ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005
syllabusschedule | requirements | PDF
imagesUnit 1: week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4
Unit 2: week 5 | week 6 | week 7 | week 8
Unit 3: week 10 | week 11
blackboardsection: week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6 | week 7 | week 8 | week 10 | week 11 | week 12
paper 1 | paper 2 | paper3 | journal
online resourcesCornell Library | Grove Dictionary of Art | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford Dictionary of Art | Oxford Companion to Western Art | Oxford Dictionary of Architecture | History of Art Dept. | Cornell Homepage
Quiz on week 10 & week 11 images
Visions of the modern metropolis: STIEGLITZ, LE CORBUSIER, and YOU
Complete the readings and prepare answers for the following questions in your journal.
1) Using a new technology, the high-speed, hand-held Kodak camera, STIEGLITZ takes on the same subject that had interested the Impressionists two decades earlier. How could you compare the scene of New York that STIEGLITZ creates, using a modern medium to document modern life, to the vision of modern life in Paris created by MONET.
2) Compare these two images of factories, one a shoe factory realized in Germany, the other a representation of an American industrial landscape. What ideas about factory work are expressed in these images?
3) How do these artists use their craft to represent contemporary living conditions in New York city? What social messages might these artists be communicating about their subjects?
4) Again compare a building, in this case a skyscraper, to its representation by a painter. What does each express about the experience of inhabiting an urban environment? How does GILBERT's Woolworth Building borrow or differ from the earlier skyscrapers of the Chicago School?
5) This sketch shows LE CORBUSIER's plans for remapping large cities like Paris (see STOKSTAD, 1055). In your journal, create a sketch or plan of a neighborhood in which you have lived. How does your neighborhood compare to LE CORBOUSIER's ideal? How might you remap your neighborhood to make space for residences, houses, shops, recreation, transportation? Do you agree with LE CORBOUSIER's approach of demolishing old buildings to make wider streets, build upwards, and separate offices and residential suburbs?
* Stokstad , AH , "Urban Photography," pp. 1011-1013; Early Modernist Tendencies in the United States," "Early Modern Architecture," "American Modernism," "The American Skyscraper," "European Modernism," "Elements of Architecture: The Skyscraper," pp. 1042-1049; "Classicism and Purism in France," "The International Style," "Bauhaus Art in Germany," 1055-1060; "Art and Architecture in the United States Between the Wars," "Precisionism," "American Scene Painting and Photography," pp. 1067-1072; "Architecture," pp. 1075-1078