New Course: Sensitivity and Spirit in Art of the African Diaspora
Fridays 1 – 3:40PM. Writing Intensive Credit Available
This course will investigate a selection of modern and contemporary artwork by artists of African descent (African American, Afro-Caribbean, and African). The course groups artists according to themes and approaches to art making, and also ways in which cultural continuity can be experienced across the African Diaspora through artists’ uses of pattern, material, and also concept. Some of the artists to be discussed include: Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Yinka Shonibare, and El Anatsui.We will explore the ways that the construct of race has impacted art practices, the training and education of artists, and the patronage and art historical treatment of artists of color. We will learn about artists' biographies and careers. Readings will include art historical texts and contemporary scholarship. We will take two field trips and have a visit by guest artist Lonnie Graham, 2006 Pennsylvania Artist of the Year and Pew Fellow.