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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 372 / ART 374 / AMS 372 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Postblack - Contemporary African American Art

Chika O. Okeke-Agulu

As articulated by Thelma Golden, postblack refers to the work of African American artists who emerged in the 1990s with ambitious, irreverent, and sassy work. Postblack suggests the emergence of a generation of artists removed from the long tradition of black affirmation of the Harlem Renaissance, black empowerment of the Black Arts movement, and identity politics of the 1980s and early 90s. This seminar involves critical and theoretical readings on multiculturalism, race, identity, and contemporary art, and will provide an opportunity for a deep engagement with the work of African American artists of the past decade.

Sample reading list:
Darby English, How to Look at a Work in Total Darkness
Richard J. Powell, Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin: White Masks
Kwame Anthony Appiah, In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture
Kellie Jones, Interrogating Identity
Huey Copeland, Bound to Appear
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-150 pages of reading each week. Class presentation/participation, oral research presentation, final research paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40251 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCormick Hall   104   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed