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, 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, Baroque Art, Fall 2014

Course Description:

The Protestant Reformation brought about not only a strong Catholic Counter-Reformation, but also entirely new economic and social conditions under which art and architecture thrived in 17th- and 18th-century Italy, Spain, Flanders, Holland, France, and England. In this course, students will closely examine how societal conditions affected the creation, type, subject matter, and meaning of this art through readings, classroom discussion, and visual/contextual analysis.

Required Texts:

None.

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Valerie S. Grash, Baroque Art, Spring 2017

Course Description:

The Protestant Reformation brought about not only a strong Catholic Counter-Reformation, but also entirely new economic and social conditions under which art and architecture thrived in 17th- and 18th-century Italy, Spain, Flanders, Holland, France, and England. In this course, students will closely examine how societal conditions affected the creation, type, subject matter, and meaning of this art through readings, classroom discussion, and visual/contextual analysis.

Required Texts:

None.

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