Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 27–Apr. 17
Instructor: Susan Rudy
Class limit: 60
Explore major trends in American art in this series of four illustrated lectures:
- Mar. 27: Landscape Painting: Reality, Myth, and Symbol. Trace the development of American landscape painting as it recorded the beauty of the Hudson River Valley, highlighted the confrontation between wilderness and civilization during the westward expansion, and symbolized the trauma of the Civil War.
- Apr. 3: American Art Comes of Age. Follow the American Impressionists and artists of the Gilded Age, and consider how art at the end of the 19th century reflected social and political trends.
- Apr. 10: The New Century. Discover how art of the early 20th century depicted modernity and the issues of the new urban America.
- Apr. 17: The American Century. Examine the role of art in shaping and expressing our national identity.
Instructor Susan Rudy recommends signing up for one of the corresponding trips: 1012 or 1015
Trends in American Art: Gallery Trip. Registration in this course does not guarantee a place on the bus trip, nor does registration for the bus trip guarantee registration in this course.
holds an MA in French from Middlebury College’s graduate program at the Sorbonne. Following a
26-year career with the CIA, she has been a docent at the National Gallery of Art. During the summer, she gives tours of the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, Maine.