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Continuing Education - Undergraduate Credit

Summer 2014 Credit Courses: Art History

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*CANCELLED* Introduction to Art History
Students study a broad range of art (e.g., painting, sculpture, architecture) from antiquity to the present. Lectures focus on works of art and their relationship to their historical and social context.
Note: This course is intended for students with little or no background in art history. Students cannot receive credit for this course and ARH 1010 or ARH 1020. Closed to Purchase College art history majors.
ARH1500 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Beth Gersh-Nesic
Tues. & Thurs., 6:30–10:05 p.m.
Session II: June 10–July 24
Library, Room 0001

online courses iconContemporary Art
The first distinctly American modern movement in art, Abstract Expressionism, burst onto the international scene around 1950. American artists then pioneered the major movements of Pop art, photorealism, earth art, and minimalism, while simultaneously participating in the more international developments: happenings, environments, conceptualism, neo-expressionism, and new figuration. Students explore the multiple directions in American and European art from 1945 to the present.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
ARH3121 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
James Bergesen
Session I (Intensive): May 19–June 6

online courses iconPop Art
Though cool and noncommittal, Pop art posed serious questions about our relationships to society and culture. This course begins with the formation of the Pop art aesthetic (Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers) and moves to a detailed study of the works of major Pop artists like Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein. The Pop phenomenon in Europe is also examined in an international and intermedia context, as is the formation of a “post-Pop” aesthetic in the 1980s and 1990s.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
ARH3445 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
James Bergesen
Session IV (Intensive): July 7–25

Art of the ’80s, ’90s, and 21st Century
A retrospective and prospective point of view is used to analyze contemporary art, beginning with the many coexisting styles and schools of the pluralistic 1970s, progressing to the powerful neo-expressionist images of the 1980s, and then considering the globalism of the 1990s. Discussions also contemplate the increasingly provocative content of much recent art and the 21st-century fusion of existing styles.
ARH3520 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Catherine Spaeth
Tues. & Thurs., 1–4:35 p.m.
Session II: June 10–July 24
Library, Room 0001

Updated June 4, 2014

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