Special Topic Courses

Fall 2020

FAH102H1-F Art and Ideas: Art and Technology
Instructor: Emily Doucet

This introduction to the study of art history explores how artists have used new tecnologies, focusing on how new tools for artistic production have opened up different ways for artists to represent and comment upon social worlds. The lectures will focus on different examples of artists exploring new mediums and/or the impact of technolgoy upon the wrold in a wide array of time perids and geographic contexts. For example, themes may include the introduction of oil painting, the invention of photography, video art, and the use of virtual reality in contemporary art.

FAH489H1-F Topics in Art History: Art of Oceania
Fridays, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Instructor: Brittany Myburgh

This course is an introduction to the history of art produced within Oceania. Students will explore the important role of migration, mobility, and encounter in Oceanic art and visual culture. Other key themes and ideas examined include ritual, indigeneity, land, diaspora and globalization. This course examines art from countries including but not limited to Aotearoa/New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, The Marshall Islands, Fiji, and New Guinea. No background in Oceanic art is required.

Prerequisite: 8 FAH half courses


Winter 2021

FAH486H1-S Case Studies at the Royal Ontario Museum: Furniture
Thursdays, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Instructor: Ross Fox
Location: Royal Ontario Museum, Curatorial Centre, Room 603

This is an object/artifact-based course that serves as an introduction to furniture history as relates to the European and Canadian furniture on display in the galleries of the Royal Ontario Museum. Instructional strategies include the fundamentals of artifact analysis and the methodologies of furniture study. Stylistic developments in the furniture of France, Britain and the United States are highlighted as a backdrop to understanding Canadian furniture of the 17th through early 19th centuries. Also considered are social, economic and political forces that help to explain preferences in styles, designs and forms, as are craft organization, construction techniques and conservation issues.

Prerequisite: 8 FAH half courses

FAH 489H1-S Topics in Art History: Music and Art in Early Modern Europe
Mondays, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Instructor: Samantha Chang

Although the histories of music and art do not run in parallel, the confluence and correspondence between the two disciplines were undeniably connected to the civilization, cultivation, and development of Early Modern Europe. This seminar will examine the interactions between music, architecture, sculpture, and painting in the public and private spheres and consider the formation of soundscape and sensorium within these spaces. Discussions will centre on the amalgamation of music and art in religious, professional, and recreational activities, and students will have the opportunity to explore particular musical-artistic practices in their research presentation and paper.

Prerequisite: 8 FAH half courses