Fine Arts | History of African American Art - NEW ADDED (Graduate Section)
A540 | 28110 | Bowles


This course will  be an historical survey centered on key artists
and episodes  in the history of African-American art from mid-19th
century to the present.  Areas of special attention will include the
Harlem  Renaissance  and  the development of the “New Negro,” the
participation of African-American artists in the WPA and their
creation of paintings devoted to American history, the strategies
employed by African-American artists in the post World War II period
to negotiate a place within the mainstream  of  American  art,
community  murals and other protests against art world racism in the
1960s, development of a Black aesthetic, the role of folk tradition,
spirituality, and outsider art.  In the final weeks of the semester
we will look at a wide range of work by contemporary African-
American artists  who deal with issues of race through strategies
that include performance art, photographs representations  and
deconstructions of blackness, the appropriation of stereotypes, and
paintings that incorporate humor and parody.