HISTART 194 - First Year Seminar
Section: 003 Art and Race in Nineteenth century America
Term: WN 2019
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be used to meet the prerequisite requirement for the History of Art major.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How did Americans learn to visualize race? How did they resist others’ efforts to depict them? Who were the first Americans? Was the United States a nation of many races, one race, or an idea that transcended race? How did artists address these issues in the century of Manifest Destiny and Civil War? These are the questions our seminar will address as we study paintings, drawings, illustrations, photographs, and even some buildings designed in the Nineteenth Century. We will work with archival sources on campus and visit the Detroit Institute of Arts; our readings will include primary documents as well as recent interpretations. Required text: Barbara Groseclose, Nineteenth Century American Art (Oxford University Press), online readings.

Course Requirements:

Assignments: Students will keep a weekly journal of readings, write a brief “looking assignment,” and complete two written assignments based on work with archival materials.

HISTART 194 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
9Enrollment Management
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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