Required Texts

Buy at Amazon Wölfflin, Heinrich. Principles of Art History: The Problem of the Development of Style in Later Art. Dover Publications, 1950. ISBN: 9780486202761.

Buy at Amazon Baxandall, Michael. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy. Oxford University Press, 1973. ISBN: 9780198173212.

Buy at Amazon Panofsky, Erwin. Perspective as Symbolic Form. Zone Books, 1991. ISBN: 9780942299526.

Buy at Amazon Clark, T. J. The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers. Princeton University Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780691002750.

Buy at Amazon Nochlin, Linda. Women, Art, and Power: And Other Essays. Harper and Row, 1988. ISBN: 9780064358521.

Buy at Amazon Mulvey, Laura. Visual and Other Pleasures. 2nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. ISBN: 9781403992468.

Buy at Amazon Preziosi, Donald ed. The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780199229840.

In addition to the above, you may want to refer to the Chicago Manual of Style, Sylvan Barnett's useful undergraduate handbook Writing about Art, Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style, the glossary Artwords, and a basic English grammar text.

SES # TOPICS Readings
Section I: German Disciplining
1 Styles / Teleology

Buy at Amazon Wölfflin, Heinrich. Principles of Art History: The Problem of the Development of Style in Later Art. Translated by M. D. Hottinger. Dover Publications, 1950, pp. 1–32, 62–72, and 226–37. ISBN: 9780486202761.

Buy at Amazon Riegl, Alois. "The Main Characteristics of the Late Roman Kunstwollen." In The Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s. Edited by Christopher Wood. Zone Books, 2003, pp. 87–103. ISBN: 9781890951153.

Riegl, Alois. "The Modern Cult of Monuments: Its Character and Its Origin." (PDF) Translated by Kurt W. Forster and Diane Ghirardo. Oppositions 25 (1982): 21–51.

Buy at Amazon Ginzburg, Carlo. "Style as Inclusion, Style as Exclusion." In Picturing Science, Producing Art. Edited by Peter Galison and Caroline Jones. Routledge, 1998, pp. 27–54. ISBN: 9780415919128. [Preview with Google Books]

2 Images / Theories

Buy at Amazon Panofsky, Irwin. "Introduction and text (with particular emphasis on Part III)." In Perspective as Symbolic Form. Zone Books, 1993, pp. 1–72.

Buy at Amazon Heidegger, Martin. "The Origin of the Work of Art." In Poetry, Language, Thought. Translated by Albert Hofstadter. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2013, pp. 17–76. ISBN: 9780060937287.

Buy at Amazon Damisch, Hubert. Excerpt from A Theory of /Cloud: Toward a History of Painting. Translated by Janet Lloyd. Stanford University Press, 2002, pp. 207–25. ISBN: 9780804734400. [Preview with Google Books] [Théorie du / nuage / 1972]

Buy at Amazon Derrida, Jacques. "Restitutions of the Truth in Pointing [Pointure]." In The Truth in Painting. University of Chicago Press, 1987, pp. 301–15. ISBN: 9780226143248. [Excerpted in Preziosi.]

3 Formalisms / Objects

Buy at Amazon Greenberg, Clement. "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" and "Towards a Newer Laocoon." In The Collected Essays and Criticism, Volume 3: Affirmations and Refusals, 1950–1956. Edited by John O'Brian. University of Chicago Press, 1995, pp. 5–37. ISBN: 9780226306230. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Judd, Donald. "Specific Objects." Art Yearbook 8, 1965, as anthologized in Thomas Kellein. In Donald Judd: Early Work, 1955–1968. Distributed Art Publishers, Incorporated, 2002, p. 6. ISBN: 9781891024511.

Buy at Amazon Fried, Michael. Art and Objecthood. University of Chicago Press, 1998, pp. 148–72. ISBN: 9780226263199. [Preview with Google Books]

The Editors of October. "About October." October 1 (1976): 3–5.

