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SPRING 2015

389.105 (H) Freshman Seminar: Art in the Museum
Limited to Freshman. Explore fundamental concepts and social issues particular to the collection and display of art objects in museum contexts in the past and today. Includes fieldwork in Baltimore and DC art museums. 
Kingsley 3 credits

389.202 (H, S) Introduction to the Museum: Issues and Ideas
This course considers the practical, political, and ethical challenges facing museums today, including the impact of technology and globalization, economic pressures, and debates over the ownership and interpretation of culture. Offered every spring.
Kingsley 3 credits

389.250 (H) Conservation of Material Culture: Art, Artifacts and Heritage Sites
Alongside specialists in area museums, we explore the conservation of material culture in various media. Topics include manufacturing methods and material degradation as well as conservation treatments, science, and ethics.
Rodini and Trusheim 3 credits

389.275 (H, S) Interpreting Collections: An Introduction to Museum Education
Part public history, part introduction to museum practice, this hands-on course explores how heritage areas and museums serve communities through interpretation. Each year, students partner with a community to develop research-based, visitor-centered interpretive material, in 2015 the Baltimore National Heritage Area. Field trips and community meetings will be a significant part of the course. Class usually meets 1:30-3:50 except for days with field trips. M&S Practicum. 
Maloney (Museum Educator) 3 credits

389.335 Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics
Recreate ancient Greek vessels in the Archaeological Museum by studying them from an archaeological and materials science perspective.  With ceramicists, we will make and decorate vessels; build a kiln and fire our objects.  
Balachandran 4 credits

389.359 (H) Literary Archive
This course invites students to grapple with the theory and practice of building literary archives in 19th- and 20th-century American culture. For the final project students will work collaboratively to build a digital archive and exhibit of selected materials from the JHU rare book and manuscript collections. Meets in Special Collections. Cross-listed with English. M&S practicum course.
Dean 3 credits

389.502 Independent Study in Museums and Society
Independent study allows students to develop and carry out their own research project in a related field, typically through a course-like structure and the production of a research paper. Projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director. Students should also consult the University's Independent Work Policy as explained in the student handbook.
Rodini, staff (by permission), up to 3 credits. Letter grade only.

389.512 Internship in Museums and Society
Students may seek credit for academic work connected to an unpaid museum internship. Projects may be in the area of research, exhibition development, conservation science, or other related fields, and must result in a product that can be evaluated by JHU faculty. All projects must be pre-approved by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director, and must be in keeping with the University's Independent Work Policy.
Rodini, staff (by permission) 1 credit S/U only

389.522 Capstone in Museums and Society
The Capstone allows students to develop and carry out their own, hands-on research project in a museum, collection, archive, or other living resource. Final projects must involve some form of public presentation (exhibition, lecture, poster, web-based, etc.) and a work of self-reflection (journal, brief paper, blog, or other). Projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director, in keeping with the University's Independent Work Policy.
Rodini, staff (by permission), up to 3 credits. Letter grade or S/U.

CROSS-LISTED COURSES

AAP 460.608 The Business of Museums
In this on-line graduate course through Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs, students will become conversant in the fundamentals of museum business including mission, nonprofit status, transparency, governance, programming, management, finance, fundraising, facilities, legal and ethics issues, the impact of technologies, and everchanging audiences. Interested students must contact M&S Director to apply; have taken 389.202 and an M&S practicum; and get permission of M&S and AAP Directors. For more course information see here.
Staff 3 credits
 

INTERSESSION 2015 (STAY TUNED!)

FALL 2014

389.201 (H, S) Introduction to the Museum: Past and Present
This course surveys museums, from their origins to their most contemporary forms, in the context of broader historical, intellectual, and cultural trends. Anthropology, art, history, and science museums are considered. Offered every fall. Cross-listed with Anthropology, History, History of Art.
Rodini 3 credits

389.261 (H) Curating Homewood
Students explore early American life related to the region and the Carroll family of Homewood. Primary research and object study culminate in student-curated thematic exhibition. Optional intersession practicum experience is also possible. For more on exhibit theme, contact instructor. Offered every Fall. Cross-listed with History. M&S practicum course.
Arthur 3 credits

389.301 (H, S) Twenty-First Century Approaches to Material Culture
JHU pioneered the concept of the modern research university in the United States, but what does that mean for the everyday experiences of its students, faculty, staff and friends? Excavate the history of this place through the things collected, made and used here since the university's founding in 1876. Students research the material culture of Hopkins and present their findings on an interactive website: collectionsweb.jhu.edu. Course includes digital media labs. Cross-listed with History and History of Science. M&S practicum.
Kingsley 4 credits

389.357 (H) Heaven on Earth: Art, Culture and Wonder in the Vatican Museum and Library
Explores the institutional, cultural, artistic, and architectural history of the Vatican from ancient Rome to the Renaissance and Enlightenment, including St. Peter's Basilica, the Apostolic Palace, Vatican Museums and Library.
Havens 3 credits

389.450/650 (H) Readings in Material Culture
Objects, things, "stuff"- this seminar will pursue classic texts and emerging methodologies to explore the myriad ways materials and materiality have been theorized across disciplines. For graduate/advanced undergraduate students. Cross-listed with History, History of Art, History of Science and Technology.
Rodini and Brown 3 credits

389.502 Independent Study in Museums and Society
Independent study allows students to develop and carry out their own research project in a related field, typically through a course-like structure and the production of a research paper. Projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director. Students should also consult the University's Independent Work Policy as explained in the student handbook.
Rodini, staff (by permission), up to 3 credits. Letter grade only.

