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World Art History Certificate: Elective Courses
The Trojan War: The Epic in Art

With its timeless mythic themes of beauty, heroic courage, and sacrifice, the story of the Trojan War has long been retold and interpreted by writers and artists. Art historian Renee Gondek examines the legend’s power through works it inspired, weaving together ancient literary sources and a variety of visual depictions that span the centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

Includes Tour: For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Program: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
Tour: Thursday, August 9, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

Includes Tour: For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Program: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
Tour: Friday, August 10, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
A Trio of Museum Gems: An Artful Weekend in New York

The Neue Gallery, Morgan Library and Museum, and the Frick Collection offer a rich array of delights for visitors. Enjoy an escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in these distinctive and stunning smaller museums—and a night on the town to enjoy as you like. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Photography: A Hands-on History

Trace the history of photography in this unique course led by art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Sessions are enhanced by a hands-on component in which students create their own imagery using the techniques and processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, September 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Art Nouveau: New Style for a New Century

Though it flowered only briefly in the early years of the last century, art nouveau has had a long-lasting influence and popularity. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the movement’s organic, sinuous, and seductive styles. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Fall Plein Air Painting

Using the Smithsonian gardens as inspiration, learn the secrets of plein air landscape and architectural painting on location. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 15 to October 6, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Bauhaus: Creating Designs for Living

The Bauhaus, founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, was part modernist school of art and design and part dream factory. Artist and art historian Joseph Paul Cassar explores its importance and enduring influence. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.