Buy at Amazon Rowe, Colin, and Fred Koetter. "Crisis of the Object: The Predicament of Texture." In The Yale Architectural Journal Perspecta 16. MIT Press, 1980, pp. 50–85. ISBN: 9780262150569. [Also in Collage City]

Buy at Amazon Harman, Graham. "The Third Table." In The Book of Books. Edited by Christov Bakargiev. Hatje Cantz, 2012, pp. 540–2. ISBN: 9873775729512.

Section II: Social Histories and Critical Interventions
4 Aesthetics / Cultures

Buy at Amazon Baumgarten, Alexander Gottlieb. Excerpts from "Reflections on Poetry" and "Aesthetica." In Art in Theory 1648–1815: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. Edited by Harrison, et al. Wiley-Blackwell, 2001, pp. 487–91. ISBN: 9780631200642.

Buy at Amazon Kant, Immanuel. "Critique of the Aesthetic Power of Judgment." Sections 1–5 in Critique of the Power of Judgment. Translated by Paul Guyer and Eric Matthews. Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 87–96. ISBN: 9780521344470. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Coomaraswamy, Ananda K. "A Figure of Speech or a Figure of Thought?" In The Door in the Sky: Coomaraswamy on Myth and Meaning. Princeton University Press, 1997, pp. 113–42. ISBN: 9780691017471. [Preview with Google Books]

Lang, Karen. "The Dialectics of Decay: Rereading the Kantian Subject." The Art Bulletin 79 (1997): 413–39.

Buy at Amazon Bourdieu, Pierre. "Outline of a Sociological Theory of Art Perception." In The Field of Cultural Production. Edited by Randal Johnson. Columbia University Press, 1993, pp. 215–37. ISBN: 9780231082877.

Buy at Amazon Rancière, Jacques. "Contemporary Art and the Politics of Aesthetics." In Communities of Sense: Rethinking Aesthetics and Politics. Edited by Beth Hinderliter, et al. Duke University Press Books, 2009, pp. 31–50. ISBN: 9780822345138. [Preview with Google Books]

5 Objects / Receivers

Buy at Amazon Peirce, Charles Sanders. "Logic as Semiotic: The Theory of Signs." In Philosophical Writings of Peirce. Dover, 1955, pp. 98–119.

Buy at Amazon Saussure, Ferdinand de. "The Nature of the Linguistic Sign." In Course in General Linguistics. Open Court, 1998, pp. 832–5. ISBN: 9780812690231.

Buy at Amazon Richter, David. The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends. Translated by Wade Baskin. Bedford / St. Martin's, 2006. ISBN: 9780312415204.

Buy at Amazon Eco, Umberto. "Introduction." In The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts. Indiana University Press, 1984, pp. 3–15.

Buy at Amazon Baxandall, Michael. "Conditions of Trade." In Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy. Clarendon Press, 1972, pp. 1–28.

Buy at Amazon Parshall, Peter. "A Darker Side of Light: Prints, Privacy, and Possession." In The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850–1900. Lund Humphries, 2009, pp. 3–39. ISBN: 9781848220218.

Buy at Amazon Gell, Alfred. "The Technology of Enchantment and the Enchantment of Technology." In The Art of Anthropology: Essays and Diagrams. Edited by Eric Hirsch. Bloomsbury Academic. 1999, pp. 159–86. ISBN: 9781845204846.

Lu, Sheldon. "I Ching and the Origin of the Chinese Semiotic Tradition." Semiotica 2008, no. 170 (2008): 169–85.

6 Matter / Making

Brown, Bill. "Thing Theory." Critical Inquiry 28, no. 1 ( 2001): 1–22.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Frampton, Kenneth. "Introduction." In Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture. MIT Press, 2001, pp. 2–27. ISBN: 9780262561495.

Buy at Amazon Latour, Bruno. "Third Source of Uncertainty: Objects Too Have Agency." In Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor–Network Theory. Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 63–86. ISBN: 9780199256044.