389.512 Internship in Museums and Society
Students may seek credit for academic work connected to an unpaid museum internship. Projects may be in the area of research, exhibition development, conservation science, or other related fields, and must result in a product that can be evaluated by JHU faculty. All projects must be pre-approved by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director, and must be in keeping with the University's Independent Work Policy.
Rodini, staff (by permission) 1 credit S/U only

389.522 Capstone in Museums and Society
The Capstone allows students to develop and carry out their own, hands-on research project in a museum, collection, archive, or other living resource. Final projects must involve some form of public presentation (exhibition, lecture, poster, web-based, etc.) and a work of self-reflection (journal, brief paper, blog, or other). Projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director, in keeping with the University's Independent Work Policy.
Rodini, staff (by permission), up to 3 credits. Letter grade or S/U.

CROSS-LISTED COURSES

040.137 Freshman Seminar: Archaeology at the Crossroads: The Ancient Eastern Mediterranean through Objects in the JHU Archaeological Museum
This seminar investigates the Eastern Mediterranean as a space of intense cultural interaction in the Late Bronze Age, exploring how people, ideas, and things not only came into contact but deeply influenced one another through maritime trade, art, politics, etc. In addition to class discussion, we will work hands-on with artifacts from the JHU Archaeological Museum, focusing on material from Cyprus.
Anderson 3 credits

040.235 Past is Present: Cultural Heritage and Global Interactions
The uncovering, collection and valuation of the archaeological past is deeply embroiled in global interactions - diplomatic, economic, cultural. We examine the complex role of cultural heritage through consideration of case studies and analytic approaches. Frequent visits to area museums.
Anderson 3 credits

100.249 Baltimore as Historical Site
The city of Baltimore will serve as a laboratory in which to study American History. We will explore the urban landscape on foot as well as through written sources.
Ryan 3 credits

130.334/706 Egyptian Funerary Arts in the Archaeological Museum
This class will aim to cover the production and choice of funerary objects for Egyptian elite tombs in several eras of antiquity: the Middle and New Kingdoms, the Third Intermediate Period, and the Late Periods. Students will work with specific objects after learning generally about them, and they will carry out analyses of materials, pigments, construction methods, and erosion and degradation effects. They will create a virtual exhibition for the Museum's website and present their results for inclusion in the museum cataloguing project.
Balachandran and Bryan, up to 3 credits

140.115 Freshman Seminar: Humans and Artifacts
Freshmen Only. The course explores human interaction with “things” - machines, instruments, devices and images. We will learn how to “read” machines, and how to analyze the variety of ways humans use things as tools of thought.
Frumer 3 credits

140.320 Modernity on Display: Technology and Ideology in the Era of World War II
Seminar focuses on ideological warfare over technological modernity at world’s fairs 1937-1942. France, United States, Japan, Germany and Italy.
Kargon and Molella 3 credits
 

 


 

Catalog of Courses

389.103 (H, W) Museum Matters Freshman Seminar (previously 203)
Limited to Freshmen. Museums are crucibles, places where
public memory, identity, and cultural values are debated and shaped. We examine this premise through site visits to Baltimore museums of art, science, history (and many more), critical group discussion, and intensive writing assignments.
Rodini, staff 3 credits

389.120 Discover Hopkins: Examining Archaeological Objects
In this course, we examine artifacts from the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum in order to learn about the role of materials such as ceramics, metal, glass, faience and stone in the history, art and culture of the ancient world. We will visit local artists’ studios to understand how these materials are utilized today, and examine comparative examples in local art museums. Students will work hands on with artifacts each day.
Balachandran 1 credit

389.130 (H) Mini-Course: Conservation. An Introduction to Technical Art History
This laboratory-based mini course introduces students to the methods and resources that conservators and art historians use to identify and analyze the physical nature of works of art. Through the study of artists' materials, examination of objects, and demonstrations of analytical equipment students will learn how knowledge of the materials and techniques used to create works of art can significantly inform art-historical understanding. Centered on case studies and focused on objects in the BMA's collection, the course will consider primarily painting, with examination of sculpture and works on paper as time permits.
Class meets 4 times, on February 7, 14, 21 and 28, at the BMA. Syllabus and organizational meeting at JHU on Thursday, January 31, 5:30pm. Cross-listed with History of Art.
Primeau (Director of Conservation at the BMA) 1 credit

