Undergraduate Courses

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Photography, the Archive, and Memory
AS.010.367 (01)

This seminar will culminate in an exhibition in the library, focused on the photographic works of Dayanita Singh (b. India, 1961) in Hopkins’ collections. Singh’s work delves deeply into her subjects, exploring issues of identity, the body, and sexuality as well as questions related to memory and the archive. She has long presented her photography in the form of the book, and as such we will pursue readings in photography, book arts, and the archive, and bring nineteenth-century illustrated books in our collection into dialogue with Singh’s work. This will be a hands-on seminar: students will develop the framework for the exhibition, write the textual materials (labels, wall text), and decide on the arrangements of objects in the show.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Brown, Rebecca Mary
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/12
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Introduction to Art History I
AS.010.101 (01)

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval culture.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Feldman, Marian, Zchomelidse, Nino
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/14
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to Art History I
AS.010.101 (03)

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval culture.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Feldman, Marian, Zchomelidse, Nino
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/14
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Art and Architecture of the Global Medieval Mediterranean World
AS.010.232 (01)

This course serves as an introduction to the art and architecture of the Mediterranean region between the early Christian period and the Second Crusade (c. 250-1150). We will analyze the interactions between Western European, Byzantine, and Islamic cultures through the development of religious art and architecture, asking specifically how these interactions were mediated by culturally distinct representational practices. The course will cover the broad Mediterranean region by focusing on specific sites of interaction around the Sea (i.e. Islamic Spain, Norman Sicily, Byzantine North Africa, Venice and the Adriatic Coast, and Crusader Palestine). Select topics will include: the rise of religious image theory and its effect on the visual cultures of the Mediterranean region; the trans-regional movement of artists, crafted objects, and artistic technologies; the history of urbanism and the production of artistic objects in port cities and centers of trade; and the concept of the Mediterranean as “Premodern Globalism.” Readings will include both primary and secondary sources, and we will investigate a variety of methods and approaches to the interpretation of art objects.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Lakey, Christopher
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/15
  • PosTag(s): HART-MED

Art of Mesoamerica
AS.010.205 (01)

This course provides a basis for the study of ancient Americas art and architecture and a broad exposure to the issues relevant to its study. Select visual arts within the primary regions of Mexico and Central America will be emphasized. In conjunction with the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the JHU Archaeological Museum (JHAM), students will participate in on-site study of the collections. Students who have taken AS.010.105 are not eligible to register. This course duplicates AS.010.105.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Rossi, Franco
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/20
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC

The Art of Pilgrimage: How Visual Culture Shaped Sacred Travel in Renaissance Italy
AS.010.324 (01)

What motivated Christian pilgrims to undertake long, taxing, and occasionally dangerous journeys to shrines in Renaissance Italy? And what did they find upon arriving? In this course, we seek answers to these questions over two interrelated units: in the first, we will explore the goals and customs of pilgrimage in pre- and early modern Europe; in the second, across a series of case studies of individual shrines, we will consider the ways in which art and architecture mediated a pilgrim’s connection to God. Over the course of the semester, we will examine primary sources, scholarly analyses—including comparative material on secular, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu pilgrimage traditions—and, where possible, original artifacts contained in JHU’s Special Collections and the Walters Art Museum.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Sorgini, Antongiulio Jacobson
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Materials and Methods in Contemporary Art
AS.010.371 (01)

How and from what do artists make art today? This course will consider some of the staggering array of methods and materials that characterize the contemporary art scene. Among our topics: industrial fabrication, digitalization, ephemerality and technological obsolescence, the revitalization of craft, the increasing visibility of indigenous techniques, and questions of environmental impact and sustainability.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Warnock, Molly
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Modern Art, 1880-1950
AS.010.218 (01)

Critical survey of developments in the visual arts primarily in Europe and the United States from 1880 to 1950 with emphasis on the critical concepts and the aesthetic, social, and historical implications of new forms of artistic production and dissemination. Visits to the BMA and Special Collections.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Warnock, Molly
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/19
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Introduction to Art History I
AS.010.101 (02)

