Art History, which is devoted to the study of all the visual arts, is one of the broadest fields in the humanities. It is concerned not only with the nature of works of art -- their form, style, and content, but also with the social, political, and cultural circumstances that shape them.
Introductory level courses encourage a basic and lifelong understanding and appreciation of works of art. The rest of the curriculum offers a more advanced and specialized knowledge of art, which can lead to many kinds of careers, including teaching, museum administration and curating, business positions in galleries or auction houses, publishing, criticism, collection advising, and conservation, as well as creative careers in any medium. Students in many fields may also find that art history is relevant to their studies.
The department, fortunate in being located in New York City, one of the world's great art centers, takes full advantage of the rich resources of the city's museums and galleries.
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Spring 2014 Course Info Update
NEW BRIDGE LECTURE
AHIS W4086 AZTEC ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Monday and Wednesday 2:40-3:55
Professor Megan O'Neil
This course focuses on the visual and material culture of the Aztec (Mexica) Empire, from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries CE. We will explore the Mexica civilization through their books, objects, buildings, and festivals, investigating topics such as communication, performance, religion and ritual, sacred landscapes, histories and origin stories, politics and empire, and other facets of society. In addition, we will consider interactions of Mexica and Europeans in New Spain in the sixteenth century and the transformations in arts and culture as a result of their interchange. This is a 4 point "Bridge" course open to graduate and undergraduate students.
NEW CURATATORIAL STUDIES SEMINAR
AHIS BC3984 CURATORIAL POSITIONS: 1969 TO THE PRESENT
This seminar is a course on contemporary exhibitions studied through a selection of great shows from roughly 1969 to the present that defined a generation. This course will not offer practical training in curating; rather it will concentrate on the historical context of exhibitions, the theoretical basis for their argument, the criteria for the choice in artists and their work, and exhibitions’ internal/external reception. This is a 4 point seminar open to undergraduates. Enrollment is limited to 15 students with instructor's permission. Applications are due in the Barnard Art History Department, 500E Diana Center before January 21, 2014 at noon. PRINT OUT AN APPLICATION HERE.
VISUAL ARTS COURSE CHANGE
AHIS BC2001 DRAWING STUDIO: EXTENDED PROJECTS
(Former course name - Drawing Foundations)
Thursday 2 - 6pm
Professor Leslie Hewitt
This class will explore drawing as an open-ended way of working and thinking. The class is designed to expose students to the practice of drawing in our contemporary context. Though this is primarily a studio course, class critiques of student work are augmented by feedback from guest artists, lectures and museum/gallery trips. Throughout the semester, students will discuss their work one-on-one with the instructor and as a group. Starting with individual projects, we will investigate drawing as a practice involving diverse forms of visual culture and collaboration. This Visual Arts course is 3 points. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.