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This Is America

Re-Viewing the Art of the United States

Keri Watson and Keidra Daniels Navaroli

Publication Date - 04 April 2023

ISBN: 9780190084882

416 pages
8 1/2 x 11 inches

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The most diverse and inclusive introduction to the history of American art


This Is America: Re-Viewing the Art of the United States is a new, inclusive introduction to American visual culture from early history to the present. Reimagining the traditional survey of American art, the book provides expanded coverage of underrepresented stories through the inclusion of marginalized makers, diverse media, and vast geographic regions. Accessible to students with no background in art history, This Is America offers links between recent works of art and the rich cultural history of each major era with succinct and illuminating analysis of key contemporary works in "Contemporary Connections" boxes. By combining close visual and historical analyses with discussion of how works of art operated within specific cultural contexts and for us today, this publication prioritizes art's critical role in social discourse.

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  • Includes an Enhanced e-Book with a rich assortment of interactive, audiovisual, and self-assessment activities
  • Full coverage of a wide range of media, including craft, film, and fashion
  • Balanced representation of women artists and artists of color
  • Integration of new approaches to interpreting art, including gender, disability, and cultural studies
  • Accessibility to students with no background in art history
  • Analysis of key contemporary works in Contemporary Connections boxes

About the Author(s)

Keri Watson is Associate Professor of Art History at University of Central Florida.
Keidra Daniels Navaroli is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in the Texts and Technology Program at University of Central Florida.

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: Constructing Indigenous America
    Early America: Mound Builder Cultures
    Adena Culture
    Hopewell Culture

    Art of the Pacific Northwest
    Old Bering Sea Culture
    The Tlingit and Haida Cultures of the Northwest Coast

    Art and Architecture of the Southwest
    The Hohokam Culture
    The Mimbres Culture

    Art of the Caribbean Taíno

    Chapter 2: Colonial Disruptions: Un/Making a "New World"
    Constructing and Circulating Images of the Other
    In Search of Spices
    In Search of Gold

    Labor and Luxury
    Forced Labor, Conquest, and Colonization
    Power and Portraiture

    Building the "New World"
    New Spain
    New England and New Netherland
    New France

    Chapter 3: Establishing an Anglo American Nation: Art During the Federal Period
    Visualizing Revolution
    The War of the Conquest
    The Sons of Liberty

    Picturing America and Americans
    Framing the Other
    Establishing a National Iconography

    Building American Institutions
    Staging Rebellion
    The Myth of Benevolence

    Chapter 4: The Nineteenth Century: Westward Expansion and Indian Removal
    Remaking the Nation

    Florida and the American South
    The Trans-Mississippi West

    Portraying Native Bodies
    From "Noble Savage" to "Vanishing Race"
    Fashioning the Self: Native Subjects Speak Back

    Imagining the West
    Survey Paintings and Photography
    "Cowboys and Indians"

    Chapter 5: The Nineteenth Century: Stitching Together a New Body Politic
    Painting Scenes of Everyday
    Americans at Work and at Home
    Prints and Patrons
    Performing the Other
    Mythologizing the Past

    Art, Literature, and the Penny Press
    The Mexican American War
    The Civil War
    Go West!

    Race, Art, and Activism
    Representing Slavery and Freedom
    Images of Reconstruction

    Chapter 6: The Nineteenth Century: Reshaping the Landscape
    Rural Cemeteries and Public Parks
    Philadelphia: Athens of America
    The American Sublime
    Plantation Portraits
    American Impressionism
    The End of Landscape Painting

    Chapter 7: From the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era: Picturing Gender, Race, and Class
    Exhibiting Wealth and Class in the Gilded Age

    Portraits and Power
    Building the Gilded Age

    Globalism and Imperialism at World's Fairs
    Scientific Racism and the Centennial International Exposition of 1876
    Women, Race, and the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
    The War of 1898 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition

    Picturing Gender, Race, and Class in the Progressive Era
    How the Other Half Lives
    Out of the Ash Can

    Chapter 8: The Multiple Modernisms of the Interwar Period
    The New Negro Movement

    The Jazz Age
    Sculpting the Harlem Renaissance

    Stieglitz, Precisionism, and Surrealism
    The Stieglitz Circle
    Capturing the Machine Age
    Surrealism in the Americas

    Pueblo Artists and the Taos School

    Regionalism and the American Scene
    American Regionalism
    Painting the American Scene

    Chapter 9: Depression and Recovery: The New Deal, World War II, and the Post-War Boom
    The New Deal

    Public Works of Art
    Social Realism

    The Art of War
    Representing War
    Illustrating Internment

    Mythmaking: Postwar Abstraction
    Abstract Expressionism
    Color Field Painting

    "Out in the World": Found Objects, Funk, and Pop

    Chapter 10: Challenging the Past and Imagining the Future
    Art and/as Activism
    The Black Arts Movement
    The Feminist Arts Movement
    The Chicano Arts Movement
    Disability Rights
    The Gay Rights Movement

    Art in the Expanded Sphere
    Minimalism, Conceptualism, and Earth Art
    Faith and Reason
    Neo-Expressionism and Afro-Futurism

    Key Terms

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