Issues In American Art: Abstract Expressionism and the art of the 1940s and 1950s
ARTH 385 - Issues In American Art: Abstract Expressionism and the art of the 1940s and 1950s3 hours This course explores the first American art movement that reached international significance. Students will learn to identify the artists who forged this movement, analyze the formal elements of their paintings, and approach the movement through a number of theoretical perspectives that will illustrate more complicated aspects of the era such as: the particular qualities of the art movement which consisted primarily of immigrants or sons/daughters of immigrants, the rise of art criticism in America at the time, and the export of a national American identity through the eventual embrace of the art by citizens and the US government. Although the recognized artists of this style were primarily white, heterosexual males, this class will also discuss how artists of color, women, and different sexual orientations contributed to it as well. A seminar style class, the majority of reading and discussion will consist of criticism, artist statements, and essays designed to explain the era or call it into question. There will be short analysis papers and one large research paper. (Formerly ARTH 300.)
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102 and sophomore standing are recommended.This course will satisfy the fine arts core area requirement.