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Art + Design History I: Ancient-18th Century

Course No. ACD 103  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amber Stitt | Andrew Dolan | David Hart | Gary D. Sampson | Lane Cooper | Michael Weil

Intended to introduce students to art history through the study of major art concepts, theories, and historical events from the ancient Greek and Roman periods to Europe of the Enlightenment. The approach is both chronological and thematic. Offered fall.

Art + Design History II: 18th Century-1945

Course No. ACD 104  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Andrew Dolan | David Hart | Gary D. Sampson | Lane Cooper | Michael Weil | Rita Goodman
Prerequisite(s) Art + Design History I: Ancient-18th Century

Covers major movements and ideas in European and American art and design history to the mid-20th century. Students are provided with a firm grounding in the debates and theories of modernity and modernism in art. Prerequisite ACD 103. Offered spring.

Art + Design History III: 1945-Present

Course No. ACD 203  Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Hart | Gary D. Sampson | Indra Lacis | Rita Goodman
Prerequisite(s) Art + Design History II: 18th Century-1945 | Art + Design History I: Ancient-18th Century

Examines influential artists and related concepts of art and design from around WWII through the first decade of the new millennium. Discussions focus especially on critical distinctions and meanings of modern, postmodern, and contemporary art, design, and visual culture. Prerequisites ACD 103 and 104. Offered fall.

Art of China

Course No. ACD 365  Credits: 3.0

The primary goal of this course is to explore the art and culture of China (including mainland China and Taiwan). Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand Chinese art and civilization, we will look at art objects from terra-cotta pottery of the Neolithic period, bronze vessels, Buddhist murals and sculptures of the Tang era, literati paintings and imperial tastes of medieval China up to contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists and performing arts will be also discussed in this course. As the semester progresses, some additional readings may be assigned. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Art of East Asia

Course No. ACD 373X  Credits: 3.0

This lecture/discussion-style course is to explore the art and visual culture of East Asia, focusing on Japan and China. Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand art and civilization of these two countries, we will look at art objects from ancient archeological objects, medieval architecture, to modern and contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists, performing arts and animation will be also discussed in this course. Visual Culture Emphasis course. Fulfills non-Western art history requirement.

Art of Mesoamerica

Course No. ACD353.1  Credits: 3.0

In this course we explore the fascinating and advanced civilizations that were in existence in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize before Western Europe began its voyages of discovery. We study the different cultures from the Olmec to the Aztec with special emphasis on the very sophisticated Maya civilization. Their complex hieroglyphic language has yielded in recent years to decipherment and Maya history has been recreated. We look at their art, architecture and crafts as well as their unique calendars and cosmology. We watch the indigenous American civilization come into being, develop and mature, only to be devastated by the Spanish Conquest. The class involves lectures and discussion. We have a mid-term, a special project or major paper, and a prepared final. The Institute's library is particularly rich in this field and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History also has an interesting collection. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Art of the Personal Essay

Course No. LLC 373W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Adrianne Hopes | Daniel Tranberg

In this workshop course we will work on developing an understanding of the personal essay as a distinct yet flexible nonfictional genre, one possessing its own characteristics and contours that distinguish it from other literary forms. You will also work in this course on the craft of writing and revising your own personal essays. To these ends, we will be reading a number of works that demonstrate the essay’s protean adaptability. Texts will be drawn from Phillip Lopate’s anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, as well as from other sources, including selected blogs, nonfictional texts by visual artists, as well as the online compilation Quotidiana. (H/CS)(CWC)

Art Since Abstract Expressionism

Course No. ACD368X.1  Credits: 3.0

Abstract Expressionism. the first grand American art movement, is by now well understood. But what happens after that? That question is difficult to answer. We will look at earth art, minimalism and pop art in the 1960s, focusing on the role of Andy Warhol. We will pay special attention to the art and writings of Robert Smithson, and to such figures as Gordon Matta-Clark and Bas van Ader. Then we will consider how abstraction became an ongoing tradition, studying the painting of Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, and the most important abstract painter of this period, Sean Scully. In the 1980s, figurative art was revived. We will look at such figures as David Salle and Julian Schnabel. In this period, feminism became very important both for the theory and the practice of art. We will focus especial attention on the photography of Cindy Sherman. The past twenty years remain very hard, still to understand. What new movements and individual artists have emerged? And how has the role of art writing changed? We will offer tentative answers to these questions. Three essays are required. There is no final exam. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

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