HISTART 420 - National Identity in American Art
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Course Note:
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing, and any prior coursework in History of Art, American Culture, or American History.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This lecture/discussion course will reconsider the old question of "What's American about American Art?" by asking "when and why have people cared what's American about American Art." We will focus on a series of artistic movements — from Colonial portraiture to the reception of Abstract Impressionism during the Cold War, to Pop Art's reputation in Europe — which artists, critics, historians, or their public have claimed were uniquely American or expressed a unified national culture. By studying related issues in political, social, and cultural history (which often reveal a nation that was anything but unified), we will examine how Americans have sought to define a national identity through art. Students who have done prior work in any aspic of art history, American history, American literature, or American culture — and who are willing to do some background reading to fill in the gaps in their knowledge — are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are welcome and will be required to form a separate reading group to pursue readings in more depth. This class will include one mandatory field trip with a co-pay to view original works of art and architecture.

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HISTART 420 - National Identity in American Art
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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