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ART H 525 C: Topics In Modern And Contemporary Art And Architecture

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 1:50pm
ART 317
Joint Sections: 
ART H 491 A, ARCH 457 A
Meredith Clausen
Meredith Clausen

Syllabus Description:

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Musée Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris (aka: Fondation Louis Vuitton)


Architecture: 20th c. and Beyond
Instructor: Clausen
Winter 2017
TTh 12:30-1:50, rm 317, Art Building
Office hrs: Weds, 2-5pm, rm 222, Art Bldg, or by appt.
Office tel: 616-6751


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Course requirements:

-weekly reading, lectures, discussion (participation expected; expect to be called on)

-two exams

-one paper 4-6 pgs, double-spaced typed, summarizing and analyzing three essays. See paper assignment below.


For students taking the course for 5 credits, an additional 10-15 pg research paper is required.  YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN UP FOR AN INDEPENDENT STUDY (OR PROJECT) TO RECEIVE THE ADDITIONAL 2 UNITS, AS THIS IS NOT AUTOMATIC. Check with a staff member in Arch or with Judi Clark in Art Advising in Art History. The topic of your research paper should be related to the class, and approved by the instructor soon after the quarter begins. DUE TUES 8  MARCH. NO LATE PAPERS WITHOUT MEDICAL EXCUSE.


Evaluation: exams constitute two-thirds of the final grade; the paper, remaining third; class participation tips the scale.


Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as using in your own work the creations, ideas, words, inventions, or work of someone else without formally acknowledging them by means of quotation remarks, footnotes, bibliography, or other reference. If you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism, check with the instructor. Instances of plagiarism will be referred to the Vice Provost/Special Asst to the President for Student Relations, and will almost certainly lead to disciplinary action.


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Images used in lecture will be in PowerPoint format; after each class, Powerpoints will be posted online via Canvas for review as PDFs (Lecture Images link above). Many (though not all) of the slides used in class are accessible on the Web, in the Cities and Buildings Database, an online digital image database created at the University of Washington in 1996 and added to continuously since then. Many of the images were scanned at low resolution by today's standards. Nonetheless, they tend to be informative, albeit not as sharp as one would like. There are also, of course, other image-based websites that one can use as a source of images.



Required texts:

Cohen, Jean-Louis. The Future of Architecture Since 1889, 2012

Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture, 1927; reprinted 1974, 1976. (transla of Vers une Architecture, 1923)

Robert Venturi. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, 1966; 2nd ed, 1977.

Recommended as supplemental texts and/or for comparison:

Mallgrave, Harry Francis. Modern Architectural Theory. A Historical Survey, 1673-1968, 2005

Curtis, William. Modern Architecture Since 1900, 3rd ed, 1996

Colquhoun, Alan. Modern Architecture. Oxford History of Art, 2002 (available as an ebook)

Doordan, Dennis. Twentieth Century Architecture, Prentice Hall, 2002 [former text]      

Frampton, Kenneth. Modern Architecture: A Critical History, 3rd ed, 1992

Cohen's text is recently published and he wants feedback, so be prepared to speak of your thoughts about it. It is supplemented by other readings, some required, most only recommended. Most are on reserve in the Architecture Library. Several recommended articles are on Canvas. Reading assignments are uneven in length and complexity, and competition for reserve books may be keen, so plan ahead. Also, as the format of the class is informal, the schedule of lectures may change. Best, thus, to attend class regularly.


Link to complete Syllabus with weekly schedule




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Catalog Description: 
Investigates a series of variable topics in modern and contemporary art and architecture.
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 9:11pm