2017-2018 Catalog

ARTH 190 American Indian Art History: Contemporary Issues

This course provides a thematic introduction to Native North American Indian Art, drawing from historic (pre- and post-contact) precedents. Class discussion and lectures are generated from the conceptual themes of contact, conflict, exchange, appropriation, and re-appropriation of American Indian imagery, materials, and ideas, rather than from the more descriptive categories such as Southwest painting or Plains beadwork. A concern with the social production of art, in specific episodic contexts, serves as a means of critically examining the circulation and appreciation of American Indian arts and material culture as fine art, commodity, political critique, social marker, religious icon, and physical landmark.


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • United States Diversity
  • Fine Arts