ARTH 372: Studies in 18th- and 19th-Century Art of the United States

ARTH 372-001: The Arts of Native North America
(Spring 2020)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Art & Design Building 2026

Section Information for Spring 2020

This course provides a survey of the arts of native peoples in historical context. Organized both chronologically and geographically, the class will examine the visual arts of select tribes from the Arctic, Northwest Coast, Southwest, Plains, Northeast, and Southeast regions of North America, including parts of present-day Canada and the United States. Through examination of a wide variety of visual practices including painting, pottery, weaving and textiles, personal adornment, performance, and architecture/built environments, we will examine issues of class, status, gender, tribal identity, cosmology, and intercultural encounter within the arts of indigenous peoples. Chronologically the course ranges from pre-contact arts of North America to twentieth century and contemporary art, in which we will examine how historical traditions merge with cutting-edge practice.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Developments in visual culture and the changing status of art practitioners throughout these periods. Focus is either chronological (Colonial Period, Gilded Age) or thematic (19th-century genre scenes, the American landscape and national identity). Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 hours.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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