A Short History of African American Art

Course Dates: 
Last 4 weeks: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 2018
Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m.
Eva Bares
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

In this primarily lecture course, we will explore the history of African American art, focusing on the historic evolution reflected in the work of trained fine artists and artists who are assigned “outsider” status. Our goal is to gain an understanding of diasporic artistic practices, paying particular attention to the inextricability of Black Atlantic history, memory, race, place and postcolonial issues in the formation of African-American visual culture. Required readings (four chapters from the textbook) and optional articles juxtapose arguments by historians, anthropologists, theorists and art historians in an attempt to grasp the diversity of approaches surrounding arts of the African diaspora. Review details of the course and readings at olliasheville.com/courses. Required text: African-American Art (Oxford History of Art) by Sharon F. Patton, ISBN-13: 978-0192842138.

Eva Bares (ebares@unca.edu) is a lecturer at UNC Asheville’s Department of Art and Art History. She has a doctorate in art history and criticism from State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, and a Master of Arts in German literature and journalism and Master of Arts in communication studies. Eva’s research focuses on contemporary art from Africa and the Middle East, and she teaches a broader range of classes that include ancient Egyptian art and architecture, West African art, Islamic art and a survey on the arts of the Americas, Africa and Oceania.