Course Description for American Art I: 1492 to 1876

ARH3621: American Art I: 1492 to 1876
American Art I surveys the visual arts of the United States from 1492 to 1876. Throughout the course we will look at the ways in which American artists sought to develop an American fine arts tradition. This course also examines how art was used to shape a strong national identity and to negotiate the tensions of race, politics, gender, class, and ethnicity.