Art History and Archaeology

Departmental Office: 826 Schermerhorn; 212-854-4505
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/arthistory/

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Kellie Jones, 909 Schermerhorn; 212-854-8084; kej2110@columbia.edu

Director of Art Humanities: Prof. Matthew McKelway, 919 Schermerhorn; 212-854-3182; mpm8@columbia.edu

Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Emily Benjamin, 826 Schermerhorn; 212-854-4505; eb3061@columbia.edu

The goal of the major in the Department of Art History and Archaeology is to explore the history of art, architecture, and archaeology across a broad historical, cultural, geographic, and methodological spectrum.

Department courses take advantage of the extraordinary cultural resources of New York City and often involve museum assignments and trips to local monuments. The department offers a major and concentration in art history and in the history and theory of architecture, and a combined major in art history and visual arts.

At the heart of the major is AHIS UN3000 Majors' Colloquium: the Literature and Methods of Art History (fomerly AHIS W3895), which introduces different methodological approaches to art history and critical texts that have shaped the discipline. The colloquium also prepares students for the independent research required in seminars and advanced lecture courses, and should be taken during the junior year.

Surveys and advanced lecture courses offered by Barnard and Columbia cover the spectrum of art history from antiquity to the present and introduce students to a wide range of materials and methodologies. Limited-enrollment seminars have a narrower focus and offer intensive instruction in research and writing. The opportunity for advanced research with a senior thesis is available to students who qualify.

The major readily accommodates students who wish to study abroad during junior year. Courses taken at accredited programs can generally count as transfer credits toward the major, but students must gain the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Similarly, any transfer credit for the major must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies. Generally no more than 12 points of transfer credit are applicable to the major. The form to petition for transfer credit can be found on the departmental website. Courses taken at Reid Hall and through the Berlin Consortium are counted as regular Columbia courses, not transfer credits.

All newly declared majors and concentrators should visit the departmental office and speak with the undergraduate program coordinator about the requirements and their planned curriculum.

The director of undergraduate studies regularly communicates with majors by e-mail to announce departmental events, museum internships, and other news. Students who do not receive these messages should e-mail the undergraduate program coordinator. The director of undergraduate studies is also available to talk to students about their professional goals and plans to study abroad.

Course Information

Lectures

Attendance at the first class meeting is recommended.

Colloquia

For information about enrollment in the required colloquium AHIS UN3000 Majors' Colloquium: the Literature and Methods of Art History  (formerly AHIS W3895)students should consult with the department during the registration period in the semester prior to the one in which the course is offered. Interested students must sign-up using an on-line form, which will be available on the departmental website. Enrollment is limited and admission is at the discretion of the instructor. It is recommended that students begin signing up for the colloquium in their junior year. 

Seminars

Seminars require an application which is due in the departmental office in 826 Schermerhorn before the registration period in the semester prior to the one in which the course is offered (April for fall courses, November for spring courses). The required application form is available in PDF format on the departmental website. Students should wait list the seminars to which they apply on SSOL.

Bridge Seminars

Bridge seminars are open to graduate and undergraduate students. As with other seminars, they require an application, which are due in the semester prior to the semester in which the course is offered (August for fall courses, December for spring courses). The required application form is available in PDF format on the departmental website. Students should wait list the seminars to which they apply on SSOL.

Bridge Lectures

Bridge lectures are open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students. They do not require an application.

Travel Seminar

In the spring, one or more undergraduate seminars in the Department of Art History and Archaeology may be designated as a travel seminar. Travel seminars receive funding to sponsor travel over the spring break to a distant site related to the subject matter of the seminar.

Study Abroad

Reid Hall, Paris

For information about the Columbia University in Paris Art History Program at Reid Hall, including summer session courses, visit the Office of Global Programs website.

Columbia-Bogazici Byzantine Studies and Urban Mapping in Istanbul

Columbia University and Boğaziçi University offer a joint summer program for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students that provides an opportunity to learn about the history, urban development, and historic monuments of the city of Byzantion/Constantinople-Istanbul. Through coursework and site visits, students explore Istanbul's modern topography as an exciting palimpsest of empires, cultures, and religions first hand. A research and fieldwork component adds practical experience in architectural site survey and documentation, still and panoramic photography, archival work, and issues of architectural conservation.

While previous coursework or experience in history, art history, or archaeology is preferred, the program can accommodate students with varying academic backgrounds who have a strong interest in understanding the evolution of the city of Istanbul through a historical and cultural lens. No prior knowledge of Turkish is required. For more information, visit the program website.

Summer Program in Italy: Archaeological Fieldwork at Hadrian's Villa

Columbia University offers a four-week summer program that provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to excavate and learn together at Hadrian's Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Rome and the most important Roman villa. It synthesizes Roman, Greek, and Egyptian architectural and artistic traditions and has attracted scholarly attention for centuries. For more information, visit the program website.

