Thursday, May 3, 2012

Art History Methods Final Papers

Art History Methods Presentations 

Students in the art history methods course made final presentations Monday and yesterday on the works they have been researching from the Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs Collection on campus. The course serves as an introduction to concepts, methods, and issues in art history and art criticism. Students explore several art historical methods while intensively and extensively examining a work first hand. 

This semester we learned about James Elkins' approach to time and old stories, Dana Arnold's ideas about art history (as well as art criticism and art appreciation), and Laurie Schneider Adams' take on visual analysis, style, and iconography before moving to biography, contextual approaches, and psychoanalysis. We rallied around reception theory and shied, in many cases, from semiotics. We championed new museum theory and asked ourselves if we were "critical museum visitors" while wondering what agenda this collection has. 

If you see the students pictured above, please ask them about their projects. Next spring, I hope you will join us. Having guests present to hear the talks and ask questions help us to think through our research and defend our work. Thank you to Shawn and Laura who attended our presentations. And, once again, we thank the Jacobses for sharing this collection with us. It is a treasured resource for us to use in class and to share with others!

Note: This course carries the Quantitative (Q) and Writing (W) Flags in the Foundations and Core Program. So, it IS a super course for so many reasons!


Cortney Ragene said...

I love seeing the picture with so many students, although I have to say I loved my methods course and our meetings in the Mulberry. I still remember my presentation on Las Meninas with Boris' random friend =)

Earl Grey said...

I've mentioned "random man" a few times already this semester to the art history students. I am glad you have fond memories of this, too!

take care and Skype soon - after semester's end.