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Art History Ph.D.

Art History
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Art History, 338 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4500; fax: 612-626-8679)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits: 78
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The University of Minnesota's doctoral program in art history trains scholars who go on to careers in universities, colleges, museums, and other arts institutions throughout the nation and the world. The faculty’s unique range of expertise allow us to offer specialized training that only a few other institutions worldwide are able to match. 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
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
In addition to transcripts and test scores, applicants must submit a writing sample, statement of objectives (personal statement) outlining their current and future research interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please refer to the program website and contact the DGS Art History director of graduate studies for further information:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
42 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: See other program requirements below:
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
At least 6 8xxx-level ARTH credits are required, in addition to ARTH 8001. ARTH 8xxx-level seminars must be taken from at least 2 different faculty members. A maximum of 2 directed study or directed research courses can be applied to degree requirements. Language requirement: Reading proficiency in two modern foreign research languages. Additional modern or ancient languages may be required by the student's advisor depending on field.
Required Course (3 credits)
Take the following course:
ARTH 8001 - Art Historiography: Theory and Methods (3.0 cr)
Major Coursework (30 credits)
Select at least 18 credits from one of the following to satisfy the primary area requirement; 9 credits from another to satisfy the secondary area of interest; and 3 credits from a third area to meet the Global Perspectives requirement. All courses must be selected in consultation with the advisor.
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 8440 - Seminar: Contemporary Art (3.0 cr)
Early Modern Europe and the Atlantic World
ARTH 5302 - The Image Multiplied: Prints in Early Modern Europe (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5313 - Spanish Baroque Masters: Tradition and Experimentation in Golden Age Spain [HIS] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5315 -  The Age of Curiosity: Art, Science & Technology in Europe, 1400-1800 [AH, TS] (3.0 cr)
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 8320 - Seminar: Issues in Early Modern Visual Culture (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8340 - Seminar: Baroque Art (3.0 cr)
East Asia
ARTH 5765 - Early Chinese Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5766 - Chinese Painting (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5769 - Connoisseurship and Curatorial Practice in Early Chinese Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8720 - Seminar:East Asian Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5655 - African-American Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8920 - Seminar: Film History and Criticism (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5781 - Age of Empire: The Mughals, Safavids, and Ottomans (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8710 - Seminar: Islamic Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8783 - Art, Diplomacy, and Empire (3.0 cr)
Modern Europe
ARTH 5422 - Off the Wall: History of Graphic Arts in Europe and America in the Modern Age (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8400 - Seminar: Issues in 19th-Century Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5565 - American Art in the Gilded Age (3.0 cr)
ARTH 8520 - Seminar: American Art and Material Culture (3.0 cr)
South Asia
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 8770 - Seminar: Art of India (3.0 cr)
Electives (9 credits)
Select 9 elective credits from the following, at least 3 of which must be ARTH credits, in consultation with the advisor. Other courses may be applied to this requirement with advisor and director of graduate studies approval. ARTH 5930 cannot be applied to the Electives requirement.
ARTH 5xxx
ARTH 8xxx
Outside Coursework (12 credits)
Select 12 credits in consultation with the advisor and the director of graduate studies, at least 6 credits of which are not art historical in content.
Thesis Credits
Take 24 doctoral thesis credits.
ARTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
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ARTH 8001 - Art Historiography: Theory and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Key texts, from Renaissance to present, from western/non-western fields, relating to history/criticism of both art and visual culture. Focuses on recent critical theory, its re-examination of assumptions underlying the discipline.
ARTH 5411 - Gender and Sexuality in Art Since 1863
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In 1863, Édouard Manet painted a scandalous nude titled Olympia, which was met with outrage by critics when it was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1865. The painting has been the subject of extensive discussion ever since among critics, curators, and art historians who examine not only its modernist style and formal qualities, but also the class, racial, and sexual identities of the two figures it depicts. This course surveys the role gender and sexuality have played in the historical development of western art from Manet?s Olympia to the present, and the role that art has played in both reinforcing and challenging dominant theories of gender identity. It considers modernism and postmodernism not only as products of the rise of industrial and post-industrial capitalism, urbanization, colonialism, and globalization, etc., but also as tangled up with the establishment of gender and sexuality as powerful ideas that bring into being the very categories they name. Students gain knowledge not only about the historical development of art throughout this period, but also about diverse strategies for scholarly research that is informed by theories of gender and sexuality, and art historical models for reading bodies, gestures, texts, and works of art. They complete guided or independent research papers, prepare an in-class presentation on a work of art in a local museum, and complete a structured literature review through which they learn to read and critically evaluate art historical scholarship.
