ARTH-153 American City
Spring for 2017-2018
Kiechel, V.
American City: Life and Structure (A Biography Through Form)
Examines the urban life and form, content, and history of six American
cities (Detroit, Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles) using as a touchstone the life story of Malcolm X, who had ties to all of these places. From visionary plan to economic and social content to everyday realities, the course explores how a city makes man and man makes a city. Pursuing this with special focus on one urban form, the street, the course employs field and sketching trips, film, music, the
short story, maps, poetry, census data, and more.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None


ARTH-153-01 American Art
Fall for 2017-2018
What is “American” about American art? That is the question this course aims to deconstruct. Charting the history of American art from the colonial period through the twentieth century, this course will explore the individual careers of American artists as they relate to broader art historical movements inside and outside America’s borders. The cultural exchanges that characterize American art will provoke questions about race, gender, and nationality that have stirred debates about what makes American art distinctly “American.” This is a timely subject given that paintings by historic artists like George Caleb Bingham are at the center of controversy right here in Washington, D.C.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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