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Art History (AHI)

Department of Art

202 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6010

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

AHI Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    The Learning Environment

    The Art History program takes place in lecture halls and small seminar rooms, trips to globally-renowned art museums and institutions, in on-campus galleries and museums, and other off-site artistic spaces spanning the rich architectural landscape of Buffalo. Introductory-level lectures train students in techniques of visual decoding. Subsequent classes mix lectures with engaged student discussion and participation. Advanced students participate in a capstone course in their final academic year of study, with the option to take in-depth seminars and work closely with professors.

    About Our Facilities

    In addition to a variety of classrooms, UB Art History boasts access to multiple on-campus galleries that provide a continuous stream of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and offer an array of internship opportunities for students.

    About Our Faculty

    Our faculty is concentrated in the modern and contemporary period, while also active in the study of ancient art and the relationship between art and political activism. Our faculty are specialists in theory, early 20th-century European art, performance and post war American art — all with which are examined with careful attention to questions of gender, race and ethnicity.

    The highly ranked Department of Art faculty and staff consist of professionally and internationally active artists, scholars and technicians who make available a diverse range of discourse and expertise. A partial list of the fellowships and grants secured by our faculty suggests its strength: Rockefeller Foundation, Warhol Foundation, Terra Foundation, Smithsonian, Fulbright Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Aperture Foundation, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin; New York Foundation for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts, National Science Foundation and TED.

    Faculty List Directory

    Please visit the Department of Art website for additional information about our faculty.

  • AHI 101LR Survey of Art History: Egypt to Northern Renaissance
    Lecture

    Chronological survey of painting, architecture, and sculpture from the birth of civilization to the Northern Renaissance; stylistic analysis of works of art within social and historical contexts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AHI 102LR Survey of Art History: Italian Renaissance to Present
    Lecture

    Chronological survey of painting, architecture, and sculpture from the Italian Renaissance to modern European and American art; stylistic analysis of works of art within social and historical contexts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 103LEC Survey of Art History 3: Non-Western Art
    Lecture

    Introductory to Contemporary non Western art. Students will acquire the basic knowledge of painting, architecture, and sculpture, and other forms of visual representation in non-Western countries. The course will cover works of art of Japan, China, South Korea, India, Africa, and Latin America from World War II to the present day.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AHI 105LEC Mythology in the Ancient World
    Lecture

    This course will introduce the student to the mythology and art of the ancient world. The course will focus on ancient art that depicts scenes in the mythology of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt,India, Greece, Rome, China and the Maya.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AHI 111LR World Civilization and Art
    Lecture

    This course is a historical introduction to the great civilizations of the world before 1500 A.D. We have two main goals: 1) to introduce past cultures (pre- 1500 A.D.) such as the ancient Mediterranean world, the Islamic Near East, Hindu India, Buddhist and Confucian Asia, animist Sub-Saharan Africa, and Mayan central America to students, and 2) to illustrate the political and ideological role public art played within these cultures. Cultural topics will include Near Eastern literature (Epic of Gilgamesh, Genesis, Deuteronomy, Hymn to Aton), Greek philosophy and science, the origins of democracy, Roman law, the development of Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, the Popul Vuh, and the historical roots of the current conflict over Jerusalem. Major artistic monuments to be examined include the Stele of Hammurabi Egyptian funerary architecture, Greek, Roman, Hindu sculpture, the Athenian Parthenon, the Roman Colosseum, Islamic architecture, Chinese landscape painting, Teotihuacan, and Gothic cathedrals. Upon completion of this course, students will be acquainted with an outline of world history, ca 3000 BC 1400AD, and the major intellectual and artistic contributions of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece & Rome, Judaism, Islam, India, China, the New World, and medieval Europe, and the role that art has played in their culture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 130LR Art History Topic
    Lecture

    Art History Topic

    Credits: - 99
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AHI 150LR Avant Gardes
    Lecture

    This course will be taught on a rotational basis with faculty from COL, ART and RLL. Beginning in the late 19th Century a new cultural movement was born: the avant garde. This course seeks to understand how and why art and literature that deliberately challenged popular understanding came to be dominant. This course will introduce you to the main currents of 19th and 20th Century avant garde history, theory, and aesthetic practice. Grounding our approach in the specific geographic and historical conditions that gave rise to these individual movements, we will explore their expression through a wide variety of mediums including art and visual culture, literature, poetry, music, and film. We will read both primary and secondary documents as we grapple with these movements' modernist and revolutionary agendas in order to assess their successes and failures and evaluate their impacts and legacies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • AHI 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • AHI 200TUT Sophomore Tutorial
    Tutorial

