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Course Guide For History of Art & Architecture

Selected resources for basic or in-depth research in the history of art and architecture

Readings, websites and videos (by month)

Goya and the Crisis of the Enlightenment

 

Readings:

-Stephen Eisenman, “The Tensions of Enlightenment: Goya” in Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History, Chapter 3 (Thames and Hudson, 2002), pp. 82-101.

-Colin Jones, “The smile: a history.” LINK

Documentary:

-Art of the Western World (Episode 6): An Age of Reason, an Age of Passion LINK

Movie recommendation:

-Goya in Bordeaux (1999)

The Challenge of Romanticism

Reading:

-Thomas Crow, “Classicism in Crisis: Gros to Delacroix,” in Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History, Chapter 2 (Thames and Hudson, 2002), pp. 51-77.

Documentary:

-Romanticism. LINK

Reproduction: Lithography and Photography

Reading:

-David Llewellyn Phillips: “Photography, Modernity, and Art,” in Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History (Thames and Hudson, 2002), pp. 241-268.

-Kim Bell, “Why we love to play pretend in front of scenic backdrops.” LINK

Videos:

-Making Daguerreotypes. LINK

-Lithographic Process – MOMA. LINK

Documentary:

-John Berger, Ways of Seeing, Episode I. LINK

Battle of Styles: Historicism, Nationalism, and New Technologies

Readings:

-Barry Bergdoll: European Architecture, Part III: Nationalism, Historicism, Technology. (Oxford University Press, 2000), Chapters 5 and 6, pp. 139-207.

-Eugène E. Viollett-le-Duc, selected pages from The Architectural Theory of Viollet-le-Duc (M.F. Hearn, 1990), pp. 115-6, 187, 192-3.

Documentary:

-The Gothic Revival. LINK

An Age of Exhibitions

Reading:

Paul Greenhalgh, Ephemeral Vistas: The Expositions Universelles, Great Exhibitions and World’s Fairs, 1851–1939, Manchester University Press, 2001, pp. 142-173.

Virtual Tour:

-Great Exhibition of 1851, London. LINK

Haussmann’s Paris

Reading:

Brian Nelson, “The Remaking of Paris: Zola and Haussmann,” in Anna-Louise Milne ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Paris, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, pp. 103-119.

Documentary:

-Paris, Roman d'une Ville, 1991. Directed by Stan Neumann. LINK

Video:

A Sunday in Paris (Lumière Brothers, 1900) LINK

Courbet, Realism and the Avant-Garde

Reading:     

-“The Rhetoric of Realism: Courbet and the Origins of the Avant-Garde” in Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History, (Thames and Hudson, 2002), pp. 222-240.

Video:

-Honoré Daumier, The Man of His Time. LINK

William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Reading:

-Nikolaus Pevsner, Pioneers of Modern Design, (Yale University Press, 2005), pp. 40-67.

Documentary:

-William Morris and the Muslims. LINK

Impressionism and the Question of Originality

Reading:

-Charles Harrison, “Impressionism, Modernism and Originality,” in Modernity and Modernism: French Painting in the Nineteenth Century (Yale University Press, 1993), pp. 141-151.

-Allen Tager, “Why it took us thousands of years to see the colour violet.” LINK

Documentary:

-The Impressionists (BBC). LINK

-The Great Wave by Hokusai. LINK

Movie Recommendation:

-Bertrand Tavernier, Un Dimanche à la Campagne (1984)

Orientalism and the Question of Representation

Readings:

-Linda Nochlin, “The Imaginary Orient,” in The Politics of Vision: Essays on Nineteenth Century Art and Society (Harper and Low, 1989), pp. 33-59.

-Yumna Al-Arashi, “An Intimate Portrayal of the Hammam.” LINK

 Documentary:

-Edward Said: Out of Place. LINK

Post-Impressionism

Readings:

-Stokstad: Art History, Chapter 27, “19th Century Art in Europe and the USA”, pp. 971-993.

-Linda Nochlin, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” LINK

Documentary:

-Gaugin: A Dangerous Life. LINK

-Vincent Van Gogh: Painted with Words. LINK

From Cezanne to Cubism 

 

Readings:

-“The Failure and Success of Cezanne” in Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History, Chapter 19 (Thames and Hudson, 2002), pp. 389-402.

