Fall 2020

Digital Art History

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-249  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-249

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Yael R. Rice (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 249 and ARCH 249) This course is an introduction to the latest digital tools that art historians and museum curators use to analyze and display works of art, architecture, and the larger built environment, including, but not limited to, 3D modeling, network graphing, and digital mapping and storytelling. We will begin by asking what actually constitutes art historical data and then turn to consider how the digital collection, organization, interpretation, and presentation of this information can inform our understanding of objects, buildings, cities, and landscapes. Among the other topics we will explore are the digital artworks and exhibitions that artists and curators around the globe are currently creating in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the ethics and practicalities of doing digital art history today. This non-lecture-based course centers hands-on collective learning and is designed for students of all backgrounds. No previous knowledge of the subject is presumed.

This remotely taught course will incorporate synchronous and asynchronous community-building small-group activities, use of computer labs on campus, mapping exercises in town, cutting-edge digital approaches to the study of architecture and objects, and, when possible, visits to local museum collections. Students who are unable to attend synchronous class meetings and/or possess limited access to high-speed bandwidth will be accommodated.

Fall Semester. Professor Rice.


Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Fine Arts for Non-majors, Online Only, Quantitative Reasoning, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020