Art Journal

An academic journal publishing original contributions on the visual arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Content includes scholarly articles, interviews, conversations, forums, speculations, working notes, pedagogical essays, and artists? projects relevan

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 3, Fall

A Bitter Truth -- A Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and the Great War by Richard Cork / Die Letzten Tage der Menschheit: Bilder Des Ersten Weltkrieges
Richard Cork. A Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and the Great War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994. 336 pp.; 70 color ills., 230 b/w. D55.00Rainer Rother, ed. Die letzten Tage der Menschheit: Bilder des Ersten Weltkrieges. Berlin: Deutsches Historisches...
A Collaborative Learning/assessment Model
One solution to the outmoded "banking" concept of learning (professors make deposits into the minds of students in the hope they will be able to make withdrawals when test time rolls around)(1) is to integrate collaborative learning strategies into the...
A Cross-Cultural Approach
I have taught the traditional survey of ancient and medieval art for some time and have been increasingly uncomfortable with the strong Western bias. My dilemma was how to change the survey course without simply adding many more cultures and reaching...
A Group Writing Project on a Single Work of Art
This group writing project allows the student to examine, challenge, and enact the curricular issues covered in class through a manner that encourages, respects, defends, and allows the individualized and corporate framing of responses to a work that...
Art and Visual Culture
Rather than provide a long text-cum-philosophical statement, we have chosen to permit the chart encapsulating the Fine Arts Department's new introductory course to the discipline of art history, taught for the first time in the fall of 1994, to speak...
Book Reviews: Art Law -- Art, Artifact, and Architecture Law by Jessica L. Darraby
Jessica L. Darraby. Art, Artifact, and Architecture Law. Deerfield, Ill.: Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1995. 1,314 pp.; loose-leaf binding. $115.00This dense volume, divided into fourteen sections, twenty-two appendices, a complete bibliography of art law,...
Book Reviews: Feminist Art -- the Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact Edited by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard / Gumbo Ya Ya: Anthology of Contemporary African-American Women Artists Edited by Sylvia Moore
Both a celebration and an elegy, The Power of Feminist Art will be indispensable to any reconsideration of 1970s art. It proudly reveals a myriad accomplishments and laments the passage of that activist era. But it does not tell the whole story.Editors...
Book Reviews: Isamu Noguchi -- Isamu Noguchi by Bruce Altshuler / Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations Edited by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona and Bruce Altshuler
Bruce Altshuler brings two important assets to his monograph on the Japanese American sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). His lucid prose provides a precise and accessible overview of an enormously complex career of seven decades, and his...
Book Reviews: Latin American Art -- Dimensions of the Americas: Art and Social Change in Latin America and the United States by Shifra M. Goldman
"Until a coherent, detailed, and socially framed history of modern Latin American, Brazilian and Caribbean art becomes available in English," Shifra Goldman states, "the very comprehension of a modern Latin American art history, except in fragments,...
Book Reviews: Monet -- Monet, Narcissus, and Self-Reflection: The Modernist Myth of the Self by Steven Z. Levine
Steven Z. Levine. Monet, Narcissus, and Self-Reflection: The Modernist Myth of the Self. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. 370 pp.; 127 b/w ills. $70.00; $29.95 paperSteven Z. Levine's Monet, Narcissus, and Self-Reflection: The Modernist Myth...
Charisma and Self-Doubt in the Western Tradition
We teach the second half of the year-long introductory art history survey at Yale University. The first semester is still under the venerable mantle of Vincent Scully. We pick up the narrative at around 1500 and take it right to the present. The scope...
Dear Rembrandt
March 15, 1995You don't know me. How could you? You've been dead for over 300 years. Still, I couldn't resist writing. I thought you'd be interested to hear from a 20th-century painter who's been thinking about you. Plus, I've got some questions that...
Discipline/survey
In our discipline the survey represents the epitome of contested territory. It promises a bold description of what is important, a staking of territory, the definition of borders, and, more surreptitiously, the creation of a system for owning and governing...
