ARTH 500 Fall 2012 Clark Visiting Professor Seminar: The Shapes of Utopia

Cross Listed as ARTH400
This seminar takes as its subject the architectural articulations of utopia in the early modern period. Setting the stage for our discussions will be some of the Classical philosophical models--from polis to metropolis--as interpreted by urban historian Lewis Mumford, among others. We will grapple with the medieval monastery as organizing principle of communal life (the Plan of St. Gall). We will then turn to the image of the city-state and the connections between microcosm and macrocosm it articulated. The word "utopia" denotes simultaneously "no-place" and "happy place"--a double meaning exploited in Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516), the novel that defined the genre. We will treat More's city of Amaurote as well as Ambrosius Holbein's memento mori map in the context of the Age of Discovery. Ultimately ours will be a selective as opposed to comprehensive approach to the theme, including such examples as: the Ideal City panels of Piero della Francesca's circle, Filarete's city of Sforzinda, the geometric configurations of the fortified city (orthogonal, circular, and radial), and the myth of Arcadia and its legacy (from the Pastoral Concert attributed to Titian or Giorgione to Nicolas Poussin's Et in Arcadia Ego). We will conclude with Enlightenment experiments such as Boullee's visionary architectural drawings and Ledoux's ideal city of Chaux.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on reading responses, an oral presentation, and a seminar paper (15-20 pp)
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail options
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: prefrence enrollment limit: 16, with places for 8 undergraduate [ARTH 400] and 8 graduate students [ARTH 500] assured; preference given to senior Art History majors and Graduate Program students
Department Notes: satisfies the seminar requirement for the undergraduate Art History major
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 1801
ARTH500-01(F) SEM CVPS: The Shapes of Utopia Division 1: Languages and the Arts Erika Naginski
R 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 1801
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