Buy at Amazon Hayles, N. Katherine. "Speculative Aesthetics and Object-Oriented Inquiry (OOI)." In Speculations V: Æsthetics in the 21st Century. Punctum Books, 2014, pp. 158–79. ISBN: 9780692203163.[Preview with Google Books]

7 Exhibitions / Institutions

Duncan, Carol, and Alan Wallach. "The Universal Survey Museum." Art History 3, no. 4 (1980): 448–69.

Haraway, Donna. "Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden, New York City, 1908–1936." Social Text, no. 11 (1984–1985): 20–64.

Bennett, Tony. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."The Exhibitionary Complex." (PDF – 1.9MB) New Formations 4 (1988): 73–102.

Buy at Amazon Guha-Thakurta, Tapati. "The Demands of Independence: From a National Exhibition to a National Museum." In Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Postcolonial India. Columbia University Press, 2004, pp. 175–204. ISBN: 9780231129985. [Preview with Google Books]

Krauss, Rosalind. "The Cultural Logic of the Late Capitalist Museum." October 54 (1990): 3–17.

Barry Flood, Finbarr. "Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum." The Art Bulletin 84, no. 4 (2002): 641–59.

Pepi, Mike. "Is a Museum a Database?: Institutional Conditions in Net Utopia." e-flux 60 (2014).

Section III: Feminism/Media/Post-structuralism
8 Feminisms / Gender / Queer Theory

Buy at Amazon Mulvey, Laura. "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" anthologized in Rosen and "Afterthoughts on 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' Inspired by King Vidor's Duel in the Sun." In Visual and Other Pleasures. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp. 198–209 and 14–40. ISBN: ISBN: 9780230576469.

Halperin, David M. "Is There a History of Sexuality?" History and Theory 28, no. 3 (1989): 257–74.

Butler, Judith. "The Force of Fantasy: Feminism, Mapplethorpe, and Discursive Excess." Differences 2.2 (1990): 105–25.

Buy at Amazon Hooks, Bell. "The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators." In Black Looks: Race and Representation. South End Press, 1992, pp. 115–31. ISBN: 9780896084339.

Buy at Amazon Randolph, Adrian W. B. "Donatello's Bronze David – Sodomy and Sodality." In Engaging Symbols: Gender, Politics, and Public Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence. Yale University Press, 2002, pp. 183–92. ISBN: 9780300092127.

Buy at Amazon Diana, Agrest. Section 1 of "Architecture From Without: Body, Logic, and Sex." In Architecture From Without: Theoretical Framings for a Critical Practice. MIT Press, 1991, pp. 173–95. ISBN: 9780262011150.

Buy at Amazon Davis, Whitney. "Love All the Same: Narcissism in Freudian Theory and Homosexualist Culture, II." In Queer Beauty: Sexuality and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Freud and Beyond. Columbia University Press, 2010, pp. 233–48. ISBN: 9780231146906. [Preview with Google Books]

9 Archives / Authors

Buy at Amazon Barthes, Roland. "The Death of the Author." In Image, Music, Text. Hill and Wang, 1977, pp. 142–8. ISBN: 9780809057405.

Buy at Amazon Foucault, Michel. "What is an Author?" In Language, Counter-Memory, Practice. Basil Blackwell, 1977, pp. 113–38. ISBN: 9780631182405. (Also excerpted in Preziosi, 321–34.) [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Nochlin, Linda. "Why have there been no Great Women Artists?" In Women, Art, and Power and Other Essays. Harper and Row, 1988, pp. 145–78. ISBN: 9780064358521.
Also in the same volume, skim "Women, Art, and Power." (1988): 1–36.

Buy at Amazon Derrida, Jacques. Excerpts from Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression. Translated from the French by Eric Prenowitz. University of Chicago Press, 1998, pp. 9–11 and 57–60. ISBN: 9780226143675.

