2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IAHIS 3360 History of American Art

This course will explore the development of the visual arts in America and their role in American society from its colonial beginnings to the eve of the Second World War. During this period, American artists moved rapidly beyond their initial limited role as provincial imitators of European high styles to explore questions of national identity" through a wide variety of subject matter and styles. We will consider painting sculpture architecture and photography in the context of a developing American society including examining issues surrounding representations of gender and race. We will take advantage of the many opportunities that the Boston area provides to explore historic buildings and original art works.