389.201 (H, S) Introduction to the Museum: Past and Present
This course surveys museums, from their origins to their most contemporary forms, in the context of broader historical, intellectual, and cultural trends. Anthropology, art, history, and science museums are considered. Offered every fall. Cross-listed with Anthropology, History, History of Art.
Rodini 3 credits

389.202 (H, S) Introduction to the Museum: Issues and Ideas
This course considers the practical, political, and ethical challenges facing museums today, including the impact of technology and globalization, economic pressures, and debates over the ownership and interpretation of culture. Offered every spring.
Kingsley 3 credits

389.205 (H) Examining Archaeological Objects
This course considers the role of materials in the production, study and interpretation of objects by examining artifacts from the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Students will consider materials such as ceramics, stone, metal, glass, wood and textiles, and visit artists' studios to gain an understanding of historical manufacturing processes. Cross-listed with Archaeology, Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, Classics and History of Art. M&S practicum course.
Balachandran 3 credits
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389.245 (H) Introduction to Museum Practice
Taking the JHU Archaeological Museum as a case study and working closely with its holdings, we will discuss the principles and practice of managing and preserving museum collections. Cross-listed with Anthropology, Classics, History of Art, Near Eastern Studies. M&S practicum course.
Balachandran 3 credits

389.275 (H, S) Interpreting Collections: An Introduction to Museum Education
Part public history, part introduction to museum practices, this hands-on course invites students into a local collection to develop interpretive materials for diverse audiences. Students learn about the history, theory and practice of museum education. In 2013 course culminated in the creation of interpretive text for the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Cross-listed with History and History of Science. M&S practicum course.

Maloney (Museum Educator) 3 credits

389.261 (H) Curating Homewood
Students explore early American life related to the region and the Carroll family of Homewood. Primary research and object study culminate in student-curated thematic exhibition. Optional intersession practicum experience is also possible. For more on exhibit theme, contact instructor. Offered every Fall. Cross-listed with History. M&S practicum course.
Arthur 3 credits

389.320 (H) Photographs on the Edge: Ara Güler in the Archives of the Smithsonian's Freer-Sackler Galleries
Work as a curator alongside Smithsonian staff, researching the work of Turkish photographer Ara Güler to develop an exhibit that considers relationships between the history of photography, archives and the museum. Class will travel several times to the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington D.C. Cross-listed with History of Art. M&S practicum course.
Micklewright (Exhibit Curator) 3 credits

389.340 (H) Critical Issues in Art Conservation
The course examines recent controversies in the conservation of major global art works and sites, raising questions concerning the basic theoretical assumptions, practical methods, and ethical implications of art conservation. Cross-listed with Anthropology, History of Art.
Balachandran 3 credits

389.342 (H) Objects in Focus: Materials, Techniques, History
What can art and archaeological objects reveal about materials, their craftsmanship and preservation? We investigate artists' treatises, visit studios and museum conservation laboratories and closely examine artworks. Cross-listed with Classics, History of Art, Near Eastern Studies. M&S practicum course.
Balachandran 3 credits

389.349 (H) Art, Museums and the Law
The course examines the ways in which art and the law intersect from a variety of perspectives including intellectual property, cultural appropriation and freedom of expression. Cross-listed with History of Art.
Lehmann 3 credits

389.350 (H,S) Staging Suburbia
Work as a public historian alongside Jewish Museum of Maryland curators and staff, researching primary documents and artifacts to develop an exhibition about Baltimore's Jewish suburbs. The show will travel throughout Baltimore. Cross-listed with History and Jewish Studies. M&S practicum course.
Weiner 3 credits

389.354 (H) Paper Museums: Exhibiting Prints at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Students work with Baltimore Museum of Art print collection and staff to develop, organize, and design an exhibition. All aspects of museum work are explored, including research, interpretation, presentation, programming, marketing. Cross-listed with History of Art. M&S practicum course.
Rodini, Staff 3 credits

389.355 (H, W) Reading Culture in the Nineteenth-Century Library
Students reconstruct the culture of reading in nineteenth-century America through an investigation of the Peabody Library (founded 1856) as a space and collection. Meets at Peabody. Cross-listed with English, writing intensive. M & S practicum course.

Dean 3 credits

389.356 (H) Halls of Wonder: Art, Science, and Literature in the Age of the Marvelous, 1500-1800
Explore the material culture of "wonder" from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment in literature, science, and art, with Hopkins' rare book collections and the Walters Art Museum. Cross-listed with History, History of Art, and GRLL. M&S practicum course.
Havens 3 credits

389.357 (H) Heaven on Earth: Art, Culture and Wonder in the Vatican Museum and Library
This interdisciplinary course will explore the institutional, cultural, artistic and architectural history of St. Peter's and the Vatican Museum and Library from Antiquity through the Renaissance, up to the present day. Class meets in the Dick Macksey Seminar Room of the Brody Learning Commons.
Havens 3 credits. Tuesdays 3-5:20pm.

