History of Eastern Art
A general introduction to the art of the ancient civilizations and traditional arts of Asia, focusing on India, China and Japan. Topics covered include Buddhist and Hindu art, landscape painting, sculpture, woodblock print, and important monuments in East Asian art. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies CP ACE.
History of Western Art
A historical survey from cave paintings to present. The course deals with Western art forms derived from the Near East, Europe and the United States. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Beauty and Idea in Asian Art
An examination of selective monuments and canons in Asian art in relation to the major religious and philosophical traditions in Asia. This course will analyze primary sources, both textual and visual, related to Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confusianism, Legalism, Shinto, and Islam, and study artistic traditions such as Hindu Temples, Buddhist sculpture, Shinto shrines, funerary art, landscape painting, and Islamic architecture. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies the W1 ACE.
Arts and Cultures of China
An introduction to major artistic traditions in China. Topics include art and ritual, visual arts and the quest for immortality, Buddhist art, landscape painting, palace architecture, and modern and contemporary art. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W1 and CP ACEs.
Arts and Cultures of Japan
An introduction to important works of sculpture, architecture and painting from prehistory through the nineteenth century, including Shinto shrines, Buddhist art, narrative scrolls, Zen art, and woodblock prints. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies S and CP ACEs.
Art for Death and Afterlife
Although death is the ultimate truth of life, how to commemorate the deceased in funerary arts and ritual is fundamentally associated with cultural and religious traditions. How do funerary arts and ritual practices reflect religious beliefs? How do funerary arts respond to religious demands creatively in different contexts? This course will answer these questions and more. We will examine how religious values, cultural traditions, and mortuary art shape the experiences of death, grieving, and expectations about mortality and immortality, and the overall meaning of life. Satisfies the RP CCR.
Asian Art and Film
Students will learn about traditional Asian art and analyze Asian films from India, China, and Japan as lenses through which to view and to understand the variety and richness of the Asian cultures: their religions, philosophy, and art. Since film is a relatively recent art form, even older films are characterized by a relatively modern point of view, so students will examine how these films both uphold and challenge traditional cultural values revealed in the arts. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Satisfies the CP ACE.
Intro Classical Art & Archaeology
This course examines the degree to which the art and artifacts of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds can help to inform us about the cultural settings in which they were created. Throughout the semester, students will chart the evolution of Classical art and architecture and discover how an archaeologist might use the remains of the ancient past to reconstruct daily life and broader cultural phenomena. This overview is intended to introduce the student to the most widely referenced material works of the Greek and Roman past and the factors which influenced their style and substance. Identical to CLA225. Partially satisfies the LA and HS CCRs.
Analysis of contemporary art, its forms and display. Role of museums as exhibitor. Study of modern criticism and its role as interpreter of contemporary art. Field trips to major museums and galleries. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Ancient Art and Architecture
The exploration of the history of painting, sculpture and architecture in the art of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Offered alternate years. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Baroque & 18th Cent Art/Architectur
European art seen in relation to the periods of the Counter-Reformation, the Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment. Offered alternate years. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
19th Century Art and Architecture
A survey of art extending from the revolutionary eras in America and France to the beginnings of modernist art at the turn of the century. Offered alternate years. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Art in the United States
A survey of American art and architecture from the revolution to World War II. Field trips are a required element of this class. Offered alternate years. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
Visual arts created by Chinese artists from the mid-19th century to the present day, focusing on innovative responses to the dynamic relationship between traditional Chinese art, artistic movements in the west, and sociopolitical changes in China. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies S and CP ACEs.
A methodology seminar that introduces the basic interpretive theories and research methods in the art historical discipline. Offered alternate years. Satisfies the W2 ACE.