Sunday, January 8, 2017


Art History 1102
Section 1: TTH 8:30-9:50
Instructor: Dr. Betsy Towns
Teaching Assistant Andja Budincich,
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office: workplace west III room 109
cell 919-428-1717
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Office hours: by appointment.


The History of Art, Part 2: 600 years that led to today

This course examines key samples from the history of art from the early Renaissance to today. We explore ways to look deeply at and develop insights into works of art, and, to paraphrase David Foster Wallace, “to develop informed and intelligent reasons for liking or disliking a piece of art and to express yourself—clearly, persuasively and above all interestingly—about stuff you’ve seen.” We work to contextualize today’s visual culture and notions of art-making in relation history’s favorites in painting, sculpture, architecture, and newer forms.  

Objectives –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
·Introduce artists, artworks, concepts and periods as characters to help to bring them to life in our time by sharing stories about those periods, works and people
·Model methods for describing, analyzing, contextualizing and interpreting works of art
·Create assignments to challenge students to do the same
·Raise questions and problems to invite you to think in new ways

Students will:
• Build a visual vocabulary that will enrich the substance of their work in the arts. This course seeks to open up worlds of ideas for students to draw on in their own practice.

• Consider contextual factors (social, cultural, religious, historical, technological, political, economic) in significant periods in art, and find the clues to these factors in the visual evidence. 

• Practice analyzing the characteristics of an art period, and to think critically about relationships between works and periods as demonstrated in discussion and assignments. Draw connections between the art of different cultures, looking at the ways art of the past informs artists working today, deepening their art making.

• Practice a variety of ways of looking at, thinking about, talking about and writing about art: creative, critical, theoretical, philosophical, descriptive, historical, individual.  

• Explore emotional, visual, and critical responses to works of art; conceptualize a map of visual culture

Materials  –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Texts: Marilyn Stoksdad, Art: a Brief History, 3rd ed., ISBN-10: 0131955411
  Class Blog: Check the blog and syllabus each day before class
Films:  Simon Schama, Power of Art: Caravaggio, available at the library or online    
Any Readings not in the text will be available via email, on our blog, or on Canvas.  

·Journal notebook or sketchbook, minimum 8 inches in any direction, dedicated to this class
·24 pack of colored pencils, crayons, or, if you’re good with ‘em, markers
·Several mixed line pens, preferably all black, and pencils

Recommended, not required:
·Facebook: I have group for the class to share links, UNCSA Art History
·Khan Academy’s excellent (if stodgy) Art History series complements our text and class discussion

I challenge you to participate often, ask questions basic to mind-blowing, share your observations, interrupt, laugh, make jokes, suggest readings or images, draw connections.  Take the day’s materials in directions you’d like to go.  At Harvard they call Art History Survey ‘darkness at noon’—the moment when you turn out the lights, look at beautiful, old, faraway things, and drift off to dreamland. I’m very aware of this challenge! Please stand up, move around, ask questions, make drawings, take very good notes and make your own connections to the material in the margins.
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You are responsible for all in this syllabus. If you lose your syllabus, find it online and print it out. Come to class Prepared—complete all reading, writing, and viewing assignments, and all activities listed in the syllabus or in class handouts

Take notes on lectures, discussions and comments in class and on video, audio, and written materials outside of class. Make the hours you spend here worthwhile by immersing yourself in ideas.
Be Curious. Take Interest.

Attendance This is a discussion course, therefore regular attendance is crucial.  A week of unexcused absences will affect your course grade.  Two weeks of unexcused absences will result in failing. An unexcused absence on a day that we are to discuss your work means you will not get feedback.  We will move on with the schedule. 

If you do miss class, you are still responsible for the material.  In the event of an illness or emergency, make up the work as quickly as possible.  If you stop coming to class, do not assume that I will withdraw you.  You are responsible for managing your course enrollment.  If I must cancel class, I will email and post on blackboard materials and any needed schedule revisions.

