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Master Class II: Art of the United States: Key Narratives

Professor Derrick Cartwright

This series of five lectures introduces the art history of the United States over a period of roughly 250 years, from the colonial period to the present, and is geared to non-specialists. It will survey both canonical figures and less well-known contributors. Additional attention will be paid to the ways in which traditional historical accounts of American art have elided or overlooked key narratives that today are viewed as essential to understanding this complex story. Each class will consist of both a lecture presentation and discussion. A reading list for further exploration will be offered for each session.

July 26: Faces and Places: Art of the Colonial Period and Early Republic

August 2: Eden and After: Hudson River School and the Art of the Civil War

August 9: From the Gilded Age to Modernism

August 16: Social Realism, Regionalism, and Abstract Expressionism

August 23: Pop and After

Instructor: Derrick Cartwright is Associate Professor of Art and Director of Galleries at the University of San Diego and the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park. A perennial Osher favorite, he previously was a museum director in Giverny (France), at Dartmouth College, and at the San Diego and Seattle Museums of Art. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.

Coordinator: Joy Urich

Course Number: OSHR-70135   Credit: 0 units

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