Spring 2018 Courses

How are the power dynamics between Europeans and Africans reflected and shaped by artistic representation? What is the role of art in establishing ideas of “self” and “Other?” How and why do stereotypes take shape, and what power to artists have to unravel them? Examining art from the 15th century to the present produced by both African and European artists, this seminar allows for a critical analysis of a wide body of imagery.

ARHS 535 Viewing Each Other: Africans and Europeans and Artistic Representation Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm Dr. Heather Shirey OEC 414


This seminar will investigate the arts in Spain and its American colonies, focusing, in particular, on the role that cultural entanglement played in its long developmental course, from Romano-Celtic, through Mozarabic, to Hispano-Flemish. It will also look at how these hybridized forms were then transmitted to (and later translated by) the indigenous peoples of the Americas, and the role that Spain’s colonies played in the grand florescence of the Baroque during Spain’s Golden Age.

ARHS 515 Art of Spain and Its Colonies: From Hybridity to the Ultrabaroque  Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm Dr. William Barnes OEC 414

Working directly with the collections of UST’s American Museum of Asmat Art, this seminar explores the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues surrounding the exhibition of the arts of the Asmat and other indigenous peoples.  Using Asmat art as a case study, it will explore the broader literature and issues surrounding the collection and display of works from the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Americas and the representation of their arts and cultures in both Western and indigenous museums and cultural institutions.  As part of the course requirements, students will collaborate in the research and development of an actual exhibition for the American Museum of Asmat Art, which will provide hands on experience with, and insights into, the intellectual and practical aspects of curating museum exhibitions.  

ARHS 536 Collections, Colonialism and Controversy: Exhibiting Non-Western Art Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dr. Eric Kjellgren OEC 414