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 203LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 204LEC Mythology in Ancient Art
    Lecture

    Greek and Near Eastern mythologies in ancient art; mythological representations in the art of these cultures and the differences in the manner each represented similar myths; readings in mythology.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 206LEC Introduction to Chinese Art
    Lecture

    Familiarizes students with the major and minor arts of China from Neolithic to the Modern periods. Requires no prior exposure to the arts and culture of China. The course considers the artistic history of China in terms of its material culture, looking at techniques, materials, and processes, as well as stylistic influences and evolution.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AHI 207LEC Arts of Islamic World
    Lecture

    Introduces Islamic culture and its art and architecture. Uses both a chronological and geographical approach, beginning with the establishment of Islam in Arabia in the seventh century, following the course of its spread throughout Europe, Asian and Africa, and ending with contemporary Islamic art and architecture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 212LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Examines a current topic of interest in Art History, i.e. architecture, medieval, non-Western, Asian, etc.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 251LEC Introduction to Modern Art
    Lecture

    Major ideas defining the art of the modern world; painting, sculpture, architecture, and related arts; what these works mean and how they illustrate changing views of modernity.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AHI 254LEC Nineteenth-Century Art
    Lecture

    Painting and sculpture in France and its relationship to contemporary political, social, intellectual, and cultural developments; David, Ingres, Gricault, Delacroix, Daumier, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Degas, Rodin, Cezanne, Seurat, Van Gogh, and Gauguin; the modern artist in a society characterized by an accelerating sense of change.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AHI 258LEC Impressionism & Post Impressionism
    Lecture

    French art from 1860-1900; Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cezanne; the aesthetic nature of their works and the connection to contemporary literary, political, philosophical, and scientific developments. Impact of impressionism and postimpressionism on the art of the twentieth century.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 275LEC Art and Revolution
    Lecture

    Relationship between the artist and revolutionary society; uses revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848, and 1917 to examine artists like David, Delacroix, Daumier, Courbet, and Malevich.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 300TUT Junior Tutorial
    Tutorial

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 318LEC Heaven, Hell & Judgement
    Lecture

    Examination of the iconography and literature of the sacred tradition in art. For example: Prof. D. Christian, Heaven, Hell & Judgement The course will consider ideas and images of eternal reward and punishment & stories and pictures of heaven, hell, and judgment from ancient Sumner to modern film. We will begin with the oldest known story of the underworld, five-thousand year-old Sumerian goddess Inannas descent From the Great Above to the Great Below. We'll look at the Egyptian weighing of the soul at death against the feather of Maat or justice, at Odysseus and Aeneas explorations of the worlds of the dead, at Plato's and popular ideas of what's next. We'll also consider Biblical apocalypses, Sheol, Hades and heaven, medieval journeys to heaven and hell, Dante's Inferno and Paradiso, and Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. We'll look at paintings, mosaics, and sculptures of Judgment, heaven and hell, including especially some Byzantine art, Romanesque churches, Giotto, Signorelli, Michaelangelo, and Bosch. We'll close with the 1946 classic film, A Matter of Life or Death, released in America as Stairway to Heaven. Through these verbal and visual imaginations we'll explore ethical and religious ideas of the judgment of good and evil, punishment and reward. This course is the same as ENG 375, RSP 375, and CL 375 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 319SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Examines a current topic of interest in art history, i.e. architecture, medieval, non-Western, Asian, etc.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 333LEC Introduction to Greek Archaeology II
    Lecture

    Surveys architecture, sculpture, and painting from ca. 700 B.C.E. to ca. 350 B.C.E. Traces the development of artistic types, towns, and sanctuaries against the setting of the history, political institutions, and public figures of the times. This course is the same as CL 337and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 339LEC Introduction to Roman Archaeology II
    Lecture

    Focuses on the Roman Empire from Augustus (d. A.D. 14) to Constantine (d. A.D. 337), considering art, architecture, and archaeology both at home and in the far-flung provinces. This course is the same as CL 339, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 341LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AHI 347LEC Race & America
    Lecture

    Investigates the different forms of African American visual artistic traditions in relation to their historical origins and sociocultural context from the early days of slavery to the present time. Starts with an overview of African art, the experiences of the middle passage, and slavery in relation to African American traditions in the decorative arts, including pottery, architecture, ironwork, quilt-making, and basketry. This is followed by a fine-art survey starting with the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, continuing through early twentieth-century Harlem Renaissance up to the present. Also explores certain issues related to African American arts and creativity, such as improvisation, Black aesthetic, Pan Africanism, and gender. Slides, films, and videos are used extensively to illustrate topics discussed in class.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 363LEC Social Issues in American Art
    Lecture

    Offers a highly selective survey of U.S. painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and popular culture from the Colonial era to the present. Focusing on five thematic units--gods, nature/culture, consumer culture, gender, and the body--the class provides an overview of U.S. art, suggesting how our material record both expresses and forms America's social, political, and cultural climate.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 364LEC American Realisms: The Evolution of the Real in American Art
    Lecture

    Begins with an introduction to European realism and a discussion of its adaptation to an American context during the final quarter of the nineteenth century. The course then denaturalizes Realism's ties with objectivity, explaining the movement as one in a series of subjective strategies for ordering one's relation to the world. Focusing then on several discrete artistic movements, the course considers the changing cultural functions of "the real", ranging from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries. Movements to be addressed include romanticism, sentimentality, naturalism, impressionism, urban realism, regionalism, abstract expressionism, neo-realism, and photorealism.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 380LEC Image and Gender
    Lecture

    Considers the representation of gender (femininity and masculinity) in pictures, and the impact of gender on making and looking at art and media. Discusses works from several historical periods, concentrating on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and media. Topics and issues considered are the professionalization of the artist and myths of genius; artists and models; the problems of a feminine aesthetic; the nude; and the gendered spectator. This course is the same as GGS 308, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AHI 383LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 395LEC Contemporary Art
    Lecture

    Art of contemporary life; art criticism; art and politics; art in the media; pop and minimal art; conceptual art, earthworks, realism, feminist art, and performance. Requires attendance at events and exhibitions at local galleries.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 400TUT Senior Tutorial
    Tutorial

    A written proposal outlining and justifying the work must be presented to and approved by the faculty member with whom the work is to be done.

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Prerequisite: permission of instructor
  • AHI 404LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 411SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Examines a current topic of interest in art history, i.e. architecture, medieval, non-Western, Asian, modern, etc.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 448LEC History of Photography
    Lecture

    Reviews photography's contribution to the visual arts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Studies individual photographers, the nature and development of various styles, photography's relationship to other art media, and the effect of photographic imagery on our culture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AHI 470SEM Global Modernisms
    Seminar

    This course aims to pluralize aesthetic modernism, expand its definition and decentralize it from its origins in the West. It looks at how modernist styles in art and visual culture circled the globe and found expression within the cultural centers of the Global South. We will study modernist aesthetic practices within the context of regional histories in order to understand how these practices may reflect quests for self-determination, identity formation and social change in the post-colonial world. This course is dual listed with VS 570.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AHI 494SEM Aims & Methods
    Seminar

    Looks closely at the ways in which influential art historians have analyzed and discussed works of art, and at the significance of the strategies that these art historians developed. The first half of the semester covers subjects like iconography, connoisseurship, formal and structural analysis, and psychoanalytical approaches.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AHI 496TUT Museum Internship
    Tutorial

    Museum and gallery internships are available at such institutions as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the CFA Art Gallery, the University Art Gallery, the Amherst Museum, and the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. The opportunity is by permission only. Students are encouraged to take AHI 480 Museum Studies, before applying for an internship.

    Credits: 1 - 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AHI 497TUT Honors Thesis Tutorial
    Tutorial

    Accepted senior pursue a specialized, independent study leading to an honors thesis. For further information, please contact the director of undergraduate studies

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Prerequisite: permission of instructor
  • AHI 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Three credit hours of independent study may be undertaken with a faculty member. It must be an outgrowth of course study already completed, and not a substitution for any of the required coursework. Only three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
 
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