IN PERSON: How does the history of American art reveal the changing character of the country? The 20th century has been characterized as the American century, when the country moved from a provincial role to that of the leading political and economic force on the planet. This was matched by a cultural domination, in which American art became the model for innovation around the globe. This lecture-based course will explore the transformation of American art from the experiments of artists in Greenwich Village and Harlem, through art of the irrational and conservative realism, and into the revolutions of abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop. Artists in each phase investigated the nature of art, challenging traditional practices in terms of what a work of art looked like as well as how it was presented. Out of this process, American art became international art, and American artists became the world's avant-garde. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 60.
Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705
James Boyles is a retired professor from NC State University, where he taught the history of art. He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in art history. His teaching and research have focused on American, modern and contemporary art, with the occasional venture into the medieval period and the 18th century.