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Courses in LSA History of Art
History of Art (HISTART)
HISTART 406 / AAS 407. Looking at African Things
HISTART 208/AAS 208. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course examines the shifting historical terms and narratives that constitute and justify the creation, display and reception of African object, both in and out of Africa, in such contexts as museums, photographic archives, world's fairs, theme parks and other cultural spectacles.

HISTART 408 / AAS 480. Visual Culture as History in Africa
AAS 200 (CAAS 200). (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Employing the analytical and interpretive methods of art history, archaeology, and history, this course examines artifacts and architecture from a number of African societies as historical "documents" of the past, and also as agents of social, political, religious, and economic processes that were used to shape the histories of these societies.

HISTART 424 / CLARCH 424. Archaeology of the Roman Provinces
Upperclass standing, and CLARCH/HISTART 221 or 222. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 430 / CLARCH 420. Greece before History: The Art and Archaeology of Greek Lands ca 3500 to 700 BCE
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the origins, character and collapse of complex societies of the Late Bronze Age in the Aegean. Sources of evidence include architecture, artifacts, mortuary practices and the distribution of sites within the wider landscape. We also explore recent work on documentary sources, including the linear B (Mycenean) tablets.

HISTART 431 / AMCULT 433. Made in Detroit: A History of Art and Culture in the Motor City
Upperclass standing; prior coursework in Art History, U.S. History, American Culture, or Urban studies, and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines modern art, architecture, music, and culture in the local context of Detroit's urban, social, and racial history in the twentieth century. Students undertake challenging readings in theories of modernity then apply them in Detroit through original research.

HISTART 433 / CLARCH 433. Greek Sculpture
Upperclass standing, some preparation in Classical Civilization, Classical Archaeology or History of Art. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

History of Greek sculpture from the 8th century to the 4th century BCE. Treats free-standing statuary and relief and architectural sculpture in stone, bronze, terracotta, and gold and ivory. Examines evolving functions of Greek sculpture, and relationships between stylistic development and social and political change.

HISTART 435 / CLARCH 435. The Art and Archaeology of Asia Minor
Upperclass standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 439 / CLARCH 439. Greek Vase Painting
Upperclass standing. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 440 / CLARCH 440. Cities and Sanctuaries of Classical Greece
Upperclass standing, and a course in archaeology. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 443 / CLARCH 443. The Art and Archaeology of Greek Colonization
Upperclass standing and CLARCH/HISTART 221. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The 8th and 7th centuries saw Greeks migrating from their home cities and countrysides to new settlements in many corners of the Mediterranean world. The course explores the art and archaeology of their colonization. They went South to Egypt and Libya, North to unoccupied tracts of Thrace, yet further North to explore the coasts of the Black Sea and its hinterland, and as far West as France and Spain. The most thoroughgoing of these new settlements were perhaps in Sicily and South Italy where new Greek cities came to rival the cities of their motherland in size, power, splendor and wealth.

HISTART 463. Art and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the role of the pictorial arts in the making of the Dutch Republic. It considers painting, drawing, prints, maps, book illustrations and the range of pictorial technologies that constituted Dutch visual culture in the seventeenth century, and generated new ways of seeing and understanding the world.

HISTART 466 / ASIAN 465. Sacred Image/Sacred Place in Japanese Art
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This class surveys the religious arts of Japan from pre-history to the present day, with a special focus on different notions of the sacred images and places. It considers how sculpture, painting, architecture, and topography work in concert to produce and condition particular experience of the sacred. The class provides both an overview of the religious currents of Japan as seen through art as well as a thorough introduction to visual analysis of sacred art.

HISTART 489. Special Topics in Art and Culture
(1 - 3). May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Topics of this course vary depending upon the special interest of faculty and opportunities that arise to enrich the curriculum in particular ways. The particular topic in each case will be indicated by a subtitle.

HISTART 504 / ANTHRCUL 502 / ASIAN 502 / CCS 502 / HISTORY 548 / POLSCI 502. Humanistic Studies of Historical and Contemporary China
Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will examine the present state of research in selected areas of scholarly inquiry in Chinese studies - language, literature, history, religion material culture, and art history - as we interrogate such seemingly commonsense notions as "civilization," "culture," "tradition," "modernity," and above all, "Chineseness." Our goals are to develop good reading skills, stimulate critical thinking, and inspire imaginative approaches to humanistic problems.

