IN PERSON: How does the history of American art reveal the changing character of this country? After World War II, the nation and its art became the standards around the world. Yet, for all of its international prestige, the American art world still had to face domestic challenges, as stifled voices within this country grew louder in their demands for recognition. This course will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on art by female, LGBTQ+, Black and Native American artists since 1960. We will look at the many strategies that these artists employed to challenge longstanding paradigms set by straight white male artists. These will include abstraction, conceptualism, performance, body art and text-based art. Some of this art is intentionally offensive in order to provoke new ways of thinking. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 50.
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.