Courses

ART-HIST 110 Introduction to the History of Art: Pyramids to Picasso Credits: 3

This is an introduction to the history of art, with in-depth discussions of painting, sculpture, prints, and architecture. Students will be introduced to significant works from major historical periods; their cultural roles, style and composition, and the artistic processes involved in their creation. Emphasis is placed upon Western art history, with attention paid to important interactions with other world traditions, including the arts of Islam, Japan, and Africa. The comprehensive collections of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art contribute an important component to the course.


ART-HIST 110 - MOTR ARTS 100: Art Appreciation
CORE 42 MOTRANSFER GUARANTEED

ART-HIST 201 From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals Credits: 3

Students will learn to analyze and place in an art historical context Western art and architecture from approximately 35,000 BCE to 1250 CE. Art and architecture from all relevant cultures and religions - pagan, Christian, and Islamic - will be covered; particular emphasis will be placed on the accomplishments of Egyptian and Greek artists.


ART-HIST 201 - MOTR ARTS 101: Art History I
CORE 42 MOTRANSFER GUARANTEED

ART-HIST 202 From Michelangelo to Modernism Credits: 3

This course will examine major monuments of Western art and architecture during the late Middle Ages through the Modern period. Art will be examined in its cultural context stressing artistic intent, issues of gender, changing patterns of patronage, and the ascending status of the artist in society.


ART-HIST 202 - MOTR ARTS 102: Art History II
CORE 42 MOTRANSFER GUARANTEED

ART-HIST 264 The Grotesque in Art and Culture Credits: 3

This course explores the vibrant and subversive role of the grotesque in the visual arts from 1500 to the present day. The grotesque comprises an alternate image tradition that is often overlooked, or even actively suppressed. This course will explore the distinct strands of the grotesque: witty and inspired improvisation, from Michelangelo to Picasso; rowdy and subversive carnivalesque, from Bruegel to Hogarth to DeKooning; and the monstrous and uncanny, from Bosch to Goya to Kahlo.

ART-HIST 303 World Currents of Contemporary Art Credits: 3

This survey course provides an introduction to the densely interconnected trajectories of contemporary art in different parts of the world. It explores the continuities and discontinuities between modern and contemporary art in the context of intensifying transnational exchanges since the 1960s. Students will become familiar with the intersections of contemporary art with everyday life, mass media, politics and technology.

ART-HIST 315 Arts Of African and New World Cultures Credits: 3

This historical survey of ethnographic arts examines the diasporas of African art and the influences of Africans on the arts of new world cultures (in Brazil, Surinam, Cuba, Haiti, and the United States) and Meso-American art and the influence of Meso-Americans on the arts of the Native North American cultures.

ART-HIST 319 Asian Art Credits: 3

The survey will emphasize the philosophical and cultural context of the arts of India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan. The course will stress the elements that give an underlying unity to the arts as well as those qualities which distinguish the art of each country as unique.

ART-HIST 421 Made in the USA: Latinx Art and Experience Credits: 3

This course focuses on art of and by members of the U.S. Latinx community. Students in this course will engage with the politics of representation, gender, sexuality, race, class, and ethnicity in Latinx art, as well as visual and popular culture.

ART-HIST 469 Sensing, Feeling, Thinking: Contemporary Art and the Mind Credits: 3

Contemporary artists are challenging viewers to reflect on how they perceive, feel and think. This seminar provides an introduction to the mental processes underlying emotion and visual cognition and familiarizes students with contemporary art practices that reveal the dynamic correlations between body, mind and subjectivity.

ART-HIST 470 Art Museums: History and Practice Credits: 3

This course will familiarize students with the history of art museums and collecting practices. It will cover theories of museum government, curating, and object interpretation. Students will explore changes in the functions of art museums and will develop practical skills for future museum employment.

ART-HIST 476 Site-Specific Art: Within and Beyond the Museum Walls Credits: 3

At a time of increased transnational mobility, contemporary artists are conceiving artworks that catalyze an enhanced awareness of the geographical and socio-political conditions of existence and art making. This seminar examines artworks that are produced outside the studio and are inspired by specific natural environments, museum settings and public spaces.

Prerequisites: ART-HIST 303.

ART-HIST 482 Scope & Methods Of Art History Credits: 3

An exploration of the discipline of art history, including theoretical issues, guiding questions and problems, diverse approaches (historical and current), and research tools. The undergraduate capstone course for art history majors.

ART-HIST 493 Directed Studies in Art History Credits: 1-6

With permission of instructor, advanced students pursue independent research and production of a significant semester-long research project. Acceptable for graduate credit with approval.

ART-HIST 495 Special Topics in Art History Credits: 1-6

In depth exploration of a special topic in Art History. Course may be repeated for up to 18 credit hours if topic is unique for each repeated effort. Acceptable for graduate credit with approval.

ART-HIST 497Q Special Studies in Art History: Internship Credits: 1-6

Advanced art history students gain invaluable practical experience in a professional setting in the field of art.