Dr. Alhadeff's research focuses on the opening and closing decades of the 19th century in France and Belgium. Presently, Alhadeff has completed a manuscript on Theodore Gericault's paintings of Blacks and the enslaved, a study whose focus is on the 1820s and the politics surrounding slavery and abolitionism. The book is presently in print with Routledge's series on art and race. Alhadeff is presently working on a new book, on symbolism in Belgium and the fin de siecle---four chapters now complete. Researched an article on a late nineteenth century Belgian artist for Semilous, a leading journal An ongoing interest by Alhadeff is theoretical questions affecting early modernist studies--research that strongly affects his classes on 19th and 20th century issues. Alhadeff's focus on European painting challenges his readiness to keep up with the ever expanding bibliography in the field--a fruitful task that extends as well to the High Renaissance and Michelangelo's oeuvre.
late eighteenth to late nineteenth century French painting and sculpture from Fragonard, David and the Impressionists to Rodin and Brancusi, late 19th century Belgian painting and sculpture, 20th century studies, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Italian Futurism, German Expressionism, Picasso studies, Renaissance sculpture and painting, the Quattrocento and Cinquecento, Michelangelo and High Renaissance, American art and Abstract Expressionism, Pollock, Rothko, Ad Reinhardt
ARTH 3419 - Modern Art Survey
Spring 2018 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
Surveys the loss of beauty in art and discusses whether or not that loss is regrettable. Questions the function and historical meaning of modern and postmodern art: is it all hype and strategic positioning by artists for fame and fortune? Is it serious? Are the fine arts still fine?
ARTH 4279 - Michelangelo (1475-1564)
Focuses on Michelangelo's long career, marked by outstanding achievements in sculpture, painting, architecture and poetry. Emphasizes his projects and achievements in light of 16th century artistic theory, including relationships to his contemporaries in the arts and literature.
ARTH 4319 - European Art from 1830 to 1886
Surveys the major movements in painting in France and England from the Revolution of 1830 to the impressionist crisis of 1886. Emphasizes and discusses painting and major expressions in sculpture and architecture.
ARTH 4339 - Modern Art 2
Begins with early Picasso and cubism, including analytic and synthetic cubism and emphasizing the various isms of the 20th century. Also studies Italian futurism, de Stijl and the Bauhaus, dada and surrealism.
ARTH 4919 - Capstone Seminar: Topics in Art History
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
Seminar course dealing with selected areas or problems within the history of art. Consult current online Schedule Planner for seminar topic. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.