professor
Christian Kleinbub

This professor has earned a CULPA gold nugget

May 2004

A god among grad students. Passionate, open-minded, whip-smart, devoted to his students, sweetly geeky, funny as hell. Highlights: Christian stroking the "puppies" in a Breugel painting, Christian kneeling on the floor gnawing at the podium to illustrate a modern art exhibit involving a woman eating a huge slab of chocolate. Christian on surrealism: "So if every time I painted a picture of you I replaced your head with the head of a dog... or... not a dog... something more beautiful... than you already are..." Christian analyzing a Goya etching of a donkey: "Donkeys carry the implications of genetic questionability, and, well, they aren't very smart. I had to ride one when I was little... never mind." Seriously, though, the man is a fantastic teacher and will make a truly great professor. Let him loose and he'll teach you the history of Western philosophical and religious thought, all accurately and sensitively, while riffing through every work of art you've seen so far, and then some. Trail behind him at the Met or the Frick and learn to care more about the carving on nineteenth century furniture than you thought possible. Argue with him or with other students: he loves it. He's your dorky-but-cool older brother. Enjoy the ride.

Dec 2003

Christian is fantastic. He is extremely intelligent and really inspires a love of art (or at least an active interest in it) in all of his students. He is also hilarious --he is constantly cracking wry little one-liners. Get him talking about his love of fine dining and his ability to out-eat any of his big, football-playing students in one sitting and you'll be rolling on the floor with laughter. Overall, Christian's class is one you look forward to coming to every day. He is very insightful and wants all of his students to engage with the works and participate in the discussions. At the end of the class, you'll want to take him out to dinner, listen to him pontificate about whatever pops into his head, and watch him consume 13 desserts in succession.

Dec 2003

A really terrific professor. Christian is extremely well versed in art history and theory, and despite his dull monotone voice, he is extremely engaging. He is very committed to students (a welcome change from the usual crop of power-hungry destructive grad students) and goes above and beyond the call of duty to help students succeed. As an added bonus, he is extremely funny (although this part of his personality only came out in the latter part of the semester) and be sure to ask him about his ability to eat 13 desserts consecutively.

Jan 2003

Christian is the one and only TA who actually took the time out to help me through my classes. Now that's dedication, knowing that I personally do not go out of my way to seek help either. He has a very enjoyable personality, and after getting past that monotone voice of his, you will realize that he's a smart, intelligent, and generous person/TA. And if you could choose anyone to answer an art related question, I would recommend going straight to Christian.

Jan 2003

Christian IS the RENAISSANCE MAN! If I could take all my classes with him I would. I think he genuinely cares that his students learn something in his class, and makes a real effort to be available and accessible. You can really tell he knows what he is talking about and has a real dedication to his subject. He is pretty easy going with the workload and doesn't make you do B.S. assignments. Overall, from all the other stories I hear, he is the best bet for anyone who wants to take Art Hum.

Jan 2003

I am only writing this review because I find the other reviews to be a little generous. Christian is decent, but definitely not "the MAN" for art hum. He can be annoyingly pretentious and is overly appreciative of ass-kissing. I didn't get much out of his class beyond being able to play name-that-artist. Never trust grad students who try to win your love with cookies...they're compensating for SOMETHING. That said, he's not bad. From the horror stories I've heard, I wouldn't recommend switching out of his section...but I wouldn't intentionally switch in, either.

Dec 2002

Christian is the MAN for this class - cool, funny, extremely knowledgeable and wonderfully articulate. Classes are interesting and assignments are not difficult but be prepared to do them thoroughly as he isn't a push-over and his good temperment should not be abused - as it can come in handy. Attendance is a plus!, and his steady supply of cookies each class should help even those who are "faint of art." By the time the class is over you'll love it anyway. Come to class with something to say.

Dec 2002

Since you have to take Art Hum, you might as well take it with Christian. He was really great and made the class enjoyable. We didnt do any reading, thus saving a few bucks on the Course Reader. He was pretty easygoing with a light attitude, and he always came to class with a smile and some cookies. It is definetely worth staying in his class!!

Dec 2002

Consider yourself fortunate if you land Christian for ArtHum. He's a very personable, down-to-earth, laid-back instructor, who does an excellent job of making a dull class a lot more interesting. Christian created class discussion with ease, and would prove to be approachable and open throughout the year. Just don't talk to him about Robert De Niro movies.