HENB01395U English - Elective 2, topic 5: Finding the Great American Thing: The Rise of Modern Art and the Search for National Identity, 1890-1950

Volume 2017/2018



This course looks into the making, expression, and dissent from the contours of the national mythology of the United States as expressed through American art and artists from the end of the Gilded Age to the beginning of the Cold War. American art has always maintained clear responses to the political, economic and social conditions of American life. During the first half of the 20th Century, artists collapsed boundaries between high art and lower forms. Mass marketing and a communications revolution, the rise of photography and film, a jazz age, world wars, a Great Depression, American territorial ambitions, immigration and internal turmoil, and a thousand thousand nuanced events brought fresh perspectives and changed life to “the Modern” as New York replaced Paris as the center of the art world. We will use dvds and youtube, where appropriate.

Wanda Corn, The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935 (1999)

Townsend Ludington, ed. A Modern Mosaic: Art and Modernism in the United States (2000)

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  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 162,75
  • Total
  • 204,75
7,5 ECTS
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