389.359 (H) Literary Archive
This course invites students to grapple with the theory and practice of building literary archives in 19th- and 20th-century American culture. For the final project students will work collaboratively to build a digital archive and exhibit of selected materials from the JHU rare book and manuscript collections. Meets in Special Collections. Cross-listed with English. M&S practicum course.
Dean 3 credits

389.360 (H) American Literature on Display
Focusing on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature, we will examine representations of "display" within different genres and track how "display" simultaneously shapes print culture and social concerns of this period. Questions about display will also inform our final project, a digital exhibit that students will create using archival and rare book materials to contextualize the work of the journalist, poet and fiction writer Stephen Crane. Cross-listed with English. M&S practicum course.
Dean 3 credits

389.361 Encountering the Art of South East Asia: Museum Display, Theory and Practice
Students reconsider the exhibition and interpretation of South East Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum, developing a pilot installation to suggest a new permanent display. Class meets at the Walters Art Museum. M&S practicum course.
Mintz 3 credits.

389.362 (H) Behind the Scenes at the Walters Art Museum
Work with Walters staff to learn about the workings of a professional art museum while developing an exhibition or other museum project. Cross-listed with History of Art.
M&S practicum course.
Rodini 3 credits

389.363 (H) Curating Culture at the Evergreen Museum
In this hands-on course, students research the Evergreen collection in order to develop an innovative, public exhibition or presentation. The history of the house, its grounds, its books and artifacts are all subject to investigation. Cross-listed with History of Art. M&S practicum course.
Abbott 3 credits

389.364 (H) History of the Artifact
By developing a small installation at a local collection, students explore how museums use artifacts to present the past to diverse audiences.
In 2009, students worked with the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Cross-listed with History. M&S practicum course.
Museum Staff 3 credits

389.365 (H) Close Looking at the BMA
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the careful consideration of one or several works or art in the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Creative final projects enhance the educational mission of the museum. Meets at the BMA. Cross-listed with History of Art.
M&S practicum course.
Rodini 3 credits

389.369 Encountering the Art of East Asia: Museum Display, Theory and Practice
Students reconsider the exhibition and interpretation of East Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum, developing a pilot installation to suggest a new permanent display. M&S practicum course. Class meets at the Walters Art Museum. Cross-listed with East Asian Studies.
Mintz 3 credits.

389.385 (H,S) Global Perspectives on the Museum
Course examines practices of collecting, display and preservation beyond the western museum tradition, focusing on how these practices reflect and construct political, historical, ethnic and nationalist narratives. Cross-listed with Anthropology; counts towards International Studies major
Rodini and Balachandran 3 credits

389.390 (H) Library / Laboratory
What is a library? Is it a collection of books, a suite of digital resources, a space for studying? In this interdisciplinary and project-driven class we will examine the past, present and future of the library as a site of experimentation and an expression of different knowledge regimes. Our investigation will be guided by literary treatments of the library, historical and critical readings, guest lectures, rare materials from special collections and field work.
Dean 3 credits

389.440 (H, S) Who Owns Culture?
This seminar explores the complicated, often explosive concept of cultural property, including questions surrounding the ownership, preservation, and interpretation of artifacts, monuments, heritage sites, and living traditions. Cross-listed with Anthropology, History of Art.
Rodini 3 credits

389.460 (H) Inventing the Middle Ages
Investigate the history of the collection, interpretation and display of medieval art by nations, museums and private collectors together with their related narratives in art-historical scholarship. Topics range from the historiography of disciplinary terms such as "Romanesque" and "Gothic" to seventeenth-century antiquarian interest in medieval architecture; from the construction of medieval sculpture as "primitive" to the use of medieval objects and monuments in nationalistic displays and narratives; and from early immersive displays of medieval art in America such as the Cloisters in New York to current exhibits and installations that aim to globalize medieval art. Cross-listed with History of Art.
Kingsley 3 credits

389.501/502 Independent Study in Museums and Society
Independent study allows students to develop and carry out their own research project in a related field. Projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director. Students should also consult the University's Independent Work Policy.
Rodini, staff (by permission), up to 3 credits.

389.511/512 Internship in Museums and Society
Students may seek credit for academic work connected to an unpaid museum internship. Projects may be in the area of research, exhibition development, conservation science, or other related fields. All projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director, and must be in keeping with the University's Independent Work Policy.
Rodini, staff (by permission), 1 credit.

389.521/522 Capstone in Museums and Society
The Capstone allows students to develop and carry out their own, hands-on research project in a museum, collection, archive, or other living resource. Final projects must involve some form of public presentation (exhibition, lecture, poster, web-based, etc.) and a work of self-reflection (journal, brief paper, blog, or other). Projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director, in keeping with the University's Independent Work Policy.
Rodini, staff (by permission), up to 3 credits. Letter grade or S/U.

