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Graduate Program


Not every course is available in a given academic year.
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ART 500
Hal Foster
A course designed to inform students in the theoretical foundations of the discipline as well as in the methodological innovations of the last few decades.
ART 501
Introduction to Historiography
Selected topics in the literature of art and architecture in Europe and the Americas from antiquity to the present.
ART 519
Seminar in Mycenaean Archaeology
A study of the culture of the Aegean as reflected in architecture, pottery, and other arts during the second millennium B.C., with chief emphasis on the Late Bronze Age.
ART 520
Greek Art of the Iron Age and the Orientalizing Periods
Problems in the relationship of Greek and Near Eastern art in the early centuries of the first millennium B.C.
ART 521
Archaic Greek Sculpture and Painting
Selected problems in Greek art between 650 and 480 B.C.
ART 523
Classical Greek Sculpture and Painting
Selected problems in Greek art from 480 to 300 B.C.
ART 524/ARC 525
Mapping the City
A seminar focusing on city imagery and architectural entertainments by examining different methods of framing the city through travel, in the theater, through the invention of traditions, at the museum, from the cinema, or through its architectural composition and spatial configuration.
ART 525
Architecture of Periclean Athens
Considers in detail the Athenian buildings of the mid-fifth century B.C. In addition to architectural problems, emphasis is placed on epigraphical and historical sources bearing on the building program.
ART 526
Regional Schools of Greek Sculpture and Painting
Problems in archaic and classical art in regions outside Athens, principally in Asia Minor.
ART 527
Topography and Monuments of Athens
A study of the city's growth from its prehistoric beginnings to the Roman period. Some of the questions considered are the relation of documentary to excavational evidence in topography, restoration, and relative chronology of specific buildings.
ART 528
Problems in Ancient Architecture
The seminar studies problems for research in a selected period of ancient architecture, with emphasis on the development of architectural forms and style of decoration.
ART 529
Space and Time in Greek and Roman Art
A study of principles of representation, concentrating sometimes on narrative and sometimes on specific problems, such as Pompeian painting.
ART 530
Problems in Roman Art
Selected topics such as classicism, iconography, historical representation, narration, Roman copies of Greek sculpture and painting, luxury arts, Roman provincial art, and town planning and urban art.
ART 531
Roman Painting and Mosaic
Painting and mosaic from the late Republic to the late Empire, with emphasis on the history of types, fashions in the provinces, and problems in style and iconography.
ART 532
Roman Relief
Roman relief art from the late Republic to the late Empire. Technical, stylistic, iconographical and chronological aspects to be explored in conjunction with innovation in imperial propaganda, narration, historical representation, and more.
ART 533
Roman Portraiture
Investigation of the origins, development, function, and significance of portrait sculpture in the Roman world.
ART 534
Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome
Aspects of the growth and urbanization of Rome from the early Republic to the late Empire, with special emphasis on major programs of public buildings and the imperial residences.
ART 535
Problems in Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture
Problems in art and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire and culturally related areas from 300 to 1453.
ART 536
Art in Late Medieval Italy
Investigates sculpture in Italy between about 1250 and 1400, with reference to styles of representation, artistic techniques, religious iconography, workshop practice, patronage and the economics of artistic production, and the relationship of the visual arts to other modes of cultural expression.
ART 537
Seminar in Medieval Art
Intensive study of a period, genre, or theme in medieval art. Possible topics include Romanesque painting and sculpture, art of the church treasures, and imperial patronage and the arts.
ART 538
Medieval Manuscript Illumination
A seminar on illuminated manuscripts, their types, history, and methods of study.
ART 539
Seminar in Iconography
Problems in the interpretation of religious and secular themes in medieval art, with specific topics changing yearly. Extensive use is made of the Index of Christian Art.
ART 540
Art and Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Reading and research on selected problems in European art, ca. 1000-1600, with emphasis on the influence on the visual arts of such factors as religious movements, social change, and the elaboration of a vernacular literary tradition.
