Showing courses for the subject Art History

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  • ARTH113 (2019): Thinking through Art

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Geoffrey Batchen.

    Key works from the history of art are examined in detail to explore their meanings and provenance and to explain the methods that art historians have developed for their study. Students will be introduced to the procedures of stylistic, iconographic and contextual analysis and to the nature and range of literature surrounding a particular work of art. They will be given insights into the processes by which an art object is accorded value and granted significance, both by art history and through its circulation in culture at large.

  • ARTH114 (2019): Art and Encounter

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Raymond Spiteri.

    Focused on key episodes of cross-cultural encounter throughout the history of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary moment, this course introduces students to the artistic outcomes of a wide range of cultural contacts. The course examines questions of cultural difference and authenticity through consideration of significant artworks and practices within the global context.

  • ARTH212 (2019): History of Photography

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Geoffrey Batchen.

    This course aims to survey the history of photography as it develops within a number of specific thematics, from the advent of the medium in the late eighteenth century through to the present. Accordingly, it will look at photography as a cultural phenomenon as much as an art form.

  • ARTH213 (2019): Art in Aotearoa New Zealand

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Christina Barton.

    A chronological survey of the art of Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1760s to the present.

  • ARTH214 (2017): Art in the Pacific

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    ARTH 214 is a survey of art in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia from pre-historical times to the mid-twentieth century. It will explore a range of critical topics including: Pacific perspectives on the nature and purpose of 'art', the role of art within different social and political formations, and indigenous artistic responses to colonialism and modernity. 100% internal assessment.

  • ARTH216 (2016): Byzantine and Medieval Art

    20 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    A survey of early Christian, Byzantine and western medieval art from AD 300 to 1350.

  • ARTH217 (2016): The Renaissance

    20 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    A survey of Renaissance art, 1400-1600. 100% internal assessment.

  • ARTH218 (2018): The Baroque

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    A survey of European art, 1600-1750.

  • ARTH219 (2019): Modernism and Modernity

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Raymond Spiteri.

    A survey of 20th-century art, with emphasis on Europe and America.

  • ARTH222 (2019): Neoclassicism to Impressionism

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Peter Brunt.

    ARTH 222 surveys European art from the later 18th-century to around 1900, introducing the principal movements, the leading artists and the theoretical concerns of the period. Beginning with Neoclassicism and Romanticism, two international artistic currents that ran parallel as well as counter to each other, the course then examines Realism and Impressionism, movements which emphasised direct reportage and the rendering of nature in new ways. Particular attention will be paid to French and British art, both academic and avant-garde.

  • ARTH226 (2015): Special Topic: Art and Place

    20 points. Course not offered in 2015.

    A speculative introduction to place-based art history using New Zealand as a case study. Taking a chronological approach, the course introduces students to topics including the art of exploration and discovery, indigenous relationships to place, settler culture, cultural nationalism, the consequences of decolonisation, post nationalism and globalisation, and contemporary place-based practices.

  • ARTH310 (2018): Topics in Colonial Art

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    Beginning with the earliest European artists visiting the Pacific, ARTH 310 investigates issues in the colonial art of Australia and New Zealand within a wider context of colonial traditions, particularly the art of the American 'frontier'. We explore the complex interrelationships between settlers and indigenous peoples, and between colonies and homeland, that inform these vibrant traditions. The course encourages close study of actual artefacts and monuments and includes a field trip to the Alexander Turnbull Library.

  • ARTH311 (2019): Topics in Contemporary New Zealand Art

    20 points. Course not offered in 2019.

    This course investigates issues that have shaped contemporary art practice in New Zealand from 1960 to the present.

  • ARTH313 (2017): Topics in Renaissance Art

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course investigates key issues in Renaissance art, including changing workshop practice, the significance of the patron, primary sources, contact with other cultures, art and antiquity and art and science. 70% internal assessment, 30% examination.

  • ARTH315 (2018): Topics in 18th-Century Art: Vision, Enlightenment and Encounter

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    European voyages to the Pacific in the 18th-century dramatically expanded people's awareness of the wider world: Europeans of the Pacific, and Pacific Islanders of Europe. ARTH 315 examines the meanings and contexts of art in 18th-century European and Pacific societies, and art's role in mediating encounters across cultures.

  • ARTH316 (2019): Special Topic:Topics in 19th-Century Art

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Peter Brunt.

