History of Art 4630
INVENTING THE AMERICANS: ISSUES IN 19th CENTURY AMERICAN ART AND CULTURE
Professor Jody Patterson
This course focuses on some of the most notable developments in 19th-century American art. It explores a range of artworks — including painting, sculpture, print, and photography — within a framework sensitive to the varying aesthetic, political, and ideological agendas operating at key historical moments in the cultural formation of the newly established nation. Attention is given throughout to the role of academies, institutions, and patronage in the production and reception of artworks. Unifying themes include the implications of the geographical and political re-
definition of the United States through Westward expansion and imperialism, and of the process of economic modernization that made America the most powerful nation in the world by 1900.
Class # 34774
TUE & THUR 3:55-5:15