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Fall 2016-2017
* AAS 341 / ART 375 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Enter the New Negro: Black Atlantic Aesthetics

Anna Arabindan Kesson

Born in the late 1800s, the New Negro movement demanded political equality, desegregation, and an end to lynching, while also launching new forms of international Black cultural expression. The visionary modernity of its artists not only reimagined the history of the black diaspora by developing new artistic languages through travel, music, religion and poetry, but also shaped modernism as a whole in the 20th century. Incorporating field trips and sessions in the Princeton University Art Museum, this course explores Afro-modern forms of artistic expression from the late 19th-century into the mid-20th century.

Sample reading list:
Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness
David Bindman and Hugh Honor, The Image of the Black in Western Art
Tanya Barson, Afro-Modern: Journeys Through the Black Atlantic
Richard J Powell, Black Art: A Cultural History
Therese Leininger, Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris
Geraldo Mosquera, Beyond the Fantastic: Contemporary Art Criticism
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 75 - 90 pages/week; Reading Report and Visual Analysis 3 - 5 pages each; Final Paper 10 - 15 pages.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
The course includes film screenings, and regular visits to collections at the Princeton University Art Museum. There will be at least one field trip to a museum in the tri-state area. For ART majors, satisfies Group 3 distribution requirement.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23525 L01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCormick Hall   104   Enrolled:5 Limit:20