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Art History Courses

The Art History courses offered in 2014-15 are listed below. For a complete list of the courses that may be offered in other years, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Current Course Offerings (2014/15)

Level 100 Courses

Art in the West from Antiquity to Modernity

ARTH 120/6.0 (ON CAMPUS)

A survey of famous and lesser-known works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the Modern Age. Themes include politics, religion, mythology, gender roles, techniques, conservation and intersections with non-western cultures.

EXCLUSION: When both ARTH 116* and ARTH 117* are taken they exclude ARTH 120.

Instructor:  D. Cunningham (fall term)/ K. Romba (winter term)


Art in the West from Antiquity to Modernity - Online Version through Continuing and Distance Studies

ARTH 120/6.0 (ONLINE)

A survey of famous and lesser-known works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the Modern Age. Themes include politics, religion, mythology, gender roles, techniques, conservation and intersections with non-western cultures.

EXCLUSION: When both ARTH 116* and ARTH 117* are taken they exclude ARTH 120.

Instructor: J. Russell-Corbett (fall term / winter term)

 


Level 200 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 200-LEVEL COURSES
Second-year standing or permission of the Department.

Medieval Art

ARTH 212/3.0

An introduction to the arts of the Middle Ages (c.300-1400) from the origins of Christian art under the Emperor Constantine, through the Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic Periods. The focus will be on major monuments and personalities and will also involve a trip to Toronto to study medieval art in the Royal Ontario Museum.

PREREQUISITE:   Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

Instructor: M. Reeve (fall term)


Renaissance Art and Architecture Before 1500  

ARTH 214/3.0

A study of Renaissance art and architecture before 1500 within the context of the social, political and economic history of Western Europe. Key monuments, themes and concepts will be stressed.

PREREQUISITE:   Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

EXCLUSION:   No more than 6.0 units from  ARTH 214/3.0; ARTH 215/3.0; ARTH 213/6.0

Instructor:  A. Sherman (fall term)


Renaissance Art and Architecture after 1500

ARTH 215/3.0

A study of Renaissance art and architecture after 1500 within the context of the social, political and economic history of Western Europe. Key monuments, themes and concepts will be stressed.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

EXCLUSION:  No more than 6.0 units from  ARTH 214/3.0; ARTH 215/3.0; ARTH 213/6.0

Instructor:  A. Sherman (winter term)


Histories of Modern Art

ARTH 226/3.0

This course will examine the histories, meanings and sites of modern art in the metropolitan West from about the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. Students will become familiar not only with the works themselves, but with shifts in critical conceptions and key art historical problems surrounding modern art.

PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

EXCLUSION: No more than 6.0 units from ARTH 226/3.0; ARTH 227/6.0; ARTH 228/3.0

Instructor: A. Morehead (fall term)


Histories of Contemporary Art

ARTH 228/3.0

This course will examine the histories, meanings and sites of contemporary art in the metropolitan West from the 1960's to the present. Students will become familiar not only with the works themselves, but with shifts in critical conceptions and popular media that affect both the production and reception of contemporary art.

PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

EXCLUSION: No more than 6.0 units from ARTH 226/3.0; ARTH 227/6.0; ARTH 228/3.0

Instructor:  C. Robertson (winter term)


An Introduction to the History of Photography

ARTH-242/3.0


An introduction to the history of photography as technology, art, and social  practice. Within the larger historical contexts of society and culture, it surveys key developments and applications in France, England, and the United States, and their spread to other parts of the world, and considers the work of major photographers and their influence.

PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or above or permission of the Department. 

Instructor: J. Schwartz (winter term)


Art and Architecture in Venice

ARTH 245/6.0

Instruction in Venice based on daily study tours to the city's monuments and galleries. Each week a visit will be organized to an important centre in the Venice region. Costs of travel and accommodation abroad must be paid by the student. The total cost of the course, including program fee, tuition, room and board, airfare
and living expenses was estimated at $8000-$8500 for May, 2012.

PREREQUISITE: 6.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: TBA (Venice Summer School, spring/summer term)


Art, Society and Culture

ARTH 250/3.0 (ONLINE ONLY)

An introduction to the social conditions and cultural movements that shaped European visual art of the nineteenth century in its global context. This course will stress the tension between modernity and anti-modernism as well as competing views on the very nature of visual art. 

PREREQUISITE : Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

EXCLUSION: No more than 3.0 units from ARTH 233/3.0; ARTH 250/3.0

Instructor:  J. Russell Corbett (Winter 2015)


Baroque Art

ARTH 253/3.0

A survey of the visual culture of Europe and its colonies in the Baroque age (ca. 1580-1750). Attention is given to developments in all aspects of the visual arts, with emphasis on painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic arts, and on the achievements of artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, Velasquez, and Bernini.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 120/6.0

PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

Instructor:  G. Bailey (fall term) 


Culture and Conflict

ARTH 260/3.0                      

An investigation of the impact of war on art and architecture, as well as human attempts to preserve cultural heritage. A chronological or thematic approach may be taken, with focus placed on one or more case studies, such as: the Sacks of Rome, the Napoleonic wars, Nazi looting, the Cultural Revolution in China, Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

Instructor:  C. Hoeniger (winter term)


Art Worlds

ARTH 288/3.0

This course introduces students to key institutions of art by studying their histories, current practices, and future challenges. Using a case study approach to institutions including museums, artist-run centres, auction houses, and private galleries, the course develops students’ understanding of art worlsd both in Canada and globally.

