Introductory level art history courses in a specific topic. No prerequisite. Not offered Pass/Fail.
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Fall Semester informationSarah Cowan
190A: Tps:Black American Art Histories
This course examines the work of Black visual artists in the Americas who have approached their practices with a wide range of motivations--from developing an individual abstract vocabulary to supporting a revolutionary artistic collective, from launching a professional career in dressmaking to documenting a local community. We will look at artworks produced in the United States, Caribbean, and Central America from the first centuries of European colonization to today. As we study this diverse array of practices, including sculpture, photography, and performance art, we will consider how artists have found creative resources as well as constraints in visual media. Ultimately, the course aims to dispel monolithic notions of Black art and of Blackness more generally while also considering how Black artists have shared experiences of art world exclusion and discrimination. Particular attention will be given to the work of Black women, LGBTQIA+ artists, and others who have labored to defy narrow definitions of "Black Art." There are no prerequisites for this course.