Art History

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Art History

In addition to providing students with a broad understanding of world art, the Art History program focuses upon African American art and the art of the African Diaspora. In beginning and advanced courses and seminars, students are encouraged to engage in scholarly investigation and analysis of visual styles, cultural movements, and social evidence in the history of art, especially original scholarship in African American and African Art History. The program’s strong research focus provides a virtual road map for students who wish to pursue careers as art historians in academia or in museums as curators and educators.

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Art History Courses

ARTH 161. Art Appreciation. 3crs.
Introduction to the elements and dimensions of art and the philosophical, political, and psychological evolution of various cultures

ARTH 162. Introduction to African Art History. 3crs.
An overview of the history, aesthetics, process and function of the visual arts of Africa from the prehistoric period to traditional societies of today. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between the visual arts and religion, music, dance and other components of the African culture.

ARTH 164. Survey of Visual Art. 3 crs.
Study of the visual arts from prehistoric times to the end of the twelfth century. Fall semester only.

ARTH 165. Introduction to Art History. 3 crs.
Continuation of ARTH 164 from the thirteenth century to the present. Spring semester only. Prerequisite: ARTH 164.

ARTH 167. Topics in Art Criticism. 3 crs.
The nature of interpretation and evaluation in the visual arts, with emphasis placed upon artistic expression in the African Diaspora. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

ARTH 168. Internship in Art History. 3crs.
On-site professional experience in a museum, gallery or cultural agency.

ARTH 170. Modern Art History I. 3 crs.
Examines nineteenth century European and American styles of painting, printmaking, sculpture and architecture.

ARTH 171. Modern Art History II. 3 crs.
Examines twentieth century European and American styles of painting, printmaking, sculpture and architecture.

ARTH 172. West African Art. 3crs.
Study of the visual arts of African civilization. Focus is placed on the artistic achievements of such civilizations as Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Nok, Igbo Ukwu, Benin, and Owo, among others, and the art of more recent cultural groups.

ARTH 173. African Art History III. 3crs.
An in-depth study of the history, aesthetics, processes and functions of the visual arts in ancient African civilizations in the Nile Valley and the Rift Valley. Focus will be placed on the artistic achievements of such civilizations as Egypt, Nubia, Aksum, Meore, Zimbabwe and of others since medieval times.

ARTH 178. African-American Art I. 3 crs.
Analyzes the elements and dimensions of art produced by persons of African descent in the United States from precolonial times to 1945. Fall semester only.

ARTH 179. African-American Art II. 3 crs.
Continuation of ARTH 178 from 1950 to the present. Spring semester only.

ARTH 181. Research in Art History I. 3 crs.
Treats research methodology and its application to the study of various cultures, and independent study with faculty supervision.

ARTH 182. Research in Art History 11. 3 crs.
Continuation of ARTH 181.

ARTH 183. The Expressionist Image. 3 crs.
A study of style and content from German Expressionism (1905 – 1920s) through and beyond.

ARTH 189.Trends and Ideas in African American Art. 3 crs.
This course seeks to introduce students to problems in art historiography and art criticism and to explore the issues of identity and culture through examination of the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary developments in African American Art.

ARTH 196. Heritage: The Art of Romare Bearden. 3crs.