Penn ARTH 289 - ARTH 289 COURSE SYLLABUS (4 pages)

Previewing page 1 of 4 page document View the full content.
View Full Document

ARTH 289 COURSE SYLLABUS



Previewing page 1 of actual document.

View the full content.
View Full Document
View Full Document

ARTH 289 COURSE SYLLABUS

23 views


Pages:
4
School:
University of Pennsylvania
Course:
Arth 289 - American Art: 1750-1945
Unformatted text preview:

1 AMERICAN ART 1750 1950 ARTH 289 FALL 2004 MONDAYS 5 30 8 30pm Professor Rebecca Butterfield rebecb sas upenn edu Office Hours TBA Course Description This course examines major themes and issues in two centuries of American painting sculpture and to a lesser extent works on paper Among the topics to be considered is the development and promotion of various genres such as history painting portraiture landscape still life and figure painting the interrelation of American art and European traditions the relationship between art and identity the links between the production and reception of art works and the achievements of such well known artists as Benjamin West Thomas Eakins Winslow Homer Cecilia Beaux Henry Ossawa Tanner and Georgia O Keeffe We will pay particular attention to the importance that American artists critics and viewers have placed on national identity We will approach this material through assessments of style and form historical context and iconography all of which will be amplified by assigned readings Classes will combine lecture and discussion for which students will prepare with careful critical reading There will be one or two museum visits Written assignments consist of two short response papers one longer paper a midterm exam and a final exam Students will be evaluated on class contributions as well as on their written work with discussion weighted equally with the papers and exams Texts The following books are available for purchase at the Penn Book Center 130 S 34th Street Frances K Pohl Framing America A Social History of American Art Thames Hudson 2002 M Doezema Elizabeth Milroy Reading American Art Yale University Press 1998 Both of these books are on reserve FAR along with many others at the Fisher Fine Arts Library in the Furness Building Additional required readings will be available on the Blackboard site for this course Please make sure you have access to blackboard and that your email address is listed there Requirements Response Papers 20 These two papers are designed to help you think critically and creatively about the reading assignments They will serve as the basis for in class discussions as well as prepare you for the exams Some questions to consider in your writing and in all your readings for this course include What are the author s main points How does s he support these points What kind of sources does the author use published or unpublished writings contemporary with the making of the art such as 2 correspondence or records of the artist critical reviews in periodicals or newspapers diaries or correspondence of those who saw the work other visual images recent arthistorical or cultural historical scholarship about the era of the artist What are the author s underlying assumptions about art history What alternative analyses would you suggest How would you develop these ideas How does the piece compare to others you have read for the course To what extent does the author s essay illuminate the meanings of the art under discussion Object Paper 20 A three to five page paper typed or printed one inch margins on all sides double spaced 10 or 12 point font on one work of art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Obviously this work should be one produced by an American artist between 1750 and 1950 More information will be available later in the term Exams 20 each The midterm and final will be essay exams Attendance and Participation 20 Attendance is required and participation in class discussions is expected NOTE ALL requirements must be completed in order to receive a passing grade for the course Requirements will be slightly different for graduate students Come to class prepared to discuss the readings listed for that week Course Schedule Sept 3 Introduction Colonial Portraiture Readings Pohl A Protestant Presence in America 54 56 Art Architecture of the British Dutch Colonies 58 66 Itinerant Portrait Painters 123 128 Reading American Art Craven The 17th Century New England Mercantile Image Social Content and Style in the Freake Portraits Staiti Character and Class The Portraits of John Singleton Copley Recommended Lovell Reading 18th Century American Family Portraits BB Sept 20 Reading The Grand Manner Tradition History Painting Pohl Foreign Wars Domestic Unrest 69 72 John Trumbull s Canvases of War 78 82 Presidential Poses 83 92 Schooling the Nation s Artists 112 116 Reading American Art Stein Charles Willson Peale s Expressive Design The Artist in His Museum Recommended Abrams Benjamin West s Documentation of Colonial History Penn s Treaty with the Indians BB Sept 27 Reading Landscape Pohl God Nature the Rise of Landscape Painting 134 152 Nature Transformed 163 166 Reading American Art Wallach Thomas Cole and the Aristocracy Kinsey History in Natural Sequence The Civil War Polyptych of Frederic Edwin Church BB Recommended Kenneth Myers The Catskills pp 17 20 65 87 FAR 3 Oct 4 Reading The Frontier Experience Pohl From Indian Queen to Greek Goddess 106 108 Narratives of Captivity 108 109 Portraits Treaties 109 112 Native Americans as Nature and others 152 162 Encyclopedia of Experience 226 238 Reading American Art Hight Doomed to Perish George Catlin s Depictions of the Mandan Anderson The Kiss of Enterprise The Western Landscape as Symbol and Resource Recommended Brooklyn Museum Buffalo Bill and the Wild West FAR Truettner et al West As America FAR Oct 11 Genre Painting Mid Century Sculpture Reading Pohl Human Actors in the Landscape 166 174 Monuments to Freedom 217224 The Female Body the Rights of Women 258 260 Domestic culture Cultural Production 260 263 Helpful Women 263 267 Reading American Art Kasson Narratives of the Female Body The Greek Slave Buick The Ideal Works of Edmonia Lewis Oct 18 Mid Term Exam Short detailed essays on individual works of art and related readings Oct 25 Fall Break No Class Nov 1 Reading Winslow Homer Thomas Eakins Mary Cassatt Pohl Chapter 4 197 216 Chapter 5 240 258 288 300 Reading American Art Johns The Gross Clinic Prown Winslow Homer in His Art Pollock Mary Cassatt Painter of Women and Children Recommended Burns Revitalizing the Painted Out North Winslow Homer Manly Health and New England Regionalism in Turn of the Century America BB Johns Thomas Eakins The Heroism of Modern Life ch 1 FAR Sharp How Mary Cassatt Became an American Artist in Mary Cassatt Modern Woman FAR Nov 8 Reading Late 19th Century Painting Pohl Feminine Ideal the Rise of Aestheticism 269 280 Trompe l Oeil 280282 Burns The Earnest


View Full Document

Access the best Study Guides, Lecture Notes and Practice Exams

Loading Unlocking...
Login

Join to view ARTH 289 COURSE SYLLABUS and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or
We will never post anything without your permission.
Don't have an account?
Sign Up

Join to view ARTH 289 COURSE SYLLABUS and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or

By creating an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use

Already a member?