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Art History

ARTH 140W African American Art (1)

This introductory writing-centered seminar introduces students to the history of African American art from the colonial period to the present day. Major works of art as well as select examples of architecture, monuments, design and visual and material culture (c. 1800-present) will be analyzed, discussed and written about at a beginner level. In the context of art historical analysis, students will study at the history of slavery in the United States, African American history following emancipation, and the civil rights movement. Students will also discuss how oppression, privilege and structural power functions in relation to African American art production between the colonial period and the present day. Students will gain a basic introduction to art historical vocabulary and concepts, and will acquire an introductory-level ability to describe, analyze, compare, and interpret works of art.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Arts & Humanities; World Engagement: PDE
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Professor: Staff

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