Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture / Edition 1

Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture / Edition 1

by Patricia Johnston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520241886

ISBN-13: 9780520241886

Pub. Date: 06/14/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

This cutting-edge volume presents a sweeping view of the evolution of visual culture in the United States through fifteen absorbing case studies by top scholars of American art that explore visual culture’s engagement with social controversy. Written especially for this work in lively and accessible language, the essays illuminate what visual

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This cutting-edge volume presents a sweeping view of the evolution of visual culture in the United States through fifteen absorbing case studies by top scholars of American art that explore visual culture’s engagement with social controversy. Written especially for this work in lively and accessible language, the essays illuminate what visual forms—including traditional crafts, sculpture, painting and graphic arts, even domestic and museum interiors—can tell us about social conditions, how visual culture has contributed to social values, and how concepts of high and low art have developed. The only work on visual culture to span American history from the early republic to the present and to delve into issues from ethnicity to geography, Seeing High and Low allows readers to follow the evolution of concepts of “high” and “low” art as well as to gain new insight into American history.

Arranged roughly chronologically, these generously illustrated essays explore topics including the formative role of visual images in the process of class stratification in the Early Republic; the contribution of media images and paintings to debates on environmental crises, race relations, and urbanization in the late nineteenth century; and the difficulties of engaging with social issues while employing a modernist vocabulary.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520241886
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/14/2006
Series:
Ahmanson-Murphy Fine Arts Bks.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
317
Sales rank:
543,731
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : a critical overview of visual culture studies1
1Educating for distinction? : art, hierarchy, and Charles Wilson Peale's Staircase group25
2Samuel F. B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre : social tensions in an ideal world42
3Cartoons in color : David Gilmour Blythe's very uncivil war66
4"Ain't I a woman?" : Anne Whitney, Edmonia Lewis, and the iconography of emancipation84
5Cultural racism : resistance and accommodation in the Civil War art of Eastman Johnson and Thomas Nast103
6Custer's last stand : high-low on old and new frontiers124
7Reenvisioning "this well-wooden land"142
8At home with Mona Lisa : consumers and commercial visual culture, 1880-1920160
9Gustav Stickley's designs for the home : an activist aesthetic for the upwardly mobile177
10Handicraft, Native American art, and modern Indian identity194
11Alone on the sidewalks of New York : Alfred Stieglitz's photography, 1892-1913210
12The colors of modernism : Georgia O'Keeffe, Cheney brothers, and the relationship between art and industry in the 1920s228
13The invisibility of race in modernist representation : Marsden Hartley's North Atlantic folk247
14Caricaturing the Gringo tourist : Diego Rivera's Folkloric and touristic Mexico and Miguel Covarrubias's Sunday afternoon in Xochimilco266
15The Norman Rockwell Museum and the representation of social conflict280

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