as well as active Web sites. Prerequisite: Art 142 and one other studio art course.
  • ART 343: Video Art
    This course combines digital video production techniques with a seminar-style investigation into the use of film and video as an art form. Students will use Final Cut Studio software in a Mac-platform computer lab to produce several independent and collaborative creative video projects addressing ideas crucial to the development of video art, and pertinent to our current connections to technology and life, communication and entertainment. Students will become familiar with common themes, tools and techniques utilized in this changing, but nonetheless historically grounded medium as they find their own creative voices and engage the rapidly growing community of digital video producers and consumers. Prerequisite: ART 130 or ART 142 or both COMM 112 and COMM 275.
    Cross-listed as: CINE 343
  • ART 344: Digital Color Photography
    Digital Color Photography will explore the use of digital and analog cameras to create color photographs that will range from small and medium to large scale format (9" x 12" through 24" x 36"). Working in response to specific challenges from photographic history, as well as contemporary color photographic work, students will use the basic elements of the camera - the lens, the shutter and the aperture - as well as the inventive use of artificial and natural lighting, setting and backdrop, to create images that will be processed through the digital environment of the computer lab rather than in the darkroom. Processing of images will include learning to control scale, color and file size while moving from digital image to printed document. Students will be exposed to the unique expressive qualities of the color image while exploring the conceptual possibilities of this versatile medium in collaborative as well as individual projects, realizing specific ideas in concrete visual form. Prerequisite: Art 142.
  • ART 350: Advanced Printmaking
    In this course students produce professional quality editions of printed artwork. Students work closely with faculty to propose and execute advanced projects in relief printing, intaglio, serigraphy or other related media, culminating in an exhibition or publication. Prerequisite: Art 250.
  • ART 353: Advanced Graphic Design
    Course description pending CPC approval. Prerequisite: Art 253.
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  • ART 370: Interactive Web Design
    This course integrates art and design fundamentals into a web-based, interactive format. It includes review of design fundamentals for the web and an introduction to the history of animation and interactive design. The course will also cover web design conventions and considerations including color and typography for the web, grid design and wire-framing. The course will provide detailed coverage of creating HTML and CSS -based web sites using Adobe Dreamweaver. Animation fundamentals using Adobe Flash and advanced interactive techniques using Adobe Flash will also be covered. Prerequisites: Art 142, CSCI 107 and CSCI 270.
  • ART 480: Senior Seminar in Studio Art
    The aim of this course is to provide a 'capstone' experience for students majoring in studio art. The course allows students to reflect on why one makes art and to develop their own conceptual basis for making art. The course will stress issues that confront the studio artist, including professional practices. Students will divide their time between off-campus visits to Chicago-area museums, galleries, and artists' studios and the classroom. Classroom work will focus on readings and discussions of art practices and issues confronting the contemporary artist as well as on making connections between visits to sites in Chicago and the readings. Students will devise artwork that reflects some of these concerns. Prerequisite: senior standing in the major or permission of the instructor.
  • ART 481: Senior Seminar in Studio Art
    The aim of this course is to provide a 'capstone' experience for students majoring in studio art. The course allows students to reflect on why one makes art and to develop their own conceptual basis for making art. The course will stress issues that confront the studio artist, including professional practices. Students will divide their time between off-campus visits to Chicago-area museums, galleries, and artists' studios and the classroom. Classroom work will focus on readings and discussions of art practices and issues confronting the contemporary artist as well as on making connections between visits to sites in Chicago and the readings. Students will devise artwork that reflects some of these concerns.
  • ART 490: Internship

  • ART 492: Creative Project
    A well-documented and well-executed visual project completed in the senior year may count as a senior thesis. (See Academic Regulations in the Student Handbook for details.) As with other theses, the final project will be reviewed by a thesis-examining committee consisting of three faculty, at least one from outside the Art Department. Students are encouraged to consult with members of this committee during the planning and execution of the project.
  • ART 494: Senior Thesis

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 110: Intro to Visual Arts and Design
    (Introduction to Visual Arts and Design) This course introduces students to the subject of art history and the major questions and methods of the discipline. Students will not only learn foundational issues, such as composition, medium, and basic interpretive skills, but also the ways in which art, architecture, and design are defined and have operated in cultures across time. The principal aim of the course is to give students the opportunity to analyze and write about works of art. This is the recommended first course in Art History and is required of all Studio Art and Art History majors and minors, although students of all disciplinary backgrounds and skill levels are welcome.
