Visual Resources Curator


ARTH 159: The Film Experience

Since the invention of cinema, our culture has come to be dominated by visual media. Our values, opinions and beliefs (as well as those of other peoples and cultures) are increasingly defined by visual narratives, among which film is so far the most sophisticated and powerful example. Yet we very often do not think about understanding and writing about films in the same way as we treat the other arts.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the language of visual media and to critical tools for discussing and writing about film as an art form. Understanding how films function aesthetically, and how they are meaningful for their audiences, is also meant to enlarge your appreciation and enjoyment of more and different kinds of films. This course encourages students to be more critically aware in evaluating how visual media contribute to defining our society, for better or worse.

The primary goal of this class is to introduce you to the study of film with a focus on developing critical and formal analytical skills. Through screenings of a broad range of films, the class examines the primary visual conventions by which motion pictures create and comment upon significant social and aesthetic experience. Production design/art direction, costume/makeup design, cinematography, lighting, editing, special effects, and strong directorial visual styles will be discussed as components of cinematic style and meaning.

ARTH 383: Modern Architecture

This course will examine the history of architecture from the late nineteenth century to the present. It is introductory and assumes no background in architecture or architectural history. It seeks to provide students with an introduction to three basic foundations for studying Modern architecture: 1) a set of conceptual and visual tools for analyzing buildings and architectural images in general; 2) a critical overview of issues and problems faced by architects in the last century; and 3) a historical sense of the major periods and developments in cultural and social history that directly impacted modern architecture. Through textbook readings, lectures, and discussions, students should be able to look at the buildings all around them in a new, historical light and begin to recognize the major movements and building types within modern architecture. Students should also become more aware of the material and visual qualities of architecture in general, while also learning how to translate observation and knowledge into persuasive verbal analysis. In addition, students will be expected to begin to develop research skills through an original investigation into a particular aspect of modern architecture.

A Google Map created by the ARTH 383 Fall 2014 class can be found here.

ARTH 473: Early Modern and Modern Decorative Arts

This course traces major historical developments in the decorative and applied arts, landscape design, and material culture of Western society from the Renaissance to the present. Individual lectures familiarize students with significant forms, materials, sites, styles, designers, and craftspeople, while introducing a variety of scholarly approaches to recovering meaning from material artifacts through a study of function, technology, iconography, patronage and cultural and social history. At the end of the course, students will have a working visual and historical vocabulary of significant designed and manufactured objects and spaces from a wide range of periods. In addition, students will be expected to begin to develop research skills through an original investigation into a particular aspect of modern decorative arts.

ARTH 851 Syllabus: alt-Methods: Digital Art History

This graduate-level course introduces students to current digital art history projects and practices as well as methods for approaching art historical research in new ways. We will explore concepts and case studies in digital art history and the digital humanities, experiment with software and tools, and discuss emerging trends and developments in the discipline as well as professional opportunities.

INLS 749: Art and Visual Information Management

A graduate-level survey of the history and practice of art and visual resources librarianship/curatorship, with an emphasis on administration, collection development, copyright practices, digital resource management, instruction, and public service. The art library portion of the course will focus on art librarianship as a profession, administration, collection development, public services and instruction, special collections, facilities and preservation, and staffing.  The visual resources portion of the course will focus on visual resources as a profession, administration, cataloging, digitization and image access, instructional support and copyright issues. Special guest speakers and field trips to local libraries, museums and collections will be included.