Fall 2022

Material Histories

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-410


Niko Vicario (Section 01)


How might paying closer attention to materials open art history to other disciplines and other ways of thinking about a range of works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, buildings, monuments, and design objects? This seminar will focus on particular materials—including dirt, oil paint, metal, plastic, and wood—and will support students in their own research projects into these. The professor’s own developing research about metal’s use in art, architecture, and design in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will guide some of the class sessions. In addition to reading and discussion, the course will include guest speakers, whose research span historical periods and geographies, and field trips that supplement our understanding of the ways in which the study of art’s constitutive materials can contribute to our analysis and interpretation.

Fall semester. Limited to 20 students. Assistant Professor Vicario.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to ARHA majors and to a diversity of majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, visual analysis

ARHA 410 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM MORG 110


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022