Art & Architecture
Introduction to American Art
2-Session Course

In a two-session course, art historian Bonita Billman introduces major artists and movements in American painting from the late 18th century to the present, revealing the connections between historical changes and artistic choices. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, January 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 6, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Rilke and Rodin: A Friendship and a Clash of Egos

Author Rachel Corbett examines the vibrant creative world of Paris at the turn of the 20th century as she discusses the connection between the genesis of Carl Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet and the young writer’s unlikely but life-changing friendship with Auguste Rodin. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist

Gloria Groom of the Art Institute of Chicago examines Gauguin’s radically creative fascination with craft and decorative arts, as reflected in a major new exhibition mounted by the museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Expressionism: The Art of Emotions

Influenced by the early 20th century’s explorations of human behavior, artists looked to their own experiences and emotions as the spark for works. Artist and art historian Joseph Paul Cassar examines the movement that grew from that psychological shift, tracing expressionism’s roots, meaning, influences, and notable practitioners. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Impressionism Beyond France
4-Session Evening Course

Impressionism was a movement of wide reach, influencing artists in other countries who created their own national variations on the style. David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, examines impressionism as a major influence on the world's visual culture. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, February 7 to 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour

Visit a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover. Meet director Susan Ades and some of the designers, fabricators, model makers, and other specialists whose talents and skills are behind the exhibitions you see on the National Mall. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour

Visit a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover. Meet director Susan Ades and some of the designers, fabricators, model makers, and other specialists whose talents and skills are behind the exhibitions you see on the National Mall. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House architecture.

Date
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Russian Art: From Icons to the Avant-Garde
2-Session Course

In this two-part seminar, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine brings the culture of this vast country to life as she highlights some of the major art developments in Russia over the course if its history, with particular focus on the turbulent years of the early 20th century. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Terracotta Warriors in Richmond
All-Day Tour

Spend a fascinating day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts viewing the exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China. It features 10 majestic terracotta figures, including a cavalry horse, among 130 works that tell the story of China’s birth and one man’s lasting imprint on a nation.

Date
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Russian Masterpieces in Baltimore
All-Day Tour

Spend a day sampling the distinctive decorative arts and music of tsarist Russia, including a guided tour of Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition at the Walters Art Museum and a private performance of arias and art songs. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Art and Kingship in Southeast Asia
5-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism, with a focus on the royal arts of the great civilizations that arose in the region. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, March 7 to April 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House art.

Date
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Fallingwater: An In-Depth Exploration with Kentuck Knob
Overnight Tour

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s distinctive organic architecture. Visit both on an overnight tour to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania led by architectural historian Bill Keene—and stay at a Wright-inspired boutique hotel. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, March 26, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.