Studying Art History at Kenyon
Kenyon’s art history curriculum spans the centuries and covers the world, with courses in ancient through contemporary art and architecture, Asian art and Islamic art. The semester-long Kenyon in Rome program offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend the fall studying cultural sites in Rome, Florence and Naples with art history faculty. Closer to home, the Gund Gallery features a growing permanent collection of contemporary art, new exhibitions each semester and a student curatorial program. Faculty lead frequent visits to world-class art museums in Columbus, Cleveland and Detroit, just a short drive away.
American Art to 1900
Does American culture have a single, identifiable character? How have Americans reconciled their uneasy relationship with European culture? How have American political values informed cultural expression? This course presents an overview of painting, sculpture and architecture from colonial times to 1900.
Examine African-American art created from the early 19th century to the present. We will consider how artists address topics such as the African diaspora, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, then explore the Harlem Renaissance, Great Depression, Cold War, Black Arts Movement, postmodernism and contemporary art.
Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture
Survey the history of Islamic art and architecture between the 7th and 16th centuries, exploring the rich visual and artistic traditions that developed and thrived under the caliphates and dynasties that ruled medieval Spain, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Along the way, learn about art-historical research strategies and methods for writing about art.
Modern Chinese Art
Between the Opium Wars and the Communist Revolution, China faced challenges in terms of sovereignty, dignity and culture, and its art experienced importation of Western forms and aesthetics. Explore how the two artistic traditions clashed, coexisted and were integrated as Chinese artists attempted to infuse their art with their cultural identity.
Opportunities for Students
Take advantage of hands-on curatorial experiences, state-of-the art visual resources, a world-class museum and opportunities to travel and learn with Kenyon professors in Rome.