History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 399: Special Topics in the History of Art

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2011

ARTH 399-004:
Modern African American Art: From Emancipation to the Civil Rights Era  —  Suzanne E. Smith

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR —  Enterprise Hall 174

This course traces modern African American history (1865-present) through visual and public art. Beginning with emancipation from slavery after the Civil War and concluding with the unveiling of the new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall, the course explores how race relations in the United States were reflected in artistic forms including: painting, sculpture, public memorials, and photography. Most significantly, the course examines how visual and public art act as critical agents in the formation of collective memory about race and racial conflict in modern American culture.

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Credits: 3

Topics vary.

Notes:

May be repeated when topic is different.

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