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval culture.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Feldman, Marian, Zchomelidse, Nino
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/14
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: The Art of War and Peace in Ancient Mesopotamia
AS.130.129 (01)

Ancient Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Iran, is the “cradle of civilization.” It witnessed new inventions previously unknown to the ancient world: urban cities, writing systems, kingship, and empires. This course examines the close relationship between war and peace and art in ancient Mesopotamia (ancient Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria) from 3500 to 539 BCE. During the semester students will be introduced to the art, architecture, and archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia. This course is aimed at students without a previous background in art historical or archaeological approaches to Mesopotamia, but more advanced students are welcome.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Taylor, Avary Kathryn
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Tigers to Teapots: Collecting, Cataloging, and Hoarding in America
AS.389.322 (01)

Course will examine the collecting behavior of Americans. Students will explore how collectors have defined the holdings of the nation’s museums, galleries, and libraries and used objects to shape taste and status in the U.S.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Finkelstein, Lori
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: Rembrandt
AS.010.150 (01)

Perhaps no artist has so captivated the art historical imagination as Rembrandt. This course will provide students with an in-depth look at the artist’s life and work, but it will also use Rembrandt as a lens to examine critical themes/topics of artistic production in northern Europe over the course of the seventeenth century. These topics will include: artistic training, studio practice, collecting and the art market, (self-)portraiture, authorship and artistic biography, genre, printmaking, technical mastery and meta-pictoriality, and global expansion/artistic exchange with non-European cultures.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Hyman, Aaron M.
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/15
  • PosTag(s): HART-RENBAR

Introduction to Art History I
AS.010.101 (04)

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval culture.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Feldman, Marian, Zchomelidse, Nino
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/14
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Stone and the Thread
AS.010.389 (01)

Advanced inquiry into imperial Inka architecture and fiber arts.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Deleonardis, Lisa
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/25
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC

The Medieval Image and Concepts of Authenticity
AS.010.405 (01)

The course examines the notion of the authentic in conjunction with medieval images, relic veneration, and the practice of law. It investigates the construction, reception, and theoretical grounding of authenticity of reliquaries, icons, and imprints on cloth or seals, and legal documents. These objects elucidate artistic strategies such as cross media references, abstraction, mimesis and bricolage to convey an aura of authenticity. We address other authenticating factors, such as complex ritualized forms of communication. This is a new course for the undergraduate section, existing course is AS.010.644. Will be taught as a hybrid this Fall 2020.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Zchomelidse, Nino
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/12
  • PosTag(s): HART-MED

A Republic in Crisis: Florence 1490-1530
AS.010.401 (01)

The era identified as the “High Renaissance” in Florence was one of the most dystopian in the history of the city, a period of terror and explosive political crisis beginning with the expulsion of the Medici, followed by the theocratic Savonarolan regime in 1494, the repressive Medici restoration of 1513 and concluding with the fall of the “Last Republic” in 1530. Much of the most distinctive cultural production associated with this period - the sermons of Savonarola, the writings of Machiavelli, and major works of art by Michelangelo and others, is concerned with the relocation of Florentine identity following an experience of rupture with history and tradition, leading to a fundamental revaluation of the past and of the significance of history and memory. We will examine cultural transformation under a succession of Republican and autocratic regimes, with a particular attention to the process of “image-making” on the part of the state, of factions within it, of writers and ideologues, and - not least - of artists.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Campbell, Stephen
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/20
  • PosTag(s): HART-RENBAR

Classics Research Lab: Ancient Bodies of Modern Baltimore, The Peabody Cast Collection Project
AS.040.425 (01)

