Spring term

HART1403 Renaissance Art in London [0.5cu/4 credits]
Timetabled: Mondays 2 - 4pm
Course Tutor:  Rosemary Moore

STOP PRESS: We are now able to run this course. The course will begin next Monday 14 January.


HART1605 Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Art in London [0.5cu/4 credits] Timetabled: Thursdays 2 - 4pm
Course Tutor:
Pandora Syperek

The history of art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is inseparable from the contexts of its display. Through gallery-based classes in London's museums and galleries, including the Courtauld, the Victoria & Albert, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum this course will examine how artists have responded to exhibition structures within modernism. Topics will include: the Salon des refuses and its role in Realism and Impressionism; the influence of the Great Exhibition and other worlds fair's on Orientalism, Japonisme and Primativism; fetishistic collecting and Surrealist objects; the legacy of Duchamp and the artist's museum; masculinism and aesthetic purity in Abstract Expressionism and the 'white cube'; institutional critique in Land Art and Arte Povera; the so-called dematerialisation of the art object in Conceptualism and performance; and recent relevant relational practices that take display as their very subject. Artists studied will include Eduoard Manet, Aubrey Beardsley, Paul Gauguin, Jackson Pollock, Robert Smithson, Ana Mendieta and Andrea Fraser among others. In addition, we will consider the influence of other display systems in art, including department stores, zoos and popular scientific culture.
Means of
Assessment: Two essays of 2000 - 2,500 words each weighted at 50%


HART1606 Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Art in London [0.5cu/4 credits] Timetabled: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm
Course Tutor: Larne Abse Gogarty 

This course will introduce significant themes and movements in the visual arts during the nineteenth and twentieth century in Europe and the USA using specific works in London's galleries and museums including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the Courtauld. Drawing on art historical and some theoretical texts, we will examine how artists responded to technological advancement, conflict and changing politics of race, class and gender during this turbulent period. The course will examine the beginnings of modernism and discourses on what it meant to be a modern artist in the work of Manet and Gauguin and the ideas and practices of the avant-gardes of the 1920s and 30s through the work of artists associated with Futurism, Dadaism and Constructivism. We will look at the avant-garde challenge to the separation of art and life and question why this concept gained momentum in the pre-war years and how its legacy continued throughout the twentieth century. We will also discuss how with Abstract Expressionism the centre of the modern art industry shifted to the USA and consider the geo-political significance of this development in the post-war years by focussing on the work of Jackson Pollock. We will also consider minimalism, conceptual and performance art in the work of Robert Morris, Sol Le Wit and Bruce Nauman. By studying the growth of artists's film and video, students will engage with questions about medium specificity and how investigating the limits of particular formats retains significance as a conceptual base for the production of works of art.
Means of Assessment:
Two essays of 2000 - 2,500 words each weighted at 50%


HART1607 Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Art in London [0.5cu/4 credits] Timetabled: Tuesdays 11 - 1pm
Course Tutor: Sophie Halart

This course offers a survey of nineteenth and twentieth-century art through the collections of London museums and galleries, including the National Gallery, the Courtauld and Tate Britain and Tate Modern, with a special emphasis on works dealing with the human body. Whether in figurative or abstract art, as subject matter, working tool or physical trace, the treatment of the body in art registers and testifies societal changes in this period. It also represents an important motif for artists to experiment and express new forms of subjectivities. Topics will include:the nineteenth- portraiture of John Singer Sargent; the emergence of a modern and urban body in the paintings of Seurat and Manet; the deconstruction of bodies under the brushes of Cezanne and Picasso or the definition of a Surrealist body in the work of Dali and Duchamp. We will also consider contemporary works, especially as the issue of identity becomes a recurring theme and will discuss the feminist body in the work of Louise Bourgeois, the queer body in Robert Mapplethorpe's work and the articulation of the post-colonial body in the work of Yinka Shonibare.
Means of Assessment:
Two essays of 2000 - 2,500 words each weighted at 50%


HART1705 Architecture in London [0.5cu/4 credits]
Timetabled:
Tuesdays 2 - 4pm
Course Tutor: Amy Thomas 

From imperial powerhouse to global financial centre, London has for centuries represented the concentration of British economic, political and cultural power, a status that is reflected in its buildings, streets and infrastructure. Using London as a historical case study, this site-based course explores the way processes of power are articulated through the built environment. We consider how far architecture can act as a symbol of dominance or resistance; how do the design choices of institutions, corporations and communities reflect their political aspirations?; and how are these buildings used to control, restrict, exclude and coerce the public in physical and psychological terms? From the expression of seventeenth-century maritime supremacy at Christopher Wren's Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich, to the corporate financial dominance of the soaring skyline of Canary Wharf, this course will equip students with the language and analytical skills to describe and dissect buildings and help them to understand the economic, social and political motives behind their construction. In addition, students will gain an introduction to the to the history of London as the so-called 'heart' of the British Empire and its more recent development as the heart of a new imperial web, the global financial system. Commerce, capitalism, cultural dominance and control are the main themes of this site-based course.
Means of Assessment:
Two essays of 2000 - 2,500 words each weighted at 50%


HART1706 Architecture in London [0.5cu/4 credits]
Timetabled:
Fridays 11 - 1pm
Course Tutor: Wesley Aelbrecht

In this course students will experience some of London’s key modern architectural buildings, and urban and suburban communities in and around the city: Hampstead Garden City, Finsbury Health Club, Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican and the Lloyds Bank to name a few of them. Students will learn how to critically engage with architectural buildings, its image (photographs, films and drawings) and critical discourse. Through a mix of seminars at UCL and on-site visits in the city, during this ten week course students will (1) interrogate buildings as historical objects to identify what can be discovered from them, how they relate to society at large and which questions we can drawn from such first hand observations; (2) question the role of the image, drawings and models in the production of architecture; and (3) discuss the many different writings about architecture during the modern period. Each visit or seminar will engage with the ways in which a building and urban plan brings solutions to urban issues affecting life in the city of London. How architects and planners envisioned to control and change an ever growing and expanding city, will be discussed through the introduction or transformation of very specific typologies such as self-contained urban and suburban communities, waterfronts, social and cultural institutions, social housing, and a central business district (CBD). For ten weeks the primary material will consist of architectural elements, films, architectural journal articles, building materials, colours and others.

Besides the relation of architecture to politics, and social and cultural phenomena, this course offers insights into the history of modern British architecture, its language and image, and most importantly into the methodological tools of historical inquiry. It’s the aim of the course to be able to investigate in which ways architecture responded to the challenges facing the city of London in the modern period. Therefore, its primary aim is to learn in which way you can go beyond the formal investigation of buildings and its environment.
Means of Assessment: Two essays of 2000 - 2,500 words each weighted at 50%