Emory University Student Programs
Admission to the Carlos Museum is free to Emory faculty, staff, and students. The Museum offers a variety of programs of interest to the Emory community.
FALL SEMESTER 2013
ArtHist 190: Freshman Seminar - Art History, Making Art
Dr. Gay Robins and Dr. Jean Campbell
Limited to freshmen and introductory in nature, these seminars may feature discussion, readings, museum visits, and presentations. Previous offerings have included "Love, Death, and Image-Making" and "Animals in Ancient American Art."
This course will explore the materials and technologies of art making in cultures ranging from Ancient Egypt to Renaissance Italy. We will examine the meanings embodied in the materials artists used, from earth pigments to gold, lapis lazuli, and the implications inherent in the act of making itself. We will also investigate the world of the workshop as a place where artists were trained, practiced their craft, and responded to the commissions of their patrons. There will be frequent visits in the course of the semester to make use of the resources of the Carlos Museum.
ArtHist 226: Introduction to Ancient South American Art
Dr. Rebecca Stone
This introductory course covers the arts of the indigenous cultures of ancient Andean South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile) before A.D. 1550, with some introductory consideration of lower Central America (Costa Rica and Panama). Media include architecture, textiles, featherwork, ceramics, stone sculpture, and metalwork. Original works of art in the Michael C. Carlos Museum will be featured.
ArtHist 759R: Rome in Print
Dr. Sarah McPhee
his seminar will be grounded in the exhibition Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome on view at the Carlos Museum during the fall term. We will examine the world of print in Rome from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century: the printers and their shops, the etchers and engravers who worked for them, Italian and foreign, the legacy of images they left behind. We will consider the antiquarian focus on ancient monuments during the sixteenth century, the urban theatres of modern Rome produced during the seventeenth century and the scientific and scenographic developments of the eighteenth century. We will examine the careers of such etcher/engravers as Etienne Duperac, Giacomo Lauro, and Giovanni Battista Falda, Alessandro Specchi, Giuseppe Vasi and Giambattista Piranesi. A particular focus of the class will be the urban history of Rome as the exhibition presents the rare opportunity to study three of the great city maps produced during these centuries by Pirro Ligorio (1561), Giovanni Battista Falda (1676) and Giambattista Nolli (1748).
ArtHist 290: Views of Rome Ancient and Baroque
Dr. Sarah McPhee and Dr. Eric Varner
Under the Roman emperors from Augustus to Constantine, as well as the popes of the baroque period, from Sixtus V to Clement XII, the urban fabric of Rome was indelibly altered and the city embellished with works of art and architecture which continue to shape modern perceptions of the city. The course examines the formal and conceptual resonances between ancient and baroque Rome, as well as the impact of ancient art and architecture on the daring innovations of the baroque period. The endurance of the classical tradition and urbanism in both periods will also be focal points of the course. We will explore the development of the Roman Forum, the imperial residences on the Palatine hill and Nero’s fabled palace (the Domus Aurea), the Pantheon, the Mausoleum of Hadrian (modern Castel S. Angelo) Perino del Vaga, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Palace, the Villa Borghese, Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Spada, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, and the Fontana di Trevi. The course will also examine the Roman careers of artists or architects including Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, and Pietro da Cortona. The course is offered in conjunction with an exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, and students will have extensive involvement with the 16th-18th century engravings and etchings featured in the exhibition.
ArtHist 387/ 592: Issues in the Conservation of Art and Cultural Property
This course will provide an introduction to the field of Art Conservation as well as an overview of the principle issues surrounding the care and preservation of cultural properties. Lecture and discussion will address historic materials and technologies, as well as aging properties, deterioration, and conservation treatment. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of cultures and will represent diverse media, including paper, paintings, stone, metals, ceramics, archaeological remains, and historic monuments. We will examine the use of science to recognize fakes or forgeries, document artists' working methods, and identify historic materials. Discussions will consider issues of aesthetics, artist’s intent, change over time, and compensation for loss or damage.
ArtHist 719: Images of the Cosmos in Ancient Egypt: Temples, Tombs and Palaces in Ancient Egypt
The unique way in which the ancient Egyptians envisaged the universe is preserved in their creation myths, funerary beliefs, and notions of kingship. Their view of the cosmos was also embodied in the architecture and decoration of temples, tombs (both royal and non-royal) and palaces. In this course, we will explore how such monuments reflect and give concrete expression to the structure of the universe, and examine their role in perpetuating the created world through the act of their construction, their architectural and decorative programs, and the rituals performed within them. We will also consider how the embodied cosmos contributed to the effective functioning of the monuments. The course will include visits to the Carlos Museum.
Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Carlos Museum offers two paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience during the summer term to augment their academic program. This summer, two interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, forty hours per week, and students are paid $5,000.
One Andrew W. Mellon Internship is available during the academic year, with students working approximately 10 hours per week and also receiving a $5,000 stipend. This summer's internships will begin Monday, May 20 and conclude on August 2, 2012, though some flexibility in scheduling is possible.
2012-13 projects include:
Working with Curator of Works on Paper, Margaret Shufeldt, on the organization of a large temporary exhibition, Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, which is opening at the Museum at the end of August. Duties will be many and various: research for labels, assisting with the publication of a small catalogue, helping to install the works in the show, etc. This is an opportunity to learn all the aspects of working in a museum. Knowledge of Italian is very desirable.
Working with Professor of Art History Sarah McPhee on a three-dimensional digital reconstruction of Rome in the final quarter of the seventeenth century. The project is grounded in the celebrated bird’s-eye view map of Giovanni Battista Falda, published in 1676, which subsumes the fine detail of over 300 etched views of the city made by the young artist. The composite image shows the urban fabric in exquisite visual detail, allowing the patient viewer to stroll the streets, count the windows in facades, and distinguish deciduous trees from evergreens. The project envisioned here is to transform Falda’s two-dimensional map into a virtual, walkable Rome using the gaming platform known as NVis360. The intern will work closely with Professor McPhee to prepare the data set to be used in the virtual reconstruction. We will document Falda’s Rome in map and views, checking Falda’s data against Rome today (Google Earth), against the surveyed map of 1748 by Giambattista Nolli, and against seventeenth-century ichnographic and surveyed maps that survive in the Roman archives. We will do spot research to check the heights of facades, the material of street surfaces, the width of piazzas. We will proceed block by block, façade by façade, to create an immersive, walkable, correctly scaled and detailed version of the Rome Falda’s etchings preserves for us ca. 1676. The virtual reconstruction will be featured in the exhibition Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome in the fall of 2013.
Academic Year 2013-14 project:
Working with Dr. Jasper Gaunt, Curator of Greek and Roman Art, on the organization of the recently acquired photographic archive of Conrad Stibbe. This comprises approximately 10,000 images of black-figure and black glaze pottery, terracottas, sculpture, bronze statuettes and vessels made in Sparta from around 700 to 400 BC, as well a large collection of offprints, and slides of Sparta and Laconia in general. In addition to physically organizing the material, the intern will work with Dr. Gaunt and others to explore ways that the might be accessed digitally.
Download the Mellon Internship Application here.
The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at email@example.com.
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Museum's Docent Guild to give tours to K-12 groups, students, and the general public. Each fall new student docents are recruited and receive training on the collections. They begin touring in the spring. This provides students an excellent opportunity to develop research and presenation skills. For information, please contact Julie Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.