ARTH 5413 - Alternative Media: Video, Performance, Digital Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
One rather old and rigid concept in the history of art and aesthetics is that artistic media, each with its distinct qualities, are most successful when they remain separate. The best painting, according to this view, is one that explores its own properties of flatness, abstraction, and color. What became known in the first half of the 20th century as the philosophy of ?medium specific purity? was radically challenged in the 1960s when the differences between painting and sculpture were intentionally blurred and when new media (performance, body art, happenings, video art, installations and digital art) were introduced. This course seeks to understand how alternative media were developed not through the invention of new technologies nor in isolation, but through revolutionary modes of thinking about time and space, human and non-human life, machines, archives, cyborgs, and interactivity (some of which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries). Through assigned readings and discussions as well as structured essay assignments, the class provides students with extensive practice in the critical analysis of theoretical texts and ample experience synthesizing diverse intellectual ideas and arguments in written form. More broadly, through a creative ?timeline? assignment, the course seeks to teach students to think inventively about new media and their histories, to learn strategies for looking at, evaluating, and thinking about works of new media art. It also provides instruction in research techniques and resources in contemporary art, as well as on writing in art history.
ARTH 5417 - Twentieth Century Theory and Criticism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Since the 19th century, artists, critics, and historians have deployed philosophical and theoretical ideas to think self-reflexively about the meaning of art. What counts as a work of art and who qualifies as an artist? What is the role of the viewer and how should works of art be interpreted? Are they passive reflections of their historical milieu or do they play an active role in forming cultural values? In the 1920s, the surrealists were reading Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud to answer these questions. Artists of the Harlem Renaissance studied the sociological essays of W.E.B. Dubois and Zora Neale Hurston. Conceptualist artists in the 1960s read books on semiotics; performance artists studied phenomenology reading the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Feminist artists in the 1970s read up on psychoanalysis and feminist philosophy. Following in their footsteps, this is primarily a readings course designed to familiarize students with important theoretical ideas applied to the visual arts of the 20th century. The course focuses on significant trends in that century?s art theory, historical methodology, and criticism. It examines key philosophical ideas of modernism and postmodernism including formalism, semiotics, poststructuralism, feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, critical race and queer theory. Because the course is organized chronologically as well as thematically and follows the lives and writings of key figures, it is also intended to help students trace intellectual histories as they develop over the century. In addition, it seeks to foster students? critical reading skills, discipline-specific writing skills, and to help them consider the historical implications of art theory for the production and reception of works of art today.
ARTH 5466 - Contemporary Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The art of today as it is practiced around the globe takes a bewildering variety of forms?from traditional painting and sculpture to AI, interactive digital media, film projections, bio art (involving human, plant, and animal blood, tissue and DNA), participatory and community engaged projects, and environmental interventions. It addresses urgent social and political themes including globalization, institutionalized racism, climate crisis, big data, and mechanized vision. Just as today?s citizens should inform themselves about contemporary politics and current events, so is it crucial that we understand the art of our own time. In this course students gain an understanding of art?s development since the late 20th century and key ideas that are central to interpreting the art of this period. The course begins with a review of important movements, significant artists, and influential theories and issues. It then takes up and studies specific themes through the reading and analysis of theoretical texts. Students are asked to read, participate in class discussions, complete guided or independent research papers, prepare an in-class presentation on one of the course themes, and complete a book review for a textbook on contemporary art history. Each of these assignments is designed to impart specific historical knowledge about the period of the contemporary, to provide students with opportunities to practice critical reading and synthetic writing, and to offer them a chance to inspect their own positions regarding key debates.
