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June 6-10, 2012: Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference:
Madison, WI

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The Material Culture Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison examines forms, uses, and meanings of objects, images, and environments in everyday life. We want to take a fresh look at old categories of study in order to discover untold stories.


By breaking down the barriers between the traditional definitions of craft, design, folk, decorative, art and history we are able to see that these categories are all linked by expressions of creativity in everyday life. Our program's strength lies in our ability to approach this variety of media, as well as to examine it from the perspective of a wide range of time periods. We are dedicated to innovative, interdisciplinary research and teaching that engages the material world of diverse cultures and times.


We are also committed to taking full advantage of the resources provided by a major research institution. These include a unique community of scholars, a broad curriculum, richly diverse collections, and close ties to other local and regional institutions.

Fall 2014 Course Offerings:

Art History

 

Art History 300: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Aylward)

Explores the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period.

 

Art History 301: Greek Painting (Cahill)

Problems of techniques, style and iconography in wall and vase painting from Geometric to 403 B.C.

Pre-Reqs: So st & Art Hist 201 or 300 or cons inst

 

Art History 305: History of Islamic Art and Architecture (Pruitt)

This course surveys the architecture, landscape, book arts, and luxury objects produced in Islamic contexts from Spain to India from the 7th through the 21st centuries. Attention will be focused upon the relationships between Islamic visual idioms and localized religious, political, and socioeconomic circumstances. In particular, lectures and readings will examine the vital roles played by theology, royal patronage, ceremonies, gift exchange, trade, and workshop practices in the formulation of visual traditions.

Pre-Reqs: Sophomore standing

 

Art History 307: Early Chinese Art: From Antiquity to the Tenth Century (Li)

This course introduces art forms and concepts developed in China from antiquity to mid-10th century, covering jade carving, metalwork, sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, painting woodblock printing, and architecture mostly created for religious or funerary purposes. Emerging aesthetic concepts also discussed.

 

Art History 379: Cities of Asia (Chopra)

Historical overview of the built environment of cities of Asia from antiquity to the present; architectural and urban legacy in its social and historical context; exploration of common themes that thread through the diverse geographical regions and cultures of Asia.

 

Art History 500: Modern South Asia: Spatial and Visual Cultures and Histories (Chopra)

 

Art History 601: Intro to Museum Studies I

History of museums and collecting; introduction to connoisseurship; studies and practices in art museum activities; experience in exhibition planning, research, cataloging, and installation.

Pre-Reqs: Sr or Grad st; cons inst; ltd enrollment

 

Art History 602: Intro to Museum Studies II

Continuation of 601

Pre-Reqs: Art Hist 601 & cons inst

 

Art History 650: Books: Print Culture of Europe and North America (Senchyne)

History of books and print culture in the West from ancient times to the present. Focus on the influence of reading and writing on social, cultural, and intellectual life. Methodologies, theories, and sources for study of book and print culture history.

Pre-Reqs: Junior standing; or Graduate student in SLIS

 

Art History 700: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Aylward)

Explores the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period.



Classics

 

Classics 300: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Aylward)

Explores the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period.

 

Classics 700: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Aylward)

Explores the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period.

 

Design Studies

 

Design Studies 501: History of Design I (Penick)

 

Design Studies 920: American Design in the Atomic Age (Penick)

 

Folklore

 

Folklore 530: Landscape Narratives (Gilmore)
The topic will vary with the instructor; may be repeated with different content.

Pre-Reqs: Jr st or cons inst

 

Geography

 

Geography 305: Introduction to the City (Moore)
Analysis of the distributions of cities, their functions, character and relationships with their surrounding regions, and the areal patterns within cities; the spatial variation of population, economic activity, and land uses.

Pre-Reqs: So st; qualified Fr admitted with cons inst

 

History of Science

 

History of Science 337: History of Technology (Schatzberg)
A survey of Western technology within its social and cultural context during the past 1000 years. Topics include technology in European expansion, the industrial revolution, and the rise of the United States as a technological superpower.

Pre-Reqs: Jr st or cons inst. Grads must enroll concurrently in Hist Sci 637

 

Landscape Architecture

 

Landscape Architecture 375: Landscape Writing, Landscape Narratives (Gilmore)

Material Culture Certificate Now Available!

See the Program page for a description and list of requirements. For more information, contact Ann Smart Martin of the Department of Art History