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IND
Independent Study

Independent study offers students the opportunity to pursue research in areas beyond the range of the standard curriculum. Through independent study, students further their knowledge …

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502
Approaches to the Object
Meredith B. Linn, Jeffrey L. Collins
Lecture Hall
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

This fall-term course is required for entering MA students, and for PhD students who have not taken a course deemed comparable. Drawing on the expertise …

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526
Arts of China (Decorative Arts of Later Imperial China, 1000-1900)
François Louis
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This introduction to the material environment of China’s political and intellectual elite during the last four imperial dynasties (Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing) surveys …

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621
The Renaissance Discovery of the World: Collecting and Collections in the Early Modern Era
Andrew Morrall
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course explores habits of collecting in Europe from about 1500 to 1650, tracing the development of the Kunstkammer and the cabinet of curiosities in the great …

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622
Issues in Design History and Material Culture Studies
Freyja Hartzell, Catherine Whalen
5th Floor Classroom
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This seminar introduces students to issues and debates within design history and material culture studies. It aims to provide an understanding of their development as …

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627
Western Luxuries and Chinese Taste
François Louis
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar explores the intercultural dimensions of China's material culture. Starting from the premise that cultural change is driven in part by intercultural exchange, the …

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793
The Grand Tour
Jeffrey L. Collins
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

Beginning in the seventeenth century, increasing numbers of affluent travelers from northern Europe, along with their tutors, artists, and chaperones, embarked on an extended Bildungsreise …

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834
American Collectors and Collections
Catherine Whalen
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar explores the history, theory, and practice of collecting in the United States from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. Both …

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858
Agents of Faith: The Exhibition Experience
Ittai Weinryb
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

Faith is common to all human societies. Examining votive objects—often created to fulfill a vow or as a pledge and placed at a sacred …

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922
In Focus II: In the Footsteps of Franz Boas—Native Arts of the Northwest Coast and the Rise of Anthropology
Aaron Glass
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar surveys the Indigenous arts of North America’s Northwest Coast from historical and contemporary perspectives, and examines their role in the career of …

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953
Seize the Stem! Art Nouveau in Europe
Freyja Hartzell
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

In the late 1890s, French architect Hector Guimard—now best known for his sprouting, organic designs for the Paris Metro—coined the phrase “Reject the …

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959
Design and Curatorial Thinking
Nina Stritzler-Levine, Deborah L. Krohn
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

The temporary exhibition, where objects are grouped together for a limited time to elucidate a particular thesis or argument, has been a key curatorial practice …

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977
Artists' Materials: A Survey from Antiquity to 1800
Jennifer L. Mass
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course will explore the fundamental structures and properties of the materials used to construct the decorative environment. The objects that make up this environment …

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978
In Focus: In Margrieta’s Kitchen—Early Modern Atlantic Foodways
Deborah L. Krohn
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

The cultural history of what has been called the “Columbian Exchange,” after Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage, is still very much a topic of inquiry. Imagining what …

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979
Theories of Things: Archaeology
Peter N. Miller, Meredith B. Linn
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This co-taught seminar examines how archaeologists study things as evidence of the past, and how insights from this discipline might be applied to enhance broader …

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980
New Readings in Craft and Contemporary Art
Elissa Auther
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar focuses on the abundance of new scholarly research that examines craft within discourses of contemporary art and theory. A cross section of readings …

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981
In Focus II: Jan Tschichold and Graphic Design in the 1920s
Paul Stirton
5th Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course will be a preparation for the Focus exhibition Jan Tschichold and the New Typography to be shown in spring, 2019. Drawn from the collection …

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