389.594 Independent Study
Staff, up to 3 credits

389.599 Museums & Society Internship
Staff 1 credit

ANTHROPOLOGY

070.103 (H, S, W) Community Based Learning - Africa and the Museum
Freshman seminar course on African material life, as created, used, collected, displayed, and discussed. Aims to introduce both Africa and its representation in the West. Cross-listed also with Africana Studies.
Guyer 3 credits
(Anthropology)

070.126 Enframings: The Politics of Display
From "cabinets of curiosities" to modern-day museums of art, cultural and natural histories, practices of collection and display are neither banal nor apolitical. In this course, we will examine the politics of display through anthropological and philosophical texts while taking advantage of Baltimore's vibrancy as a city of museums, art, and artists through site visits.
Banahi 3 credits

070.287 (H, S, W) Displaying Race
Through hands-on archival and museum research, students in this class will develop a proposal for displaying a small collection of plaster busts that were cast in the late 19th century from live indigenous subjects. Readings from the class will explore the ethical, legal and political issues surrounding the public display of anthropological and historical artifacts that were collected as part of now discredited regimes of racial classification. How can displays be used to reveal the distance that separates 19th century racial thought from our modern day understandings of physical and cultural difference? How can we responsibly display likenesses that may have been collected under coercive conditions? How can such objects be used to educate people about the place of indigenous peoples in the museum? What laws and ethical conventions govern the display of such objects? In addition to regular class meetings, students will be expected to carry out archival research and interviews in local archives and museums.
Poole 3 credits
(Anthropology)

CLASSICS

040.119 (H) The World of Pompeii
This course focuses on the history and archaeology of Pompeii. Close attention is also paid to the reception of Pompeian materials in European and American culture. Also cross-listed with History of Art.
Valladares 3 credits

040.368 The Authority of Ruins: Antiquarianism in Italy, 1690-1890
This seminar focused on the transformation of antiquarianism in Italy after the discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Students worked primarily with rare books from the collections at JHU, and developed an on-line exhibition of their work. M&S practicum course.
Valladares 3 credits

040.360 (AS) The Archaeology of Daily Life
This course will examine objects of daily life from the Greco-Roman world in the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum. Students will collaborate on an online catalogue, featuring their research. Cross-listed with History of Art, Near Eastern Studies, and Museums and Society. M&S practicum course.
Valladares 3 credits

040.137 (H, W) Archaeology at the Crossroads: The Ancient Eastern Mediterranean through Objects in the JHU Archaeological Museum
Limited to Freshmen. This seminar investigates the Eastern Mediterranean as a space of intense cultural interaction in the Late Bronze Age, exploring how people, ideas, and things not only came into contact but deeply influenced one another through maritime trade, art, politics, etc. In addition to class discussion, we will work hands-on with artifacts from the JHU Archaeological Museum, focusing on material from Cyprus. Cross-listed with Museums and Society and Near Eastern Studies.
Anderson 3 credits

GERMAN AND ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

211.330 (H) Curating Media Artists in Residence
Under the mentorship of curators from the Baltimore Museum of Art and faculty from Museums and Society and JHU's Center for Advanced Media Studies, students will research and propose new media artists in residence for the BMA's Contemporary Wing, as well as prepare the residency program for 2015. Students will consider the work of cutting-edge media artists whose work will be discussed both in the classroom as well as on sponsored class trips to media art exhibits in DC and NYC. Students will also assist with the CAMS media art residency of acclaimed French artist Camille Henrot in March 2014. The class will take place once a week on campus except for two planned class-excursions. CAMS, GRLL, Film and Media Studies, Museums & Society.
Wegenstein 3 credits

HISTORY

100.353 (H, S) Remembering Vietnam: Documenting, Capturing, and Preserving a Divisive War
This is a course to teach students about a divisive war, its documentation, and its memorialization through gathering images, interviews, and other data. A lab unit is required.
Walters 4 credits

100.372 The Victorians
This course focuses on the politics of everyday life, consumption, intimate relations, and concepts of the self in Victorian Britain (1837-1901). Particular attention is devoted to Victorian visual culture, including exhibitions, built environment, decorative arts, and leisure culture. Other themes include popular nationalism, class cultures, feminism and body politics, Empire and racial thought.
Walkowitz 3 credits

100.376 (H, S) Baltimore as Historical Site
This class uses the historical site of Baltimore to demonstrate the spatial context of major events in U.S. and urban history.
Ryan 3 credits

100.470 (H, S) Monuments and Memory in Asian History
This seminar explores the ritual, political, and religious significance of architectural sites in Asia. We also examine their more recent role as signifiers of cultural and national identities and in tourism.
Meyer-Fong 3 credits

HISTORY OF ART

010.241 (H) Exhibiting the Global
Processes of globalization have increasingly structured the ways in which art institutions and their audiences display and perceive the world. This course will attempt to address some of the theoretical problems facing contemporary art in the global context from the display of others to theories of subjectivity impacted by the increasing movement of peoples and expansion of communication technologies. The course explores some historical precedents of exhibiting global cultures beginning with colonial and world exhibitions. It also examines a number of global exhibitions in recent decades as case studies in exhibiting the global.
Wofford 3 credits

