African American Art


In this course, we study art made by African Americans from early colonial America to the present. We examine images of African Americans by artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. Throughout the course we analyze construction(s) of subjectivity of African-American identity (black, Negro, colored) as it relates to visual worlds. Although the course is outlined chronologically, the readings and class discussions revolve around specific themes each week. The course is interdisciplinary, incorporating a variety of social and historical issues, and media and disciplines, including music, film, and literary sources.

African American Art in Philadelphia, March 2012

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