This course will explore artistic expression in America from the time of European contact to the mid-twentieth century. Proceeding both thematically and chronologically, the course will highlight the range of diverse practices and media Americans deployed to define, shape, enact, and represent their changing experience. We will explore mapping and the platting of towns during the 17th and 18th centuries; the role of portraiture in colonial society; gender and domestic interiors; landscape painting and national identity; print culture, photography and the industrialized image; utopian societies and reform; World's Fairs, city planning, and urban culture; moving images, advertising, and mass consumption. As much as possible, the class will include site visits to area museums and historic landscapes.
Max Enrollment: 25
Prerequisites: None. ARTH 100 recommended.
Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered