Fine Arts

Valerie S. Grash, 19th Century American Painting, Spring 2013

Course Description:

This course examines the major movements, artists, and cultural issues in the development of 19th-century American painting. Chronologically or thematically, this course addresses portraiture, landscape, still-life, genre, and history painting up to the 1913 Armory Show.

Required Texts:

-David Bjelajac, American Art: A Cultural History, 2nd edition (ISBN 978-0131455801) Pearson, 2004.

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Valerie S. Grash, 19th Century American Painting, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course examines the major movements, artists, and cultural issues in the development of 19th-century American painting. Chronologically or thematically, this course addresses portraiture, landscape, still-life, genre, and history painting up to the 1913 Armory Show.

Required Texts:

-None.

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Valerie S. Grash, 20th Century Architecture, Spring 2011

Course Description:

This course closely examines the development of architectural styles and building technologies from the late 19th century to present day. This will be accomplished by thoroughly investigating (through assigned readings, classroom discussion, and visual analysis) individual architects and their significant structures, as well as the relationship between the built-environment and societal conditions.

Required Texts:

-William Curtis, Modern Architecture Since 1900 Third Edition (Phaidon Press, 1996) ISBN 978-0714833569

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Valerie S. Grash, 20th Century Architecture, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course closely examines the development of architectural styles and building technologies from the late 19th century to present day. This will be accomplished by thoroughly investigating (through assigned readings, classroom discussion, and visual analysis) individual architects and their significant structures, as well as the relationship between the built-environment and societal conditions.

Required Texts:

-William Curtis, Modern Architecture Since 1900 Third Edition (Phaidon Press, 1996) ISBN 978-0714833569

Valerie S. Grash, 20th Century Architecture, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course closely examines the development of architectural styles and building technologies from the late 19th century to present day. This will be accomplished by thoroughly investigating (through assigned readings, classroom discussion, and visual analysis) individual architects and their significant structures, as well as the relationship between the built-environment and societal conditions.

Required Texts:

-William Curtis, Modern Architecture Since 1900 Third Edition (Phaidon Press, 1996) ISBN 978-0714833569

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Valerie S. Grash, Ancient Art , Fall 2012

Course Description:

This course examines in full or in part the artistic and cultural traditions of the ancient world, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome. Religious, literary, and political documents are analyzed to better understand the form and function of ancient sculpture, painting and architecture.

Required Texts:

There is no required textbook for this course. Rather, we will depend on a collection of original source material and scholarly writings posted on the course web site.

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Valerie S. Grash, Ancient Art, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course examines the artistic and cultural traditions of the ancient world, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome. Religious, literary, and political documents are analyzed to better understand the form and function of ancient sculpture, painting and architecture.

Required Texts:

none

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Valerie S. Grash, Ancient Art, Spring 2018

Course Description:

Far more often than we do today, ancient cultures took notice of their natural surroundings and integrated their understanding of the universe with their everyday lives. Solar, lunar, stellar and planetary alignments were often referenced in their art and architecture, not to mention in their religious beliefs and concepts of life and death, as well as in the creation of their universe and in the end of time.

This course will focus on the art and architecture of ancient cultures with this general theme in mind. Our approach will be roughly chronological, but also involve cross-cultural influences, thus a thorough understanding of ancient history is important; a good amount of time will also be spent examining singular monuments and individuals in historical context. Through directed readings, we will also discover ancient myths and legends, as well as documents and treatises related to political power and everyday life. By connecting them to specific works of art and architecture, we can better understand the intention and reception of visual images and constructed form in the ancient world.

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Valerie S. Grash, Art Looting and Destruction, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This seminar-style course will explore the complex history of art looting and iconoclasm—the motives behind it, the methods by which it occurred, and the impact it made not only upon those involved, but, indeed, humanity as a whole. We will approach this task by focusing on specific case studies, examining the pertinent literature and thoroughly investigating the impacted works of art and architecture.

Required Texts:

 Margaret M. Miles, Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. (ISBN-13: 978-0521172905)
 Lynn H. Nicholas, The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. (ISBN-13: 978-0679756866)

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Valerie S. Grash, Art of China, Fall 2018

Course Description:

Not with standing the title, the purpose of this course is to introduce you to the rich artistic and cultural traditions of Asia as a whole, but particularly India, China and Japan. In doing so, we will address certain essential issues including:
1. What are the basic religious and cultural beliefs of each society, and how do these contribute to the production of art?
2. How did historical events and societal conditions play a role in forming unique works of art?
3. What degree of interaction occurred between these cultures, and how did that affect their art?
4. Who were the major artists and how did they create their works?
5. How and why does Asian art differ from traditional Western art?
We will approach this task by following a roughly chronological trail. By necessity, this course takes a broad approach, yet singular monuments of great importance will receive intense study. At the conclusion of this course, you will:
1. Possess a new understanding of, and appreciation for, Asian art.
2. Understand the techniques used in the creation of art in general.
3. Comprehend the major tenets of Eastern religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Shinto.
4. Recognize and understand significant works of Asian art.
5. Appreciate the culturally-based differences between Eastern and Western art.

Required Texts:

None.

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