The seminar focuses on the legacy of two famed twentieth-century, Yale-based art historians, Henri Focillon and his student George Kubler, and their impact on both the practice and historiography of art and architecture. The seminar focuses on a close reading of their influential books, Life of Forms and The Shape of Time, which proposed a set of dynamic variables and indeterminacies that drive art from within, and how they helped to radicalize the way artists and architects think about works of art—no longer in isolation, but rather as pieces in longer procedural chains involving similar forms and problems mediated through space and time. Enrolled students have access to the Kubler papers at Yale Manuscripts and Archives.