010.312 (H) Surrealism
Topics include: art and teh unconscious; "psychic automatism" and its implications for theories of medium, genre and composition; objects, journals and exhibitions. Visits to Special Collections and the BMA. History of Art
Warnock 3 credits

010.334 (H) Problems in Ancient American Art
Selected topics which may include art of the ancient scribe and visual communication (Maya, Aztec, Mixtec, Inka), imperial art and architecture (Aztec Moche, Inka), sacred media and indigenous aesthetics (Mesoamerica, Andes), the role of American art in the European Kunstkammer, collection and exhibition of antiquities, the antiquities market and art crimes. (Note: this course is only cross-listed with M&S when the particular topic is appropriate, subject to Instructor and Director approval.)
DeLeonardis 3 credits

010.366 Native Amerian Art
Survey of the principle visual arts of North America (1500 BC-AD 1600). Introduction to interpretive theory and methodology. Collections study in local and regional museums. Also cross-listed with Archaeology and PLAS.
DeLeonardis 3 credits

010.382 (H) The Politics of Display in South Asia
Through examining collecting, patronage, colonial exhibitions, and museums, this course examines how South Asia has been constructed in practices of display. Themes: politics of representation, spectacle, ethnography, and economies of desire related to colonialism and the rise of modernity.
Brown 3 credits

010.398 Tombs for the Living
Centering on the tomb as a unit of analysis, this course examines how death and funerary ritual reflect the cultural values of the living and are an active force in shaping them. Drawing on case studies from Mesoamerica and the Andes we consider various approaches to entombment and funerary ritual.
Deleonardis 3 credits

010.411 (H) Art Collecting and the Rise of the Museum
This class looks at the history of collecting and displaying art from the Renaissance studiolo through the nineteenth century.
Campbell 3 credits

010.424 (H) Collecting Roman Art: From Antiquity to the Present
A survey of the most important collections of Greek and Roman Sculpture from the late-Republican age through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, until the creation of the main museums in Europe and in the United States.
Tucci 3 credits

010.666 (H) Exhibiting the Other
A graduate seminar open to advanced undergraduates, the course assesses the politics, theory, and practice of displaying what still operates as the "other" despite challenges to museum practices of displaying the art and visual culture of regions and periods outside of the Euro-American mainstream.
Brown Graduate course.

HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

140.115 (H, S) Humans and Artifacts
This course explores the relationship between humans and artifacts, and the different dimensions of objects: historical, sociological and psychological.
Frummer 3 credits

140.123 (H) Johns Hopkins: The Idea of a University
Who was Ira Remsen and why is he interred in the building bearing his name? Was the School of Medicine's best surgeon really a life-long drug addict? This freshman seminar will explore the history of our university since its founding in 1876, including its schools of medicine, public health, nursing, the Applied Physics Laboratory and SAIS. We'll look carefully at the archives and develop a thematic class exhibit. Research and writing intensive. History of Science and Technology.
Leslie 3 credits

140.215 (H, S) Monuments and Memory
This course explores the construction or discovery, and the enduring significance, of selected monuments in the West, including national memorials, national parks, and other architectural and engineering milestones. It investigates how they were made, interpreted, and represented in art, literature, popular culture, and tourism.
Leslie 3 credits

140.320 Modernity on Display: Science and Technology at World's Fairs
Seminar focuses on ideological warfare over technological modernity at world's fairs 1937-1942. France, United States, Japan, Germany, and Italy.
Kargon and Molella 3 credits

140.351 Science Moderne: Inventing a Culture for the Future
This undergraduate seminar examines the impact of new ideas of time and space and of the second Industrial Revolution (the transformations induced by science-based technologies) on art, music, dance, urban design, architecture, and social and political thought in the first half of the 20th century.
Kargon and Molella (Smithsonian) 3 credits

140.359 Museums and Globalization
Examines how museums are linked to wider national and cultural communities, and how they mobilize resources to address political, economic, and social concerns and questions of heritage.
Kargon 3 credits

140.363 (H, S) Museums and Controversy: From the Enola Gay to Body Worlds
Exhibitions on Freud, Darwin, the Bomb, environment, the human body, and similar "hot" topics have stirred unexpected controversy. This seminar explores the origins of such heated public and scientific disagreements.
Leslie, Kargon 3 credits

140.372 (H, S) Science on Display
History of collecting, exhibiting and interpreting science and technology, from Renaissance cabinets of curiosity to modern world's fairs, zoos, aquariums, films and science centers. Students will present their own exhibits as dioramas, web sites, documentaries or other formats.
Leslie 3 credits

NEAR EASTERN STUDIES

130.251 Made for the Gods: Votive Egyptian Objects in the Archaeological Museum
This course investigates Egyptian votive objects maed as gifts to the Gods. Students will learn about Egyptian religious practices and study groups of objects in the Archaeological Museum to learn to identify how they were produced, when, and for what functions. Physical analyses of the objects will be part of the class and facilitated by museum staff.
Bryan 3 credits