  • ARTH 189: Public Art in Chicago
    In this course, we will explore what makes for "good" public art and how artists conceive of, propose, and execute projects intended for the public sphere. Public art is vital to the spirit of a city and the quality of life of its residents. From "the Picasso" to Jaume Plensa's fountains, from Anish Kapoor's iconic Cloud Gate ("the Bean") to Buckingham Fountain, Chicago is an international flagship site of public art. Attesting to its importance, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed 2017 as the "Year for Public Art" in Chicago. We will use the city of Chicago as a text to consider prominent public artworks as well as the hidden gems tucked away in neighborhoods, many of which include historically ethnic enclaves (e.g., Pilsen, Chinatown, Bronzeville) and/or concentrations of other minority populations (e.g., Boystown). No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement).
  • ARTH 201: Writing Art Criticism
    This course will explore the process of writing about art from an evaluative and critical perspective. Drawing from a variety of examples and styles, students will engage a broad range of methodologies in art criticism. Students will hone observational and written communication skills as they assess, analyze, and interpret works of visual art, as well as effectively articulate critical judgments. Most importantly, by uncovering the process and structure of the review and the role it plays in the art world and the media, this course will encourage students to explore new ways of thinking about looking at art in writing, and how to inspire their readers' responses to visual culture. No prerequisites.
  • ARTH 205: Japanese Art and Culture
    The course focuses on the history of Japanese art from neolithic to modern times, with emphasis on the art forms of the major periods and their relationship to social, political, and religious developments. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: ASIA 205
  • ARTH 206: Chinese Art and Culture
    This course examines the history of Chinese art from the Bronze Age to the present with emphasis on the major art forms and their relationship to contemporary social, political, and religious development. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: ASIA 206
  • ARTH 210: Ancient Art
    Painting, sculpture, and architecture of ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome.
  • ARTH 211: Medieval Art
    A survey of European art from the era of Constantine (ca. 400) through the Gothic period, about 1300.
  • ARTH 212: Italian Renaissance Art
    An introduction to Italian art from the late Gothic period until the Reformation, ca. 1300 to 1600.
  • ARTH 215: Baroque & Rococo
    An introduction to European art during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • ARTH 217: Nineteenth Century Art
    Introduction to art and architecture in Europe and America from the neoclassicism associated with the French and American revolutions to the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist avant-gardes. Course readings emphasize the relationship of art to other social movements. Students tie classroom study to the collections of area museums.
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  • ARTH 218: Twentieth Century Art
    Introduction to European and American art from Post-Impressionism to Postmodernism. Course readings reveal competing constructions of this history that is still in the making. Students tie classroom study to the collections of area museums.
  • ARTH 219: American Art
    The visual arts in North America, covering painting, sculpture, architecture, and the applied domestic arts, from the Colonial period to the present.
    Cross-listed as: AMER 219
  • ARTH 220: History of Architecture
    Evolution of architectural style and thought from antiquity to the present.
  • ARTH 221: Modern Architecture
    This class examines the history of architecture from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Students will be introduced to architectural terminology and techniques for analyzing architecture. They will also study the major trends in architectural design in the twentieth century, the issues faced by architects, and the social and functional problems that architecture is designed to solve.
  • ARTH 222: History of Photography
    This course examines the history of photography from its invention in 1839 to the late 20th century. Students will be introduced to terminology and techniques specific to the photographic medium. This course will discuss photographic conventions and customs, and the extent to which they reflect and construct societal institutions (particularly in the United States). Students will also study the special properties of photography as icon, index and symbol, and become conversant in the semiotics of the image. No prerequisites; previous experience in ArtH 110: Introduction to Visual Arts will be helpful.
  • ARTH 223: Northern Renaissance Art
    Arts of the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Spain from ca. 1350 to ca. 1550.
  • ARTH 224: History of Prints
    The graphic arts of the Western tradition, from about 1400 to the twentieth century.
