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ARTH 290

Topics in The History of Art

An in-depth study of a particular topic in the history of art. It may be an examination of a specific artist, group or movement or an exploration of a particular theme or issue in art.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Fall Semester information

Christiane Wisehart

290A: Tps:Medium Matters

Tps:Medium Matters: Early Twentieth-Century American Photography

When art historians write about American practitioners of art in the early twentieth century, terms like "painter" or "photographer" often fail to describe the broad scope of artistic practice during that period. In this course, we will examine the ways in which photography was tightly enmeshed with other media in the first few decades of the twentieth century. We will discuss artists such as Charles Sheeler whose artistic practice included photography, painting and drawing. We will discuss paintings made from photographs, photographs made to look like drawings and other fascinating multi-media objects. We will also explore the ways in which intellectuals and artists simultaneously created, enforced and transgressed borders between photography and other media. In thinking about photography as it existed alongside other types of art-making practices, we will attempt to uncover and understand the intellectual challenges presented by the idea of medium between the years 1900 and 1940.