History of Art 4010 - Introduction to the Theories and Methods of Art History


To practice art history is to employ certain methods and theoretical orientations. Yet those very methods are the product of fascinating intellectual movements. This course will make us conscious of our practice by examining major essays that shaped the discipline and demonstrate different analytical techniques. At the same time, our course will reflect on how world crises, wars, and political movements shaped art history, making its questions immediately relevant, even revolutionary. Therefore, we will confront the influence of European aesthetic philosophy as well Marxist, Feminist, psychoanalytic traditions in addition to recent turns to materiality and the global. Students will become more aware of their own interests and commitments within the field, as well as more sensitive of their gaze onto the past.

Professor Ravi Binning

Class # 13645
TUE & THUR 9:35-10:55