PREREQUISITE:   Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

Instructor: A. Morehead (winter term)


Architecture 1900 to the Present

ARTH 292/3.0
An examination of modern architecture in the western world, from 1900 to the present.

PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

Instructor: K. Romba (fall term)


Level 300 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 300-LEVEL COURSES
Third-year standing or permission of the Department.

The Artwork as Material Object: Arts of the Arctic

ARTH 301/3.0

A study of selected objects with a focus on materials and meanings.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: Norman Vorano (fall term) 


Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art History

ARTH 305/3.0
 

Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art is about drawing as a medium, practice, and object. We will explore how drawing has become legitimized as an autonomous field of theory and practice, especially over the past 30 years. Our readings and visual analyses will emphasize the question: what it is about drawing that makes it so closely associated with the affective—especially with themes of time, choice, and thought? 

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 227/6.0 or ARTH 226/3.0 and ARTH 228/3.0  

Instructor: S. Mosurinjohn (winter term)


Romanesque: Art and Historicism in Europe c.800-1150

ARTH 307/3.0                        

This course considers the retrospective tendencies in art of the so-called ‘Romanesque period’ leading up to the ‘Gothic’. Considering monuments across all media, we discuss concepts of artistic development in cathedral, monastic and secular settings. We will also consider modes of ‘reading’ and interpretation of medieval art in terms of contemporary modes of perception.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 3 or above.

Instructor: M. Reeve (winter term)


Feminism, Art, Art History

ARTH 310/3.0

A study of women as subjects in art, producers of art, patrons and viewers of art, and writers of art history. Specfici female artists will be considered within their historical contexts and within theoretical frameworks that have become important to feminist art historians during the past 15 to 20 years (fr example, marxist theroy, reception theory, gender theory, psychoanalytic theory).

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above. It is recommended that students have taken ARTH 120.  

Instructor: J. Amos (fall term)


Gender and Modernism

ARTH 311/3.0

A study of gender in relation to modern visual culture from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries using theoretical frameworks drawn from feminist art history and gender studies. Topics to be studied include fashion and modernity, consumer culture, gendered and transgendered artistic identities, and the gendering of Modernism.

PREREQUISITE:  Level 3 or above.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 226/3.0 and ARTH 228/3.0 or ARTH 227/6.0

Instructor: A. Morehead (winter term)


Aspects of Contemporary Art in Canada

ARTH 340/3.0

Aspects of Canadian Contemporary Art is about Canadian contemporary art and “the crisis of art criticism”--the problem of how we analyze and value art as it confronts (and sometimes mirrors or merges with) the forces of the market and technology. We will investigate the relationship of this crisis to four issues: contemporary art and new media; the politics of institutional collection and display, especially with respect to Indigenous art and artists; the economization of culture; and participatory art and collaborative politics.

Instructor: S.  Mosurinjohn (fall term)


Photography in Canada 1839-1939  

ARTH 342/3.0                      

Through lectures, readings, and research, this course explores the nature, practice, and impact of photography in Canada between 1839 and 1939. By examining how the new medium was used to confirm, complement, and contest older forms of aesthetic expression, written documentation, or visual evidence, it traces the role of photography in Canadian society during this critical period of Canadian nation building.

Instructor:  J. Schwartz (winter term)


Printmaking in Early Modern Europe

ARTH 352/3.0

A chronological survey of the history of printmaking in Western Europe from its beginnings in the 15th century to the Industrial Revolution. Topics include the cultural impact of the reproducible image, the development of woodcut, engraving, etching and lithography, and the achievements of printmakers such as Durer, Goltzius, Callot, Rembrandt, Hogarth and Goya.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 253/3.0

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above. It is recommended that students have taken ARTH 120. It is also helpful to have taken at least one course in Renaissance or Baroque art (such as ARTH 215 or ARTH 253).

Instructor: S. Dickey (winter term)


The Age of Rembrandt

ARTH 354/3.0 (ON CAMPUS)

A detailed study of paintings produced in the Netherlands, ca. 1580-1700. Developments in style and the growth of subject types such as genre, portraiture, landscape, and still life are examined in the cultural context of life in the Dutch Republic, with particular attention to the achievements of artists such as Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above. It is recommended that students have taken ARTH 120 and ARTH 253.

Instructor: S. Dickey (fall term)


The Age of Rembrandt -  Online Version through Continuing and Distance Studies

ARTH 354/3.0 (ONLINE)

A detailed study of paintings produced in the Netherlands, ca. 1580-1700. Developments in style and the growth of subject types such as genre, portraiture, landscape, and still life are examined in the cultural context of life in the Dutch Republic, with particular attention to the achievements of artists such as Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above. It is recommended that students have taken ARTH 120 and ARTH 253.

