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Key to abbreviations for assignments listed on this page:

CTAH Nelson, Robert S. and Richard Shiff, eds. Critical Terms for Art History
AAH Preziosi, Donald, ed. The Art of Art History
SGWAH Barnett, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art History, 10th edition
TBA To be announced
Online You can access several of the readings below online; just click on the hyperlink for that reading. If a reading is not hyperlinked, it is only available in the texts listed above. Note that the online readings are PDF files, readable only via Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you may download it for free at http://www.adobe.com

Please note: this syllabus is subject to change with notice. 

Section 1: Defining Art History

Week 1         The Art Historical Canon

January 12

Readings: CTAH Introduction by Robert S. Nelson, "Mediation" (ix-xii)
  CTAH Afterword by Richard Shiff, "Figuration" (479-485)
  SGWAH Sylvan Barnett, A Short Guide to Writing About Art History
(Skim through the entire book, especially if you have never studied or written an academic paper about art.)
Assignment: Bring your Introduction Form to our first class meeting


Week 2        Defining Art History and Art Historians

January 19

Readings: CTAH 13 Charles Harrison, "Modernism" (188-201)
  CTAH 8 Paul Mattick, Jr. "Context" (110-127)
  Skim CTAH 12 David Carrier, "Art History" (174-187)
Assignment: Response Paper 1 due
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Week 3        Field Trip to the High Museum of Art: Modern & Contemporary Art and Picasso to Warhol Exhibit

January 26

Readings: AAH Caroll Duncan, "The Art Museum as Ritual" (424-434)
  CTAH 27 Donald Preziosi "Collecting/Museums" (407-418)
Field trip: Meet at High Museum of Art (1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 404-733-HIGH) at 5:00pm
5:30-6:30pm Docent-led gallery tour of the HMA permanent collections
6:30-8:00pm Tour of "Picasso to Warhol" Exhibit
Assignment: Response Paper 2 due via email Word attachment by Monday


Section 2: The Modern and the Postmodern Work of Art

Week 4         Redefining the Aura

February 2

Readings: AAH Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproduction" (435-442)
CTAH 26 Paul Wood, "Commodity" (382-406)
Assignment: Response Paper 3 due

Week 5        Globalization and its Discontents

February 9

Readings: CTAH 15 Mark Antliff and Particia Leighten, "Primitive"  (217-233)
  AAH Timothy Mitchell, "Orientalism and the Exhibitionary Other" (409-423)
Presenters: Jalisa and Tamika
Assignment: Response Paper 4 due


Week 6         Postmodernism and Identity Politics

February 16

Readings: CTAH 29 Homi K. Bhabha, "Postmodernism/Postcolonialism" (435-451)
  AAH Rey Chow, "Postmodern Automatons (367-374) 
Presenters: Mike and Jeneane
Assignment: Response Paper 5 due
  Research topic proposal due (one paragraph with initial sources listed in MLA format)


Week 7        Field trip to The Michael C. Carlos Museum

February 23

Readings: CTAH 20 Suzanne Preston Blier, "Ritual" (296-105)
Review readings on Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Primitive, Art Museum as Ritual... others...
  Study the Odyssey Online website for both Ancient Greece and Ancient Americas **before** the field trip and include it in your response paper in light of our readings above.
Field trip: Meet at 5:00pm at The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University (571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta 404.727.4282)
Gather at back entrance: look for the triangle entrance way across the bridge on Kilgo Circle.
Don't be late! Doors will close and lock after we enter at 5p.

Park in the Fishburne Deck at 1672 North Decatur Road, Atlanta 30322. Visitor parking decks are indicated with a letter P inside a red square on the Emory campus map.


Week 8       Queer Performance

March 1

Readings: AAH Judith Butler, "Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory" (356-366)
  AAH Jennifer Doyle, "Queer Wallpaper" (391-401)
Presenters: Rob and Chastity
Assignment: Response Paper 6 due


Week 9      Spring Break

March 8

No class during Spring Break

Week 10      Field trip to the High Museum of Art: Women and African American Artists

March 15

Readings: CTAH 14 Ann Gibson, "Avant-garde" (202-216, okay to skim pp. 205-207)
  CTAH 22 Margaret Olin, "Gaze" (318-329)
Field trip: Meet at High Museum of Art (1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 404-733-HIGH) at 5:00pm
5:00-7:00pm Docent-led gallery tour of the HMA permanent collections
7:00-8:00pm Valerie Cassel Oliver lecture, "Black Performance" at 7:00pm in the Hill Auditorium


Week 11      Field trip to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

March 22

Readings: CTAH 3 Michael Camille, "Simulacrum" (35-50)
Field trip: Meet at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (535 Means Street NW, Atlanta 404-688-1970) at 5:00pm
5:00-6:00pm Gallery talk with Curator Stuart Horodner
6:30-8:00pm Guided tour of Current Exhibitions


Week 12      The Politics of Beauty

March 29

Readings: AAH Amelia Jones, "'Every Man Knows Where and How Beauty Gives Him Pleasure': Beauty Discourse and the Logic of Aesthetics" (375-390)
  CTAH 19 Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, "Ugliness" (281-295)
Presenters: Chastity and Nikki
Assignment: Response Paper 7 due

Section 3: Art Historical Research

Week 13       Research Workshop

April 5   

Workshop Presentations on research projects
Assignment: Written summaries and bibliographies due


Week 14       Paper Research and Writing

April 12   Class canceled for conference/writing time

Readings: Your scholarly sources for your research paper
Assignment: Write your paper and visual presentation


Week 15        Research Papers and Presentations

April 19

Final Presentations on research projects
Assignment: Written papers with full bibliographies due
Online course evaluations on the DUCK

Week 16       Private Collection Tour

April 26

Readings: Research on selected artists in the private collection, including:
Vito Acconci (sculpture), Richard Artschwager (painting and sculpture), Jennifer Bartlett (painting and sculpture), Louise Bourgeois (sculpture and drawing), James Casebere (photography), William Christenberry (photography and sculpture), Gregory Crewdson (photography), Katharina Fritsch (sculpture), Robert Gober (sculpture), Damien Loeb (painting), Jacco Olivier (video), Tony Oursler (video), Ed Ruscha (painting), Thomas Ruff (photography), Rachel Whiteread (sculpture)
Presenters: Lisa and Rick
Field trip: Meet at The wareHOUSE at 5:00pm
Course Evaluations online end


Final Exam

Thursday, May 3, 5:00-7:00pm in T215

Class potluck. Bring food to share!
Screen on your own before class: Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse/The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda 2000, France, 80 min.)
Reading: Virginia Bonner, "The Radical Modesty of Agnes Varda's Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse" 
Assignment: Response Paper 8 due