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ARTH 190

Introductory Art History Topics

Introductory level art history courses in a specific topic. No prerequisite. Not offered Pass/Fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Fall Semester information

Sarah Cowan

190A: Tps:American Art in Transnational Context, c. 1770-present

This course surveys U.S. American art and visual culture from the late eighteenth century to the present. We will explore the dynamic transnational circulations of people, objects, and images that fundamentally have shaped art in the United States. Taking a broad definition of "art," the course examines fine art production such as painting and sculpture, as well as a wide range of vernacular expression including murals, quilts, and protest materials. We will investigate how these diverse artistic practices have emerged from the border-crossing trajectories of trade, travel, migration, war, diaspora, and colonialism. Throughout the semester, we will consider how the terms "American" and "art" each have been used to justify exclusions along lines of class, race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship. A motivating goal of the course is to enable lively analysis of how artists and artisans have wrestled with the multiplicity and hybridity of American identity.