ARTH3090: Cincinnati Art & Architecture
Instructor: Theresa Leininger-Miller
Last Offered: Spring 2024
This art history course is designed to familiarize students with the remarkable history of art and architecture in Cincinnati from the founding of the Queen City in 1788 to the present. This is a highly experiential seminar, with half of the meetings held outside of the classroom. We will study a wide variety of buildings (domestic, civic, social, cultural, and religious) and art (painting, sculpture, prints, photography, murals, memorials, ceramics, carved furniture, silver, mosaics, and electronic media), on field trips to site locations. We will examine issues such as patronage, historical context, control of space, urban planning, Cincinnati’s national influence, and the politics of representation in terms of race, sexuality, and class by focusing on case studies of artists, architects, and their works.
We will conduct our study by means of reading books and articles, discussing ideas, writing short assignments, giving oral presentations, viewing digital images and DVDs, and analyzing original works of art and architecture. Highlights will include the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, Union Terminal, Rookwood Pottery, ArtWorks murals, Scarlet Oaks, and the Plum Street Temple. There will be guest lectures by curators and architectural historians.
Why take this course?
This course focuses on cases studies of local art and architecture, contextualizing them in terms of regional, national, and international issues. By researching and reflecting on the ways in which culture affects people’s lives, students will develop knowledge and insight that helps them inform the way future structures and art can benefit society.