Major Due Dates: –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Notebook Submission 1, 15%: Feb 2  
Exam 1, 15%: February 18
Friday Feb 24th: Last day to withdraw: if you have missed either any major assignments, or more than two days of class, think carefully about whether you should withdraw.
Notebook Submission II:  20%: April 4
Portfolio Proposal due, 5% March 16th
Notebook check 3, 10%: April 18
Portfolio Research Project, 15%: April 27
Final Exam, 20% Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:00 – 3:00 PM

I examine work for Craft (care and attention to detail, unity of work), Creativity (inventive solutions to assignments and original and critical thinking), and Content (accuracy and substance of material created). If you would like more information on Grades, specifically, this Ohio State resource reflects my thinking.

Class Calendar: Following the Center of the Art World:–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Week One: new Beginnings, Births and Rebirths

January 12: Introduction                                                                                                
In Class: Reviewing History and Beginnings of Modernism
Formal Analysis, Elements and Principles of Art, Completing an Art History ID
Key Works and Terms:
Giotto di Bondone, Lamentation & Scrovegni chapel
Petrus Christus, Goldsmith (12-7)
  Rogier van der Weyden, Deposition (12-6)
  Bill Viola, Emergence
  Modernism, protorenaissance, Realism, idealism, abstract, representational, non-representational, fresco

Week Two, Art Ninjas Part I: Donatello & Leonardo

January 17: Early Renaissance in Europe (but mostly Italy)                                              
Homework due today:  Stoksdad, Chapter 12 (pp. 306-337: focus on key works; )
Classwork: Discussion of Key works and instruction: 
Key Works and Terms:
Bellini, Saint Francis in Ecstasy (12-1)
Jan van Eyck, Annunciation (12-4)
Jan van Eyck, Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and Giovanna Cenami (12-5)
Perugino, Delivery of Keys to St. Peter,  (p 329)
Massaccio, Trinity (12-23)
Massaccio, Tribute Money(12-24 &12-25)
Botticelli, Birth of Venus (12-28)

***January 13: Add/Drop period ends***

January 19: Introducing the Renaissance in Florence and Rome                                         
Homework due today: Stoksdad, Chapter 12 continued (pp. 338-345)
In Class: Art Ninjas Part One – Leonardo and Donatello
Key Works and Terms:
  Donatello, David (12-20)
  Leonardo, Last Supper (13-12)
  Leonardo, Mona Lisa (13-3)
  Leonardo, Vitruvian Man (page 342)
  Leonardo, Virgin and Child with St. Anne (not in book)
  Raphael, Stanza della Segnatura (13-1)
  Raphael, School of Athens (13-5)
  Nam Jun Paik, Leonardo da Vinci (Reynolda House), Barbara Kruger, You Invest
  Perspective (Orthogonal, Vanishing Point), High Renaissance, Sfumato, tempera,

Week Three: Art Ninjas Part Deux

January 24: The Renaissance in Florence and Rome                                                          
Homework: Stoksdad 346-353
In Class: Lives of Artists – Raphael and Michelangelo; Michelangelo and Mannerism
Key Works and Terms:
  Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel Ceiling
  Michelangelo, Pieta (13-7)
  Michelangelo, David (13-8)
  Michelangelo, Moses
  Pontormo, Deposition (13-23)
Ron Mueck, Big Man, Mark Quinn, Alison Lapper Pregnant
  Mannerism, Patron

January 26: Renaissance in Venice                                                                                               
Homework: Stoksdad, 354-361
Key Works and Terms:
Bellini, Virgin and Child Enthroned (13-13- and look online! )
Giorgione, The Tempest (13-14)
Titian, Pastoral (13-15)
Titian, Venus of Urbino (13-17)
Painterly, colorito, disegno, Odalisque, Venetian Renaissance
Cindy Sherman Art History Series
Thomas Struth Museum Series

Week Four: Reflection and review

January 31: Northern Renaissance (Germany and Netherlands)                              
Homework: Stoksdad, 370-378
In Class: Draw Like Dürer, weave like Grünewald, Bosch, and Brueghel  
Key Works and Terms:
Matthias Grünewald, Isenheim Altarpiece,(13-31)
Albrecht Dürer, Self-Portrait (13-32)
Dürer, Adam and Eve
Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych (open: 13-37;)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Hunters in the Snow, (13-28)
Bruegel, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus  
Caterina van Hemessen, Self Portrait (13-39)
Morizio Catalan, La Nona Hora
Protestant Reformation, Ekphrasis, Diptych, Triptych, polyptych

