KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COURSE PROPOSAL OR REVISION, Cover Sheet (10/02/2002) Course Number/Program AMST 7450 / American Studies Department Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Title (if applicable) Master of Arts in American Studies Proposed Effective Date : Fall 2013 Check one or more of the following and complete the appropriate sections: X New Course Proposal Course Title Change Course Number Change Course Credit Change Course Prerequisite Change Course Description Change Sections to be Completed II, III, IV, V, VII I, II, III I, II, III I, II, III I, II, III I, II, III Notes: If proposed changes to an existing course are substantial (credit hours, title, and description), a new course with a new number should be proposed. A new Course Proposal (Sections II, III, IV, V, VII) is required for each new course proposed as part of a new program. Current catalog information (Section I) is required for each existing course incorporated into the program. 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Proposed Information (Fill in for changes and new courses) Course Prefix and Number _____AMST 7450_______________________ Course Title _American Visual Culture ______ ___________ Class Hours 3 ____Laboratory Hours__0_____CreditHours___3____ Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program in American Studies or permission of the program director Description (or Proposed Degree Requirements) Examines the history and cultural influences of visual culture in American life and the impact of U.S. visual culture in a global context. Emphasis is on the aesthetic, economic, and technological aspects of the film industry /or visual culture more broadly. Course content may deal with: the history of film, television, photography, painting, sculpture, and or architecture; the role of particular visual artists, film-makers or producers in shaping popular culture; tensions between high art, popular and commercial culture; or the role of visual culture in the American landscape. Students read from the texts to gain historical perspective, see documentary films dealing with film, the visual arts or landscape, analyze selected works, and consult reviews to ascertain their critical reception and impact on the community. The course may involve visits to off-campus sites. Course may be repeated for credit provided the content differs entirely from the previous offering III. Justification Visual Culture is a concept that is significant in contemporary interdisciplinary approaches to the study of American Culture. The course replaces the current offering, AMST 7410 “The Film Industry in American Culture” which was different from our other courses because it focused only one medium or area of inquiry. Other courses in our program are more explicitly interdisciplinary. Visual Culture is a concept that includes not only film, but other visual arts, and their larger impact on spaces and landscapes. As defined by the Journal of Visual Culture, the approach applies to film, television, fine arts, architecture, and fashion design. The visual culture perspective brings the disciplinary training of art historians into the program’s interdisciplinary coverage. A larger number of faculty from a wider variety of disciplines will be able to teach this course than the course with the narrower title and description. IV. Additional Information (for New Courses only) Instructor: Diana McClintock Text: Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program or permission of the MA in American Studies Program Director Objectives: Students will demonstrate critical analysis of a a variety of visual media Students will Communicate effectively about visual media both in writing and oral presentation. Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual media in a broad social context Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual media using appropriate disciplinary frameworks Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual media in historical context Students will apply one or more disciplinary methods to the analysis of visual culture materials. Instructional Method Discussion, lecture Method of Evaluation Papers, presentations V. Resources and Funding Required (New Courses only) Resource Amount Faculty Other Personnel Equipment Supplies Travel New Books New Journals Other (Specify) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTAL 0 Funding Required Beyond Normal Departmental Growth VI. COURSE MASTER FORM This form will be completed by the requesting department and will be sent to the Office of the Registrar once the course has been approved by the Office of the President. The form is required for all new courses. DISCIPLINE COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE FOR LABEL (Note: Limit 30 spaces) CLASS-LAB-CREDIT HOURS Approval, Effective Term Grades Allowed (Regular or S/U) If course used to satisfy CPC, what areas? Learning Support Programs courses which are required as prerequisites AMST 7450 Visual Culture 3-0-3 Fall 2013 Regular APPROVED: ________________________________________________ Vice President for Academic Affairs or Designee __ VII Attach Syllabus: AMST 7450 American Visual Culture: “Outsider” Art and Environments Fall, 2013 Dr. Diana McClintock, Associate Professor Office: WB219 Phone: 770-499-3245 Description: This graduate course in American Visual Culture will focus on the history and cultural influences of art that is frequently termed “outsider,” “folk” or “vernacular” because it was created and exists outside of the mainstream art institutions. Students will examine impact this alternative artistic practice on popular culture in the United States, as well as in a global context. Emphasis is on the aesthetic, economic, and cultural contexts of this art; the role of particular artists, collectors, curators and critics in shaping the reception of this art and the impact that it has had on popular culture; tensions between high art, popular and commercial culture; and the role of this manifestation of visual culture in the American landscape. Students read from the texts to gain historical perspective, see documentary films dealing with “Outsider” artistic practice, analyze the work of selected individuals, and consult reviews and current journals to ascertain their critical reception and their impact on the community. The course may involve visits to off-campus sites. Learning Objectives Students will learn to demonstrate critical analysis of a variety of visual media, and communicate effectively about visual media both in writing and oral presentation. Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual media in a broad social context, using appropriate disciplinary frameworks. Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual media in historical context. Students will apply one or more disciplinary methods to the analysis of visual culture materials. Texts Barrett, Didi. 1986. Muffled Voices: Folk Artists in Contemporary America. New York: Museum of American Folk Art and PaineWebber Group. Boriss-Krimsky, Carolyn. "Self-Taught Art: Who Are the Outsiders in ' Outsider' Art?" Art New England, December 2000/January 2001. Cardinal, Roger. 1972. Outsider Art. New York: Praeger. ----------. 1978. Primitive Painters. London: Thames and Hudson. Conwill, Kinshasha Holmann. “In Search of an ‘Authentic’ Vision: Decoding the Appeal of the Self-Taught African American Artist.” American Art, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Autumn 1991): 2-9. Gaver, Eleanor E. 1990. “Inside the Outsiders.” Art & Antiques, 7.6(Summer): 72-86, 159-163. Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Outsider Art Magazine. http://www.art.org/ Janis, Sydney. They Taught Themselves: American Primitive Painters of the 20th Century. 1942. New York: The Dial Press. Reprinted 1999. Kurzmeyer, Roman. "Plow and Pencil." Bill Traylor 1854-1949: Deep Blues. 1999. Edited by Josef Helfenstein and Roman Kurzmeyer . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999. 10-30. Kahan, Mitchell. 1986. Heavenly Visions: The Art of Minnie Evans. Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art. Kino, Carol. “Letting His Life’s Work Do the Talking.” New York Times Feb. 7, 2011. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Parallel Vision: Modern Artists and Outsider Art. 1992. Edited by Maurice Tuchman. Los Angeles, CA and Princeton, NJ: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Princeton University Press. Maizels, John. Raw Creation: Outsider Art and Beyond. 1996. London: Phaidon Press, 8-10. McClintock, Diana. “The Art of Bessie Harvey: Her Gift of the Spirit.” (1994) Athanor XII. Metcalf, Eugene. “Bill Arnett, Thornton Dial, and the Myth of America.” Raw Vision 55 (Summer, 2006): 24-30. Murrell, Katherine M. "Art Brut: Origins and Interpretations." In Singular Visions: Images of Art Brut from the Anthony Petullo Collection. 2005. http://www.petulloartcollection.org/history/article.cfm?n_id=18. Accessed June 1, 2011. Patterson, Tom. 1987. “Some Brief Reflections on the Art That Can't Be Named.” In Tuttle, Lisa M., and Tom Patterson. Revelations: Visionary Content in the Work of Southern SelfTrained Artists at the Atlanta College of Art, November 10-January 16, 1987. Also published in Art Papers (November-December): 38. Raw Vision: Outsider, Brut, Folk, Naïve, Visionary, Intuitive. www.rawvision.com Course Requirements/Assignments: Weekly Reading Presentations: Each Student will do two oral presentations on the weekly reading assignments. Response Papers: Students will write two short (5-7 page) response papers to assigned readings. Exams: There will be one midterm and one final. Final Project: This will involve field research and personal interviews if possible. Students will give a 15-minute presentation media presentation about an individual artist, including a clear explanation of the specific methodologies employed in the students’ research. Based on their research, students will write a 20-page paper about the life and work of that artist, using multiple methodologies from a variety of disciplines to examine the work in its social, historical, cultural and artistic context. Evaluation and Grading Students will be evaluated on their ability to identify various types of artistic practice in a variety of media, and analyze and interpret this work in the appropriate historical, social, cultural and art historical context. Students will be evaluated on their effective use of a variety of methodologies across disciplines. Reading presentations Response Papers Midterm Final Project: Class Presentation Paper Final Exam: 10% 20% 20% 10% 20% 20% Weekly Schedule of Topics Week 1: What is “Outsider” (“Folk,” “Vernacular”) Art? Week 2: Historical Treatments of Outsider Art: Methodologies Week 3: “Folk Art” and the New Deal: Holger Cahill and the Founding of the American Folk Art Museum Week 4: American Outsider Art and European “L’Art Brut” Week 5: Outsider Art in the American South Week 6: African-American “Primitive” and “Outsider” Art Week 7: Exam; Week 8: Guest Artist/Collector Week 9: Outsider Art in the American Midwest and West Week 10: Outsider Art in the Northwest and Canada Week 11: Outsider Art in the Mid-Atlantic Region Week 12: Urban Outsider Art in the Northeast United States Week 13-15: Individual Class Presentations and Discussion Week 16: Final Exam Academic Honesty Statement Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. 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