Instructor: J. Russell Corbett (spring/summer term)


Early Netherlandish Painting

ARTH 375/3.0

A study of Netherlandish painters (c. 1410-1560) from the Master of Flemalle and Jan van Eyck to Geertgen tot Sint Jans and Hieronymus Bosch.

RECOMMENDATION: ARTH 214/3.0 and 215/3.0 (or ARTH 213/6.0)

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 or above.

Instructor: R. Spronk (winter term)


Venice and Its Biennale: The Display of Contemporary Art and Culture in a Historic City

ARTH 380/6.0

Instruction in Venice based on daily study visits to the Venice Biennale and sites of display for modern and contemporary art, such as the Peggy Guggenheim and Francois Pinault collections. 

Costs of travel and accommodation abroad must be paid by the student. Consult the Department of Art for the actual costs involved. Estimated cost: room and board $4500, Travel $1200.

PREREQUISITE: 6.0 units in ARTH

Instructor: TBA (spring/summer term)


INTERNSHIP

ARTH 395/3.0
Students in Art History and Fine Art can apply to take a practical internship in a museum or gallery, where they would undertake research or curatorial activities. All internships must be approved in advance by written application to the Undergraduate Coordinator. Approval will depend on the quality of the proposal and the academic record of the applicant. Students are required to write a report about their experience and are evaluated jointly by the employer and a faculty member from the Department of Art. It is the responsibility of students to arrange internships.

Please review the Internship Guidelines and Internship Application Form

NOTE: Depending on location, substantial travel and subsistence costs may be involved.

Instructor: Various


Level 400 Courses

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL 400-LEVEL COURSES
A GPA of 2.60 in ARTH and level 4 and registration in an ARTH major or medial plan or permission of the Department.

Studies in Renaissance Painting Technique

ARTH 402/3.0

An in-depth study in Renaissance painting techniques in Italy and/or Northern Europe. Selected issues of technique and conservation will be examined within broader art-historical framework.

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor: R. Spronk (winter term)


Performance Art Studies

ARTH 419/3.0

This seminar/practicum course for studio artists focuses on the distinctive intermedia methods found in performance art as developed from the mid-1950s to the present.

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of the 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor: C. Robertson (winter term)


Art and Activism: Indigenous Public Art and the Aesthetics of Indigenous Activism

ARTH 420/3.0   

An examination of both modern and postmodern contemporary art as activism sampled from Western and non-Western practices. The chronological period of study is from the end of the 1960s to the present. Theoretical frameworks to be used include social movement theory, postcolonial theory, and critical museum studies.

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of the 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor:  Dylan Robinson (winter term)


Topics in Early 20'th-Century Art History and Material Culture: Exhibiting Expressionism

ARTH 421/3.0

A detailed study of one area or topic in the history of early 20th-century art.

PREREQUISITE:  A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor: A. Morehead (fall term)


House: Topics in the History of an Idea

ARTH 425/3.0

This course considers the house as a central typology in the history of architecture and will explore it in its fullest theoretical and literary contexts. We consider the house as an idea and a material whole, including the art that it housed, the functions and performances that it staged, and the patrons, architects and designers that created it. 

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan. 

Instructor: M. Reeve (fall term)


Art History Theory and Methods

ARTH 435/3.0

This course examines a range of theoretical approaches used currently in art historical scholarship, including Marxism, gender theory, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poststructuralism, and postcolonialism.

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of the 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan. 

Instructor: K. Romba (fall term)


Anthropological Theory and Art History

ARTH 436/3.0

This course will examine a range of anthropological theories and will assess their potential methodological roles in art historical analysis.

PREREQUISITE: A minimum GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan. 

Instructor: K. Romba (winter term)


Caravaggio and Artemisia

ARTH 451/3.0

Explores Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi and contemporaries in Baroque Italy. Considers issues such as naturalism/idealism, patronage, populist piety, gender. One of the goals is to look at the ways in which these artists' personalities have been projected onto their work by scholars, essayists, novelists, and filmmakers.

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of the 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan. 

Instructor: G. Bailey (fall term)


Studies in the Literature of Art

ARTH 492/3.0

The detailed, analytical study of a selected body of texts within the literature of art, directed towards gaining an understanding of the dominant theories, critical attitudes, or historical perspectives on art during a particular period.

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of the 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan.

Instructor:  A. Sherman (winter term)



Studies in the History of Prints and Drawings

ARTH 496/3.0

A detailed study in the history of prints and drawings. Specific topics vary from term to term. MA students enrol in ARTH 846: Topics in Northern Baroque Art.

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of 2.60 in a minimum of 24.0 units in ARTH courses and Level 4 and registration in an ARTH Major or Medial Plan. It is advisable that students have taken at least one course relevant to European Baroque art (such as ARTH 253, 352, or 354).

Instructor: S. Dickey (winter term)

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