This seminar for teachers will focus on the history of American visual art and historical contexts.

Registration fee €10.

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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

10:30 Coffee Break

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

13.00 Open Discussion

14:00 End



Speaker: Dr. Bärbel Harju, LMU München


Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations


Contact: Christine Waleczek


Please register via our registration form


Registration fee: € 10



(Picture: Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © Photo by Mingjun Liu on Unsplash)


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