    ARTH 316 surveys European art in the 19th century framed on one side by the French Revolution and the emergence of industrial capitalism and on the other by the imminence of World War One. As well as topics such as Romanticism, Realism and Impressionism, the course will examine 19th century institutions and innovations such as the art school, the art museum, the commercial gallery, the art market and the art critic.

  • ARTH317 (2019): Topics in 20th-Century Art

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Raymond Spiteri.

    This course investigates 20th-century art through a range of debated issues such as: the relationship between art and power, notions of 'primitivism' and the 'other', and representations of the body.

  • ARTH319 (2018): Topics in the History of Photography

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    This course examines particular topics drawn from throughout the history of photography, from the medium's conception in the late 18th century through to contemporary art practices. The course will focus on photography since the 1960s.

  • ARTH335 (2019): Special Topic: Art since 1968

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Geoffrey Batchen.

    This course will offer a global survey of contemporary art practice from 1968 until today, examining key tendencies and issues and the critical literature that reflects on them.

  • ARTH336 (2019): Topics in Pacific Art

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Peter Brunt.

    This course will look at art and visual culture in the Pacific region (Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia) from the end of World War Two to the present. Topics examined will include art and nationhood, cultural revival, indigenous modernism and Contemporary Pacific art.

  • ARTH401 (2019): Art History Methodology

    30 points. Trimester 1 + 2. Coordinator: Geoffrey Batchen.

    ARTH 401 investigates the approaches art historians have developed from art history's beginnings to the present. It critically examines the work of significant art historians in relation to key topics: the construction of the artistic subject; the question of style, the interpretation of meaning; theories of perception and visual culture; the role of context and the social production of art. This is a compulsory course for Art History Honours.

  • ARTH402 (2019): Theory and Context in Art History: Colonial and Indigenous Modernisms

    30 points. Trimester 1 + 2. Coordinator: Peter Brunt.

    A comparative examination of colonial and indigenous modernisms in Africa, Oceania and Native North America.

  • ARTH403 (2015): Collections-based Topic

    30 points. Course not offered in 2015.

    History of Prints: a course based on art collections in Wellington institutions, particularly those of the Alexander Turnbull Library and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Student numbers may need to be restricted in any one year. 100% internal assessment.

  • ARTH405 (2017): Special Topic: Photography Exhibition

    30 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course will offer an Honours-level analysis of issues relating to the study of the history of photography. 100% internal assessment.

  • ARTH406 (2018): The Cultures of Collecting

    30 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    The phenomenon of collecting is universal throughout history and across every society. ARTH 406 encourages a critical reading of the literature on the history and psychology of collecting, requiring students to compile case studies related to their own interests. Topics include collecting in the ancient world, in non-European cultures, and in European and colonial societies; the history of the museum; private versus institutional collecting; and the future of collecting.

  • ARTH407 (2019): Reading Artists Writing

    30 points. Trimester 1 + 2. Coordinator: Raymond Spiteri.

    How do we, as art historians, read writings by artists? This course focuses on what takes place when artists engage with the process of writing to consider the relation between image and text, figure and discourse, from the perspective of someone actively engaged in artistic endeavour. Each session will consider a selection of writings by an artist or group of artists (principally from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries), plus relevant secondary texts, to discuss the way artists describe the specific nature of their practices, particularly the way that language may resist articulating aspects of the creative process. Apart from the writings by artists covered, this course will also address problems encountered while conducting advanced research in art history.

  • ARTH408 (2018): 18th Century French Art

    30 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    This course examines in detail the key issues and debates which are currently informing the interpretation of French art of the 18th century. The course aims to provide critical perspectives on a significant 'moment' in the history of western European art.

  • ARTH411 (2019): Topics in Contemporary New Zealand Art

    30 points. Course not offered in 2019.

    ARTH 411 investigates contemporary New Zealand art from 1960 to the present. Co-taught with ARTH 311 in trimester one, then supplemented in trimester two by a seminar programme and additional reading, requiring a deeper and more extensive knowledge of the subject, and resulting in the completion of a substantial research assignment.

  • ARTH489 (2019): Research Project

    30 points. Trimester 1 + 2.

    A research project, usually in the form of an extended essay of 10,000 words, with regular guidance from a supervisor. Students are expected to show familiarity with the literature in their chosen field, and to write a substantial discussion, engaging with questions relevant to the field and demonstrating independent thought. Note: This is a compulsory course for Art History Honours.

  • ARTH591 (2019): Thesis

    120 points. Full Year.

    MA thesis in Art History.

  • ARTH690 (2019): Art History for PhD

    120 points. Full Year.