Columbia Summer Program in Venice

The Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Italian offer a summer program based at Co' Foscari University in Venice. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Italian culture through study of its language, literature/film, architecture, art history and conservation. and economy. Students have the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of the rich Venetian culture, traditions and history. The program is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and Italy. For more information, visit the program website.

Departmental Honors

In order to qualify for departmental honors, students must write a senior thesis and have a GPA of at least 3.7 in the major. The faculty of the Department of Art History and Archaeology submits recommendations to the College Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes for confirmation. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors receive departmental honors in a given academic year. 

Senior Thesis Prize

A prize is awarded each year to the best senior honors thesis written in the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

Professors

  • Alexander Alberro (Barnard)
  • Zainab Bahrani
  • Barry Bergdoll
  • Michael Cole
  • Jonathan Crary
  • Vidya Dehejia
  • David Freedberg
  • Robert E. Harrist, Jr.
  • Anne Higonnet (Barnard)
  • Holger Klein
  • Rosalind Krauss
  • Branden Joseph
  • Matthew McKelway
  • Stephen Murray
  • Jonathan Reynolds (Barnard)
  • Simon Schama
  • Avinoam Shalem
  • Zoë Strother

Associate Professors

  • Francesco de Angelis
  • Noam M. Elcott
  • Elizabeth Hutchinson (Barnard)
  • Kellie Jones
  • John Miller (Barnard)
  • Ioannis Mylonopoulos

Assistant Professors

  • Joseph Ackley (Barnard)
  • Diane Bodart
  • Meredith Gamer
  • Jack McGrath (Barnard)
  • Eleonora Pistis
  • Michael Waters

Adjunct Faculty

  • Maryan Ainsworth (Barnard)
  • Renato Anelli
  • Dawn Delbanco
  • Rosalyn Deutsche (Barnard)
  • Soyoung Lee
  • Christopher Phillips (Barnard)
  • John Rajchman
  • Matthew Saba
  • Stefaan Van Liefferinge
  • Michio Yonekura

Lecturers

  • Talia Andrei
  • Frederique Baumgartner
  • Lynn Catterson
  • Colby Chamberlain
  • Miriam Chusid
  • Huffa Frobes-Cross
  • Amanda Gannaway
  • Johanna Gosse
  • Daniel Greenberg
  • Yoko Hara
  • Jack Hartnell
  • Page Knox
  • Janet Kraynak
  • Sandrine Larrive-Bass
  • Kevin Lotery
  • Martina Mims
  • Irina Oryshkevich
  • Giulia Paoletti
  • Olivia Powell
  • Elizabeth Perkins
  • Julia Siemon
  • Susan Sivard
  • Trevor Stark
  • Serdar Yalcin

On Leave

  • Profs. Bodart, Hutchinson, Klein, Shalem (2016-2017)
  • Profs. Bahrani, Elcott, Crary, Freedberg (Fall 2016)
  • Profs. Dehejia, Murray (Spring 2017)
  • Prof. McKelway (Reid Hall, Spring 2017)

Guidelines for all Art History and Archaeology Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors

Courses

HUMA UN1121 Masterpieces of Western Art (Art Humanities) does not count toward the majors or concentrations, and no credit is given for Advanced Placement exams.

Grading

Courses in which a grade of D has been received do not count toward the major or concentration requirements.

Only the first course a student takes in the department may be taken for a grade of Pass/D/Fail. Classes taken in the Architecture or Visual Arts department to fulfill the studio requirement may be taken for a grade of Pass/D/Fail.

Senior Thesis

The senior thesis consists of a research paper 35-45 pages in length. It is a yearlong project, and students writing a thesis are registered by the department for AHIS UN3002 Senior Thesis for the fall and spring terms. Normally the fall semester is devoted to research and the spring semester is devoted to writing.

All thesis writers are required to participate in a class and, on alternate weeks, meet as a group or individually with the instructor. Group meetings are designed as a series of research and writing workshops geared to the students' research projects. Students receive a total of six credits for successful completion of the thesis and class.

In order to apply, students follow a selection process similar to the one currently used for seminars. The student is asked to identify a topic for the senior thesis and an adviser among the faculty of the Art History and Archaeology Department. The student then submits an application, with an indication of the subject of the thesis, a short annotated bibliography, and the name and the signature of the adviser, followed by a one-page statement (400 words) outlining the subject, the goals, and the methodology of the thesis.

The deadline for the submission is typically set for the August before the senior year. Submissions may be delivered in person or e-mailed to the undergraduate program coordinator. The director of undergraduate studies, in consultation with the thesis adviser and class instructor, evaluates the applications and decides on their approval or rejection.

Students intending to write a thesis should begin formulating a research topic and approaching potential faculty sponsors during the spring of the junior year. Currently, the department offers fellowships for which students may apply that support thesis-related research and travel during the summer. Funding for senior thesis research during the academic year is administered through Columbia College and General Studies. 

