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Academic Catalog 2017-2018
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Jan 22, 2018
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

HART231 American Art and Visual Culture, 1600 to the present 3 cr.

A survey of American painting, architecture, sculpture, prints and photography from 1600 to the present, covering a wide range of movements including Early American Art, Native American Art, Civil War era photography, Gilded Age painting and architecture, the Ashcan School, Early American Modernism, Regionalism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. The course will include visits to local museums and institutions that house some of the finest collections of American art in the country, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Fogg Museum. We will examine style, technique, and iconography in their historical and cultural contexts, considering the political, social, and intellectual climates articulated in the arts, including systems of patronage and public reception.

Prerequisites: HART100

All College Elective