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ART H 309 A: Topics in Art History

20th Century American Art and Criticism

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:00am - 11:20am
ART 317
Kolya Rice
Kolya Rice

Syllabus Description:

AH 309C: 20th Century American Art and Criticism

Instructor: Kolya Rice

Art Bldg 302

Office hours: M/W 9-10 and by appointment

Jackson Pollock, Number 1:  Lavendar Mist (1950)

This course is designed to introduce participants to key movements, themes and strategies utilized by western Modern artists from around 1900 to 1990. Unlike traditional surveys, the course will focus on the ways these artistic practices have been framed by art writing, both in terms of criticism as well as artists' own writings. Although the course offers an overview of the period covered, unlike traditional survey classes, at points this class will be more narrowly focused through topical investigations of specific artists or themes. While image-based lectures anchor the course, discussion is integral to the success of the course.



  1. TEXT: H.H. Arnason and Marla F. Prather, History of Modern Art: Painting,

Sculpture, Architecture, Photography, 7th ed. (New Jersey: Prentice Hall: 2013).

  1. Reading Packet (Purchase at RAM Copy Center, 4144 University Ave)

Course Requirements:
1. Active participation in all meetings. Please note, active participation assumes that you thoroughly read and think about course materials in advance of class meetings, that you meaningfully contribute to discussions, and that you complete any informal exercises assigned.
2. Midterm Exam
3. 2 Art Review Essays
4. Final Exam
Note: make-up exams will not be given without legitimate documentation of severe illness, family emergencies, etc. Extensions for written work will be granted only under similar conditions. Late papers will not be accepted. All course requirements must be completed for credit to be awarded.

Midterm Exam (35%)
Final Exam (35%)
2 Art Review Essays (20%)
Participation (10%)


Catalog Description: 
Topics vary.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:20pm