ART 234 American Art

A thematic examination of art produced in the United States from the colonial period to WWII with special emphasis on the place of art and artists within a democracy. Themes include the relationship between political and visual representation, landscape as metaphor, race and ethnicity in art, and the tension between private and public patronage. Artists include Thomas Jefferson, Stuart Davis, and Frank Lloyd Wright. (Course offered occasionally.)

Prerequisites: History of Western Art recommended, but not required.

ART 241 Modern Art I

A survey of the major European art movements from about 1760 to 1880. Special emphasis is given to the interplay between politics and the emergence of new styles and subject matter in painting. Artists covered include David, Goya, Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Courbet, Manet, and Monet. (Course offered occasionally.)

Prerequisites: History of Western Art recommended, but not required.

ART 242 Modern Art II

A survey of European art from 1880 to 1960. Themes examined include primitivism, the tension between modern art and mass culture, the attempt to combine radical politics with formal innovation, and the development of non-objective styles of painting. Movements discussed include symbolism, fauvism, cubism, futurism, dada, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. (Course offered every third semester; next scheduled for Fall 2022.)

Prerequisites: Hisotry of Western Art recommended, but not required.

ART 245 Guernica and Antiwar Art

This course investigates how modern artists have opposed war over the past two centuries. It begins with a focus on Pablo Picasso’s monumental painting, Guernica, considers the historical precedents from which he drew inspiration, acknowledges the prevalence of war reporting and propaganda in shaping public opinion of combat, and then traces the legacy of his example. Much of the art under consideration was produced in the United States, so the course will provide one perspective on the so-called American Century.

ART 260 Curation in Context: The Art of the Exhibition in Memphis and Beyond

This course is a one semester class designed to teach students the basics of exhibiting art as well as examining theoretical issues including but not limited to: the mission of a gallery, understanding a gallery’s audience, and the role of exhibition spaces in a community. Working with the gallery director students may be involved in: publicizing, preparing and designing of exhibits, proper handling of works of art, hanging, lighting, labels, receptions, security, etc. for all exhibits during the spring semester year.

ART 330 Feminist Art

This course investigates the contributions of feminism to art practices since the 1960s. With primary and secondary documents as our evidence and guide, we will assess the accomplishments and limitations of overtly feminist art. Throughout the semester we will ask why artists embraced the politics of feminism, how this shaped their own practices and perceptions of modernism, and how this now helps us to see the great complexity of modern and contemporary art. (Course offered in alternate years: next scheduled for Spring 2022)