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ARTH 952: Seminar in Museum Studies

Instructor: Sherman | M 2:30PM – 5:10PM

This research seminar introduces students to the theoretical and methodological framework of critical museum studies and asks them to engage with it in their own research. Our readings will focus on three areas: influential texts from the late twentieth century that helped establish a critical approach to the history of museums; recent efforts by museums to recount their own histories, such as “Making the Met,” a 2020 show marking the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum; and scholarship integrating art history, anthropology, and post-colonial studies around the problem of restitution of artifacts from Western museums to source countries. Students will write a substantial research paper on a museum, exhibition, or collection, historical or contemporary, of interest to them.

ARTH 971: The Art of Drawing in Early Modern Europe 

Instructor: String | W 2:30PM – 5:10PM 

Drawing was an essential skill for the early modern artist. It was the foundation of paintings, prints, works of sculpture, and a wide variety of decorative objects. But drawings were increasingly also produced as finished works of art. This seminar explores developments in this graphic art and takes as its focal point the collection of drawings donated to the Ackland Art Museum by Dr. Sheldon Peck and Dr. Leena Peck. It is primarily designed to coordinate with a major exhibition of these drawings, entitled Drawn to Life: Master Drawings from the Age of Rembrandt in the Peck Collection at the Ackland Art Museum, which opens in September 2022. Each student in this seminar will conduct extensive research into seventeenth-century Dutch drawings, with opportunities for close study that will form the basis of a sustained research project. 

ARTH 982: Art and Environments

Instructor: Cao | Th 2:00PM – 4:40PM

This course focuses on artistic engagements with the environment, primarily in North America from the eighteenth century to the present. While we will study a range of artists, practices, and movements from furniture making to Land Art, our main objective is methodological. Together we will define ecocritical art history and try to understand, expand, and challenge its parameters and goals. Along with art historical scholarship, we will read texts in environmental history, history of science, and materiality studies. The course is organized thematically by ecosystem, with topics such as forest, ocean, desert, and garden. Students will undertake independent research projects and participate in pedagogical exercises around teaching the environmental humanities.

  1. To request an independent study (ARTH 396), email the faculty member you wish to work with. To request credit for an internship by enrolling in an Art History Practicum (ARTH 293), email the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History well in advance of the start of your internship.
  2. Submit an Online Learning Contract for approval via OLCM. OLCM student instructions are available here.
  3. Once your learning contract has been fully approved, monitor your inbox for an enrollment confirmation email from the Student Services Specialist.

  1. To request an independent study, email the faculty member you wish to work with.
  2. If the faculty member agrees to work with you, please have them email the Student Services Specialist so you can be enrolled.
  3. Monitor your inbox for an enrollment confirmation email from the Student Services Specialist.
Current UNC Students

Students registered for courses in the same term may audit an Art History course without paying an additional fee. Unregistered students may audit a course for $20.

  1. To audit Art History courses, email the course instructor and request permission to audit.
  2. Once permission is obtained, please request an audit form.
  3. Monitor your inbox for an email confirming that your form is ready to be picked up. Your email confirmation will contain further instructions.

Community Members

Community members wishing to audit an Art History course may do so for a $20 fee.

  1. To audit Art History courses, email the course instructor and request permission to audit. Recitations (designated as REC on the course schedule) are designed to be taken in conjunction with their matching lecture course and are not available for audit unless otherwise noted by the lecture instructor.
  2. If the instructor agrees to a course audit, please request an audit form. Due to a high volume of requests and limited faculty availability, audit forms can sometimes take a while to prepare. Your patience is appreciated while the Student Services Specialist works to arrange your course audit.
  3. Once your form is ready, the Student Services Specialist will contact you with instructions on registration and payment.

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