Undergraduate Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes/.

Please consult the online course catalog for cross-listed courses and full course information.

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Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info

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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: Gilman 177
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/19
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

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
  • Room: Hodson 311
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/12
  • 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: Gilman 177
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): HART-RENBAR

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: Staff
  • Room: Krieger Laverty
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/20
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC

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: Gilman 177
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): HART-MED

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
  • Room: Hodson 311
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Of Holy Mountains and Flying Houses: Art and Pilgrimage in Renaissance Italy
AS.010.324 (01)

This course begins with an introduction to the ideology, customs, and critics of Christian pilgrimage in pre- and early modernity before turning to a major component of the pilgrim’s experience: works of art and architecture. Concentrating on mostly Italian examples dating from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, we consider how buildings, paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and humbler images—including badges and tattoos—could be understood to have structured the pilgrim’s experience and mediated his or her connection to God. We also examine the ways in which pilgrimage art and architecture intersected with broader societal concerns, including shifting religious identities, competing definitions of sanctity, and geopolitical conflicts in Europe. To do so, we consult primary sources as well as scholarly analyses demonstrating a range of interpretative methods for understanding art and visual culture. While non-Western shrines are beyond the scope of this course, we also consider literature on secular, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu pilgrimage traditions, particularly when they raise important anthropological questions for our primary objects of study.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Sorgini, Antongiulio Jacobson
  • Room: Krieger 306
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 17/18
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

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
  • Room: Hodson 311
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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
  • Room: Hodson 311
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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: Krieger 304
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/12
  • PosTag(s): HART-MED

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: Gilman 177
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

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: Gilman 119
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/25
  • 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: Gilman 177
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/12
  • PosTag(s): HART-MED

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: Gilman 150A
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH

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: Gilman 177
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/20
  • PosTag(s): HART-RENBAR

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: Bloomberg 278
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • 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. Cross-listed with History and History of Art.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
  • Room: Croft Hall G02
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 6/19
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, ARCH-ARCH, PMUS-INTRO, MSCH-HUM

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: 19/19
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.010.218 (01)Modern Art, 1880-1950TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMWarnock, MollyGilman 177HART-MODERN
AS.010.101 (04)Introduction to Art History IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMFeldman, MarianHodson 311
AS.010.150 (01)Freshman Seminar: RembrandtMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMHyman, Aaron M.Gilman 177HART-RENBAR
AS.010.205 (01)Art of MesoamericaMW 4:30PM - 5:45PMStaffKrieger LavertyHART-ANC
AS.010.232 (01)Art and Architecture of the Global Medieval Mediterranean WorldTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLakey, ChristopherGilman 177HART-MED
AS.010.101 (01)Introduction to Art History IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMFeldman, MarianHodson 311
AS.010.324 (01)Of Holy Mountains and Flying Houses: Art and Pilgrimage in Renaissance ItalyTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMSorgini, Antongiulio JacobsonKrieger 306HART-MODERN
AS.010.101 (03)Introduction to Art History IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMFeldman, MarianHodson 311
AS.010.101 (02)Introduction to Art History IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMFeldman, MarianHodson 311
AS.010.367 (01)Photography, the Archive, and MemoryM 1:30PM - 4:00PMBrown, Rebecca MaryKrieger 304HART-MED
AS.010.371 (01)Materials and Methods in Contemporary ArtTh 3:00PM - 5:30PMWarnock, MollyGilman 177HART-MODERN
AS.010.389 (01)The Stone and the ThreadTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMDeleonardis, LisaGilman 119HART-ANC
AS.010.405 (01)The Medieval Image and Concepts of AuthenticityM 3:00PM - 5:30PMZchomelidse, NinoGilman 177HART-MED
AS.010.390 (02)Ancient Americas Object WorkshopT 1:30PM - 4:00PMDeleonardis, LisaGilman 150AHART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH
AS.010.401 (01)A Republic in Crisis: Florence 1490-1530TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMCampbell, StephenGilman 177HART-RENBAR
AS.389.322 (01)Tigers to Teapots: Collecting, Cataloging, and Hoarding in AmericaMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMFinkelstein, LoriBloomberg 278
AS.389.201 (01)Introduction to the Museum: Past and PresentTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMKingsley, Jennifer PCroft Hall G02HIST-EUROPE, ARCH-ARCH, PMUS-INTRO, MSCH-HUM
AS.130.129 (01)Freshman Seminar: The Art of War and Peace in Ancient MesopotamiaTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMTaylor, Avary Kathryn