Recent Courses

GASP 175 Race in American Art

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

In this seminar, we examine diverse issues concerning visual representations of racioethnic identities in American art through studying a selection of images and writings that relate to the historical, cultural, and sociopolitical developments and theories vis-à-vis race and nationalism in the first half of the twentieth century.

GASP 101 Visual Arts of the Twentieth Century

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

This course examines the history of modernism in visual arts and surveys a selection of modern artists and artworks in their historical, cultural and sociopolitical contexts. It aims to help students acquire a general understanding of various art movements, representational strategies and art historical debates. Students will also learn methods of visual analysis and research through participating in discussions, presentations and collaborative projects.

GASP 3 Introduction to Visual Culture

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

This is an introductory art history course and a survey of visual material in art and mass media from cultures throughout the world. Structured in a largely chronological order, the lectures and in-class discussions cover a variety of topics, including: visual perception and artistic creativity; the ideals and philosophies of beauty; tricks and tropes of visual storytelling; ancient propaganda and modern commercials; gender and visual violence; contested verisimilitude; ideology and activism in art; and the value of art.

GASP 171 Museums as Contested Sites

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

This course examines issues concerning the history of museums and controversies surrounding high-profile art exhibitions that were staged by public and private institutions in the United States in the twentieth century. A large selection of interdisciplinary texts provides a historical and theoretical overview of the development of museums, as well as analyses of specific exhibitions in their sociopolitical contexts.