ART 210 Special Topics in Art History: Gender and Sexuality in Modern American Art
With the rise of industrialization and the growth of the nation's cities, social patterns in American life underwent dramatic change. Between the late nineteenth century and the middle of teh twentieth, shifts in gender identity influenced everything from the meaning of bachelorhood to the nature of dating as well as the terms and definition of marriage and family. Likewise, new ideas about sexuality—both "straight" and "gay"—were re-thought during this period. This course will explore the ways in which these changes affected art by considering artists' personal relationships (and the impact on their work) and how changing notions of gender and sexuality more generally are depicted in art.