Senior thesis applications may be found at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/arthistory/undergraduate/forms.html.

Senior Thesis Research Fellowships

The department offers Senior Thesis Research Fellowships for travel to distant museums and building sites, libraries, or archives. This travel is normally undertaken during the summer before the senior year.

Fellowship applications consisting of a carefully edited thesis proposal, budget, and supporting letter from a faculty sponsor should be submitted in the spring semester. Students will be notified of deadlines and further information as they become available. Please contact the undergraduate program coordinator with any questions.


Major in Art History

Please read Guidelines for all for Art History and Archaeology Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above.

The yearlong senior thesis (for qualified students; see below) AHIS UN3002 Senior Thesis may substitute for one lecture course. Seminars may substitute for lecture courses, and may count toward fulfilling the area distribution requirement. Barnard art history courses count toward the majors and concentrations. 

The requirements for the major are as follows:

AHIS UN3000Majors' Colloquium: the Literature and Methods of Art History
Seven 3-point lecture courses in art history:
At least one course in three of four historical periods, as listed below
An additional two courses drawn from at least two different world regions, as listed below
Two additional lectures of the student's choice
Two seminars in art history
A studio course in the visual arts or architecture (which may be taken Pass/D/ Fail)

Historical Periods

  • Ancient (up to 400 CE/AD)
  • 400-1400
  • 1400-1700
  • 1700-Present

World Regions

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe, North America, Australia
  • Latin America
  • Middle East

NOTE: These chronological divisions are approximate. In case of ambiguities about the eligibility of a course to fill the requirement, please consult with the director of undergraduate studies.


Major in History and Theory of Architecture

Please read Guidelines for all for Art History and Archaeology Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above.

Majors can take advantage of one of the strengths of the department by focusing on architectural history. This track combines an introductory studio in architectural design with a slightly modified program in art history. Courses in the Department of Architecture may substitute for up to two courses in art history with approval of the adviser. 

The requirements for the major are as follows:

AHIS UN3000Majors' Colloquium: the Literature and Methods of Art History
Seven lecture courses in art history, one of which must be AHIS C3001 Introduction to Architecture, and three of which must focus on architectural history. Courses must cover four of five general areas:
Ancient Mediterranean
Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Baroque
18th-20th century
Non-Western
At least one seminar in art history or architectural history
Architectural Studio:
ARCH UN1020Introduction To Architectural Design and Visual Culture

Major in Art History and Visual Arts

Please read Guidelines for all for Art History and Archaeology Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above.

Students electing the combined major should consult with the undergraduate program coordinator in the history department, as well as with the director of undergraduate studies in the visual arts department. 

Up to two of the seven 3-point courses in art history may be replaced by a specifically related course in another department with approval of the adviser. The combined major requires fulfillment of sixteen or seventeen courses. It is recommended that students interested in this major begin work toward the requirements in their sophomore year.

The requirements for the major are as follows:

AHIS UN3000Majors' Colloquium: the Literature and Methods of Art History
Seven 3-point lecture courses in art history:
At least one course in three of four historical periods, as listed below
An additional two courses drawn from at least two different world regions, as listed below
Two additional lectures of the student's choice
21 points in Visual Arts covering:
Basic Drawing
Sculpture I
Five additional VIAR R3000-level or above course
In the senior year, students undertake either a seminar in the Department of Art History and Archaeology or a senior project in visual arts (pending approval by the Visual Arts Department).

NOTE: These chronological divisions are approximate. In case of ambiguities about the eligibility of a course to fill the requirement, please consult the director of undergraduate studies.

Historical Periods

  • Ancient (up to 400 CE/AD)
  • 400-1400
  • 1400-1700
  • 1700-present

World Regions

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe, North America, Australia
  • Latin America
  • Middle East

Concentration in Art History

Please read Guidelines for all for Art History and Archaeology Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above.

The requirements for the concentration are as follows:

Seven 3-point lecture courses in art history:
At least one course in three of four historical periods, as listed below
An additional two courses drawn from at least two different world regions, as listed below
Two additional lectures of the student's choice

NOTE: These chronological divisions are approximate. In case of ambiguities about the eligibility of a course to fill the requirement, please consult the director of undergraduate studies.

Historical Periods

  • Ancient (up to 400 CE/AD)
  • 400-1400
  • 1400-1700
  • 1700-present

World Regions

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe, North America, Australia
  • Latin America
  • Middle East

Concentrators are not required to take the majors' colloquium, a seminar, or a studio course.


Concentration in History and Theory of Architecture

Please read Guidelines for all for Art History and Archaeology Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above.

The requirements for the concentration are as follows:

Seven courses in art history, including four in architectural history. Courses must cover four of five general areas, as described for the major:
Ancient Mediterranean
Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Baroque
18th-19th century
Non-Western

Concentrators are not required to take the majors' colloquium, a seminar, or a studio course.

