Collins Living Learning Center | Industrial Pastoral: American Progress
L100 | 7475 | David Constable


Plotting a course from the natural repose of early 19th century
painting to the technological present, this class will explore the
convulsive evolution of land in relation to art during a tumultuous
period in American history. In what ways, and why, does American
landscape painting evolve as a result of rapid industrialization? Will
the canonical tradition of Western art be able to sustain itself
amidst these dramatic shifts, and can American artists reinvent
landscape as a vital branch of artistic practice? Using examples from
painting, photography, film, installation, sculpture and critical
writing, this class will investigate the replacement of a pastoral
vision with a technological aesthetic tailored to a 21st Century
experience.