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American Art and Architecture, 1600 to Present
/ AMST 264
American art is often looked at as a provincial version of the real thing–i.e., European art–and found wanting. This course examines American architecture, painting, and sculpture on its own terms, in the light of the social, ideological and economic forces that shaped it. Special attention will be paid to such themes as the Puritan legacy and attitudes toward art; the making of art in a commercial society; and the tension between the ideal and the real in American works of art.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
15-page research paper (divided into an annotated bibliography, first draft and revised draft); weekly study questions on the readings; final 15-minute oral exam
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Space and Place Electives