Lectures Fall 2016

Attendance at first class meeting is recommended.

AHIS BC1001 Introduction to Art History I. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)., Discussion Section Required

Attempting to offer an introduction to artistic creation on a global scale, this course is team-taught by specialists in a number of different cultural and historical traditions. In the fall semester we will discuss the art of Europe, the Middle East, India, Japan, and China, in periods ranging from the Paleolithic to the Renaissance. Museum trips are an integral part of the course. Note: weekly discussion groups to be arranged. Discussion Section Required.

Fall 2017: AHIS BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 1001 001/01791 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
4 45

AHIS BC3673 History of Photography. 3 points.

Discussion Section Required

This course will survey selected social, cultural and aesthetic or technical developments in the history of photography, from the emergence of the medium in the 1820s and 30s through to the present day. Rather than attempt comprehensively to review every aspect of photography and its legacies in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the course will instead trace significant developments through a series of case studies. Some of the latter will focus on individuals, genres or movements, and others on various discourses of the photographic image.  Particular attention will be placed on methodological and theoretical concerns pertaining to the medium.

AHIS UN1007 Introduction to Architecture. 3 points.

Discussion Section Required

This course is required for architectural history and theory majors, but is also open to students interested in a general introduction to the history of architecture, considered on a global scale. Architecture is analyzed through in-depth case studies of key works of sacred, secular, public, and domestic architecture from both the Western canon and cultures of the ancient Americas and of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic faiths. The time frame ranges from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern era. Discussion section is required.

Fall 2017: AHIS UN1007
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 1007 001/13225 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Michael Waters 3 58/120

AHIS UN2500 The Arts of Africa. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Introduction to the arts of Africa, including masquerading, figural sculpture, reliquaries, power objects, textiles, painting, photography, and architecture. The course will establish a historical framework for study, but will also address how various African societies have responded to the process of modernity.

AHIS UN2601 The Arts of Japan. 3 points.

Introduction to the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Japan from the Neolithic period through the present. Discussion focuses on key monuments within their historical and cultural contexts.

AHUM UN2604 Art In China, Japan, and Korea. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Introduces distinctive aesthetic traditions of China, Japan, and Korea--their similarities and differences--through an examination of the visual significance of selected works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts in relation to the history, culture, and religions of East Asia.

Spring 2017: AHUM UN2604
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 2604 001/68097 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
612 Schermerhorn Hall
Dawn Delbanco 3 61/66
AHUM 2604 002/77396 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Miriam Chusid 3 23/22
AHUM 2604 003/76282 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Talia Andrei 3 19/22
Fall 2017: AHUM UN2604
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 2604 001/14476 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Dawn Delbanco 3 66/66
AHUM 2604 002/11638 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Talia Andrei 3 22/22

AHUM UN2901 Masterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement, Discussion Section Required

Introduction to 2000 years of art on the Indian subcontinent. The course covers the early art of Buddhism, rock-cut architecture of the Buddhists and Hindus, the development of the Hindu temple, Mughal and Rajput painting and architecture, art of the colonial period, and the emergence of the Modern.

Spring 2017: AHUM UN2901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 2901 001/25796 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Siddhartha Shah 3 22/22
Fall 2017: AHUM UN2901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 2901 001/23435 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Vidya Dehejia 3 66/66

Lectures Spring 2017

Attendance at first class meeting is recommended.

AHIS BC1002 Introduction to the History of Art II. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)., Discussion Section Required

  The second part of the Introduction to Art History goes from about 1400 to 2015, circles the world, and includes all media. It is organized around one theme for each lecture, and approximately 100 works of art. Visits to New York museums and discussions sections are crucial parts of the course.

Spring 2017: AHIS BC1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 1002 001/01823 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
304 Barnard Hall
Anne Higonnet 4 177

AHIS UN2102 Gore and Violence in Greek Art. 3 points.

......Aim of the course is to offer an alternative - more "realistic" - view of ancient Greek art and understand its violence and goriness as parts of its (at least) two faces; to add, as it were, the lightless night of violence to the luminous day of the athletic, heroic and divine realms....

Spring 2017: AHIS UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 2102 001/22203 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Ioannis Mylonopoulos 3 27/30

AHIS UN2109 Roman Art and Architecture. 3 points.

The architecture, sculpture, and painting of ancient Rome from the 2nd century B.C. to the end of the Empire in the West.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN2109
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 2109 001/13375 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
612 Schermerhorn Hall
Francesco de Angelis 3 53/67

AHIS UN2303 Rome, Michelangelo to Bernini. 3 points.

This course will look at highlights of Roman art and architecture from the late fifteenth to the late seventeenth centuries, considering the works in relation to the conditions in which they were originally produced and viewed......

Spring 2017: AHIS UN2303
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 2303 001/73451 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
612 Schermerhorn Hall
Michael Cole, Yoko Hara 3 44/67

AHIS UN2307 Early Modern Architecture (1400-1750). 3 points.

This course examines the history of early modern architecture, roughly between 1400 and 1750, from a European perspective outward.  It begins by addressing a number of transhistorical principle issues and analytic approaches and then moves on to a series of roughly chronological thematic studies, which build on this conceptual framework.......

Spring 2017: AHIS UN2307
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 2307 001/88030 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
612 Schermerhorn Hall
Michael Waters, Eleonara Pistis 3 62/67

AHIS UN2405 Twentieth-Century Art. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Discussion Section AHIS UN2406

  The course will examine a variety of figures, movements, and practices within the entire range of 20th-century art—from Expressionism to Abstract Expressionism, Constructivism to Pop Art, Surrealism to Minimalism, and beyond–situating them within the social, political, economic, and historical contexts in which they arose.  The history of these artistic developments will be traced through the development and mutual interaction of two predominant strains of artistic culture: the modernist and the avant-garde, examining in particular their confrontation with and development of the particular vicissitudes of the century’s ongoing modernization.  Discussion section complement class lectures.  Course is a prerequisite for certain upper-level art history courses.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN2405
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 2405 001/66409 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
501 Schermerhorn Hall
Rosalind Krauss 3 136/200

AHUM UN2604 Art In China, Japan, and Korea. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Introduces distinctive aesthetic traditions of China, Japan, and Korea--their similarities and differences--through an examination of the visual significance of selected works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts in relation to the history, culture, and religions of East Asia.

Spring 2017: AHUM UN2604
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 2604 001/68097 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
612 Schermerhorn Hall
Dawn Delbanco 3 61/66
AHUM 2604 002/77396 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Miriam Chusid 3 23/22
AHUM 2604 003/76282 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Talia Andrei 3 19/22
Fall 2017: AHUM UN2604
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 2604 001/14476 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Dawn Delbanco 3 66/66
AHUM 2604 002/11638 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Talia Andrei 3 22/22

AHUM UN2901 Masterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement, Discussion Section Required

Introduction to 2000 years of art on the Indian subcontinent. The course covers the early art of Buddhism, rock-cut architecture of the Buddhists and Hindus, the development of the Hindu temple, Mughal and Rajput painting and architecture, art of the colonial period, and the emergence of the Modern.

Spring 2017: AHUM UN2901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 2901 001/25796 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Siddhartha Shah 3 22/22
Fall 2017: AHUM UN2901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 2901 001/23435 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Vidya Dehejia 3 66/66

Colloquia Fall 2016/Spring 2017

For information about enrollment in colloquia, students should consult with the department during the registration period in the semester prior to the one in which the course is offered. See the departmental website for additional information. Students must sign-up online by the deadline, which is posted on our website and the directory of classes.

AHIS UN3000 Majors' Colloquium: the Literature and Methods of Art History. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Not open to Barnard or Continuing Education students. Majors must receive instructor's permission. Students must sign-up online: http://goo.gl/forms/otfh8x5hqk

Introduction to different methodological approaches to the study of art and visual culture. Majors are encouraged to take the colloquium during their junior year.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN3000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3000 001/63590 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Janet Kraynak 4 14/15
AHIS 3000 002/86947 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
930 Schermerhorn Hall
Noam Elcott 4 14/15
Fall 2017: AHIS UN3000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3000 001/13011 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Jonathan Crary 4 9/15

Undergraduate Seminars Fall 2016

Seminars require an application, which are due in the semester prior to the semester in which the course is offered (April for fall courses, November for spring courses.) Applications are to be submitted to the department office in 826 Schermerhorn Hall. The required application form can be found on the departmental website.

AHIS UN3002 Senior Thesis. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

Required for all thesis writers.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN3002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3002 001/27073 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
934 Schermerhorn Hall
Kellie Jones 3 7/10
Fall 2017: AHIS UN3002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3002 001/18148  
3 0/10

AHIS UN3307 Architectural Practice and Challenges in Europe, 1633-1732. 4 points.

This seminar focuses on how architecture responds constructively and experimentally to challenging questions posed by a variety of often unpredictable factors. The course investigates the watershed century between 1633 and 1732, with an emphasis on Italy, Britain, and France. It starts with the astonishing experimentations of Bernini and Borromini and ends with those of the generation of daring architects such as Nicholas Hawksmoor, Filippo Juvarra, and Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.  Each class meeting approaches a specific question, which will prompt, on the one hand, broader reflections on the essence of architecture, and, on the other, in-depth analysis of some of the most fascinating chapters in the history of architecture.

