Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found Student Information Services (SIS) website.

Please consult the online course catalog for information on courses offered within the past five academic years.

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The Ethiopia at the Crossroads
AS.010.305 (01)

Ethiopia played a foundational role in modern-day civilization and culture: as the find site of Lucy, the earliest bipedal hominid, the seat of the Queen of Sheba’s kingdom, the second country in the world to adopt Christianity in the early 4th century CE, and the nexus of exchange between Africa, Europe, and Asia. In fall 2023, The Walters Art Museum will mount the exhibition tentatively titled, Ethiopia at the Crossroads, which addresses Ethiopia’s relationship and artistic exchange with its surrounding cultures, including South Arabia, Nubia, Egypt, Byzantium, Armenia, Italy, and India. It also discusses the impact of Ethiopian art beyond its borders, bringing works of Ethiopian contemporary art into dialogue with the historical Ethiopian art that these artists draw upon in their work. The exhibition covers approximately 1,750 years of Ethiopian history with a special focus on the art of the medieval period, broadly conceived. The course will also offer insights into how a museum exhibition is developed from the initial concept to the physical presentation in the galleries.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 4:30PM - 7:00PM
  • Instructor: Sciacca, Christine
  • Room: Gilman 119  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/12
  • PosTag(s): HART-MED

Without Representation: Race, Gender, and Belonging in American Art
AS.010.442 (01)

This course explores the fundamental question: who counts as an American in American Art? Through our examination of objects, texts, and public collections we will document the marginalized, obscured, and omitted populations in traditional conceptions of American Art. Our goal is to understand the political and social impact of these absences. In this seminar, we will address the concept of cultural representation, both as image and agent, in art produced in the United States. Texts from art criticism, museum studies, gender studies, and ethnic studies will inform our investigations. We will also survey museum collections to understand the role of institutions in selecting, canonizing, and preserving a particular view of American culture. Throughout the course, we will pay close attention to power as it relates to class, race, gender, and sexuality. We will begin in the mid-nineteenth century with the emergence of photography and the establishment of public art museums in the United States. At the postwar period, when the art world shifted from Paris to New York, we will consider how culture externally served political dominance while internally reinscribing elitism. We will examine the role of art in feminist, Black, Chicano, and Asian American civil rights movements and conclude with an investigation of museum efforts to address the complexity of American identity today.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 4:30PM - 7:00PM
  • Instructor: Flores-Garcia, Jez
  • Room:    
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/12
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Introduction to the Museum: Issues and Ideas
AS.389.202 (01)

Museums face practical, political and ethical challenges, including economic difficulties, debates over interpretation of culture and pressure to demonstrate social value. This course considers how museums are answering these challenges.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Forloney, Robert
  • Room: Shaffer 100  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/18
  • PosTag(s): PMUS-INTRO

Cultural Heritage in Crisis
AS.389.260 (01)

We explore the possible futures of cultural heritage and museums in times of accelerating climate change, pandemics, armed conflict and political and social turmoil by examining past and contemporary events.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Balachandran, Sanchita
  • Room: Gilman 150A  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): PMUS-INTRO, INST-GLOBAL, ARCH-ARCH

Of and For Everyone: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in the Museum
AS.389.280 (01)

How are museums responding to the pressures to be more equitable, inclusive, and accessible towards public audiences and their staff? Students go behind the scenes of the Smithsonian, Baltimore Museum of Industry and Baltimore Museum of Art to meet with working groups and staff charged with transforming their institutions. Includes site visits, hands-on experiences and research on best practices.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
  • Room: Gilman 277  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): PMUS-INTRO, ARCH-RELATE

Commemoration, Mourning, and Race: The Stories of Mount Auburn Cemetery
AS.389.314 (01)

In partnership with Mount Auburn Cemetery in Baltimore, owned and operated by the Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, this community-engaged course will address the African American cemetery in general, and the Mount Auburn Cemetery in particular, as a place of multiple meanings: a sacred site of private mourning, a public place of commemoration, a representation of racism, an historic accomplishment. This course will require on-site research that contributes to the cemetery’s interests.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Dean, Gabrielle
  • Room: BLC 2030  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/10
  • PosTag(s): PMUS-PRAC

Queer Oral History
AS.389.348 (01)

Students learn to conduct, analyze, and interpret their own oral histories as they contribute to a wide-ranging project documenting queer worldmaking in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region. We engage with scholarship from performance studies, queer of color critique, LGBTQ history, and public humanities to consider the politics of storytelling and the promises of public-facing oral history projects. Students have the option of developing podcasts, multimedia projects, and public humanities proposals as their final assignment.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Plaster, Joseph (Joseph)
  • Room: Gilman 75  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.010.305 (01)The Ethiopia at the CrossroadsTh 4:30PM - 7:00PMSciacca, ChristineGilman 119
 
HART-MED
AS.010.442 (01)Without Representation: Race, Gender, and Belonging in American ArtM 4:30PM - 7:00PMFlores-Garcia, Jez 
 
HART-MODERN
AS.389.202 (01)Introduction to the Museum: Issues and IdeasW 1:30PM - 4:00PMForloney, RobertShaffer 100
 
PMUS-INTRO
AS.389.260 (01)Cultural Heritage in CrisisTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMBalachandran, SanchitaGilman 150A
 
PMUS-INTRO, INST-GLOBAL, ARCH-ARCH
AS.389.280 (01)Of and For Everyone: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in the MuseumF 1:30PM - 4:00PMKingsley, Jennifer PGilman 277
 
PMUS-INTRO, ARCH-RELATE
AS.389.314 (01)Commemoration, Mourning, and Race: The Stories of Mount Auburn CemeteryTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMDean, GabrielleBLC 2030
 
PMUS-PRAC
AS.389.348 (01)Queer Oral HistoryTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMPlaster, Joseph (Joseph)Gilman 75