Advanced course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs. Topics include French Impressionism, social movements in late nineteenth-century Japan, international business and the changing European economic structure.
Spring 2008 History of Photography This art history course will explore the origins and development of photography from the early years of the nineteenth century to the present. The course will explore photographic traditions in a number of locations, including Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia, in the context of their historical, social, cultural and political conditions and in connection with movements such as Impressionism, Surrealism, Russian Constructivism, Cubism and Social Realism. Students will learn about the works of such artists as Daguerre, Nadar, Brady, Steiglitz, Weston, Modotti, Alvarez Bravo, Cartier-Bresson, Curtis, Cunningham, Arbus,Sherman and Mapplethorpe, among many others. We will also be looking at documentary photography and photojournalism. The course will focus primarily on images made before the advent of digital photography. The material will be presented through lectures, discussions and readings, concentrating on relevant themes and issues Students will gain an understanding of significant trends and issues in the history of photography, and learn to recognize the major artists and issues while acquiring skills in art historical research, writing and critical thinking.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The material will be presented through lectures, discussions and readings, concentrating on social context and visual meaning.
Survey of art history, experience in photography helpful. Strong interest in art and photography necessary.
Class assignments and grading
There will be short writing assignments, a term paper and two tests.
Grading will be based on writing assignments, projects, class participation and tests.