Kirsten Hoving

History of Art and Architecture Department Chair

 Spring Term 2015-Thursday 3:00-4:15 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m–12:00 p.m., and by appointment
 Mahaney Center for the Arts 214

Kirsten Hoving joined the department in 1983, after earning her Ph.D. at Columbia University.  She teaches modern art and history of photography. 

Her research interests revolve around her teaching fields.  In particular, she has published widely on surrealism, with articles about surrealist photography in such journals as Art History and History of Photography, as well as an essay in the Guggenheim Museum's exhibition catalogue, Speaking with Hands. She is also interested in intersections between surrealist art and science, seen in her recent book, Joseph Cornell and Astronomy: A Case for the Stars, published by Princeton University Press in 2009.

Last fall, Kirsten Hoving was a guest lecturer at the Oregaard Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, in conjunction with an exhibition at that museum of work by the artist Man Ray.



Course List: 

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FYSE 1420 - Impressionism      

The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life
Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt: these familiar names evoke works of art beloved by museum-goers around the world. However, in their own times, these artists were considered radical creators of shocking canvases that threatened the French art establishment. In this seminar we will examine how and why Impressionism emerged as the first important style of modern art by following its evolution from a style that was reviled by the critics to its eventual acceptance. To provide a framework, we will examine works by important writers including Baudelaire and Zola, as well as the political and social situation in France. 3 hrs. sem. ART CW EUR

Fall 2014

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HARC 0202 - Modern Art      

Modern Art
In this course we will survey the major movements and artists in the history of modern art in Europe and the United States, from Impressionism to the postwar period. We will focus on the development of style, aesthetic concerns, and social contexts. Topics will include individual artists, such as Picasso and Matisse, as well as the development of styles, such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. 3 hrs. lect. ART EUR HIS

Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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HARC 0218 - History of Photography      

History of Photography
In this course we will consider the history of photography as a medium from its inception in 1839 to the present. We will focus on technological advances in photography, aesthetic developments, and the evolution of acceptance of photography as an art form. We will examine the use of photography in different genres, such as landscape, portraiture, and documentation. To illustrate our study, we will rely on examples of photographs available in the Middlebury College Museum of Art. 3 hrs. lect. ART NOR

Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2015

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HARC 0247 - Impressionism/Post-Impression      

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
In this course we will examine the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements that evolved in France during the second half of the 19th century. Looking at artists such as Manet, Degas, Cassatt, and Monet, as well as Cézanne, Van Gogh, Seurat, and Gauguin, we will place their work in social and historical contexts that include the rise of the city, new opportunities for leisure, demographic change, and the breakdown of artistic establishments. When appropriate we will compare visual artistic production to parallel developments in literature and music. 3 hrs. lect. ART EUR HIS

Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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HARC 0327 / ENVS 0327 - Photography & the Environment      

Photography and the Environment
Since the invention of photography in 1839, photographers have turned their gaze toward the world around them. Working on the land, they have considered issues of land management and natural resources in a variety of ways. In this course we will explore the question of how American photographers from the 19th century to the present have used their photographs as a way of raising awareness about a variety of environmental questions. Artists to be considered may include: Timothy O'Sullivan, William Henry Jackson, Carleton Watkins, Annie Brigman, Ansel Adams, Laura Gilpin, Richard Misrach, and Edward Burtynsky. 3 hrs. lect/disc. ART HIS NOR

Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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HARC 0345 - Four American Artists      

Four American Artists
In this course we will examine the art and lives of four masters of American modernism: Ansel Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe, Man Ray, and Joseph Cornell. While Adams and O'Keeffe projected nationalist and environmental themes in their work, Man Ray and Cornell offered a European-based Surrealist approach. Through examining these artists and the interconnections between them, we will consider photography, painting, sculpture, and film in the context of American modernist art. We will consider the following questions: What makes art modern? What is the role of national identity? How do artists work in a variety of media? What makes these artists important? ART HIS NOR

Winter 2014

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HARC 0510 - Advanced Studies      

Advanced Studies
Supervised independent work in art history. (Approval Required)

Winter 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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HARC 0540 - Independent Museum Studies      

Supervised Independent Work in Museum Studies
This practicum builds upon the Museum Assistants Program (MAP), the hands-on museum education program at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. In MAP, the Curator of Education trains students to conduct tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and of special exhibitions for audiences of peers, school groups, and the general public. Combining service learning with the opportunity to both support and learn more about the arts, students gain expertise in public speaking, art history, and public programming. To register for this course students have completed two semesters of MAP. The class will culminate with a public presentation on a museum-related topic evaluated by a faculty member of the Department of History of Art & Architecture. (Approval required; HARC 0100 or HARC 0102, and two semesters of MAP)

Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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HARC 0711 - Qualif. Paper/Resrch/Writing      

Qualifying Paper, Research, & Writing
This course is a continuation of HARC 0710 which consists of ongoing, supervised independent research with an advisor, plus organizing, writing, and presenting a qualifying paper, which will be due on a Friday, two weeks before the end of classes. (HARC 0301 and HARC 0710)

Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Winter 2015

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Cynthia Packert, Chair, History of Art
Aimee Diehl, Coordinator, History of Art

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Pieter Broucke, Track Head, Architectural Studies
Monica Carroll, Coordinator, Architectural Studies

Johnson Memorial Building
78 Chateau Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753