American History through Art
Teacher Training / Registration fee: €10
From Dorothea Lange to Carrie Mae Weems, from Andy Warhol to Kehinde Wiley, this seminar examines American history through the lens of art. We will focus on the history of American visual art and the contingent cultural forces and historical contexts in which American styles and movements emerged. Taking the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair as a starting point and ending with the 2017 Whitney Biennial, we will take a closer look at how art movements reflect the rapid cultural and political changes in American society during the 20th and early 21st centuries. We will discuss key movements like early American Modernism, the art of the Harlem Renaissance, Regionalism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Neo Expressionism as well as the emergence of Feminist Art, Black Art, the Chicano Movement, and the American Indian Movement (AIM). Last but not least, we will explore contemporary art in the context of protest movements of the 21st century: ACT UP, Occupy Wall Street, March for Our Lives, the #Metoo Movement, and #BlackLivesMatter.
09:00 Introduction: Art and the “American Century”
09:30 Chicago’s 1893 World's Fair, Early American Modernism, and the Quest for Identity
10:00 From the Harlem Renaissance to a New Deal for American Art
11:00 Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Neo-Expressionism
11.30 Culture Wars: Black Art Movement, Feminist Art, Chicano Movement, and AIM
12:00 Contemporary Social Movements and Art
Speaker: Dr. Bärbel Harju, LMU München
Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
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(Picture: Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © Photo by Mingjun Liu on Unsplash)
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