Harlem & the Northern Renaissance: New/Amsterg@ddam, 1450-now (AH4312.01)

J. Vanessa Lyon

In this transcultural, transhistorical upper-level course, we will study the crucial phases and practitioners of early modern Netherlandish art—-from Jan Van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden to Clara Peeters plus Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and de Hooch. Then—we’ll recalibrate and look at the ways in which modern and contemporary artists of color, particularly Black artists, e.g. Mickalene Thomas, Kerry James Marshall, Romare Bearden, Roy DeCarava, Toyin Odutola, Fabiola Jean-Louis—and Nina Simone—are in formal and conceptual conversation with characteristically Northern genres and aesthetics such as portraiture, genre painting, and still life—-but also reflection, materiality, and space. Race, gender, and intersectionality will abound. Short paper and long paper and a final presentation. You will learn how to look, read, and write closely using both traditional and experimental art historical methods + critical race theory and black feminism.


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Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Toward a Rigorous Art History or another 2000 level course in Art History; permission of instructor.
Corequisites: Visual Arts Lecture Series (VALS)
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: Art History , Fully In-Person , All courses
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