Thursday, November 5, 2015

New Art History courses: Spring 2016

The Newcomb Art Department announces several new Art History courses available to undergraduate and graduate students in the Spring of 2016. Registration is open at

Prof. Schweizer. This class will survey the artistic production of China, Korea, and Japan across a wide scope of historical periods and media. Objects and ensembles such as ink paintings, tombs, temples, ritual implements, sculptures, porcelain, and lacquer objects will be approached discussing their styles, functions, and audiences.

ARHS 3910 Leonardo's World (3)
Prof. Geddes. This course uses Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, drawings, and writings to explore attitudes about the interrelation of art and nature in the Renaissance. The first half of the course considers ways of seeing and picturing the natural world, while the second investigates how individuals of this time responded to their environments, including practical and aesthetic uses.

Prof. Solomons. Designed to bring Tulane’s art historians and artists together, Medium Matters will intensively examine artistic materials from oil paint and mirrors to dirt and light bulbs. Each class explores how contemporary artists around the globe employ a particular medium for distinct conceptual, aesthetic, and political purposes.

Prof. Schweizer. This seminar investigates artistic exchange and the construction of self and other during a number of critical moments in the histories of China, Japan, and Euro-America. Major foci will be the presence of Europeans in East Asia during the 16th and 17th centuries; the period of Japan’s national isolation; the Japonisme movement; the search for a national style in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Modernism; the Postwar period; and changing notions of “Asianness” in the globalized world.

ARHS 6812 Leonardo da Vinci (3)
Prof. Geddes. Accompanying the survey course, Leonardo's World, this seminar engages in close examination of the master's oeuvre to better understand the wide array of subjects that interested him intellectually and practically. Themes include his theory of art, the many uses of drawing and writing, scientific experimentation, and the complex social networks and intellectual history that informed his production

Prof. Solomons. This seminar explores a wide variety of modern and contemporary art of Latin America, including Conceptualism, Neoconcretism, Pop, Performance, and Installation Art. Particular attention will be paid to globalization, travel, dictatorships, Cold War politics, and U.S.-Latin American relations as revealed through exhibitions, texts, and artworks.

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