American Univesity of Beirut

Art History and Curating

​The Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut is accepting applications for its Masters Program in Art History and Curating as of Fall 2017. 

The program prepares historically conscious and theoretically engaged art historians and curators who can contribute critically and productively to the development of new approaches to art historiography and curatorial practices in Lebanon, the region and beyond.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Our graduates will:

1. analyze methods, histories and practices of art history and curating;

2. implement main methods and historiographical approaches and theories in the field;

3. critically review art exhibitions from curatorial, art historical and theoretical perspectives

4. critically reflect on art works, artistic positions, institutional practices, collections and   exhibitions

5. demonstrate ethical and professional skills in the fields of art history, criticism, art theory and curating

6. relate art and institutional practices to the social, historical and cultural contexts of Lebanon, the Middle East, the Arab world and globally.

The Curriculum

The MA program in Art History and Curating curriculum blends theory, method, and practice. The program has specific strengths in Islamic, Arab and Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art, Socialist and Post-Socialist art and culture, art theory and art historiography. The curriculum combines designated research and writing seminars alongside art history, exhibition studies and critical theory courses with a professional internship. The curriculum engages Art History and Curating in a productive and mutually constitutive fashion. Art historical research that students conduct may be related to contemporary and historical exhibitions, and exhibitions themselves may be grounded in historical research.

Faculty research areas covered include modern and contemporary art history and theory; Byzantine Renaissance art history; Islamic art history; curatorial methods, theories and practices; aesthetic theory; critical theory; psychoanalytic theory; theories of vision and visuality; and image theory.

AHIS 350A - Special Topics in Curating 
The Curatorial - Temporalities and Politics

Friday 3:00-5:30  
Prof. Beatrice von Bismarck

Students will learn to analyze exhibitions and curatorial practices and they will acquire curatorial skills by critically engaging with, reenacting, and curatorially commenting historical and contemporary exhibitions. Harald Szeemann´s show "The Bachelor Machines" (1975) will serve as paradigmatic case study.

AHIS 315 - Issues in Global Art History

Wednesday 5:00–7:30 
Dr. Hala Auji

Catalogue Description
The seminar situates the art historiographical canon and exhibition making practices in the wake of the global turn. It questions the Western historiographical canon while developing alternative models of global art historiography. Such models necessarily have to take into consideration the larger philosophical and political questions of what constitutes “the global” in the age of hyper-connectivity. The course introduces students to a variety of historiographical practices that range from the former USSR to Latin America, the Middle East, South and East Asia and Africa.
Admission Requirements

The application should consist of the AUB application form, the application fee, undergraduate transcripts, two letters of reference, a statement of interest and a writing sample (min. 2000 words). If the admissions committee deems it necessary, the applicant may be contacted for an interview.

Language Requirements: Evidence of proficiency in English (writing, reading, comprehension) and a second language (Arabic, French, German, Persian, Turkish, Armenian or any other language relevant to the applicant’s field of study).

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