Marcel Duchamp
Bicycle Wheel, 1951
Week 10


Salvadore Dali
The Persistence of Memory,
c. 1931
Week 11
Jackson Pollock
Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)
Week 12

Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe, c. 1967
Week 13
AH 232 Art History Survey III

                                    AH 232 Art History Survey III
                         Introduction to the History of Modern Art
                                           Professor J. Nevins
                                                  Fall, 2021


This class will utilize the Open-Educational Resources initiative developed by Lehman College, City University of New York, and maintained by Associate Professor Sharon Jordan on the CUNY Academic Commons. this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

In an effort to save on the cost of purchasing a textbook for the class ($231.00), we will use the excellent open-source structure.

When reference is made to view the PowerPoint images, instead you should use Google Images and enter the artist's name. Copy images to be placed in your weekly journal entry. Readings and videos from will be utilized from http://www.smarthistory.org, which is part of the Khan Academy academic website. We will also utilize content from the website's of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org) and the Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org). Bookmark and explore these sites for use throughout the semester.

Rather than write formal papers and take exams, I want you to keep a journal for each of the 14 weekly assignments. This would include your notes, images, musings and explanation for the main ideas expressed for the week. You should be able to clearly articulate in both spoken word and writing the core ideas. The length of the journal entry should be at least 2 pages of writing and include several images illustrating the ideas expressed. Create a Google Drive folder and share it with me. Create a sub-folder for each weekly journal entry. put your images here as well.

Course Objectives

-Discuss and explain the major movements of modern art
-Become conversant about major artists studied, understand their metods/motivations
-Become more visually literate. Use art terminology, be able to explain a piece, an artist or a movement to a non artist
-Enhance your research skills

Course Outline:

Week 1
• Click above for week 1 / September 6: Introductory Materials/Introduction and Overview. Journal this material. Describe the four terms: chiaroscuro, foreshortening, linear perspective and atmospheric perspective. Read "A Brief History of Western Culture"

Week 2
• Assignment week 2 / September 13: Introduction to Modern Art and Impressionism

Week 3
• Assignment week 3 / September 20: La Belle Epoque: Symbolism & Post-Impressionism

• Week 4

• Assignment week 4 / September 27: Fauvism (review any material, including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism if necessary)

• Week 5

• Assignment week 5 / October 4: Visit the Yale Art Gallery, information https://artgallery.yale.edu/visit/plan-your-visit Take pictures of Impressionist, the Post-Impressionist and the Symbolist works encountered at the museum. Find work by August Rodin and Modern Sculpture. Study the objects carefully. Record your impressions about the physical as well as "ideas" of the works you view. You need to reserve a ticket to visit (free) and it is open Fridays from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

• Art must be engaged personally to be understood and appreciated. Subtleties such as color, scale, texture, space and many other qualities of a work can never be fully understood in a projected image. You the viewer must put yourself in the place of the artist as they created the work and engage it personally and physically.

• Week 6
• Assignment week 6 / October 11: Midterm grades are due Oct 12. Preparation of journal materials covering the first half of class, presentation to instructor. Due the 11th

Week 7
• Assignment week 7 / October 18: Cubism

Week 8
• Assignment week 8 / October 25: German Expressionism

Week 9
• Assignment week 9 / November 1: Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism

Week 10
• Assignment week 10 / November 8: Dada and De Stijl

Week 11
• Assignment week 11 / November 15: Surrealism

Week 12
• Assignment week 12 / November 22: Abstract Expressionism

Week 13
• Assignment week 13 / November 29: Pop Art and Minimalism

• Week 14
• Assignment week 14 / December 6: Final preparation of all journal materials

• Write about your piece, artist or show from an enthusiastic, personal point of view yet also support your ideas with research on historical and cultural context as well as biographical information about the artist(s). Keep a journal/notebook that you bring with you on each outing. Take notes and write down impressions about the art, the museum, the experience, etc. Try your hand at some sketching (even if all you can do is stick figures!) Draw the frame and place the major figures and leading lines of the painting. Follow the light. Where is the focal point?

