ARTH-254-01 African-American Art and Culture
Fall for 2017-2018
This course surveys American artists of African descent within the wider framework of U.S. art and culture. The class will begin in the eighteenth century and extend into the twenty-first century. Throughout the semester, students will explore how the complex and contested concept of "race" intersects with the production and patronage of art. Students will also contemplate the label, "African American art," and consider its benefits and pitfalls. This course will cover a wide range of media—including painting, print, photography, performance art, and ceramics—to understand the broader role of visual representation in the construction of race, gender, and nationhood. Students will also analyze how art historians, critics, and curators have treated African-American art, culminating in two class visits to the Phillips Collection and the groundbreaking National Museum of African American History and Culture opening on the National Mall this fall. By the end of this course, students will gain the intellectual tools to critically interpret and engage with objects that fall under the umbrella term, African-American art.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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