  • ARTH 225: American Architecture
    The course will survey American architecture from the seventeenth century to the present. Topics will include early colonial architecture, architecture of the new republic, nineteenth century eclecticism and domestic revival, the Chicago School and the skyscraper style, and the development of modern architecture in the twentieth century. Other themes to be discussed include changes in domestic demographic and population patterns, post-war housing, issues in American historic preservation and new urbanism.
  • ARTH 226: Colonial Latin American Art
    This course will consider the arts of Central and South America from the conquest to independence (ca. 1500-1850) and will explore the intersections among art, culture, and power in the specific conditions of Colonial Latin America. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement).
    Cross-listed as: LNAM 226
  • ARTH 238: Curating an Art Collection
    This course explores the curatorial function of the Sonnenschein Gallery of Lake Forest College. Using the study of the history and theory of art galleries/museums as a foundation, this class will use the College's own extensive and eclectic art collection to get practical experience in the study, identification and arrangement of the art collection. The culmination of the class will be to plan and install an art exhibition in the Sonnenschein Gallery using collection components. Prerequisite: ARTH 110
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  • ARTH 239: Museum Histories and Practices
    This course will provide an introduction to the rise and functions of museums in Western and global cultures. Among the issues to be considered are: collectors, collecting and display; the history of the Western museum from the Enlightenment to the contemporary era; types and functions of museums from art museums to zoos; spaces and architecture for displaying artifacts and collections; strategies of display and curating; systems and practices among museums; the spread of the "museum idea" across the globe. No prerequisites.
  • ARTH 280: Architecture in East Asia
    This course explores a diverse body of architecture in China and Japan from ancient to contemporary times. We will investigate the major architectural types in traditional East Asia - including cities, temples, palaces, gardens, and houses - as well as individual monuments like Japan's Himeji Castle and the 'Bird's Nest' Olympic stadium in Beijing. In addition to examining the architectural history of these sites, we will discuss thematic issues related to design, space, landscape, ritual, memory, and modernity. No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: ASIA 280
  • ARTH 282: Depicting Difference in Western Art
    (Depicting Difference: Images of the Racial and Religious 'Other' in Western Art.) This course will examine how Western cultures visually depicted those they considered different from themselves: those they considered to be 'Other.' We shall investigate European traditions of depicting difference, beginning with Classical Greece and Rome's conceptions of the monstrous races and continuing through to contemporary artistic challenges to stereotypical representations of otherness. While our explorations will range from the Ancient to the Modern world, our course will be particularly focused on the role visual imagery of the 'Other' played in supporting colonialism and Western discourses of cultural superiority in the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. As this course is focused on how Western cultures depicted those of different racial, religious and cultural backgrounds, it will undoubtedly foster critical analysis and understanding of different races, religions and cultures. No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: ISLM 282
  • ARTH 286: Topics in Islamic Art
    This course examines the visual arts of early and medieval Islam from the seventh through the thirteenth centuries in Muslim territories, ranging from Central Asia to Spain. Through an examination of diverse media, we shall explore the role of visual arts played in the formation and expression of Islamic cultural identity. Topics will include the uses of figural and non-figural imagery, religious and secular art, public and private art and the status, function, and meaning of the portable luxury objects. No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: ISLM 286, RELG 286
  • ARTH 306: Buddhist Arts of Asia
    In the early centuries CE, Buddhism spread eastward from its origins in India to China, Korea, and Japan. It brought with it a rich religious tradition that altered forever the visual arts of these regions. Students in this course will explore the painting, sculpture, and monuments of the East Asian Buddhist world from ancient times to the twentieth century, paying particular attention to issues of patronage, ritual, iconography, symbolism, and style in order to better understand the complex relationships between religion and art. No pre-requisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: ASIA 306
  • ARTH 320: Landscape and Representation
    This course explores the many moments in human history when landscape is a subject for representation. Drawing from a wide range of chronological periods and cultures, the course will examine how the natural environment is depicted, for which audiences it is depicted, the artistic strategies by which landscapes are achieved, and the many meanings and associations that accompany the production of landscape imagery.
  • ARTH 322: Sight, Site & Insight
    This course will explore the concept of the natural in the history of art and in contemporary art making. Students in the course will look at a variety of sites and analyze both verbal and visual responses to them. Topics will include landscape painting, earth art, urban design, landscape architecture, Native American land use, and many other issues having to do with landscape and human interactions with nature. The class will combine art making with evaluating texts and writing about the natural world. Short field trips to local sites and a long field trip over mid-semester break to the Southwest required.
    Cross-listed as: ART 322
  • ARTH 323: Monuments and Memory
    This course explores the cultural function of monuments and other images dedicated to memory. We shall consider the definition of a monument and the social behavior of remembrance. Topics will include the commemoration of public triumph, defeat, trauma, private memory, funerary architecture, photography, and mourning. Prerequisite: one art history course.
  • ARTH 325: Women, Art and Society
    This course considers the contributions of women artists to the Western tradition of art making and examines the way art in the Western world has used the figure of woman to carry meaning and express notions of femininity in different periods. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: GSWS 325
  • ARTH 326: Gender Identity in Modern Art
    Since the late nineteenth century, communities of artists and critics have defined themselves in opposition to the dominant forms of maleness and heterosexuality. This course examines the definitions of 'homosexuality' and 'feminism,' and traces their development in and influence on the visual arts. Prerequisite: one art history course. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: GSWS 326
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  • ARTH 338: Contemporary Exhibition Practices
    This is a highly collaborative course in which students work with Chicago artists to mount a professional art exhibition. Students work in groups on every aspect of the exhibition process ? including the conception of the exhibit, the budget of expenses, the curation of artists? work, the design of exhibition and promotional materials, the plan and execution of educational programming, and the processes of installation and deinstallation. To prepare students to undertake this project, the first part of the semester is devoted to readings and discussion on contemporary curatorial theory and practices, written assignments designed to augment learning objectives, and visits to Chicago museums and galleries to meet with art professionals. Prerequisite: ARTH 110 or another college-level art history course.
  • ARTH 355: The Art of the Sixties
    Students in this class will examine the many and varied practices of art making in the 1960s, a decade characterized by national and global ideological change, the explosion of counterculture and the retirement of older notions of what qualifies as 'art.' Yet, so as not to study this decade in a vacuum, close attention will be paid to the artistic practices preceding the 1960s in order to more fully understand the iconoclasms that would follow. Pre-requisite: At least one art history class or consent of instructor.
  • ARTH 360: Contemporary Art
    Focuses on the art of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, from about 1970 until the present day, to trace the development of contemporary artistic movements and expression. Prerequisite: ARTH 110, or another college-level art history course.
  • ARTH 380: Renaissance Art and Domesticity
    This course examines the original setting of works of art in the secular context of the household during the Renaissance (about 1300-1650). It will also consider representations of the domestic sphere as evidence for the functions of objects in houses, palaces, or villas. Addressing issues of patronage, function and audience, the course explores the uses men and women in the Renaissance made of works of art in their homes. Among the art forms we will analyze are: domestic architecture, paintings (frescoes, portraits, cassone, spalliere), sculpture, furnishings, metalwork, ceramics, tapestries and other textiles. Prerequisite: at least one art history course or consent of the instructor.
    Cross-listed as: GSWS 380
  • ARTH 383: Hell, Damnation and Romanesque Art
    This seminar will explore the fascinating?and often terrifying?artistic production of the Romanesque period (c. 1000-1200 CE) in Medieval Europe. Although often characterized as part of the 'Dark Ages,' this period is actually one of unprecedented artistic and cultural activity, worthy of in-depth exploration. Taking a thematic approach, this seminar will place Romanesque art within its broader cultural, political and religious contexts. Topics will include: The Cult of Saints; Monasticism; Popes and Kings; Knights and Castles; Crusader Art; and Misogyny and Depictions of Women. Prerequisite: one art history course.
  • ARTH 485: Sem: Means & Meth of Art Historians
    (Seminar: Means and Methods of Art Historians). In-depth consideration of special issues, fields, or topics with careful attention given to questions of methods of investigation and the reporting of research. An exploration of some of the principal methods used by art historians in their investigations of the visual arts including historiography, style and connoisseurship, iconography and iconology, social history, and other means of interpretation. Prerequisite: senior standing in the major or permission of the instructor.
  • ARTH 490: Internship

  • ARTH 494: Senior Thesis