2020 History of Art & Visual Culture Summer Courses


    Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora (online) (5 credits)

  • HAVC 118

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Considers contemporary art by African artists operating in metropolitan centers, as well as Afro-British, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American production. Topics are organized thematically and address constructing and deconstructing the idea of Africa; cultural authenticity; diaspora; Creolite and creolization; hybridity; cosmopolitanism; post-black; and globalism in the arts. Background in history of art and visual culture recommended. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): ER.)

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Axelle Toussaint

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • The Politics of Exclusion: Asian American Art and Visual Culture (online) (5 credits)

  • HAVC 127F

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Examines Asian American artists as well as representations of Asian Americans through U.S. history. Addresses such themes as migration and dislocation, race and identity, intergenerational relationships, origins and diasporas, and American foreign policies in Asia. (General Education Code(s): ER.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Christina Ayson

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • Contemporary Art & Ecology (online) (5 credits)

  • HAVC 142

    Session 1

    Online only class.

    Investigates contemporary art and the politics of ecology. Examines the intersection of art criticism, politico-ecological theory, environmental activism, and postcolonial globalization, considering geopolitical areas diverse as the Arctic, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Europe, and the Americas. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Chessa Adsit-Morris

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • Architecture & the City in Modern & Contemporary Visual Culture (online) (5 credits)

  • HAVC 143D

    Session 1

    Online only Class. 

    Examines the modern and contemporary depictions of cities in visual and material culture, from paintings and photographs to logotypes and souvenirs. Also examines the roles of narrative in spatial representations, including literature, film, and television productions. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors. (General Education Code(s): IM.)

    This course requires a fair level of engagement with political economy and critical theory texts.  Though no previous experience is needed with specific texts, a very basic understanding of Marxism, capitalism, and the field of critical theory could be useful.

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Leslie Lodwick

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • The Virgin of Guadalupe: Images & Symbolism in Spain, Mexico, & the U.S. (online) (5 credits)

  • HAVC 191B

    Session 2

    Online only Class. 

    Focus on the histories of miraculous images of La Virgen de Guadalupe de Extremadura (Spain) and La Virgen de Guadalupe de Tepeyac (Mexico). The foundations and growth of the cult of the Mexican Guadalupe during the colonial period is examined along with the multivalent symbolism of her image. Considers contemporary appearances of the Virgin of Guadalupe, from the miraculous images on a tree in central California and the compositions of Chicano artists, to mass-produced kitsch.

    Proposed Instructor - Tara Field

    See in Schedule of Classes