American Art and Culture, 1900-1945
This course will focus upon the visual culture of the United States in the first half of the 20th century. Employing an American studies interdisciplinary model, we will look at visual imagery within a broad cultural context--in relationship to film, literature, history and politics. In so doing, we will explore such questions as: What constitutes an American identity in the first half of the 20th century? How does the notion of cultural nationalism help construct such identities? What are the points of intersection between European and American modernism and modernity? How does race impact modern American expression? Finally, what is the relationship between art, politics and social activism during these years? This course is cross-listed in the Department of Art and Art History. Open only to first-year and sophomore students. No prerequisite.