04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R
Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008
Section Information for Fall 2019
This course considers the art, politics, and culture of the “interwar” years, defined for the purposes of this course as 1917-1939. At the beginning of this era, many critics believed art in the United States was destined forever to lag behind avant-garde production in Europe; however, by the end of this fruitful twenty-year period, the U.S. boasted a diverse kaleidoscope of artists, movements, and innovations. This course will cover the visual arts, primarily painting, photography, and film, in their social and political contexts to uncover the complexities of “American” identity in these years. The course will explore themes including: avant-garde art movements; regional and folk traditions; race, sexuality, and gender; responses to technology and industry; popular culture and entertainment; and government sponsorship of art.