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Art History Minor

Art History
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Art History, 338 Heller Hall, 271 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4500; fax: 612-626-8679)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 11
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Our current faculty and institutional strengths support specialization in the art and visual/material culture of the following overlapping fields: American; contemporary; early modern Europe and the Atlantic world; East Asia; film/photography; Islamic; modern Europe; and South Asia.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Art History director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Courses offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F, with a minimum grade of B earned for each, to be considered for the minor. The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.50.
Coursework (11 to 12 credits)
Master’s students select 11 credits, and doctoral students select 12 credits from the following in consultation with the Art History director of graduate studies:
ARTH 5335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5336 - Transformations in 17th Century Art: Caravaggio, Velazquez, and Bernini (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5411 - Gender and Sexuality in Art Since 1863 (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5413 - Alternative Media: Video, Performance, Digital Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5417 - Twentieth Century Theory and Criticism (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5466 - Contemporary Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5655 - African-American Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5765 - Early Chinese Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5766 - Chinese Painting (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5773 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5774 - The Body in Indian Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Empires after 1200 (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5778 - Traditions of South Asian Painting: Past to Present (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5781 - Age of Empire: The Mughals, Safavids, and Ottomans (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5783 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5785 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5787 - Visual Cultures in Contact: Cross-Cultural Interaction in the Ancient and Early Medieval Worlds (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5950 - Topics: Art History (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5993 - Directed Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
ARTH 5994 - Directed Research (1.0-4.0 cr)
ARTH 8190 - Seminar: Issues in Ancient Art and Archaeology (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8200 - Seminar: Medieval Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8320 - Seminar: Issues in Early Modern Visual Culture (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8340 - Seminar: Baroque Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8400 - Seminar: Issues in 19th-Century Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8440 - Seminar: Contemporary Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8500 - Issues in Latin American Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8520 - Seminar: American Art and Material Culture (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8710 - Seminar: Islamic Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8720 - Seminar:East Asian Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8770 - Seminar: Art of India (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8783 - Art, Diplomacy, and Empire (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8920 - Seminar: Film History and Criticism (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Doctoral
 
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ARTH 5335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 3335/Rels 3162/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
ARTH 5336 - Transformations in 17th Century Art: Caravaggio, Velazquez, and Bernini
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course offers an in-depth examination of three of the most innovative masters of early modern European art, the painters Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Diego Velázquez, and the sculptor and architect Gianlorenzo Bernini. Through selected readings, slide presentations and discussions, we will explore the lives and works of these artists, paying particular attention to the ways they created an entirely new relationship between the work of art and the viewer and ushered in a radically new way of conceiving visual imagery.
ARTH 5411 - Gender and Sexuality in Art Since 1863
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History of art from late 19th to early 21st century. How gender/sexuality have been central to that period?s artistic production, art criticism, and aesthetic theorization. How gender/sexuality are important themes for artists. How the writing of history reveals assumptions about gender/sex. Critical reading/writing.
ARTH 5413 - Alternative Media: Video, Performance, Digital Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
In-depth examination of development of alternative media in 20th/21st century art. Video technologies. Performance, time based art. Digital art. prereq: 3464 or instr consent
ARTH 5417 - Twentieth Century Theory and Criticism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Trends in 20th-century art theory, historical methodology, criticism. Key philosophical ideas of modernism/postmodernism: formalism, semiotics, poststructuralism, feminism, marxism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction. prereq: 3464 or instr consent
ARTH 5466 - Contemporary Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Survey of the art and important critical literature of the period after 1970. Origins and full development of postmodern and subsequent aesthetic philosophies. prereq: 3464 or instr consent
ARTH 5655 - African-American Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro 3655/ArtH 3655/ArtH 5655
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
African American cinematic achievements, from silent films of Oscar Micheaux through contemporary Hollywood and independent films. Class screenings, critical readings.
ARTH 5765 - Early Chinese Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Art/material culture of early China from Neolithic age (ca. 10000-2000 BCE) to early imperial period (221 BCE-906 CE).
ARTH 5766 - Chinese Painting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major works from the late bronze age to the modern era that illustrate the development of Chinese landscape painting and associated literary traditions.
ARTH 5774 - The Body in Indian Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course explores the concept of embodiment and the nature of representation, from images of gods to human portraits, in Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Muslim, and courtly contexts. We consider diverse media from ancient to modern periods, including painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, inscriptions, and literature. This course explores the concept of embodiment in the diverse artistic traditions of South Asia. We will consider how ideas of representation of an individual have been understood and expressed differently across the history of South Asian art and religions. The course will consider the embodied representation of deities and semidivine figures along with those of ?real? people; we will consider, given the ontologies of such representations in their religious and cultural contexts. Representation of an individual ? a portrait ? is a foundational subject in the canon of art history. What does the very idea of a portrait mean so far outside the canon of (Western) art history? As we survey the diverse traditions and media of images of the body, we will be attentive to questions such as, Does media make meaning for these types of images? Can a ?portrait? be textual? Is verisimilitude essential to the depiction of a person? In what ways are practices of depiction informed by other modes of image-making, such as images of religious devotion, and traditions of representation encountered through trade or gift? We will consider diverse media from Ancient India to the modern period, including painting, stone and metal sculpture, photography, architecture, inscriptions, and even a Sanskrit play.