ART 541
Problems in Renaissance Devotional Art
The seminar examines in detail selected thematic topics in Italian painting and sculpture.
ART 542
Art and Society in Renaissance Italy
Seminar on selected topics in Italian art from 1300 to 1600, with special emphasis given to its social, religious, and cultural context. Problems of method in dealing with the contextual study of works of art are considered.
ART 543/ARC 533
The Domestication of Space: From Incorporation to Disembodiment
A seminar on aspects of architecture during the 19th and 20th centuries, illustrating a number of historical trends in relation to modernity and postmodernity, regarding the body in its cultural space. Emphasis placed on domestic conditions, considered through the categories of the disembodiment of place and the displacement of the body. Topics include the normal and the pathological; bodies and machines; organ and function; luxury and comfort; well-being and welfare; control and transparency; and the prosthetic technobody.
ART 544
Seminar in the Northern Renaissance
Topics in Netherlandish, German, or French art ca. 1350-1550. Emphasis on close analysis of works (painting, sculpture, graphic arts) and comparative dimensions of interpretation.
ART 545
The Geography of Art
Art has a place as well as a time. This course examines the geography of art, primarily in the early modern era. Examples are chosen from Europe and the Americas. A theoretical, historiographic, and historical investigation of issues, including ethnic and national identity, metropoles, regionalism, provincialism, peripheries, and artistic interchange, is explored.
ART 546
The Art of the 15th and 16th Centuries
Detailed examination of selected topics in European art of the period.
ART 547
Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
Advanced research in the history of architecture from 1400 to 1750. Topics vary, with the focus each year placed on important European centers and architects and on issues related to architectural theory and practice.
ART 548/ARC 548
Selected Architects of the 18th and 19th Century
Intensive study of one 18th- or 19th-century architect from several different perspectives to assess his or her achievement as architect and theorist. The subject's projects are examined in parallel with theoretical writings, and certain representative projects of the architect's are chosen for detailed study.
ART 550/ARC 551
Analysis and Theory of Modern Architecture: The Modern Interior
Explores the critical transformation in the relationship between interior and exterior space in modern architecture. This transformation is most evident in the domestic space, which ceases to be simply bounded territory in opposition to the outside, whether physical or social. An analysis of modern houses is used as a frame to register contemporary displacements of the relationship between private and public space and the convolution of boundaries between inside and outside, instigated by the emerging reality of the technologies of communication, including newspaper, telephone, radio, film, and television.
ART 551
Southern Baroque Art
Selected topics in painting and sculpture of the 17th century in Italy or Spain.
ART 552
Northern Baroque Art
Topics in the art and culture of the Netherlands or France ca. 1580 to 1750.
ART 553
Seminar in Central European Art
Topics in the art and culture of the central European region from 1500 to 1800.
ART 554
Seminar in 17th- and 18th-Century Art
Selected topics on artists, images, genres, institutions, or issues in European art and architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries. One three-hour seminar.
ART 560
Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Architecture and Landscape Architecture
An introduction to the methods of architectural and landscape architectural history, including the use of documents, drawings, literary descriptions, pictorial evidence, and stylistic analysis. Topics are selected from the history of architecture and gardening or landscape in Italy or England from the 15th to the 18th century.
ART 561/ARC 561
Contemporary Architectural Theory
Explores recent changes in architecture history, theory, criticism, and practice by examining the effects of contemporary critical theory on architectural discourse. Particular attention is given to the ways in which architectural theory has influenced the critical theory of other disciplines and vice versa.
ART 562
Seminar in American Art
Study of a particular artist, subject, medium, or movement in American art, primarily in the 19th century and ordinarily organized around significant holdings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Possible topics include landscape and still-life painting, Homer and Eakins, and American drawings and watercolors.
ART 563
Seminar in Modern Architecture
A seminar examining the work of an important European or American architect or architectural movement in the period from the late 18th century to the present.
ART 564
19th-Century Art
Study of an individual painter or movement from the late 18th century through the 19th century. Possible topics include problems in style, iconography and theory, and relationships to the history of ideas.
