Visual Studies Courses

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Fall Quarter

Dept Course No and Title Instructor
VIS STD (F17)290A  AH THEORY & METHODSNISBET, J.
This course examines the theory and methods of Art History, with an emphasis on methods. We will consider the ways in which the discipline has changed (or possibly remained the same?) over the past century, but our primary task is to understand how historians have viewed, investigated, and explained the art work, and the methods they have used to do so.  Through the careful, analytical, and critical examination of selected readings we will investigate an array of strategies for approaching the work of art, and weigh our own options as historians and interpreters of the visual image.
VIS STD (F17)295  QUEER GIRLS AND RACIAL OTHERSLIM, F.
Bringing together queer and feminist theory, critical race perspectives, archival sources and production and reception histories, this film-centered seminar focuses on a long scholarly and cinematic tradition that links sexually- or gender-deviant women with racial otherness.  Tentative screenings include Marlene Dietrich’s “Hot Voodoo number” in a 1930s Hollywood fallen woman film, Blonde Venus, to Mickey Rooney’s performance of “yellowface" in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to a contemporary cycle of European tomboy
films focusing on queer girlhood that have also been criticized for reactivating stereotypes of murderous lesbians and ethnic/racial tropes. The screenings are intended to serve as a springboard to the seminar’s engagement with new approaches and perspectives in queer and feminist film and media scholarship.

*VS seminar discussions on Thursdays will be preceded by a screening night on Monday evenings (6 to 8:50 PM)
VIS STD (F17)295  SIMULACRAL SPACESBETANCOURT, R.
Beginning in Delphi and Luxor and moving on to medieval sites like Jerusalem, Constantinople, Sinai, Rome, and Venice, the aim is to explore how certain places construct experiences that seek to be detached from the realities of their environs. For example, in the Middle Ages, Jerusalem stood in for the Heavenly Jerusalem at the end of time, while also connecting Christian pilgrims to the ancient sites and experiences of Christ and other holy people. Cities, like Constantinople, rivaled Jerusalem given the relics they possessed, allowing visitors to experience people and places far removed. While sites like the Monastery of Saint Catherine on Sinai monumentalized contemporary Christian practice in connection to its pre-Christian archetypes. Across Europe, miniature replicas of the Holy Sepulcher were built to enable forms of virtual pilgrimage for those unable to partake in these experiences.

In the contemporary world, theme parks like the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL likewise seek to construct other Jerusalems as well by deploying artifacts and architectural constructions that reconfigure history within a culture of consumerism, where lines are blurred between tourism and pilgrimage. Whereas Mecca, on the other hand, actively erases historical traces and artifacts, contouring the experiences of the Hajj (and the Umrah) as purely oriented around site and cut-off from the historical index and the relic. Spaces, ranging from Disneyland to the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, often substantiate claims to authenticity through historical citation and reconstruction that either results in a mirage of verisimilitude or in the constitution of new illusory spaces, tied to pasts both real and imaginary. And, the experiences of land art build their own sites and non-sites of pilgrimage, muddled by difficult trips or unpredictable events, which come to contour the experience of the site and its quasi-miraculous manifestation.

This course seeks to place modern and premodern practices in relief in order to consider how theories of representation are contoured and contested by the cultural role and operation that such places enact. The course will feature trips to local sites, which may include sites such as the Holy Land Exhibition, the Bhagavada-Gita Museum, Aimee Semple McPherson’s Foursquare Church and Museum, Medieval Times, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Las Vegas (including a trip to Michael Heizer’s Double Negative)
VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYAMIRAN, E.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYBENAMOU, C.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYCOOKS CUMBO, B.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYDAULATZAI, S.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYDIMENDBERG, E.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYHATCH, K.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYHERBERT, J.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYHILDERBRAND, L.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYJOHNSON, V.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYKRAPP, P.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYLIM, F.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYLIU, C.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYMASSEY, L.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYMILES, M.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYMIMURA, G.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYNISBET, J.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYPATEL, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYPERLMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYPOWELL, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYRONY, F.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYSODERMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYWHITING, C.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYWINTHER, D.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYWUE, R.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYBETANCOURT, R.
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VIS STD (F17)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYGLEBOVA, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHAMIRAN, E.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHBENAMOU, C.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHCOOKS CUMBO, B.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHDAULATZAI, S.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHDIMENDBERG, E.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHHATCH, K.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHHERBERT, J.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHHILDERBRAND, L.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHJOHNSON, V.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHKRAPP, P.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHLIM, F.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHLIU, C.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHMASSEY, L.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHMILES, M.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHMIMURA, G.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHNISBET, J.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHPATEL, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHPERLMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHPOWELL, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHRONY, F.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHSODERMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHWHITING, C.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHWINTHER, D.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHWUE, R.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHGLEBOVA, A.
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VIS STD (F17)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHBETANCOURT, R.
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