Homosexuality in 20th-Century American Art
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NARH 3324
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course surveys the multiple and changing ways that mostly gay and lesbian American artists have represented sexual identity and desire. Moving chronologically through the 20th century, we examine a range of drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures that have given literal and metaphoric expression to homosexuality, and consider how the artists navigated and contested dominant paradigms of visual art, gender, and sexuality. Weekly readings and illustrated lectures address, among other topics, the deployment of coded iconography in the early modern era, later strategies for circulating homoerotic imagery, and efforts to identify a homosexual sensibility in the visual arts. Working in stages, students will develop research papers that critically examine specific examples of an artist’s work. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.
Course Open to: Degree Students