Exhibition Reviews: Edouard Baldus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum visitors In New York and Montreal were offered a rare treat this winter: the exhibition of more than eighty vintage photographic prints (together with three modern prints from original waxed paper negatives) by Edouard Baldus, fully one-third...
Feminist Approaches in the Survey
Based on our 1993 CAA panel "Curriculum Transformation in Art History" and subsequent sessions on predagogy, we propose to reconceptualize knowledge in our discipline and to revise the teaching of the art history survey. We make two assumptions regarding...
Fitting Writing into the Survey
At the University of Vermont, we offer a two-semester sequence designed to introduce students to the history of world art with an emphasis on Western traditions. Over each semester the students write two five-hundred-word papers on single works of art...
"From Giotto to Jesse"
It seems to me that the handicap of the available textbooks (even the newest) is their objective, dispassionate tone, as if all works were equally interesting (or uninteresting), important only as they further a too neat narrative. Once an artist is...
Music in the Survey Course
As teachers of art history seek to rethink and to revise their handling of the survey course, an addition worthy of consideration is the inclusion of carefully chosen examples of music. The introduction of music into the art history survey course offers...
Origins of the Art History Survey Text
The universal and developmental presumptions of art history are nowhere better expressed than in the global survey text. More than any other genre within the discipline, the survey text embodies the nineteenth-century vision of history to unify the art...
Parallel Art History/studio Program
This brief paper concerns a new program that is being implemented at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. When it is in place (and the plan is to begin with a pilot program in fall 1996), it will be the world's first freestanding, degree-granting...
"Quaecumque Sunt Vera"?
For decades the Northwestern University Department of Art History offered a one-year, three-part introductory survey. (Northwestern operates on a trimester system.) The decisiveness of its title, "Introduction to the History of Art," concealed the course's...
Reframes and Refrains: Artists Rethink Art History
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Chris Burden. Chris Burden! It was May, mild, and late. The television was on. Amid a sea of commercials, I saw or heard--I can't remember which came first--the name of a famous...
Replacing the Survey at Swarthmore
When I joined the Department of Art at Swarthmore College in fall of 1978, liberal arts students were introduced to art history through a conventional two-semester survey, in place since the 1930s. A chronological narrative of the progressive evolution...
Surveying the Field: Artists Make Art History
From Jan Vermeer to Mark Tansey, artists have produced a rich and varied countersurvey, vexing art historians with their monopoly-busting challenges, while providing new texts to interject into the historical narrative. I have selected twelve of these...
The 301 Project
At the University of Texas at Austin, thirteen graduate-student instructors with diverse areas of specialization have conceived the "301 Project." Art History 301, an introduction to the visual arts, provides undergraduates with a grounding in formal...
The Future of Art History and the Undoing of the Survey
Today the word survey can scarcely be understood apart from the writings of Michel Foucault, apart from his linkage of the overarching gaze and power, and apart from institutions and discourses that create subjects through their exercise of power.(1)...
The Making of History of Art 15
This report on a revised introductory course at Berkeley is being written after the course was offered for the first time. It is still, in other words, provisional. But since to be provisional is part of our intention, perhaps this is as good a moment...
The One-Minute Paper
The art history survey can further general educational goals by incorporating exercises that develop students' abilities to follow lectures and to take notes. Variations on the one-minute paper prompt students to consider course objectives, to isolate...
What Matters Is Art History
At Oberlin College art historians have struggled for more than a decade to find the proper approach to introduce liberal arts students to our discipline. After abandoning the survey of Western art as superficial--formerly a course with 150 students taught...
Write Yourself into History (Three Scenarios)
1. Your assignment is to write about how a specific Roman building originally looked and functioned. You will be a Roman citizen (not a slave) describing in a letter to your family in Ostia your experience of either the Forum Romanum, Trajan's Market,...