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Art History

Fall 2011

011. Visual Strategies of Holocaust Remembrance
Natasha Homann
M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Since 1945, memorials, works of art in public space and museums have been dedicated to remembering the Holocaust. This course examines works of art and museums produced in, among other countries, Germany, Israel, Poland, and the United States. Nathan Rapoport's Warsaw Ghetto Monument in Poland, Peter Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., among other sites, will be addressed. Historical and art historical context, as well as theories of memory and trauma, will provide lenses through which works will be interpreted. A range of stylistic approaches of memorials, including representational, abstract, minimal, conceptual, postmodern, and new media art will be explained and explored. Two field trips include visits to the Boston Holocaust Memorial and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta, Maine.

100. Introduction to Art History
Susan Wegner, Stephen Perkinson, Pamela M. Fletcher
M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
An introduction to the study of art history. Provides a chronological overview of art primarily from Western and East Asian traditions. Considers the historical context of art and its production, the role of the arts in society, problems of stylistic tradition and innovation, and points of contact and exchange between artistic traditions. Equivalent of Art History 101 as a major or minor requirement. Not open to students who have credit for Art History 101.

209. Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
Jorge Bravo M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Introduces the techniques and methods of classical archaeology as revealed through an examination of Greek material culture. Emphasis upon the major monuments and artifacts of the Greek world from prehistory to the Hellenistic age. Architecture, sculpture, fresco painting, and other "minor arts" are examined at such sites as Knossos, Mycenae, Athens, Delphi, and Olympia. Considers the nature of this archaeological evidence and the relationship of classical archaeology to other disciplines such as art history, history, and classics. Assigned reading supplements illustrated presentations of the major archaeological finds of the Greek world.

213. Art of Three Faiths:Christian, Jewish, & Islamic Art & Architecture, from the 3rd to 12th Century
Stephen Perkinson M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25
Examines ways images, objects, and buildings shaped the experiences and expressed the beliefs of members of three major religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Deals with artworks spanning the third century through the twelfth century from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Byzantine Empire. Many of the sessions will be thematic, dealing with issues that cut across geographic and chronological boundaries. Topics examined include the embrace or rejection of a classical artistic heritage; the sponsorship of religious art by powerful figures; the use of images and architecture to define community, and to reject those defined as outsiders; forms of iconoclasm and criticism of the use of images among the three religions; theological justifications for the use of images; and the role of images in efforts to convert or conquer members of another faith.

261. Private Treasures, Public Gifts: Art Collecting in America
Linda Docherty T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
An examination of art collecting in America from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Looks at different types of collectors, the objects that they favored, and their contributions to the history of American museums. Focuses on the value they placed on art as a means of educating a democracy, cultivating taste, acquiring social status, providing aesthetic pleasure, instilling national pride, and effecting social change. Includes a student-curated exhibition on recent acquisitions, to be mounted in conjunction with the Museum of Artís bicentennial celebration of James Bowdoin III's original bequest. This project will provide experience in museum research, writing, installation and programming, and demonstrate how gifts of art from private collectors enrich the educational offerings of the College.

264. American Art from the Civil War to 1945
Linda Docherty T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
American architecture, sculpture, and painting between the Civil War and World War II. Issues considered include the expatriation of American painters after the Civil War, the introduction of European modernism to the United States, the pioneering achievements of American architects and photographers, and the continuing tension between native and cosmopolitan forms of cultural expression. Field trips to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

333. Studies in Seventeenth-Century Art: Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi
Susan Wegner M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25
Contrasts two artists - one male, one female - whose powerful, naturalistic styles transformed European painting in the seventeenth century. Starting with a close examination of the artists' biographies (in translation), focuses on questions of the artistsí education, artistic theory, style as a reflection of character, and myths and legends of the artists' lives. Also examines the meanings of seventeenth-century images of heroic women, such as Esther, Judith, and Lucretia, in light of social and cultural attitudes of the times.