130.334 Museum Study of Objects from the Eton College Myers Collection
Students are introduced to studying Egyptian objects through an investigation of some pieces from the Eton College Myers Collection on long term loan to the University. Cataloguing and research for these objects will be part of the course. M&S practicum course. Taught with 133.706.
Bryan 3 credits

MICA

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Exhibition Development Seminar
The theme for 2011-12 was Undercover and was reviewed by the Baltimore City Paper. Participants worked with artists, with 11 artists to examine the continuously shifting definitions of shelter and privacy. The approximately 50 works of sculpture, photography and video explored how private dwellings and public spaces have begun to merge and how, as a result, concepts of and expectations for shelter, protection and privacy have been irrevocably altered. The class is a year-long commitment, with both the fall and spring semesters required to participate. Hopkins students interested in this course should contact Museums and Society Director, erodini@jhu.edu.

INTERSESSION

The following Museums and Society courses have been offered during winter intersession. Stay tuned for future Intersession opportunities.

ABROAD

389.210 (H) Study Abroad France: Surveying Paris: Museums. Monuments. Memory
Investigate how museums have shaped Paris' physical, social and imaginary landscape
. Topics range from the place of the Louvre in the French Revolution to the remaking of Versailles as a monument to monarchy; from the use of the medieval past to the technological expositions of the 19th century; from art as a stamp of modernity to its role in constructing a post-colonial nation. Will be offered again in 2014.
Rodini

389.229.30 (H) Study Abroad London: English Museums and Libraries From the Middle Ages to the Modern Era
Behind-the-scene tours with instructor and curators of the major art, science, cultural museums, palaces, and historic rare book and manuscript libraries in greater London. Introduces students to the unique historical circumstances that shaped each unique museum & collection and their respective missions from the late Middle Ages through the foundation of the first great public museums and libraries during the second half of the 18th and the 19th centuries, and beyond.
Havens 3 credits (A blog post about the class' visit to the V&A is here)

Study Abroad Spain: Southern Spain and Morocco (History)
An interdisciplinary approach to the arts, cultures and history of al-Andalus during medieval and early Renaissance times. Topics include changing relationships between Christians, Muslims and Jews; the place of al-Andalus in the wider world of Islam, North Africa and the Mediterranean, and the evolution of the region's art, architecture and urban forms. Lectures and visits to major sites, monuments and museums.
Kagan and Simpson 3 credits

Study Abroad Madrid: Perspectives on the History of Spain, Its Art and Culture
The course offers an interdisciplinary approach to Spain and its cultures and art. Topics to be addressed include the country's multi-cultural heritage (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim), its imperial era and overseas expansion, its fabled Golden Age of literature and art, and fabled decline as a world power.
Kagan

IN THE US

010.275.13 Indulging in Impressionism: The Cone Collection at the BMA (History of Art)
The course offers an introduction to the Cone Collection, a world-class selection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings acquired by two sisters. We will explore the develoment of radical new painting styles in tandem with the evolution of collecting and display practices that emerged in Baltimore and in Paris at the turn of the century. Includes visits to the Walters, BMA and Sheridan Rare Book Collection.
Johnson 1 credit

389.171 (H) Exhibits in Focus
Field-trip based class considers significant regional exhibits against the background of exhibitions that transformed interpretive approaches in history, art and science museums
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Kingsley

389.172 (H) City on Display: Exploring Baltimore through Its Museums
Spicher

389.173 The History of America's Top Hospital
This course will introduce students to the history of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the schools of medicine, nursing and public health through the collections of the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Morning will be devoted to study and discussion of primary source documents, photographs, film and material culture. The class will take tours of historic sites on the East Baltimore campus in the afternoons.
Letocha

389.162.22 (H) Japanese Art at Evergreen Museum
Using the Evergreen House collection of Japanese lacquer, netsuke, and sword fittings, this course explores nineteenth and early twentieth century art collecting in Baltimore, investigating the cultural background of Asian art collections in America and Europe, how Americans of the period learned about Japan, and the ways these objects were integrated into upper class American households. Some class meetings will be held at Evergreen Museum and Library, giving students first hand experience with the objects and their context of display.
Snow

389.191 (H) Study in the USA - New York: City of Museums
For museums, New York City is still the place to be. Investigate how New York became the city of museums. Topics range from the call for the first children's museum in the world to the contentious debates over the 9/11 museum and memorial; from the creation of art galleries as identity museums in the 1960s to the invention of Fifth Avenue as the "museum mile"; from New York City's changing roles as a national and cultural capital to its marketing in the heritage tourism industry.
Kingsley

389.193.12 (H) The Renaissance of the Book
A hands-on introduction to rare books and manuscripts from ancient Mesopotamia to the Industrial Era, crossing the disciplines of science and technology, art, religion, politics and literature-- using the rare books and manuscripts of the Sheridan Libraries. Special emphasis is paid to the Printing Revolution of the 15th and 16th centuries, when books first emerged as a core element of material culture.
Havens 1 credit

SUMMER COURSES

The following Museums and Society courses have been offered during summer session. Check this site for future course listings.

