Undergraduate Courses

Winter 2024

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AH 20 Ancient Art
David H.Schneller
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd 147
Lecture, three hours; quiz, one hour; museum field trips. Prehistoric, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Aegean, Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman art and architecture. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 21 Medieval Art
Franka Horvat
MW / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd 147
Lecture, three hours; quiz, one hour. Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic art and architecture. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 100 Art Historical Theories and Methodologies
Zirwat Chowdhury
T / 3 pm – 4:50 pm / Dodd 220
Seminar, three hours. Requisites: three courses from 20 through 31. Critical examination of history of discipline of art history, with studies of various theoretical, critical, and methodological approaches to visual arts. Letter grading.

AH M112A Mycenaean Art and Archaeology
Morris
TR / 11 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd 247
(Same as Classics M153B.) Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 20 or Classics 10 or 51A. Study of development of art and architecture in Mycenaean Greece from circa 2000 to 1000 BC. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 127A European Art of 17th and 18th Centuries
Zirwat Chowdhury
TR / 11 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: one course from course 20 through 31. Examination of art and visual culture of 17th and 18th centuries in light of political and intellectual developments. Special emphasis on effects of royal courts, colonialism, and revolution. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 127B European Art of 19th Centuries
Natasha Medvedev
MW / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 23. Neoclassicism and Romanticism, with emphasis on France–development and influence of David, Ingres, and Delacroix. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C128C History of Photography: Selected Topics
de Baca
WF / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd 247
Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in history of photography that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C228C. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 130 Selected Topics in Modern Art
Natasha Medvedev
MW / 9:30 am – 10:45 am / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 23. Changing topics in modern art (post-1780) that reflect interests of individual regular and visiting faculty members. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C131B Contemporary Art, 1960s to 1970s
Kahng
MW / 2 pm – 3:15 pm / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 23. Study of ambitions and contexts of pop art, minimalism, conceptual art, feminist art, performance, land art, and more. Concurrently scheduled with course C231B. P/NP or letter grading.
AH 144 Caribean Art
Beth Rosenblum
MW / 11 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Cultural history of Caribbean. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar 1
Gregory Harwell
R / 12 pm – 1:50 pm / Dodd 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.
AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar 2
Tiffany E. Barber
M / 12 pm – 1:50 pm / Dodd 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

Fall 2023

AH 239 Modern Art
Hannah Kahng
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd 147
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; museum field trips. History of modern art from 1860s to 1960s, from Manet and impressionists to pop art and minimalism. Study of origins and social functions, as well as aesthetic innovations and philosophical dilemmas of modernism. P/NP grading.

AH 25 Museum Studies
Saloni Mathur
TR / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd Hall 147
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; museum field trips. General introduction to study of museums in their social and historical contexts. Examination of debates about museum’s role in society through case studies and analysis of exhibitions in range of museums including art, history, and ethnographic museums. P/NP or letter grading

AH C114D Selected Topics in Ancient Art: Art and Material Culture of Mediterranean World, Early 1st Millennium BC
David Schneller
TR / 9:30 am – 10:45 am / Dodd Hall 146
Survey of richly interconnected art, architecture, and material culture of Mediterranean basin and farther inland, from establishment of Neo-Assyrian Empire in early 9th century BC to Classical age in early 5th century BC. Taking two historical developments as its framework (growth and fall of successive empires in Near East, and transformation of Mediterranean through Phoenician exploration from Levantine coast to North Africa and Spain), introduction to visual culture of several dynamically interconnected cultural spheres: Anatolia, Assyria, Babylonia, Cyprus, Etruria, Egypt, Greece, Iberian peninsula, Levant, Syro-Hittite states, and Urartu. Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in ancient art that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C214D. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C115B Early Medieval Art and Architecture
Franka Horvat
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Public Affairs Building 2250
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 21. Art and architecture of Western Europe from Migration period until AD 1000. Concurrently scheduled with course C215B. P/NP or letter grading.

