ARTH 207(F) Art and Modern Life in the United States, 1865 to 1962
This course will survey American art between the end of the Civil War and
the appearance of Pop Art. How did this art relate to historical processes of
modernization (industrialization, urbanization, the rise of mass media and mass
markets, etc.) and to the economic polarization, social fragmentation, political
conflict, and myriad cultural changes these developments entailed. In other
words, what was modern art in the United States? Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt,
Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol are among
the artists to be discussed. Format: seminar. Course requirements include informed
participation in class discussion (20%), two short paper assignments (40%),
midterm exam (20%), and final exam (20%).
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 15). Preference to Art majors.