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This Is America

Re-Viewing the Art of the United States

Keri Watson and Keidra Daniels Navaroli

Publication Date - April 2023

ISBN: 9780190084882

480 pages
Paperback
8 1/2 x 11 inches

Retail Price to Students: $99.95

The most diverse and inclusive introduction to the history of American art from the Colonial era through the contemporary

Description

This Is America: Re-Viewing the Art of the United States is a new, brief text on the history of art in the United States from the Colonial era to the present. Broadening the story of American art, the text offers expanded coverage of a wide range of media (including craft, film, and fashion) and balanced representation of women artists and artists of color. 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.

This Is America is also accompanied by Practice Art History, a cutting-edge digital resource environment created to help students build skills of visual literacy and analysis. Visit www.oup.com/he/watson-navaroli1e to access the full suite of student and instructor resources.

Features

  • Accompaned by Practice Art History, a cutting-edge digital resource environment that helps students build skills of visual literacy and analysis
  • 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

    Preface

    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
    Life
    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
    Figuration
    Abstraction

    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
    Neo-Dada
    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
    Index