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Fall 2017 History GR8906 section 001

Call Number 66731
Day & Time
M 10:10am-2:00pm
260 Chandler
Points 4
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Pamela Smith
Course Description This course studies the materials, techniques, settings, and meanings of skilled craft and artistic practices in the early modern period (1350-1750), in order to reflect upon a series of issues, including craft knowledge and artisanal epistemology; the intersections between craft and science; and questions of historical methodology and evidence in the reconstruction of historical experience. The course will be run as a “Laboratory Seminar,” with discussions of primary and secondary materials, as well as text- and object-based research and hands-on work in a laboratory. As one component of the Making and Knowing Project of the Center for Science and Society, this course contributes to the collective production of a transcription, English translation, and critical edition of a late sixteenth-century manuscript in French, Ms. Fr. 640. In fall 2017, the course will focus on the cultural context, materials, and techniques of mixed media and “ephemeral” artworks. Several entries in the manuscript aim to produce artworks that were intended to be displayed out of doors or that aimed to create the visual effect of more permanent (and expensive) works of art. Students begin with skillbuilding exercises in pigment making, plaster molding, and other activities, then choose a research focus from the entries in the manuscript that cover such topics as grottos, imitation rouge clair and enamels, painting on cloth, and other techniques of creating mixed media and ephemeral artworks.  The course will be taught this year only in fall 2017.  No prior lab experience, nor French language skills are necessary. Please don't hesitate to contact Pamela Smith,, if you have questions.
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Department History
Enrollment 4 students (12 max) as of 7:07PM Saturday, December 16, 2017
Subject History
Number GR8906
Section 001
Division Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Open To Graduate School of Arts and Science
Campus Morningside
Section key 20173HIST8906G001

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