010.138.21 (AS) Introduction to Public Art: Murals, Monuments, and Museums
Murals on the side of the local grocery, Washington monuments in both DC and Baltimore, a 16th century manuscript painting at the Walters, film series at the Charles, galleries in North Arts: this course asks how visual culture shapes and is shaped by the urban experience. Critical readings in museum studies, urban studies, art history, cultural politics. Weekly field trips to local sites, museums, monuments; discussions with artists, curators, collectors.
Brown 3 Credits History of Art

010.245 Art in London
In this 3-week summer study abroad course in the UK, students get up close with the London art world, investigating art from the Renaissance through the 21st century. They visit all of the major art museums, seeing the highlights of each collection; visit the major art dealers and auction houses to learn about the commercial side of the art world; and meet with some of the world's leading art specialists to discuss their jobs and gain a behind-the-scenes view of this important artistic center. This course is an ideal introduction to students interested in pursuing a career anywhere in the art world.

010.338 Murals, Monuments, Museums: Art and Visual Culture in Baltimore and D.C.
How do monuments shape our experience of Baltimore? What is public art? How do we use art to commemorate, to record community history, to reshape urban space, to challenge our understanding of who and where we are? This course includes extensive on-site study of Baltimore and D.C. murals, monuments, and museums and talk with curators, artists, and directors. Readings will be drawn from key scholarship on urban history, architecture, public art, planning, and museum studies.
Brown

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COURSE ARCHIVE

389.330 (H) Critique of the Museum in Contemporary Art
Since the 1960s, many artists have challenged art museum conventions, contesting the assumption that museums are ideologically neutral spaces of display. This institutional critique is examined in artworks, installations, literature. Cross-listed with History of Art.

389.366 (H) Interpreting Warhol: An Introduction to Museum Education
A hybrid between art history and an introduction to museum practices, this course culminates in developing education programs for the BMA's exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol. Cross-listed with History of Art. M&S practicum course.
Bautista (BMA) 3 credits

389.367 (H) Walking with Reliquaries
Students study medieval objects from the Walters Art Museum collection with the curator, and design interpretative tools that will be used in an upcoming exhibition at the museum. Cross-listed with History of Art. M&S practicum course.
Bagnoli (Walters) 3 credits

389.368 (H) Artists, Museums, and Social Purpose: Contemporary Models
How do artists working today engage with museums? Students explore these partnerships in theory and practice, proposing a local installation in collaboration with artist-instructor Peter Bruun. Cross-listed with History of Art, Homewood Art Workshops. M&S practicum course.
Bruun 3 credits

389.370 (H) Camera Arts: Photographing Evergreen Museum & Library
Curator and photography instructor lead students in a photographic exploration of the Evergreen collection. Fine arts approach to digital photography and printing. Final project exhibition at Evergreen. Cross-listed with Homewood Art Workshops. M&S practicum course.
Berger 3 credits

389.371 The Artist in the Museum: Making Books
In this course, curatorial staff from the Evergreen, Peabody, Walters and JHU libraries introduce students to the concept of books as art. Guided by a photography instructor and curator, students create their own artist's books inspired by these collections, and these become part of an exhibition within the libraries of Evergreen Museum & Library. Cross-listed with Homewood Art Workshops. M&S practicum course.
Berger 3 credits

Cross-Listed Courses

African Visions: Art Objects, Context, and Interpretations

A hands-on class that addressed the relationship between art and its contexts by focusing on the histories and inventions of African art objects. Film, print media, and museums will all be considered. class. Cross-listed with History of Art. M&S practicum course. (Africana Studies)
Milbourne (ex-BMA) 3 credits

Black Baltimore History: Introduction to Research
This course focuses on major topics in twentieth-century Black Baltimore history. Using the rich reporting of Black newspapers, in particular Baltimore's Afro-American Newspapers, as well as images and exhibits related to African American history, students will explore daily life in African American neighborhoods, the history of racial segregation in Baltimore City, civil rights activism in Baltimore, Black Power politics, changing urban demographics during the twentieth century and the contested nature of depictions of African American life and history. As part of the course students will research and curate online exhibits of primary source materials. M&S practicum course. (Africana Studies)
Hinderer 3 credits

Seeing Baltimore History: Race and Community
The course considers questions of community and race in Baltimore during the twentieth century. Students will study the reporting of local newspapers, in particular the rich archives of the Baltimore Afro American Newspaper, which includes many unpublished photographs. Topics include daily life in Baltimore, interracial activism and conflict, civil rights, and changing demographics of the city. Students will produce an online exhibit. M&S practicum course. (Africana Studies)
Hinderer 3 credits

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OTHER LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDY

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) offers a number of relevant courses through its Curatorial Studies Concentration, a number of which are open to Hopkins students. If you are interested in MICA courses, please contact the Director.

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