American Modern

HNR 340 - American Modern

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2018
Class #: 33022
Section: M005
Credits: 3

Mulroney, Lucy

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
T Th 3:30 - 4:50 pm


Course Description:

This course introduces students to the key figures, genres, and contexts of modernism in America between the early 1910s and the late 1950s. From the spectacle of the skyscraper to the convenience of the push-button radio, students will explore the history and theories of modern art, design, architecture, and popular culture. We will see, read, hear, and discuss examples from broad artistic movements as well as from specific practitioners in order to reveal the diverse avenues available for students to examine in their own research projects, including: the interpenetration of the home and landscape in modern design; plastics and postwar food culture; issues of race, suburbia, and domesticity; techniques of appropriation, collage, and abstraction in music and literature; and the promotion of American art and design as a tool to combat communism during the Cold War. Since the history of modernism is entwined with the archival fate of modern technologies of visual, audio, and textual communication, students in this class will have the opportunity to view and handle original archival materials in the Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center.