February 2: Reflect on and Review the Renaissance                                               
Due today: Notebook 1
Homework: Reviewing the Renaissance, prior to class review all Key works in syllabus, making notes about history, context, form and style.
In Class: Representations of Death, detecting cues of style 1300-1878
Works and Terms:
Giotto, Lamentation
Mantegna, Dead Christ
Holbein, Dead Christ
Rogier van der Weyden, Deposition
Raphael, Entombment (14-9)
Michelangelo, Pieta
Bellini, Pieta
Pontormo, Deposition,(13-23)
Caravaggio, Deposition
El Greco, Pieta
David, Marat
Bouguereau Pieta
Van Gogh, Pieta
Eugene Smith, Tomoko Uemura
Pietá, Deposition

Week Five: Knife Fights, Rapes and other Baroque Violence

February 9: Baroque in Italy                                                                                           
Two hour viewing assignment due: Simon Schama, Power of Art, Cavaggio, and Power of Art: Bernini
Homework: Stoksdad 380-390
Key Works and Terms:
  Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Theresa, (14-1)
Bernini, Cornaro Chapel (14-5)
Bernini, David (14-4)
Caravaggio, The Calling of St. Matthew (14-8)
Caravaggio, Entombment, (4-9)
Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes (14-10)
  Bill Viola, The Passions, Jarman, Caravaggio
  Baroque, Chiaroscuro, Tenebrism (Tenebroso), Cinematic, Tableau Vivant

February 11: Baroque in Holland                                                                                                
Homework: Stoksdad 394-406
In Class: Naked and Nude: Rubens and Rembrandt
Key Works and Terms:
Pieter Paul Rubens, Raising of the Cross (14-15)
Pieter Paul Rubens, Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus (not in book)
Rembrandt van Rijn, Captain Frans Banning Cocq mustering his Company (14-21)
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self Portrait 1658 (14-23)
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self Portrait in the Studio (not in book)
David Salle, Eric Fischl, Sue Coe

Week Six: Baroque and Rococo

February 16: Test Prep, Rococo
Homework: Stoksdad 406-414
Key Works and Terms:
         Jean Antoine Watteau, Signboard of Gersaint
Watteau, Pilgrimage to Cythera, (14-33)
Germain Boffrand, Salon de la Princess, (14-32)
Fragonard, The Wardrobe
Fragonard, The Swing
John Singleton Copley, Samuel Adams, (17-1)
Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Portrait of Marie Antoinette
Adélaîde Labille-Guiard, Self Portrait with Two Pupils (17-4)
Julie Heffernan
Rococo, Fête galante, Louis XVI

Week Seven: Meanwhile Elsewhere in the Art World

February 21: Exam                                                                                                                
Homework: Review for Exam
Key Works and Terms: All listed above unless otherwise announced.

February 23: The Americas                                                                                         
Homework: Stoksdad 417- 439
Key Works and Terms:
Olmec Colossal head, (15-2)
Castillo with Chacmool, Chichén Itza, (14-5)
Portrait of Lord Pakal, Shaman with Drum and Snake, (15-12)
Geoglyph of Hummingbird (15-13)
Machu Pichu, (15-16)
Bill Reid, Spirit of Haida Gwaii (15-31), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Trade (20-31)

***February 24: Last day to withdraw from classes***

Week Eight

February 28: Shimmering Africa                                                                                             
Homework: Stoksdad 441-455
Key Works and Terms:
Joho Bonsu, spokesperson staff (16-1)
Nok Head (16-2)
Head of a kind grom Ife (16-3)
Head of an Iyoba (16-5)
Great Friday Mosque (16-8)
Nkisi nkonde (16-10)
Olówè of Isè, Door from Yoruba Royal Palace (16-13)
Two Masks in Performance (16-5)
Nick Cave, Sound Suit, Rene Stout, Nkisi

March 2: Neoclassicism                                                                                                           
Homework: Stoksdad 457-471
Key Works and Terms:
         Jacques-Louis David, Oath of the Horatii (17-12)
         Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Saint-Bernard (17-13)
         Angelica Kauffmann, Cornelia Pointing to her Children as her Treasures
         Kehinde Wiley, Napoleon
         Neoclassicism, French revolution, Genre painting

