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An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture
4-Session Evening Course

Art historian Lawrence Butler highlights examples of Islamic art and architecture from the 7th century to today that embody its defining spiritual, luxury, and princely themes. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Wednesday, May 31 to June 21, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Arts and WWI: Creation, Destruction, and Revolution

The crucible of destruction and death that was World War I also forged some of the most innovative and significant creative works of the early 20th century. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine surveys the artists and writers whose wartime experiences provided the genesis for bold—and often, highly personal—experiments in form and expression. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Roman Holiday: A Cinematic Introduction to the City’s Architecture

In an offbeat and entertaining overview of the Eternal City, follow the cinematic adventures of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in clips from the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday. A scholar provides the architectural commentary on the locations. Hepburn and Peck provide the dazzle. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Creating the Visual World of Game of Thrones

Devoted followers of HBO’s Game of Thrones have production designer Deborah Riley to thank for the highly detailed environment against which the saga of power, family, revenge, and romance plays out. Riley talks about how she and a small army of craftsmen give the series its distinctive visual style, which draws on an imaginative mix of historical periods, styles, and cultural traditions.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
A Day at Winterthur
All-Day Tour

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for an in-depth exploration of the exceptional collection of American decorative arts and antiques on view at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. The tour to the historic du Pont estate includes a special visit to Winterthur’s conservation lab for a look at ongoing projects, and a chance to stroll through its famed gardens in all their spring beauty.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A Mingle With Marlene

Sip a cocktail in the presence of a Hollywood icon (in photos and film clips that is) during an evening in the stylish spirit of the Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image. In an after-hours gathering, historian and exhibit curator Kate Lemay discusses the star’s career and her trademark glamour, as well the making of the retrospective.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Reflections on an Extraordinary Life and Career

Bill Keene, a lecturer in architecture and urban studies, examines the personal and public Frank Lloyd Wright, whose life encompassed acclaim and triumph as well as scandal and tragedy—and the creation of some of the most influential buildings of the 20th century. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Andrew Wyeth: An Appreciation at 100

Andrew Wyeth’s vision of the landscape and the people of rural Pennsylvania and costal Maine has a stark, deeply emotional beauty that has made his paintings among the most iconic of the 20th century. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights works from his extraordinary output, placing them in the context of his career and his life (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Cultural Heritage Sites of India

From India’s elaborately decorated Ajanta Caves to the splendor of the Taj Mahal, UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites offers a spectacular window into South Asia’s past. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights historic palaces, grand temples, royal mausoleums, and more that showcase the subcontinent’s abundant historically and culturally significant destinations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Urban Vision: New York City
Overnight Tour

Mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright with a unique overnight visit to Manhattan led by urban historian Bill Keene. Get insights into the architect’s creative relationship to the city as you explore a major exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, experience a tour of the Guggenheim Museum, and view holdings in the Wright archives at Columbia University. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Depart: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00 p.m.
Art, Power, and Pleasure in Italy’s Renaissance Courts

Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman explores Italy’s four northern Renaissance court cities—Ferrara, Urbino, Mantua, and Milan—where artists as famous as Da Vinci and Mantegna, and patrons as notorious as the fearsome Federico da Montefeltro and the elegant Isabella d’Este lived and worked. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
African Art and the Slave Trade

Art historian Kevin Tervala discusses the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades, with a focus on how African artists—and the societies that they were a part of—reacted to the sudden and brutal disruption and transformation of the world’s second-largest continent. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Wyeth, Wine, and the Brandywine River Valley
All-Day Tour

The landscape and people of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had a profound personal and artistic influence on Andrew Wyeth. Art historian Bonita Billman leads a tour to Wyeth’s beloved Brandywine County that includes a visit to his Chadds Ford studio, a retrospective exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and a visit to a local winery.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Evolution of Architectural Styles: Ancient Temples to Modern Skyscrapers
2-Session Course

Explore the traditions, styles, and masterpieces of European and American architecture during this in-depth 2-day program led by art historian Karen Alexis. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Friday, Augist 18, 2017 – 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo
4-Day Tour

Buffalo was the location of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-making commissions, and his several works there have become vital parts of the city’s architectural and cultural history. To mark the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, Bill Keene leads a 4-day tour, highlighting significant structures by Wright and his contemporaries that make Buffalo a must-see destination for aficionados of architectural masterworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Depart: Friday, September 8, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:30 p.m.