Explores major trends in American art comprising painting, sculpture, architecture, urban design, and the decorative arts from 1600 to present.
We will explore the major issues, achievements and movements in American art from its beginnings to the present, studying the dramatic changes that occurred in American art, history and culture during this time. Issues of gender, class and race will be very important in this course. Examining relevant themes and issues in a historical and conceptual context, we will be focusing on painting, sculpture, architecture, folk art, printmaking and photography.
Student learning goals
Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the development of American art and artistic movements.
Through discussion and analysis students will learn to recognize the major artists of the time periods addressed
Students will learn to examine the creative production, societal roles and art historical critiques of American artists and art movements.
The course will provide an in-depth understanding of general movements in art history, including European and Mexican art, to provide a wider context for the course material.
Students will acquire skills in research, writing and critical thinking through reading and written assignments, including term papers and essay exams.
Students will acquire skills presenting their research to the class through an end-of-term presentation of their research papers.
General method of instruction
The course format will be lecture and discussion, with writing assignments, a research-based art project with a paper, and tests.
Survey of art history or the equivalent recommended; interest in art history and American Art and Culture required.
Class assignments and grading
Grading will be based on writing assignments, exams and class participation.
Textbook: American Art: A Cultural History, by David Bjelajac
Class participation, written assignments, tests