AMS 325 • American Art: Civil War to the Armory Show (1860-1913)
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course offers a selective examination of American painting and architecture during the half-century between the Civil War and the infamous New York exhibition of modern art known as the Armory Show. This period saw the transformation of the United States from an agrarian nation to the world's leading industrial power. Against that background, we will examine the development of new building types and technology, the demand of America's new moneyed elite for the trappings of European high culture and its effect on native artists, the increasing pressure on artists to gain European training and experience, the dialogue between commerce and aestheticism, and the valorization of masculinity in what came to be seen as a distinctly American aesthetic. Particular emphasis will be given to painters Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, and John Singer Sargent and to architects H. H. Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Course packet; James F. OGorman, Three American Architects: Richardson, Sullivan, and Wright, 1865-1915 (Chicago, 1991); and Sylvan Barnet's A Short Guide to Writing About Art (recommended).