While addressing crucial issues of the period, the course will examine the most influential architects, patrons, institutional forces, and key works, as well as dynamics of temporal and geographical migrations of architectural knowledge throughout Europe and beyond. It will also reflect on architecture’s interactions with other forms of arts and fields of knowledge.  Students will learn how to apply the many lenses through which architecture can be investigated, from the analysis of structural elements, design processes, and urban contexts, to the study of its material, cultural, political, and social dimensions.  The goal is not only to acquire a solid knowledge of European architectural history, but also, more broadly, to develop the skills necessary to analyze architecture and to deal with 2 original architectural objects and texts, as well as to cultivate a critical attitude towards architectural literature.

AHIS BC3950 Photography and Video in Asia. 4 points.

Undergraduate seminar course. Course limited to 15 Students with instructor's permission. Application process required. Applications are due in the Barnard Art History office April 9, 2015.

East Asia is now perhaps the world’s most dynamic region, and its dramatic social and economic transformation has been mirrored in the work of a host of startlingly original and innovative visual artists. The class will explore the ideas and visual idioms that inform the leading contemporary photo artists in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. We will begin with a historical survey of the development of photography in East Asia since the mid-19th century, but we will concentrate on the period from 1960 to the present.  Figures whose work will be explored include such Japanese artists and photographers as Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, Tomatsu Shomei, Miyako Ishiuchi, Nobuyoshi Araki, Yasumasa Morimura, Moriko Mori, Naoya Hatakeyema, and Tomoko Sawada. From China, we will examine the work of artists like Zhang Huan, Hong Hao, Yang Fudong, Lin Tianmiao, and Xing Danwen, while Korean artists to be covered include Atta Kim andYeondoo Jung. Since many of these artists work regularly in video as well as photography, there will be regular video screenings throughout the semester.

Fall 2017: AHIS BC3950
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3950 001/04024 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Christopher Phillips 4 31

AHIS BC3968 Art/Criticism I. 4 points.

Undergraduate seminar course. Course limited to 15 Students with instructor's permission. Application process required. Applications are due in the Barnard Art History office April 9, 2015.

This course is a seminar on contemporary art criticism written by artists in the post war period.  Such criticism differs from academic criticism because it construes art production less as a discrete object of study than as a point of engagement.  It also differs from journalistic criticism because it is less obliged to report art market activity and more concerned with polemics.   Art /Criticism I will trace the course of these developments by examining the art and writing of one artist each week.  These will include Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland, Allan Kaprow, Robert Morris, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Smithson, Art & Language, Dan Graham, Adrian Piper, Mary Kelly, Martha Rosler, Judith Barry and Andrea Fraser.  We will consider theoretical and practical implications of each artist’s oeuvre.

Fall 2017: AHIS BC3968
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3968 001/07232 T 11:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
John Miller 4 14

AHIS BC3985 Introduction To Connoisseurship. 4 points.

Enrollment limited to 15.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Please see Barnard College Art History Department's website for instructions.

Factors involved in judging works of art, with emphasis on paintings; materials; technique, condition, attribution; identification of imitations and fakes; questions of relative quality.

Fall 2017: AHIS BC3985
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3985 001/05003 M 9:00am - 10:50am
Room TBA
4 17

AHIS BC3988 A Virtual Enlightlenment Barnard - Mellon Seminar. 5 points.

Course limited to 15 students with instrutor's permission. Application due November 14, 2014 at 5pm in the BC AH office - 500 Diana Center. Applications are available to download from the BC AH websit

A seminar and digital laboratory on the material world of the Enlightenment. 4 class sessions will be taught by Metropolitan Museum of Art curators. Instead of writing papers, students will create digital work, leading to a course website. The invention of the private interior, the birth of global capitalism, and the rise of individualism will be studied through their expression in some of the most glorious crafted furnishings ever created.

Undergraduate Seminars Spring 2017

Seminars require an application, which are due in the semester prior to the semester in which the course is offered (April for fall courses, November for spring courses.) Applications are to be submitted to the department office in 826 Schermerhorn Hall. The required application form can be found on the departmental website.

AHIS UN3002 Senior Thesis. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

Required for all thesis writers.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN3002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3002 001/27073 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
934 Schermerhorn Hall
Kellie Jones 3 7/10
Fall 2017: AHIS UN3002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3002 001/18148  
3 0/10

AHIS UN3101 The Public Monument in the Ancient Near East. 4 points.

This seminar will focus on the invention of the public monument as a commemorative genre, and the related concepts of time, memory and history in the ancient Near East and Egypt. Public monuments will be studied in conjunction with readings from ancient texts (in translation), as well as historical criticism, archaeological and art historical theories.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3101 001/65810 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
930 Schermerhorn Hall
Zainab Bahrani 4 8/15

AHIS UN3410 Approaches to Contemporary Art. 3 points.

This course examines the critical approaches to contemporary art from the 1970s to the present. It will address a range of historical and theoretical issues around the notion of "the contemporary" (e.g. globalization, participation, relational art, ambivalence, immaterial labor) as it has developed in the era after the postmodernism of the 1970s and 1980s.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN3410
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3410 001/13975 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
934 Schermerhorn Hall
Branden Joseph 3 11/15

AHIS UN3413 Nineteenth-Century Criticism. 4 points.

Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, and the instructor's permission.

Selected readings in 19th-century philosophy, literature, and art criticism, with emphasis on problems of modernity and aesthetic experience. Texts include work by Diderot, Kant, Coleridge, Hegel, Emerson, Flaubert, Ruskin, Baudelaire, and Nietzsche.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN3413
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3413 001/62589 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall
Jonathan Crary 4 13/15

AHIS UN3501 African Art: The Next Generation. Focus: Congo. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

African art history reached a new maturity and sophistication in the 1990s through an intense interdisciplinary dialogue on the visual arts in the Congo. Prominent historians, anthropologists, political scientists, philosophers, artists, and art historians debated the history of Congolese art and changed its future through active patronage. The seminar will cover a wide variety of these texts and will examine the unprecedented role for museum exhibitions in disseminating new interpretations for African art.

Spring 2017: AHIS UN3501
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3501 001/75530 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
934 Schermerhorn Hall
Alvaro Luis Lima 4 8/15

AHIS BC3949 The Art of Witness: Memorials and Historical Trauma. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Undergraduate seminar course. Course limited to 15 Students with instructor's permission. Application process required. Applications are due in the Barnard Art History office April 9, 2015.

Examines aesthetic responses to collective historical traumas, such as slavery, the Holocaust, the bombing of Hiroshima, AIDS, homelessness, immigration, and the recent attack on the World Trade Center. Studies theories about trauma, memory, and representation. Explores debates about the function and form of memorials.

AHIS BC3969 Art/Criticism II. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Course Limited to 15 Students with Instructor's Permission. Application due 11/13/15. Go to the BC AH website for more information and to download an application. www.barnard.edu/arthist

This course is a seminar on contemporary art criticism written by artists in the post war period.  Such criticism differs from academic criticism because it construes art production less as a discrete object of study than as a point of engagement.  It also differs from journalistic criticism because it is less obliged to report art market activity and more concerned with polemics.  Artists will include Ad Reinhart, Daniel Buren, Helio Oiticica, Juan Downey, Hollis Frampton, Victor Burgin, Jeff Wall, Mike Kelley, Coco Fusco, Maria Eichhorn, Jutta Koether, Melanie Gilligan.

Spring 2017: AHIS BC3969
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3969 001/06666 T 11:00am - 12:50pm
501 Diana Center
Nicolas Guagnini 4 10

AHIS BC3984 Curatorial Positions 1969 to the Present. 4 points.

Course Limited to 15 Students with Instructor's Permission. Application due 11/13/15. Go to the BC AH website for more information and to download an application. www.barnard.edu/arthist

Contemporary exhibitions studied through a selection of great shows from roughly 1969 to the present that defined a generation.  This course will not offer practical training in curating; rather it will concentrate on the historical context of exhibitions, the theoretical basis for their argument, the criteria for the choice in artists and their work, and exhibitions’ internal/external reception.

Spring 2017: AHIS BC3984
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3984 001/06989 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
308 Diana Center
Valerie Smith 4 8

Bridge Lectures Fall 2016

Bridge lectures are open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students. They do not require an application.

Bridge Lectures Spring 2017

Bridge lectures are open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students. They do not require an application.

Bridge Seminars Fall 2016

Bridge seminars are open to graduate and undergraduate students. As with other seminars, they require an application, which are due in the semester prior to the semester in which the course is offered (August for fall courses, December for spring courses.) Applications are to be submitted to the department office in 826 Schermerhorn Hall. The required application form can be found on the department website

AHIS GU4077 Modern Brazilian Architecture, 1890-2006. 3 points.

Introduction to the designs and theories of Modern Brazilian Architecture, from its origins in the modernization process of late Nineteenth Century to the contemporary work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Oscar Niemeyer and Lina Bo Bardi in the late Twentieth Century. Special attention to the integration of arts and technics in the construction of modern national identity through international dialogue (Europe, United States, Latin-America, Third World and USSR). Key architecture, urban and landscape designs will be analyzed to explore the relation between structure and form, building and urban space in a fast growing underdeveloped country.

Bridge Seminars Spring 2017

Bridge seminars are open to graduate and undergraduate students. As with other seminars, they require an application, which are due in the semester prior to the semester in which the course is offered (August for fall courses, November for spring courses). Applications are to be submitted to the department office in 826 Schermerhorn Hall. The required application form can be found on the department website.

AHIS GU4548 Displacing God: Architecture, Modernism, and the Post Secular. 3 points.

This seminar explores the shifting and paradoxical role that religion has played in various conceptions of architectural modernism and cross-references contemporary theories on the formation of secular societies with physical and discursive evidences drawn from the history of architecture.......

