Weiss Center for the Arts Room 224
ARTH 102 Introduction History of Art
This course surveys art of the European renaissance through the contemporary period. Art will be examined within the historical context in which it was produced, with attention to contemporary social, political, religious, and intellectual movements. Students will examine the meaning and function of art within the different historical periods. In addition, students will learn to analyze and identify different artistic styles.
ARTH 217 Modern & Contemp Architecture
This course examines the character and development of Modern and Contemporary architecture, with emphasis on the following stylistic periods: Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, International Style, Post-Modernism, and Deconstruction. Major architects to be studied include Wright, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Mies, Johnson, Venturi, Gehry, Koolhaas, Gang, and Hadid. Students will also examine 20th and 21st-century urban planning. Through discussions, lectures, and extensive readings primary and secondary sources, students will become familiar with notable architectural styles of the 20th and early 21st centuries; understand the contemporary issues shaping the development of such styles, including politics, social movements, religion, philosophy, and developments in technology; gain the ability to discuss and write about architecture; and establish a critical framework and approach for analyzing architectural history. A field trip to Fallingwater in Western PA will also enhance their understanding of architectural design, construction, and legacy.