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ART 3684: African-American Art


This course offers a survey of over two hundred years of African American achievement in the visual arts. Moving chronologically from the colonial era to the present, students will examine key works from a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, video art, and conceptual art. Through both class discussion and individual research projects, students will learn how to use close looking, contextual analysis, and canonical critical texts to support original interpretations of artworks. Lastly, this course will also investigate the racial politics of art historical scholarship and curatorial practice, charting how differing methodological approaches and landmark exhibitions have sought to (de)construct the history of African American art. 


There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Reasoning in the Social Sciences, Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States, and Intercultural and Global Awareness.

For more information, email Dr. Annie Ronan.