HISTART 505 / ASIAN 582. Himalayas: An Aesthetic Exploration
At least one course in South Asian art or architecture. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Studying Himalayan art and architecture offers an opportunity to embark on expeditions to distant frontiers, acquire critical appreciation of the impact of geography on cultural production and gain deeper understanding of historical process that have transpired in this region and continue to exert an influence in our own times.

HISTART 534 / CLARCH 534. Ancient Painting
Upperclass standing, HISTART 101 and either HISTART/CLARCH 221 or 222. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

HISTART 536 / CLARCH 536. Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture
HISTART 101; one of CLARCH 221 or 222 or HISTART 221 or 222; and Upperclass standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

HISTART 545 / ANTHRCUL 545. Image-Based Ethnography
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Although anthropologists (but not just anthropologists) privilege the visual, their "visual literacy" is curiously undeveloped, in contradistinction to their well-developed verbal (and textual) literacy. Understanding images and visual, sensory phenomena and messages may seem to be an intuitive process but acquiring visual literacy is actually like learning a language with its own special alphabet, lexicon, and syntax. One might "know" a thing visually, but may not be able to "read" that same thing. IN addition to learning how to "read" visually, this seminar is also devoted to exploring anthropological and aesthetic theories of visual art, with a focus on art-making and art as a form of instrumental action (versus art as passive object). Among the salient issues explored are the psychology of patterns and perception; art and personhood; art and religious practices; style and culture; politics and art; gendering and sexing art; and artisanal economics. The seminar traverses the globe in exploring "case studies" from China (power and calligraphy); France and Italy (fascist visions); U.S.A. (gender politics of the WPA, class ideology and art); Mexico, Central America and South Asia (artisanal cooperatives); Japan (art and eugenics, and "cartoon" art); South Africa (apartheid, art and activism); and Australia (globalization of Aboriginal art), among others.

HISTART 577 / ASIAN 577. Bodies and Buildings: Studies in Temple Architecture of India
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

Indian temples are among the great architectural traditions of the world. Erected by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains since the early centuries CE, they display in extraordinary array of sophisticated forms, layouts, and functions. This seminar traces the social, symbolic, and formal origins of important traditions of temple architecture.

HISTART 600. Independent Study
Consent of instructor required. Permission of graduate advisor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

HISTART 603. Independent Study in Asian Art
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and approval of Graduate advisor. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

HISTART 615. First Year Graduate Seminar
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 617. Visual Valence: Case Explorations in the Critical Analysis of Material Culture
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 646. Problems in Medieval Art
Graduate standing. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

HISTART 655. Studies in the History of the History of Art
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 666. Problems in 17th Century Art and Visual Culture
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May be elected three times for credit.

HISTART 677. Studies in American Art
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

HISTART 680. Bio-Art International: Biotechnology, Genetics, and Contemporary Art
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

An Exploration of art forms produced from using biotechnology and/or genetic engineering to create, manipulate, and/or transform living things. These new art forms cross-confuse the boundaries between "the artificial" and "the natural," and provoke complex ethnical questions.

HISTART 689. Special Topics in History of Art
Graduate student standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Topics of this course vary depending upon the special interest of faculty and opportunities that arise to enrich the curriculum in particular ways.

HISTART 700. Independent Research
Consent of instructor required. Approval of Graduate advisor. Graduate standing. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

HISTART 771. Problems in Art of the Nineteenth Century
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

HISTART 774. Problems in the History and Theory of Architecture
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This graduate-level seminar focuses on problems in the history and theory of architecture. The course topics are defined in relation to topical developments in history, architecture and art history..

HISTART 815 / CLARCH 815. Hellenistic Cities of the Near East
Graduate standing. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 822 / CLARCH 822. Problems in the Art of the Persian Empire
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 841 / CLARCH 841. Topography of Rome
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 844 / CLARCH 844. Theoretical Issues in Archaeology
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

HISTART 855 / CLARCH 855. Problems in Roman Archaeology
Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

The proposed course is designed to promote flexibility in our graduate teaching in Roman archaeology (as part of the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology). Having such a 'open' course title available will encourage faculty to experiment with new seminars on their own current research, or on a subject of interest to a body of graduate students, without having to generate course proposals well ahead of time and without multiplying course numbers endlessly. Similarly structured course titles are available in related subjects (e.g. CA 849 - Problems in Greek Sculpture; CA 850 - Problems in Roman Sculpture) and seem to work quite well. Projected seminars to be held under this heading include: Problems in Roman Archaeology: Dynamics of Resistance and Accommodation, and Problems in Roman Archaeology: The Roman East.

HISTART 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

HISTART 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

HISTART 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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