Spring 2017: AHIS GU4548
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 4548 001/66299 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
934 Schermerhorn Hall
Maria Gonzalez Pendas 3 9/12

AHIS GU4640 The Soviet Photomontage of the 1920s – 1930s. 4 points.

This seminar will introduce students to the history of the Soviet photomontage, from its first examples in the work of Russian Constructivists Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, Gustav Klucis, Liubov Popova, and others after the October Revolution, to its rise to the top of the hierarchy of the agitational mass art in the 1920s, and its role in advancing the First Five-Year Plan and documenting the socialist reconstruction in the 1930s. In this course photomontage is interpreted as a logical continuation of the analytical movements in the early 20th -century art. We will address the reasons behind the abrupt turn to factography and productivism in the work of Russian Constructivists in the early 1920s. We will examine photomontage as a complex modernist experiment that led to expanding the language of modern art and became a sophisticated art form, able to document the great experiment of the Russian Revolution, its severity and idealism, and to express the utopian visions behind it. We will discuss the rise of the Soviet political photomontage after Lenin’s death in 1924, look into the artistic ideology behind Vladimir Mayakovsky’s magazine LEF, and the ways that artists and critics involved with LEF sought to link Lenin’s revolutionary practice with their own radical artistic practices. The course will also address the work of the photography section of the avant-garde group October (1928-1932) during the Stalin’s First Five-Year Plan, and its artists’ active experimentation with representing processes of industrial production. Finally we will discuss the end of constructivist experimentation in photomontage and the shift to its merely political form after the 1932 Communist Party resolution “On the reconstruction of literary and art organizations.” We will trace its eventual demise later in the 1930s after the establishement of socialist realism as the country’s official artistic style.

Spring 2017: AHIS GU4640
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 4640 001/14701 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
930 Schermerhorn Hall
Maria Ratanova 4 17/20

Supervised Independent Research

AHIS UN3999 Supervised Independent Study. 1-3 points.

Prerequisites: the departmental consultant or director of undergraduate studies' permission, and the instructor's permission.

Independent research and the writing of an essay under supervision of a member of the Art History Department. Only one independent study may be counted toward the major. 

Spring 2017: AHIS UN3999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3999 001/61704  
Alexander Alberro 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 002/67447  
Zainab Bahrani 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 003/76196  
Frederique Baumgartner 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 004/77400  
Barry Bergdoll 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 006/83248  
Michael Cole 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 007/87201  
Jonathan Crary 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 008/91947  
Francesco de Angelis 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 009/95848  
Vidya Dehejia 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 010/97698  
Dawn Delbanco 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 011/82496  
Rosalyn Deutsche 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 012/86249  
Noam Elcott 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 013/69307  
David Freedberg 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 014/19293  
Meredith Gamer 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 015/62948  
Robert Harrist 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 017/70897  
Elizabeth Hutchinson 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 018/72997  
Kellie Jones 1-3 1
AHIS 3999 019/76399  
Branden Joseph 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 020/81847  
Holger Klein 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 021/86147  
Rosalind Krauss 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 022/87897  
Janet Kraynak 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 023/92349  
Matthew McKelway 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 024/97147  
Patricio Keith Moxey 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 025/98499  
Stephen Murray 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 026/89700  
Ioannis Mylonopoulos 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 027/13040  
Eleonara Pistis 1-3 1
AHIS 3999 028/12398  
John Allan Rajchman 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 029/15998  
Jonathan Reynolds 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 030/88980  
Simon Schama 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 031/94287  
Avinoam Shalem 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 032/60535  
Zoe Strother 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 033/61453  
Michael Waters 1-3 0
Fall 2017: AHIS UN3999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHIS 3999 001/00539  
Alexander Alberro 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 002/16413  
Zainab Bahrani 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 003/14269  
Frederique Baumgartner 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 004/12372  
Barry Bergdoll 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 005/23498  
Diane Bodart 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 006/69371  
Michael Cole 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 007/70466  
Jonathan Crary 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 008/70206  
Francesco de Angelis 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 009/70090  
Vidya Dehejia 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 010/10100  
Dawn Delbanco 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 011/01286  
Rosalyn Deutsche 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 012/69169  
Noam Elcott 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 013/61998  
David Freedberg 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 014/70547  
Meredith Gamer 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 015/72480  
Robert Harrist 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 018/27519  
Kellie Jones 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 019/21994  
Branden Joseph 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 020/22163  
Holger Klein 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 021/76240  
Rosalind Krauss 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 022/23795  
Janet Kraynak 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 024/60624  
Stephen Murray 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 025/69154  
Ioannis Mylonopoulos 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 026/27751  
Eleonara Pistis 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 027/11868  
John Allan Rajchman 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 030/20916  
Avinoam Shalem 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 031/72540  
Zoe Strother 1-3 0
AHIS 3999 032/61801  
Michael Waters 1-3 0