1500 Special Topics (American) - The Civil War in American Art
The Civil War destroyed the institution of slavery and transformed the U.S. socially, politically, and economically, all at great cost to human life: more Americans died in this war than in any other in the nation's history. The war's impact on art was almost as profound and long-lasting. Not only did the subject inspire some of the nation's best painters, sculptors, photographers, and illustrators, but it changed the face of town and countryside as monuments to soldiers and statesmen of the Civil War era spread across the landscape. This course will examine the far-reaching impact of the war on American art, both during the conflict and afterward, as it moved from current event into the realm of memory. We will pay close attention not only to the imagery of battle but to the social and political issues which shaped the image of the war and which in many respects continue to shape us today.
- Art Gallery
- Visual Media Workshop