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ART-412-20, Explorations in American Art (SP14)

INSTRUCTOR: Domenico Firmani  

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME:  T1/Saturday/12:00PM-02:45PM, 02/01/2014-03/22/2014

CONTENT: 

An examination of painting in the Unites States from Colonial times to the 1970's. The relationship of American painting to European styles will be a major concern. A class meeting at the Baltimore Museum of Art will allow students to see and study the works more closely.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

-Learn the major painting styles and artistic personalities in American art.

-Understand the relationship of American painting to the major painting movements in Europe.

-Deal with the question:  What constitutes an 'American' painting.

-How is Modernism represented in American painting.

METHODS:

-Class room slide lectures on basic concepts. 

-Student participation.

-Reading assignments.

ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Readings in assigned text.

In-class Formal Analysis by student of a painting. Select one painting from the reproductions in your text and present orally to the class a description and formal analysis of the work. 5%

Research paper. Analyze a painting in a local museum, i.e. Baltimore or the District of Columbia, placing it within the context of this course. Other selected topics may be proposed. 45%

Quiz and final exam. 5% & 45%

REQUIRED TEXT: 

Craven, Wayne. American Art: History and Culture. McGraw Hill, 2003.

OTHER MATERIALS REQUIRED:

None

RECOMMENDED READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Members of the class should read the sections dealing with painting in chapters 3, 5, 7 in Craven’s American Art.