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American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity

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Angela L Miller, Washington University in St. Louis

Janet Catherine Berlo, University of Rochester

Bryan J Wolf, Stanford University

Jennifer L Roberts, Harvard University

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Washington University Libraries

Language: English

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Reviewed by Ellie Leonhardt, Art History Adjunct, Rogue Community College on 5/26/22

This text covers Ancient times to contemporary times in American Art with inclusion of various perspectives such as post-nationalism, post-colonialism, and feminist theory in combination with a “visual studies” approach to art history in the... read more

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The Art of Indigenous Americans before 1500 C.E.
  • Chapter 2: The Old World and the New: First Phases of Encounter, 1492-1750
  • Chapter 3: Early Colonial Arts, 1632-1734
  • Chapter 4: Late Colonial Encounters: The New World, Africa, Asia, and Europe, 1735-1797 
  • Chapter 5: Art, Revolution, and The New Nation, 1776-1828
  • Chapter 6: The Body Politic, 1828-1865
  • Chapter 7: Native and European Arts at the Boundaries of Culture: The Frontier West and Pacific Norrthwest, 1820s-1850s
  • Chapter 8: Nature's Nation, 1820-1865
  • Chapter 9: Post-War Challenges: Reconstruction, the Centennial Years, and Beyond, 1865-1900
  • Chapter 10: A New Internationalism: The Arts in an Expanding World, 1876-1900
  • Chapter 11: Exploration and Retrenchment: The Arts in Unsettling Times, 1890-1900
  • Chapter 12: The Arts Confront the New Century: Renewal and Continuity, 1900-1920
  • Chapter 13: Transnational Exchanges: Modernism and Modernity Beyond Borders, 1913-1940
  • Chapter 14: The Arts and the City, 1913-1940
  • Chapter 15: Searching for Roots, 1918-1940
  • Chapter 16: Social Visions: The Arts in the Depression years, 1929-1941
  • Chapter 17: Cold War and the Age of the Atom: Consensus and Anxiety, 1945-1960
  • Chapter 18: Art into Life, 1960-1980
  • Chapter 19: American Art in Flux, 1980-Present
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Picture Credits
  • Index

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  • About the Book

    American Encounters provides a narrative of the history of American art that focuses on historical encounters among diverse cultures, upon broad structural transformations such as the rise of the middle classes and the emergence of consumer and mass culture, and on the fluid conversations between "high" art and vernacular expressions. The text emphasizes the intersections among cultures and populations, as well as the exchanges, borrowings, and appropriations that have enriched and vitalized our collective cultural heritage.

    Contributors: Margaretta M. Lovell, David Lubin

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    Angela L Miller, Washington University in St. Louis

    Janet Catherine Berlo, University of Rochester

    Bryan J Wolf, Stanford University

    Jennifer L Roberts, Harvard University

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