March 4-12:  SPRING BREAK: Make 3 photographs or sketches inspired by art history; include in your sketchbook, think about project proposal

Week Nine exam and Examining

March 14: Romanticism, Orientalism and Gazing at the Other                                      
Homework: Stoksdad 471-478
Key Works and Terms:
         Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Large Odalisque (17-14)
         Gericault, Raft of the Medusa, (17-15)
         Eugène Delacroix, Women of Algiers, (17-16)
         Fransisco Goya, Third of May, 1808 (17-19)
         Joseph Mallord William Turner, Fighting Téméraire,  (17-22)
         John Constable, The White Horse (17-21)
         Manet, Picasso, responses to goya and David
         Romanticism, Orientalism, Sublime

March 16: The Academy, Realism, and Review: Gazing at Women                                                         
Initial Proposal for Final Project Due
Homework: Stoksdad 481-486, 494-505
Key Works and Terms:
         Rosa Bonheur, Plowing in the Nivernais, (17-27)
         Gustave Courbet, A Burial at Ornans, (483)
         Thomas Cole, The Oxbow, (17-30)
         Edmonia Lewis, Hagar in the Wilderness,(18-6)
         Dante Gabriel Rosetti, La Pie de Tolomei (18-7)
         Henry O Tanner, The Banjo Lesson (18-14)
         Realism, Baudelaire, “the painter of modern life”, Avant-Garde, Modernism

Week Ten: New Lenses

March 21:Focus Day: Modernism, Man of the Crowd, Manet                             
Stoksdad: 478-481 and 504-510
watch Sister Wendy Story of Painting, Episode 8
Key Works and Terms:
         Édouard Manet, Le Déjeuner Sur l’herbe,(18-15)
         Édouard Manet, Olympia (18-16)
         Édouard Manet, Bar at the Folies-Bergère, (18-21)
         Yasumasa Morimura, Daughters of Art History, not in book Renee Cox, Cousins at Pussy Pond, not in book

March 23: Realism, Impressionism, and Photography: Women Gaze Back                     
In Class: You can only get today’s material by coming to class
Key Works and Terms:
         Maria Sibylla Merian, Dissertation in Insect Generations (14-35)
         Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, The Artist’s Studio, (17-23)
         William Henry Fox Talbot, The Open Door, (17-24)
         Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise, (18-17)
         Berthe Morisot, In the Dining Room, (18-19)
         Claude Monet, Boulevard de Capucines, (18-18)
         Daguerre, Boulegarde du Temple (not in book)
         Edgar Degas, Rehearsal of the Ballet on Stage, (18-20)
         Mary Cassatt, Maternal Cares, (18-23)
         Jeff Wall, JR
         Plein Air, Salon, Salon des Refusés, Academic Painting, Avant garde

Week Eleven Photography and other Light-Writing

March 28: Photography, Death, and Death of the Author                                              
Homework: Stoksdad 510-520
In Class: You can only get today’s material by coming to class or reading Roland Barthes.  While I highly recommend reading Barthes, coming to class would be easier.
Key Works and Terms:
         Steiglitz Spring Showers (19-19)
         Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother (19-32)
         Julia Margaret Cameron, Thomas Carlyle, (17-25)
         James VanDerZee, Couple Wearing Raccoon Coats (19-34)
         Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still (20-27)
         Francesca Woodman
         Reader response theory, Semiotics

March 30: Post Impressionism: Mad about Art                                                             
Homework:  readings from Cézanne & Van Gogh on Canvas
Key Works and Terms:
         Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire (18-25)
         Cézanne, Still Life with Basket of Apples (18-26)
         Paul Gauguin, Mahana no atua (18-27)
         Paul Gauguin, Where do we come from?... (not in book)
         Vincent Van Gogh, Sunflowers, (18-28)
         Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night, (18-29)
         Shirin Neshat
         Pointillism, Impasto, Post impressionism

Week Eleven
 Art History 1102 Syllabus (Updated 4/1)