Technical Requirements: A digital camera with usb cable to connect to computer usb port or a card reader, connected to your usb port (preferred). -A reliable Internet connection from home. Broadband is pretty much required. If you are having technical problems at home with your computer or Internet connection, there are numerous opportunities on campus to do your work both in various computer labs around campus and in the library. Know how to create online accounts, upload text and images, and how to save your work into folders on your computer and how to locate and browse to those folders to retrieve it. Learn to post images and text to the class blog.

Tradition of Honor: As a member of the Albertus Magnus College Community, each student taking this course agrees to uphold the principles of honor set forth by this community, to defend these principles against abuse or misuse and to abide by the regulations of the College. The Internet is an incredible resource for a broad range of information. It is important, though, to understand and adhere to all copyright laws. Plagiarism is a severe breach of academic integrity. Plagiarism is defined as submitting for credit the work of another as one's own, and would include directly copying a classmate's work; copying the content of a web site, textbook, or any other source, without providing attribution (e.g. without noting the URL or crediting the author); and/or, paraphrasing the words or work of another, since changing a few words (or their order) does not change the essential ideas that are being copied. For more information regarding plagiarism and guidelines on citing resources appropriately, please see: http://www.plagiarism.org You are here to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become thoughtful, competent liberal arts graduates. This is accomplished only through the development and expression of your own ideas. Don't cheat yourself out of this experience by using another's work. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Tradition of Respect: In our class: 1) Everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) Everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and sexualities; 3) Everyone matters; 4) All individuals are to be respected and treated with dignity and civility; and 5) Everyone shares the responsibility for making our class, and the College, a positive and better place to live, work, and learn.

Special Needs and Accommodations: Please advise the instructor of any special problems or needs at the beginning of the semester or mod. Those students seeking accommodation based on disabilities should provide a Faculty Contact Sheet obtained through the Academic Development Center in Aquinas Hall, (203) 773-8590.

It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw from a course. However, failure to attend a course for 14 calendar days may result in an administrative withdrawal from the course. The policies on course withdrawals and administrative withdrawals may be found online at http://www.albertus.edu/policy-reports/academic-policies-regulations-ug#apgr
Albertus Magnus College adheres to the definition of a credit hour in compliance with, and as defined by, NECHE commission policy.

Writing Center
The Center for Academic Success (formally the Academic Success Center) and Writing Center will open on Tuesday, September 7.

Students can choose to work with Albertus peer tutors virtually (through Google Meet) or in-person in the CAS room on the second floor of Rosary Hall. Please note that a mask will be required for in-person appointments.

9:00am-8:00pm Monday-Thursday
9:00am-3:00pm Friday
1:00pm-3:00pm Saturday

Contact info:

Appointments need to be made two days in advance and can be made through Navigate.

Walk-in hours are available for math and writing at these times:
Math walk-in hours: 4:00-6:00 Tuesday and Thursday.
Writing walk-in hours: 4:00-6:00 Monday-Thursday

Students can also access Online Tutoring 24/7 (Tutor.com) -- synchronous online tutoring for most subjects -- through the link at the top of their eLearning page. In addition, asynchronous writing help ("Drop Off Essay Review") is available. Please note that Tutor.com tutors are not Albertus students. However, students can use this service at any time -- even now before the CAS officially opens.

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Edouard Manet,
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882
Week 2

Vincent van Gogh
Starry Night, 1889
Week 3
Henri Matisse
Portrait Of Madame Matisse. The Green Line

Week 4

Wassily Kandinsky
Composition VIII, 1923

Week 6

Pablo Picasso
First Steps, 1943
Yale Art Gallery
Cubism, Week 7

Umberto Boccioni:
Dynamism of a Cyclist
Week 9