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Fall 2018-2019
* AAS 245 / ART 245 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movements

Chika O. Okeke-Agulu

This course surveys important moments in 20th-Century African American art from the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to the 1960s Black Arts movement. Our close studies of the work of major artists will be accompanied by examination of influential theories and ideologies of blackness during two key moments of black racial consciousness in the United States. We shall cover canonical artists and writers such as Aaron Douglas, James van der Zee, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, W. E. B. Du Bois, Alain Locke, James Porter and Jeff Donaldson.

Sample reading list:
Jeffrey B. Ferguson, The Harlem Renaissance: A Brief History With Documents
Sharon F. Patton, African American Art
Lisa Gail Collins and Margo Natalie Crawford, New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement
Sharon Pruitt, Spiral Group: Defining African American Art
Alain Locke, Negro Art: Past and Present
Jeff Donaldson, Ten in Search of a Nation
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
60-100 pages per week; One short paper (7-10 pages) on an artist, group of artists or on a theme

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20347 L01 08:30:00 am - 09:50:00 am T Th   McCormick Hall   103   Enrolled:10 Limit:30