The Peabody Cast Collection (PCC) Classics Research Lab project will revolve around a remarkable collection of plaster casts of classical Greek and Roman sculptures, created ca. 1879 for the Peabody Institute (now part of JHU). Such cast collections were a highly valued cultural resource in Europe and North America during the later 17th to early 20th centuries, produced for major museums, academic institutions and wealthy individuals. Because of the technical process of the cast formation, which is based directly upon the ancient sculptural surface, these collections brought contact with the actual classical artifacts into temporally and spatially distant contexts—including the burgeoning urban center of 19th century Baltimore. The PCC Lab’s initial objective is archival and field research of the cast collection—its content, formation, access and usage by the people of Baltimore and its eventual disbanding and distribution. From this, we will aim to virtually reassemble its member objects, charting their biographies and, when extant, their current locations. This in part will be accomplished digitally, in a virtual reconstruction of the original display contexts of the casts within the Peabody Institute based on early hand-written ledgers, logs, and photographs. With this we will contribute a new open-access chapter to the collection’s biography.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Anderson, Emily S.K.
  • Room:  
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 8/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to the Museum: Past and Present
AS.389.201 (01)

This course surveys museums, from their origins to their most contemporary forms, in the context of broader historical, intellectual, and cultural trends including the social movements of the 20th century. Anthropology, art, history, and science museums are considered. Crosslisted with Archaeology, History, History of Art, International Studies and Medicine, Science & Humanities.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/25
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, ARCH-ARCH, PMUS-INTRO, MSCH-HUM, INST-GLOBAL

Ancient Americas Object Workshop
AS.010.390 (02)

Analysis of ancient Americas collection held in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Deleonardis, Lisa
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.010.367 (01)Photography, the Archive, and MemoryM 1:30PM - 4:00PMBrown, Rebecca Mary HART-MODERN
AS.010.101 (01)Introduction to Art History IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMFeldman, Marian, Zchomelidse, Nino 
AS.010.101 (03)Introduction to Art History IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMFeldman, Marian, Zchomelidse, Nino 
AS.010.232 (01)Art and Architecture of the Global Medieval Mediterranean WorldTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLakey, Christopher HART-MED
AS.010.205 (01)Art of MesoamericaMW 4:30PM - 5:45PMRossi, Franco HART-ANC
AS.010.324 (01)The Art of Pilgrimage: How Visual Culture Shaped Sacred Travel in Renaissance ItalyTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMSorgini, Antongiulio Jacobson 
AS.010.371 (01)Materials and Methods in Contemporary ArtTh 3:00PM - 5:30PMWarnock, Molly HART-MODERN
AS.010.218 (01)Modern Art, 1880-1950TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMWarnock, Molly HART-MODERN
AS.010.101 (02)Introduction to Art History IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMFeldman, Marian, Zchomelidse, Nino 
AS.130.129 (01)Freshman Seminar: The Art of War and Peace in Ancient MesopotamiaTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMTaylor, Avary Kathryn 
AS.389.322 (01)Tigers to Teapots: Collecting, Cataloging, and Hoarding in AmericaMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMFinkelstein, Lori 
AS.010.150 (01)Freshman Seminar: RembrandtMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMHyman, Aaron M. HART-RENBAR
AS.010.101 (04)Introduction to Art History IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMFeldman, Marian, Zchomelidse, Nino 
AS.010.389 (01)The Stone and the ThreadTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMDeleonardis, Lisa HART-ANC
AS.010.405 (01)The Medieval Image and Concepts of AuthenticityM 3:00PM - 5:30PMZchomelidse, Nino HART-MED
AS.010.401 (01)A Republic in Crisis: Florence 1490-1530TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMCampbell, Stephen HART-RENBAR
AS.040.425 (01)Classics Research Lab: Ancient Bodies of Modern Baltimore, The Peabody Cast Collection ProjectT 1:30PM - 4:00PMAnderson, Emily S.K. 
AS.389.201 (01)Introduction to the Museum: Past and PresentTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMKingsley, Jennifer P HIST-EUROPE, ARCH-ARCH, PMUS-INTRO, MSCH-HUM, INST-GLOBAL
AS.010.390 (02)Ancient Americas Object WorkshopT 1:30PM - 4:00PMDeleonardis, Lisa HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH