MA in Art History: Seminar I
ART548 MA in Art History: Seminar I3
Prerequisites: Admission to MA in Art History Program
This course focuses on critical approaches to the visual arts that go beyond purely chronologically-based analysis. Emphasis is placed upon historiography—how the discipline of art history began and how it has evolved. Diverse research methodologies are reviewed and research tools explicated. Students explore the main aesthetic ideas from the 18th to 21st centuries with a focus upon the relationship between aesthetic concerns and both art movements and the methodologies of art historians. During each class session, different components of the period being examined are discussed in order to offer as full as possible an overview of the factors influencing that time’s art practice and art studies. In addition to discussions based on assigned readings, the course includes many visits to museums and collections as well as meetings with art historians, theorists, critics, gallery owners, curators, and artists. Field trips include visits to the Venice Biennale (every other year) and major exhibitions in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Each student presents an oral report on his or her research and completes a paper on an art-historical topic selected by the student and approved by the instructor. Normally, research undertaken and papers written in this seminar serve as the basis for the student’s thesis work.
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