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Making Art in the United States, 1860-1960
ARHA 271
Fall 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 233

Who is the American artist? Though a tantalizing question even before 1776, at no time was this question so hotly debated as in the decades following the Civil War. As new technologies and ideologies transformed the political, economic, and social fabric of the country, changes in the arts were equally as rapid and as dramatic, culminating in the introduction of abstraction after 1900. Indeed, who was the American audience during an era of increased immigration? Did a person have to be born in the United States to be an American artist? Was the artist who lived out his or her career in a foreign country no longer American? How did an artist's gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality affect his or her access to the art market? This course seeks to answer these questions by studying how some men and women involved in the visual arts in the United States responded to the rapid rate of change and diversity of new ideas.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation
Course discussions, readings and assignments aim to develop the ability to analyze designed objects and exhibition spaces within a range of interpretive perspectives.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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