Documentary:

-Picasso: Last Stand (BBC Two Documentary) LINK

 Expressionism, Futurism, and Constructivism

Readings:

-Kazimir Malevich, “From Cubism and Futurism to Suprematism” (1915). LINK

-Alexander Carpenter, “Vienna, City of Paradox.” LINK

Movie:

-Sergei Eisenstein, Battleship Potemkin (1925). LINK

Video:

-The Case for Abstraction. LINK

Dada and Surrealism

Reading:

-Elizabeth Legge, “Ventured: Paris Dada into Surrealism,” in David Hopkins ed., A Companion to Dada and Surrealism, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, 2016, pp. 89-109.

Movie:

-Louis Bunuel and Salvador Dali: An Andalusian Dog (Un Chien Andalou) (1929) LINK

Documentary:

-Dada and Surrealism: Europe After the Rain (1979) LINK

Art Nouveau and Art Deco

Reading:

-Alan Colquhoun, Modern Architecture (OUP, 2002), Chapter 1

Documentary:

- Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau – Paris, British Cities, and Vienna (BBC, 2012, three episodes) LINK

The Influence of the Bauhaus

 

Reading:

-Alan Colquhoun, Modern Architecture (OUP, 2002), Chapter 5. 

Documentary:

-100 Years of Bauhaus. LINK

From Loos to Le Corbusier

Readings:

-Alan Colquhoun, Modern Architecture (OUP, 2002), Chapters 4 and 7.

Documentary:

-BBC New Masters Series: Le Corbusier (1972) LINK

Three Shades of Modernism: Wright, Le Corbusier and Mies

Readings:

-Frank Lloyd Wright, “Young Architecture” (1931), in Ulrich Conrads, ed. Programs and Manifestoes in 20th Century Architecture (The MIT Press, 1970), pp. 124-125.

-Le Corbusier, “Towards a New Architecture” (1920), pp. 59-62.

-Mies van der Rohe, “On Form in Architecture” (1927), p. 102.

Documentary:

-Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School (1999) LINK

Ottoman Port Cities, 1839-1918

Readings:

-Ahmet Ersoy, “Architecture and the Search for Ottoman Origins in the Tanzimat Period,” Muqarnas 24, 2007, pp. 117-134.

-Jens Hanssen, “‘Your Beirut is on my desk’: Ottomanizing Beirut under Abdülhamid II, 1876-1909”, in Projecting Beirut, eds. P. Rowe and H. Sarkis (München: Prestel), pp. 41-67.

Movie:

-Chienne d’Histoire, by Serge Avedikian, 2010. (On Moodle)

Colonial Architecture and Urbanism

Readings:

-Mia Fuller, “‘Mediterraneanism: French and Italian Architects’ Designs in 1930s North African Cities,” in The City in the Islamic World, edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, and André Raymond, (Leiden: Brill, 2008), pp. 977-92.

Documentary:

-Exposition Coloniale 1931. LINK

Circulation and Exile: Modernism in the Middle East

 

Readings:

-Esra Akcan, “Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics in Architecture: Bruno Taut's Translations out of Germany,” New German Critique, No. 99, (Fall, 2006), pp. 7-39.

-May Davie, “Beirut and the 'Etoile' Area: An Exclusively French

Project?” in Joe Nasr and Mercedes Volait eds., Urbanism: Imported or Exported? Native Aspirations and Foreign Plans (London: Academy Press, 2003), pp. 206-228.

Documentary:

-HAYMATLOZ  - Exile in Turkey (2015)  

Urbanism and Social Housing

 

Readings:

Marcel Bois, “A Communist Designed Your Kitchen.” LINK

-Vienna’s Karl Marx Hof. LINK

-Berlin’s Horseshoe Estate. LINK

                        Documentary:

-Berlin Siedlungen. LINK

 

The Skyscraper and the Suburb

 

Reading:

-Alan Colquhoun, Modern Architecture (OUP, 2002), Chapter 2 and 12.

-Nick Van Mead,A brief history of concrete: from 10,000BC to 3D printed houses.” LINK

Also see the other pieces from “Guardian Concrete Week.” LINK

Documentary:

-The City (1939). LINK