AH124 Northern Renaissance Art
Gregory Harwell
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 22. Painting and sculpture in Northern Renaissance. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C140/C240A Selected Topics in Arts of Indigenous Americas
Luis Muro
MW / 9:30 am – 10:45 am / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in artistic production of Native people across Americas that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C240A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 143 Selected Topics in Latin American Art: Cuban Art
Beth Rosenblum
MW / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Examination of history of Cuban art with emphasis on work produced during 20th century. Brief analysis of artwork from colonial period. In-depth study of Vanguard painting and sculpture from 1920s through 1950s. Investigation of revolutionary art from 1960s and 1970s, followed by New Art of 1980s and 1990s. Examination of more recent artwork and history of Havana Biennial. Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in Latin American art that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C148A/C248A Art and Material Culture, Neolithic to 210 BC
Lothar von Falkenhausen
MW / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Genesis of Chinese civilization in light of new archaeological finds, including sites and works of art (e.g., ceramics, bronzes, jades). Concurrently scheduled with course C248A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C160 Art and Empire
Natasha Medvedev
MW / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd Hall 78
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Examination of relationship between art and imperial ideologies and introduction to current issues in colonial studies and postcolonial criticism. Concurrently scheduled with course C260A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar – Mediterranean Islands in the Middle Ages
Franka Horvat
T / 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm / Dodd Hall 220
Mediterranean islands have always assumed variety of different identities in eyes of scholars and researchers. Sites of exile, imprisonment, and quarantine; metaphorical prisons; and stations of trade are but some of these identities that range on broad spectrum from isolation to connectivity. Surrounded by water on all sides, these islands were often viewed as laboratories for study of natural and cultural processes. Study of islands through lens of mainlanders has led to perception of islands as passive, destitute, and exploited; yet material evidence paints different picture. Exploration of art, architecture, archaeology, and material culture of islands, incorporating written sources that uncover island agency. Examination of medieval Mediterranean islands as sights of encounter, artistic experimentation, and innovation. Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar – Seminar 1
Natasha Medvedev
M / 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm / Dodd Hall 220
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar: Greek Sculpture
David Schneller
T / 2-3:50 / Dodd 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.


Spring 2023

AH 19 Fiat Lux Seminar: Tea and Japan: Art, Environment, and Material Culture
Kristopher W. Kersey
T / 10-11:50 (biweekly) / Dodd 220
Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

AH 23 Modern Art
Zirwat Chowdury
TR / 9:30 am – 10:45 am / Dodd Hall 147
Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

AH 31 Arts of India and Southeast Asia
Rebecca Hall
TR / 11-12:15 / Dodd 147
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; museum field trips. Discussion of selection of monuments and objects from Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia using key historical, cultural, and religious concepts. Analysis of each monument or object in detail, with their relationships compared and contrasted. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 100 Art Historical Theories and Methodologies
Kristopher W. Kersey
T / 1-2:50 / Dodd 275
Seminar, three hours. Requisites: three courses from 20 through 31. Critical examination of history of discipline of art history, with studies of various theoretical, critical, and methodological approaches to visual arts. Letter grading.

AH 115C Romanesque Art and Architecture
Meredith Cohen
TR / 11-12:15 / Dodd 175
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 21. Art and architecture of Western Europe in 11th and 12th centuries. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C116B Late Byzantine Art and Architecture
Franka Horvat
TR / 11-12:15 / Dodd 247
Lecture, three hours. Theory and development of Byzantine art from 1204 to 1453. Concurrently scheduled with course C216B. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C126 Selected Topics in Early Modern Art: Early Netherlandish Painting
Maximiliaan Martens
MW / 2-3:15 / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in early modern art that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C226. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C128C History of Photography: Selected Topics: Other Histories of Photography
Sayantan Mukhopadhyay
TR / 3:30-4:45 / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in history of photography that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C228C. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 130 Selected Topics in Modern Art: Lecture 1
Natasha Medvedev
MW / 12:30-1:45 / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 23. Changing topics in modern art (post-1780) that reflect interests of individual regular and visiting faculty members. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 132 Selected Topics in Contemporary Art: Protest and Contemporary Art
Anna Khimasia
MW / 11-12:15 / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 23. Changing topics in contemporary art (post-1945) that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C148G/Cs48G Gardens in Chinese Art and Culture
Hui-shu Lee
TR / 12:30-1:45 / Dodd 146
Lecture, three hours. Overview of practice, theory, and representation of Chinese gardens in their historical, philosophical, artistic, social, and cultural contexts through literary writings, paintings, and aspects of material culture. Concurrently scheduled with course C248G. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar: Art History Writing 
Gregory Harwell
R / 12-1:50 / Dodd 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar: Black Portrait
Tiffany E. Barber
M / 11-12:50 /  Dodd 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar: China Now: Approaches to Contemporary Chinese Art
Hui-shu Lee
W / 10-12:50 / Dodd 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar: Rise of Performance Art
Anna Khimasia
M / 2-3:50 / Dodd 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.


 

Winter 2023

AH 21 Medieval Art
Meredith Cohen
TR / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd Hall 147
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 147
Lecture, three hours; quiz, one hour. Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic art and architecture.  P/NP or letter grading.