ARTH 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Empires after 1200
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 3777/ArtH5777/RelS 5777
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This class considers the development of Indian and Pakistani art and architecture from the introduction of Islam as a major political power at the end of the 12th century to the colonial empires of the 18th century. We will study how South Asia?s diverse ethnic and religious communities interacted, observing how visual and material cultures reflect differences, adaptations, and shared aesthetic practices within this diversity of traditions. Students in this class will have mastered a body of knowledge about Indian art and probed multiple modes of inquiry. We will explore how Muslim rulers brought new traditions yet maintained many older ones making, for example, the first mosque in India that combines Muslim and Indic visual idioms. We will study the developments leading to magnificent structures, such as the Taj Mahal, asking why such a structure could be built when Islam discourages monumental mausolea. In what ways the schools of painting that are the products of both Muslim and Hindu rulers different and similar? The course will also consider artistic production in the important Hindu kingdoms that ruled India concurrently with the great Muslim powers. In the 18th century, colonialist forces enter the subcontinent, resulting in significant innovative artistic trends. Among questions we will ask is how did these kingdoms influence one another? Throughout we will probe which forms and ideas seem to be inherently Indian, asking which ones transcend dynastic, geographic and religious differences and which forms and ideas are consistent throughout these periods of political and ideological change. To do all this we must constantly consider how South Asia?s diverse ethnic and religious communities interact.
ARTH 5778 - Traditions of South Asian Painting: Past to Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 3778/ArtH 5778
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course surveys the rich diversity of painted media in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, from 5th-century murals to contemporary canvases that travel the world. We will locate the works in their physical, ritual, and intellectual contexts. We will explore how the familiar categories with which we describe painting, such as Landscape, Portraiture, Narrative, and even Modern, might be productively reassessed in light of South Asian aesthetic traditions by locating the works in their physical, ritual, and intellectual contexts. The course culminates in the contested spaces of contemporary art, where questions of politics, identity, and intention come to the fore. Although mainly focusing on the painting traditions of India, the course will include painting from Pakistan, the Himalayas, Sri Lanka, and the South Asian diaspora. The humanities sharpen our ability to develop critical questions and to judge why and how one answer or interpretation may be stronger than another. Humanistic thinking is developed in dialogue; it emerges between individuals in conversation with each other and with their objects of study. This course asks you to boldly bring your curiosity, convictions, and blind-spots to our collective conversation, close reading, and individual writing. The course consists of two weekly meetings, and one or two trips to nearby museums or galleries.
ARTH 5781 - Age of Empire: The Mughals, Safavids, and Ottomans
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 5781/RelS 5781
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Artistic developments under the three most powerful Islamic empires of the 16th through 19th centuries: Ottomans of Turkey; Safavids of Iran; Mughals of India. Roles of religion and state will be considered to understand their artistic production.
ARTH 5787 - Visual Cultures in Contact: Cross-Cultural Interaction in the Ancient and Early Medieval Worlds
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 5787/CNES 5787
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Evaluate critical perspectives from variety of interdisciplinary conversations. Framework for studying cross-cultural interaction among ancient visual cultures that integrates practical, cognitive, object oriented approaches. Cross-continental movement/selective appropriation of objects/motifs.
ARTH 5950 - Topics: Art History
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ARTH 5993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
TBD prereq: instr consent
ARTH 5994 - Directed Research
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
tbd prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8190 - Seminar: Issues in Ancient Art and Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 8190/CNES 8190
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics, with special attention to current scholarly disputes. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8200 - Seminar: Medieval Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Focus on a major art historical theme, artist, period, or genre.
ARTH 8320 - Seminar: Issues in Early Modern Visual Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Issues in visual culture of Europe and the Americas, 1500-1750. Topics vary, may include representation of body, collectors/collecting, impact of Reformation, image/book, art/discovery, early modern vision/visuality.
ARTH 8340 - Seminar: Baroque Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics vary. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8400 - Seminar: Issues in 19th-Century Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Typical seminars have included symbolism, role of the academy and the avant-garde, surrealism in art and theory, and Franco-American relationships at the turn of the 20th century. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8440 - Seminar: Contemporary Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Identity politics in contemporary art. Theories of performance/performativity. Nationalism/sexuality in art since 1980s. Discourses of death in postmodernism. Body at turn of 21st century. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8500 - Issues in Latin American Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics vary.
ARTH 8520 - Seminar: American Art and Material Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmSt 8520/ArtH 8520
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in American art, popular art, and material culture, emphasizing methods and techniques of inquiry: creation and use of archives, oral history, sources for pictorial evidence, and current approaches to interpreting traditional and non-traditional data. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8710 - Seminar: Islamic Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Focus depends on current research interests of the professor and needs and interests of graduate students in Islamic and Asian art history. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8720 - Seminar:East Asian Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Research focuses on closely defined topic, such as a short period of Chinese art, a restricted subject, or role of a single artist. A substantive research paper is required and participation in the seminar dialogue is expected. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8770 - Seminar: Art of India
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected problems and issues in history of South Asian art. Topic varies by offering. prereq: 3 cr art history, instr consent
ARTH 8783 - Art, Diplomacy, and Empire
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 5783/ArtH 8783
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the mobility and agency of objects and people in diplomatic practice. An emerging body of scholarship within Renaissance and early modern studies explores the exchange and global circulation of objects and their role in cultural encounters. The possibilities offered by this 'material turn' highlight the potential of objects to enable cultural contact, conversion, and exchange across traditional political and cultural boundaries. At the same time, recent innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to exchange highlight cultural aspects of the diplomatic encounter. As a result, the roles of diplomats, interpreters, merchants as well as various types of objects and services continue to be interpreted in new ways. This course will introduce students to canonical texts associated with gift-exchange and reciprocity, and will explore their relevance to the disciplines of history and art history particularly with regard to imperial encounters and exchanges.
ARTH 8920 - Seminar: Film History and Criticism
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in film history and theory, including specific directors, genres, movements, periods, and critical issues (e.g., violence). prereq: instr consent