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 5302 - The Image Multiplied: Prints in Early Modern Europe
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The technology of mechanically reproducing complex visual images on paper, a development of fifteenth-century Europe, transformed the early modern world no less than the emergence of digital media has transformed our own. Techniques of woodcut, engraving and etching quickly became important media for innovation within the fine arts. At the same time, they became equally important as sources for devotional imagery, for disseminating copies of other artworks, for the expansion of knowledge through scientific illustration, and for the effective broadcasting of political and religious messages during centuries of extraordinary political and religious upheaval. In this course we will investigate the cultural history of printed images in Europe from the time of their emergence in the fifteenth century through the mid-eighteenth century. Through lectures and class discussion, you will develop a familiarity with the technical aspects of printmaking and apply that understanding to the historical interpretation of specific works. The course will not be an exhaustive survey of printmakers and printmaking styles during the early modern era but will instead approach the early modern print through the changing cultural circumstances of its production and reception. While we will consider the work of many lesser-known (and anonymous) artists, we will concentrate on the work of major printmakers such as Mantegna, Dürer, Goltzius, Rembrandt, Callot, Hogarth, and Piranesi. The course will include visits to local collections.
ARTH 5313 - Spanish Baroque Masters: Tradition and Experimentation in Golden Age Spain (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 3313/ArtH 5313
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This seminar focuses on some of the major masters of Spanish Baroque art, including Francisco de Zurbarán, Diego Velázquez, Jusepe de Ribera, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and Juan Sánchez Cotán. We will explore their works from a variety of perspectives in an effort to understand the unique character and contributions of the art of the Spanish Golden Age.
ARTH 5315 - The Age of Curiosity: Art, Science & Technology in Europe, 1400-1800 (AH, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ARTH 3315/HIST 3708/ARTH 5315/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Diverse ways in which making of art and scientific knowledge intersected in early modern Europe. Connections between scientific curiosity and visual arts in major artists (e.g., da Vinci, Durer, Vermeer, Rembrandt). Artfulness of scientific imagery/diagrams, geographical maps, cabinets of curiosities, and new visual technologies, such as the telescope and microscope.
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 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 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 5769 - Connoisseurship and Curatorial Practice in Early Chinese Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course provides students an immersive experience in the study of early Chinese art and material culture from the Neolithic age (ca. 8000?ca. 2000 BCE) to the early imperial period (221 BCE-220 CE). Geographical coverage uses today's China as a point of departure, but its scope also extends to the rest of the world. This course will explore artifacts in a variety of media, including ceramic, jade, metal, lacquer, silk, painting and writing, as well as ephemeral arts. Students are expected to think each artwork as the embodiment of the complex socio-cultural history of the period, in which they were produced. Guided by the instructor, students will have a selective examination of representative works of art from MIA (the Minneapolis Institute of Art), where they are supposed to be engaged in comprehensive object study, consultation and investigation with the curators, and develop essential curatorial skills of working with artworks. Based on two or more selected artworks, students are expected to finish a short research paper that is throughly studied and potentially publishable.
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 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 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
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 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 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 5422 - Off the Wall: History of Graphic Arts in Europe and America in the Modern Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 3422/ArtH 5422
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History/theory of creation of lithography, social caricature (e.g., Daumier, Gavarni), revival of etching (e.g., Goya, mid-century practitioners, Whistler), and color lithography (e.g., Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard, Bonnard). Media changes of 20th century. Revolutionary nature of new media.
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 5565 - American Art in the Gilded Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In 1873, Mark Twain coined the phrase ?Gilded Age? to describe an era in which public displays of national prosperity and optimism barely covered over the deeper realities of racial violence, labor inequities, and strident political divisions in the barely reunited republic, still recovering from a bloody Civil War. This class will examine the social and cultural history of the United States from 1865-1910, by following the visual record of paintings, sculpture, photographs, architecture, and landscape and furniture design. We will look closely at works by artists including Winslow Homer, Abbott Thayer, Cecilia Beaux, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Riis, Gertrude Käsebier, Thomas Nast, Bernhard Gillam, Frederick Law Olmsted, McKim, Mead & White, and Candace Wheeler. We will consider the role of creatively made images and objects as both a tool of the elite and the weapon of the critic. And we will actively investigate the kinds of questions art historians ask about this era, so as to ask new questions and produce new scholarship that might productively address the concerns of our own. Open to interested students from all majors, this course culminates in an independent research project suitable for development as a senior capstone project.
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 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 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 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required