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Spring 2016-2017
* AAS 349 / ART 364 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Seeing To Remember: Representing Slavery Across the Black Atlantic

Anna Arabindan Kesson

The class explores the historical representation of slavery and its contemporary manifestations in art of the Black diaspora. It pays particular attention to the different ways that art objects, institutions and monuments narrate these histories and considers why slavery remains relatively invisible in public art, in public monuments, and as a subject for national institutions in the US. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with objects held in collections at Princeton, go on field trips and learn from visiting artists and curators. Their final assignment will be the construction of a digital exhibition.

Sample reading list:
Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route
Jennifer Eichstedt and Stephen Small, Representations of Slavery: Race and Ideology
Marcus Wood, Blind Memory: Visual Representations of Slavery
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker
Maurie McInnis, Slaves Waiting for Sale
Andrew Losowsky and Lyra Monteiro, A Thousand Ships: A Ritual of Rememberance
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading - 70-100 pg a week; 2 page Visual Analysis; 2 Class presentations; 10 page paper. Final project: Collaborative website project based on research paper and objects in PUAM collections.

Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
Class Participation: 10%; Weekly Response papers - 10%; Oral Presentations (2) - 20%; Visual Analysis paper - 20%; Other: Digital Exhibition (Final Project) - 40%


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43181 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCormick Hall   104   Enrolled:8 Limit:12