U.S. Arts and Media: Race in American Art

AMST-A 204/ARTH 200 — Fall 2022 — Themester

Course Description

This course examines representations of racial identity in American visual culture from the colonial period through the present day with a particular focus on evolving conceptions of Native American, African American, Euro American, Latinx, Arab, Muslim, and Asian American identities. We will evaluate the ways in which racial identity and racial conflict are presented in paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, film/TV, and other popular imagery, focusing on relationships of power, portrayals of “otherness,” and majority and minority self-representation. In our investigation of visual objects, we will consider the political and social climate in which they were made, how they were used, and their place within visual culture and existing histories.

Instructor: Phoebe Wolfskill