April 4: Post Impressionism: Mad about Art                                                                
Homework:  readings from Cézanne & Van Gogh on Canvas
Key Works and Terms:
         Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire (18-25)
         Cézanne, Still Life with Basket of Apples (18-26)
         Paul Gauguin, Mahana no atua (18-27)
         Paul Gauguin, Where do we come from?... (not in book)
         Vincent Van Gogh, Sunflowers, (18-28)
         Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night, (18-29)
         Shirin Neshat
         Pointillism, Impasto, Post impressionism

April 6: Picasso and the Art of the Steal                                                                                   
Due today: Notebook 2 due
Homework: Stoksdad 531-535
Key Works and Terms:
         Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (19-9)
         Braque, Violin and Palette (19-10)
         Pablo Picasso, Ma Jolie (19-11)
         Pablo Picasso, Glass and bottle of Suze (19-12)
         Pablo Picasso, Variations on Las Meninas
         Pablo Picasso, Guernica (19-28)
         Joel Peter Witkin, Las Meninas
         William Kentridge
April 11: Expressionism and Dada                                                                                          
Homework: Stoksdad 522-531, 537-538
Key Works and Terms:
          Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, (19-2)
         Henri Matisse, The Kiss (19-3)
         Kathe Kollwitz, The Outbreak (19-5)
         Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self-Portrait with Amber Necklace (19-6)
         Wasily Kandinsky, Improvisation No 30 (19-7)
         Marcel Duchamp, Fountain (19-18)
         Hannah Höch, Cut with a Kitchen Knife
          Yayoi Kusama
          Paul McCarthy
          Takashi Murakami
April 13: Surrealism and American Regionalism                                                                      
Homework: Stoksdad 542-554
Key Works and Terms:
         Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory (19-23)
         Meret Oppenheim, Objet (Le Dejeuner en fourrure) (19-24)
         Joan Miró, Dutch Interior, I, (19-25)
         Brancusi, Torso of Young Man (19-26)
         Moore, Recumbant Figure (19-27)
         Sheeler, American Landscape, (19-30)
         Wood, American Gothic,(19-31)
         Douglas, Aspects of Negro Life, 19-33)
         Lawrence, During the War… (19-35)
         Diego Rivera, Man, controller of the Universe, (19-36)
         Frida Kahlo, Two Fridas, (19-37)
         Patricia Piccinini, The Young Family

April 18: Abstract Expressionism and the New York School                                          
Homework: Stoksdad 563-569
Key Works and Terms:
         Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm, (20-3)
         Lee Krasner, The Seasons, (204)
         Willem de Kooning, Woman 1 (20-5)
         Rothko, Brown, Blue, Brown on Blue
         Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea, ()
         Joseph Albers, Homage to a Square
         Billy Childish,
         Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting, Color Field Painting, Modernism vs. modernism, Kitsch

April 20: Pop Art and Postmodernism                                                                         
Homework: Due today: Notebook 3 due for quick check
Key Works and Terms:
         Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral (20-8)
         Rauschenberg, Canyon,  (20-9)
         Jasper Johns, Target with Four Faces, (20-10)
         Tinguely, Homage to New York, (20-11)
         Chris Burden, Shoot, (not in book)
         Lichtenstein, Oh, Jeff…. I love you too…. but…. (20-13)
         Warhol, Marilyn Diptych,  (20-14)
         Bruce Nauman, Fountain,  (20-20)
         Tracy Emin, Jeff Koons
         Pop Art, Postmodernism, Assemblage, Performance Art, Appropriation

April 25: Women!Art!Revolution!                                                                                           
Homework: view the film on Canvas. Pause and write a paragraph about works by 3 different artists.
Key Artists and Terms (make sure you make a few notes on each artist in class):
         Cindy Sherman, tba
         Barbara Kruger, You invest
         Janine Antoni, Gnaw and Chocolate Gnaw
         Judy Chicago, The dinner party
         Francesca Woodman, tba
         Sally Mann, tba
         Guerilla Girls, Feminist art, Performance Art

April 27: Portfolio Project Exhibit and Critique                                                                       
Homework: project due
In Class: group and full class critique

Week Sixteen Exam Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:00 – 3:00 PM


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