Fall 2017 Courses

Core Course

MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: EXHIBITING ART, EXHIBITING CULTURE
ANTH 341/HURC 341

Instructor: McIntosh, Susan K.
A wide-ranging introduction to museum studies with a particular focus on the collection and exhibition of cultural heritage materials. We will examine how heritage objects are displayed and represented in museums of art, natural historical history, and heritage. Topics include looking and ethics of collecting, policies of display, changing roles for museums; exhibition design and curatorial practice. (View Registrar Listing)


Electives

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
ANTH 205 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
An introduction to the elementary concepts of the discipline through a series of case studies. (View Registrar Listing)

 
DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
ANTH 324/FILM 327 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Stringer, Tish M.
Study of the expressive possibilities of documentary production using digital systems. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY & THEORY I (INTRO)
ARCH 225 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Geiser, Reto
This introductory course exposes student's issues and debates that have driven architects and theorists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is structured around a sequence of fourteen themes that have recurred as major issues throughout architectural history. Focusing on topics, ranging from representation, to media, to politics, urbanity, or the environment, teach theme is presented as a debate between differing viewpoints, in order to expose the positions that have motivated both theory and practice. In weekly discussion sections, we will be analyzing buildings and discussing canonical texts. These sections provide opportunities for students to develop their own positions on the issues debated, and to refine their ability to make arguments. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 225 and ARCH 525. (View Registrar Listing)

 

EXHIBITION DESIGN
ARTS 378

Instructor: Sperandio, Christopher J.
This course will explore the world of museums and galleries through exhibition design. Students will study the curatorial process and exhibition preparation including concept development, educational goals, budget, installation, and publicity. Discussions, workshops, museum visits, and guest lectures will provide students the opportunity to gain practical experience in museum/gallery work. (View Registrar Listing)

 
FAKES, FORGERIES, AND STOLEN ART
FWIS 155

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
In 1990, two men stole 13 paintings worth an estimated $300 million dollars from the Gardner Museum. The crime remains unsolved, and an estimated 40% of artwork on the market today is either faked or forged. This course will analyze these and other high-profile issues through essays, literature, and film. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANTIQUITY TO GOTHIC
HART 101 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Neagley, Linda
A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Antiquity through the 15th century. Students will also attend a one-hour weekly tutorial with a teaching assistant. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: ARTS OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AT THE MENIL COLLECTION
HART 312

Instructor: Hopkins, John
This course introduces students to advanced ethical, legal and practical issues facing museums as they acquire and maintain collections from areas prone to looting and destruction, especially the Ancient Mediterranean. We will examine the civic engagement and operation of the Menil Collection through close, on-site archival and object study. Credit cannot be earned for HART 312 and HART 540. (View Registrar Listing)

 

CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION
HART 359

Instructor: Hamadeh, Shirine T.
This seminar examines cinematic engagements with urban spaces and experiences around the world spanning the last two centuries. Particular attention will be paid to issues of migration, marginality, colonialism, war and post-war, nostalgia and memory, race and gender. Cities of focus include Berlin, Istanbul, Moscow, Algiers, Beirut and Paris. Our weekly discussions of individual films will be grounded in critical writings of the cities' histories and theories of space and film. Credit cannot be earned for HART 359 and HART 659. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SPATIAL HUMANITIES
HURC 432

Instructor: El-Dahdah, Fares
This course will trace the evolution of a city as it existed and as it was imagined. Views, historic maps, and ground-floor plans will be located in both time and space while their associated visual and spatial data will be integrated across digital platforms. Graduate students enroll in an additional bootcamp and mentor undergraduate students. Credit cannot be earned for HURC 432 and HURC 632. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)


Practica

The Cultural Heritage minor offers a wide range of practica courses for advanced students. Please see the Minor Requirements page for more information.

 
HRC PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
HURC 423

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
This research-based course is conducted in partnership with cultural heritage institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 10 hours/week on site with curators, artists, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)