AH 23 Modern Art
George Baker
TR / 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm / Dodd Hall 147
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; museum field trips. History of modern art from 1860s to 1960s, from Manet and impressionists to pop art and minimalism. Study of origins and social functions, as well as aesthetic innovations and philosophical dilemmas of modernism. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C116A Middle Byzantine Art and Architecture
Franka Horvat
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 247
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 21. Theory and development of Byzantine art from iconoclastic controversy to 1204. Concurrently scheduled with course C216A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 119A Western Islamic Art
Keelan Overton
MW / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours. From Tigris and Euphrates Rivers to Spain, 7th to 16th century. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C136A Selected Topics in African American Art: Black Women’s Aesthetic Futures
Tiffany Barber
TR / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd Hall 78
Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in African American art that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C236A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 143 Selected Topics in Latin American Art
Natasha Medvedev
TR / 9:30 am – 10:45 am / Dodd Hall 147
Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in Latin American art that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 144 Caribbean Art
Beth Rosenblum
MW  / 11:00 am – 12:15 am / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours. Cultural history of Caribbean. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C149 Selected Topics in Chinese Art
Lothar Von Falkenhausen
M / 10:00 am – 12:50 pm / Dodd Hall 275
Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in Chinese art that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C249A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C151 Selected Topics in Japanese Art: Modern and Contemporary Arts of Japan, 1850s to Present
Kristopher Kersey
MW / 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Variable topics in Japanese art that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C251A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 154D Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art
Sayantan Mukhopadhyay
TR / 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Topics in modern and contemporary South Asian art from 1900 to present. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar: Islamic Art in Global Museums
Keelan Overton
W / 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm / Dodd Hall 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar: Modalities of Gothic
Meredith Cohen
R / 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm / Dodd Hall 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar: Poussin in Arcadia
Gregory Harwell
T / 11:00 am – 12:50 pm / Dodd Hall 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 195 Museum Studies Internship
Zirwat Chowdhury
Varies / No Location
Tutorial, five hours; fieldwork, four hours. Requisite: course C170A. Limited to junior/senior Art History majors. Internship in supervised setting at participating host museum at UCLA or in greater Los Angeles area. Participation in ongoing museum projects and operations, with specific work to be determined by host institution in consultation with faculty mentor. Curatorial, educational, communications, public relations, and development work may be included, as well as assistance at public programs and related events. Students meet on regular basis with faculty mentor and provide periodic reports of their experience. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract with supervising faculty mentor required. P/NP grading.


 

Fall 2022

AH 25 Museum Studies
Saloni Mathur
TR / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd Hall 147
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; museum field trips. General introduction to study of museums in their social and historical contexts. Examination of debates about museum’s role in society through case studies and analysis of exhibitions in range of museums including art, history, and ethnographic museums.  P/NP or letter grading.

AH 29 Chinese Art
Lothar von Falkenhausen / Hui-Shu Lee
MW / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Moore Hall 100
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; museum field trips. General introduction to Chinese art, covering all major periods from Neolithic to modern age. Presentation of monuments as well as artifacts in variety of media in their social and historical contexts. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 119B Eastern Islamic Art
Keelan Overton
MW / 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm / Dodd Hall 247
Lecture, three hours. From Tigris and Euphrates Rivers through Afghanistan and parts of central Asia; Ottoman Empire. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C120 Selected Topics in Islamic Art
Keelan Overton
MW / 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / Dodd Hall 247
Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in Islamic art and architecture that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C220A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 124 Northern Renaissance Art
Gregory Harwell
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 22. Painting and sculpture in Northern Renaissance. P/NP or letter grading

AH M112B Archaic Greek Art and Archaeology
Sarah Morris
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 247
(Same as Classics M153C.) Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 20 or Classics 10 or 51A. Study of development of art and architecture of Greek world from approximately 800 through 490 BC. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 119A Western Islamic Art
Lamia Balafrej
TR / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours. From Tigris and Euphrates Rivers to Spain, 7th to 16th century. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 130 Selected Topics in Modern Art: Origins of Russian Avant-Garde
Natasha Medvedev
TR / 9:30 am – 10:45 am / Dodd Hall 147
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 23. Changing topics in modern art (post-1780) that reflect interests of individual regular and visiting faculty members. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C131C Contemporary Art, 1980s to 1990s
Miwon Kwon
MW / 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: course 23. Study of politics of representation at end of century, covering dominant strategies and trends in postmodernist art. Concurrently scheduled with course C231C. P/NP or letter grading.

AH CM141 Colonial Latin American Art
Carlos Rivas
MW / 9:30 am – 10:45 am / Dodd Hall 146
(Formerly numbered C141.) (Same as Chicana/o and Central American Studies M187B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Art and architecture of colonial Americas from 16th to 18th century. Concurrently scheduled with course C241. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C142B Latin American Art 20th Century
Beth Rosenblum
MW / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 146
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Mainstream modern and contemporary art and architecture of selected Latin American countries, including both modernist and postmodernist forms, considered in context of social and political concerns, both national and international. Concurrently scheduled with course C242B. P/NP or letter grading.

AH C160 Art and Empire
Natasha Medvedev
WF / 11:00 am – 12:15 pm / Dodd Hall 247
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Examination of relationship between art and imperial ideologies and introduction to current issues in colonial studies and postcolonial criticism. Concurrently scheduled with course C260A. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar
George Baker
T / 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm / Dodd Hall 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AH 185 Undergraduate Seminar
Stella Nair
R / 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm / Dodd Hall 275
Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected aspects of art history explored through readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. May be repeated twice for credit. P/NP or letter grading.