Buy at Amazon Kilito, Abdelfattah. Translator's preface vii-; Prologue and chapter 1 excerpts from Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language. Translated from the Arabic by Waïl Hassan. Syracuse University Press, 2008, pp. 1–20. ISBN: 9780815631910. [Preview with Google Books]

10 Media / Spectators

Buy at Amazon Baudry, Jean-Louis. "Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus." In Narrative, Apparatus, Ideology: A Film Theory Reader. Edited by Philip Rosen. Columbia University Press, 1986, pp. 286–98. ISBN: 9780231058810.

Browne, Nick. "The Spectator-in-the-Text: The Rhetoric of Stagecoach." Film Quarterly 29, no. 2 (1975-1976): 26–38.

Buy at Amazon Silverman, Kaja. "Suture." In The Subject of Semiotics. Oxford University Press, 1983, pp. 194–236. ISBN: 9780195031775. (Also excerpted in Rosen: 219–35.)

Buy at Amazon Ernst, Wolfgang. "Dis / Continuities: Does the Archive Become Metaphorical in Multi-Media Space?" In New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader. Edited by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Thomas Keenan. Routledge, 2005, pp. 105–23. ISBN: 9780415942249.

Buy at Amazon Wang, Jing. "Positioning the New Modern Girl." In Brand new China: Advertising, Media, and Commercial Culture. Harvard University Press, 2008, pp. 68–107. ISBN: 9780674026803.

11 Psycho / analytics

Buy at Amazon Warburg, Aby. Bilder aus dem Gebiet der Pueblo-Indianer in Nord-Amerika. Translated by Fritz Saxl. Cornell University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780801484353. [Preview with Google Books]

Warburg, Aby. "A Lecture on the Serpent Ritual." Journal of The Warburg Institute 2, no. 4 (1939): 277–92.

Buy at Amazon Fuss, Diana, and Joel Sanders. "Berggasse 19: Inside Freud's Office." In Stud: Architectures of Masculinity. Edited by Joel Sanders. Princeton Architectural Press, 1996, pp. 112–39. ISBN: 9781568980768. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Lacan, Jacques. "The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience." In Écrits: A Selection. Translated from the French by Alan Sheridan Norton. W. W. Norton & Company, 1982, pp. 1–7 and "Translator's note," vii–xii. ISBN: 9780393300475.

Buy at Amazon Wölfflin, Heinrich. "Prolegomena to a Psychology of Architecture." In Empathy, Form, and Space: Problems in German Aesthetics, 1873–1893. Edited by Robert Vischer. The Getty Center For The History Of Art, 1993, pp. 149–90. ISBN: 9780892362592.

Buy at Amazon Holl, Steven. Questions of Perception: Phenomenology in Architecture. A and U, 1994, pp. 40–42. ISBN: 9784900211483.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Jones, Caroline A. "The Painting in the Attic." In Evocative Objects: Things We Think With. Edited by Sherry Turkle. MIT Press, 2007, pp. 233–43. ISBN: 9780262201681.

12 Posts

Buy at Amazon Lyotard, Jean-François. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (French: La condition postmoderne: rapport sur le savoir). Translation by Geoff Bennington and Brian Massumi. University Of Minnesota Press, 1984, pp. xxiii–17. ISBN: 9780816611737.

Buy at Amazon Coombes, Annie. "Inventing the Post-Colonial: Hybridity and Constituency in Contemporary Curating." In The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology. Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 39–52. ISBN: 978-0192842428.

Jarzombek, Mark. "This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.Critical or Post-critical?" (PDF) Architectural Theory Review 7, no. 1 (2002): 149–51.

Cowherd, Robert. "Notes on Post-criticality: Towards an Architecture of Reflexive Modernisation." Footprint (Delft Architecture Theory Journal) 4 (2009): 65–76.

Buy at Amazon Bosker, Bianca. "Manifestations of Westernization." In Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China. University of Hawaii Press, 2013, pp. 37–66. ISBN: 9780824836061.

Haraway, Donna. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationacene, Chthulucene: Making Kin." (PDF) Environmental Humanities 6 (2015): 159–65.


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