PAST - HISTART 230 / AMCULT 230: Art and Life in 19th-Century America Instructor: Rebecca Zurier

Winter 2018 Term

American; Artist Unknown
Seven Kiowah Men
graphite and colored pencil on lined cream rag paper
7 13/16 x 12 5/8 in. (19.84 x 32.07 cm);14 x 19 in. (35.56 x 48.26 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Mary Cassatt
The First Mirror (Looking into the Hand Mirror)
aquatint and drypoint on paper
8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in. (20.8 x 14.92 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Winslow Homer
Perils of the Sea ('Peril on the Sea')
etching on imitation Japan paper
22 3/16 in x 29 4/5 in (56.36 cm x 75.72 cm);26 1/16 in x 32 1/16 in (66.2 cm x 81.44 cm);22 3/16 in x 29 4/5 in (56.36 cm x 75.72 cm);16 9/16 in x 21 4/5 in (42.07 cm x 55.4 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
White glazed porcelain pitcher with two different black silhouette faces in profile, one on each side.
Kara Walker
print on porcelain
8 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in (20.96 cm x 19.05 cm)
Museum Purchase
This is a photograph of the side of a building with two posters advertising a movie and circus.
Walker Evans
Movie and Minstrel Show Posters on Brick Wall, Demopolis, Alabama
gelatin silver print on paper
18 in x 22 in (45.72 cm x 55.88 cm)
Gift of Maxine and Lawrence K. Snider
This photograph depicts railroad tracks cutting through a man-made passage.  To the right of the tracks stands a lone man looking into the distance.
Andrew Russell
Malloy's Cut, Sherman Station, Laramie Range
albumen print on paper
8 in x 9 13/16 in (20.32 cm x 24.92 cm);14 5/16 in x 19 5/16 in (36.35 cm x 49.05 cm);8 in x 9 13/16 in (20.32 cm x 24.92 cm);5 15/16 in x 8 in (15.08 cm x 20.32 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Howard Bond
Full length portrait of a woman
albumen print on paper
6 1/2 in. x 4 3/16 in. ( 16.5 cm x 10.7 cm )
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Howard Bond
Photographed from a high vantage point, this image depicts a vertical view looking down into a rugged canyon with a river running along its bottom.
William Henry Jackson
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
albumen print on paper
14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm)
Gift of Howard and Margaret Bond
Two large panels painted red panels of aluminum, situated against one another so that the seam is visible at center. A line of white runs along each panel's outer edge.
Dorothea Rockburne
Fire Engine Red
wrinkle finish paint (oil) on aluminum
91 1/4 in x 86 1/4 in x 2 5/8 in (231.78 cm x 219.1 cm x 6.67 cm);91 1/4 in x 86 1/4 in x 2 5/8 in (231.8 cm x 219.1 cm x 6.7 cm)
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family

From course catalog: 

What can art history and American History tell us about each other? Painting, sculpture, photographs and popular media helped nineteenth-century Americans imagine race, nation, and the spirit while design shaped their environment. Ideas and images from this period inform the way we think today. We will study how the United States changed from a rural to an industrial, urban nation; slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction redefined the country, Westward movement and the accompanying confinement of Native peoples enlarged it, and waves of immigration and border movement changed its population. The rise of a middle class and the accompanying ideal of the “American home” were all products of the nineteenth century. American artists and architects sought to rival their European contemporaries and eventually produced distinctive works that responded to these national trends. Through hands-on research in archives and visits to see original works of art in museums and libraries, along with readings in primary-source documents and recent critical interpretations, we will examine both developments in the fine arts and the impact of historical change on the material and popular culture of everyday life in America. Among the artists and architects we will study are Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Matthew Brady’s photographic studio, Louis Sullivan, and the Cheyenne artist Howling Wolf.


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