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500
Objects in Context: A Survey of Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture I
Jeffrey L. Collins
Lecture Hall
MON 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This two-semester, team-taught course introduces incoming students to major historical developments in the decorative and applied arts, design, and material culture from antiquity to the …

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502
Approaches to the Object
Paul Stirton, Meredith B. Linn
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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693
Craft and Design in the USA, 1945 to the Present
Catherine Whalen
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar examines the shifting boundaries of craft and design in the United States from World War II to the present. In the postwar era’…

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795
Exhibiting Culture/s: Anthropology In and Of the Museum
Aaron Glass
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Over the past two centuries, the museum has emerged as one of the primary institutional venues for intercultural encounter mediated by objects. Practices of both …

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820
Later Chinese Ceramics
François Louis
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course offers an introduction to the history of ceramic production and appreciation in China, with a focus on stoneware and porcelain dating from the …

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877
Picturing Things: Photography as Material Culture
Aaron Glass, Catherine Whalen
5th Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Although photography is usually approached as a visual medium of image production and reproduction, photographs are also objects with their own unique material properties. They …

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926
Bauhaus, Before, and Beyond: German Design from Gründerzeit to Ulm School
Freyja Hartzell
5th Floor Classroom
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Decades before the opening of the Bauhaus School in 1919, German design asserted its remarkable power and presence, endowing everyday things with a unique agency within …

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958
Philosophy and Its Objects from Kant to Heidegger
Peter N. Miller
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar will focus on Martin Heidegger’s thinking about history and about objects. This body of work represents an attempt to grapple with, and …

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959
Exhibition as Medium: Curatorial Thinking
Deborah L. Krohn
5th 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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964
Excavating the Empire City: An Introduction to the Historical Archaeology of New York City
Meredith B. Linn
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will introduce students to the historical archaeology of New York City and to the material traces of the past that lie beneath our …

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966
The Green Hat: Fashion in Word and Image
Michele Majer, Freyja Hartzell
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

Taking its name from British novelist Michael Arlen’s 1924 tale of a fashionable young society widow, this course will explore two intertwined ideas: the representation …

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993
Peter Paul Rubens: Designer and Diplomat
Ivan Gaskell
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

Although Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most prominent painters of the seventeenth century, he was much else besides. An antiquarian scholar, a designer …

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994
In Focus: Reading the Table in Early Modern Europe
Deborah L. Krohn
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

In conjunction with the “coming of the book,” knowledge of food, its preparation, and service moved from the realm of tacit, artisanal understanding to a …

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995
Craftscapes in Action: Makers and Making in the Ancient World
Caspar Meyer
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

The standard textbooks of ancient art tend to present its history either in narratives concentrating on great artists and their inventions or as a succession …

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996
Tang China and the Silk Road
François Louis
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

The Tang period (618–907) coincided with the apogee of medieval culture in China. Over the past millennium, this era has conjured up images of martial grandeur, …

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997
From Temples to Museums: Afterlives of Classical Statues
Jeffrey L. Collins, Caspar Meyer
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Ever since their inception in classical Greece, lifelike freestanding statues representing real or ideal human forms have been prized as expressions of cultural, religious, aesthetic, …

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998
Ancient and Historic Technologies: Case Studies of Construction and Change
Jennifer L. Mass
5th Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Works of art that appear enduring and inviolate are in fact constantly undergoing change, evolution, and alteration. Some of these changes are gradual and environmental, …

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999
The Arts of Mughal India
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course focuses on the art practices of Mughal emperors and courtiers during the early modern period. We will study a vast array of material …

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