ART 565
Seminar in Modernist Art and Theory
The seminar focuses on the study of a particular problem in modernism. Possible topics include the advent of modernist abstraction, the different uses of advant-garde devices of collage and photomontage, the readymade and the construction, art and technology, art and the unconscious, art and political revolution, and antimodernism.
ART 566
Seminar in Contemporary Art and Theory
The seminar focuses on the study of a particular problem in contemporary art and theory. Possible topics include the definition of postwar painting, the rise of neo-avant-gardes in the 1950s, the expanded field of art in the 1960s, the advent of new mediums (e.g., performance and video) in the 1970s, and the question of postmodernism in the 1980s.
ART 567
Seminar in 20th-Century Photography
The seminar is concerned with the work of a single European or American photographer or with a significant movement in the 20th century.
ART 568
Insurgent Modernities: The Architecture of Western Colonialism in Asia (1800-1949)
This seminar explores the architecture, urbanism, and restoration practices of European powers in Asia. Our goal is to understand the complex forms of cultural production that resulted from the unequal encounter with imperialism, the role played by architecture and the circulation of art objects in the Western construction of Asia, and conversely, the emerging cultures of resistance that were themselves highly diversified and transnational.
ART 569/ARC 565
History and Theory of Landscape Design
A study of the principles of landscape architecture and an investigation of human response to land form, water, plant materials, and other materials of landscape design as well as studies the effect of these materials upon planned landscapes.
ART 570
History and Criticism of Chinese Calligraphy
A seminar dealing with three aspects of the subject: changing forms and techniques, critical literature, and the relation between calligraphy and painting.
ART 571
Seminar in Special Problems in Chinese Painting
Problems offered include studies of single periods, sites, or phases of painting. This course is adjusted to the needs of the students.
ART 572
Museum Seminar in the Chinese Field
An examination of the methods used in the connoisseurship of paintings, sculptures, and other objects of art, together with a study of the materials and techniques of painting.
ART 573
Topics in Early Chinese Art and Archaeology
Focusing on a few specific problems in Chinese Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology, the course explores a variety of approaches to the interpretation of archaeological finds. Topics vary from year to year.
ART 574
Seminar in Japanese Art and Archaeology
Museum seminar in the Japanese field, including problems in the connoisseurship of paintings, calligraphies, sculptures, and other categories of art objects.
ART 576
Special Problems in Japanese Art
Focused studies of various artistic epochs, schools, and themes in Japanese art. The seminar is adjusted to the needs of the students.
ART 580
Cities of Caliphs and Sultans: Capitals of the Islamic World
A study of major Islamic capitals (including Baghdad, Cordoba, Isfahan, Samarqand, and others). Discussion will focus on problems of their history, town-planning, and their importance as centers of Islamic art and influential workshops.
ART 581,582/ARC 571,572
Research in Architecture
A research seminar in selected areas of aesthetics, art criticism, and architectural theory from the 18th to the 20th centuries on the notion of representation in art and architecture. Seminar is given to students in the doctoral program at the School of Architecture and to doctoral candidates in other departments.
ART 585
Problems in Islamic Art and Archaeology
Palace of Mshatta in Jordan, historiography and art and archaeology of a Late Antique monument. The seminar deals with the interpretation of the architecture and the façade of Mshatta and ways to reconstruct it and interpret its original meaning. The seminar deals with the original material (photographs, diaries, and plans) originating from the earliest research on that site, which is preserved in the Rare Books Collection at Firestone Library and in the Visual Resource Collection in the Department of Art and Archaeology.
ART 593/ARC 593
European Architecture: Theory and Criticism 1830-1930
The principal theories, manifestos, critical writings, and debates in European architecture from the period following the industrial revolution to the use of totalitarianism in the 1930s. It aims to help the student develop, by means of close readings of primary and secondary texts, a critical understanding of architecture discourse in the context of parallel social and artistic discourse.