Picturing the City: New York and the Avant-Garde
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NARH 3875
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
The first few decades of the 20th century brought dramatic changes to the physical and social landscape of New York City, including the digging of subway tunnels, the construction of skyscrapers, and waves of immigration. Many American artists asserted their modernity with paintings, photographs, and experimental films that chronicled this changing urban environment. This course examines New York cityscapes and street scenes by the Ashcan School, members of the Stieglitz circle, the Precisionists, the social realists, and artists associated with the Harlem Renaissance. An institutional context frames this survey of modern American art, including discussion of the watershed Armory Show of 1913 and the founding of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art circa 1930.
Course Open to: Degree Students