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
     
 


"Seeing High and Low is a much-needed addition to the study of nineteenth and early twentieth-century American art history. Featuring insightful, well-written essays on visual and material culture subjects ranging from history and landscape paintings to Harper's Weekly illustrations, Anheuser-Busch ads, Craftsman chairs, American Indian handicrafts, andSee more details below

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"Seeing High and Low is a much-needed addition to the study of nineteenth and early twentieth-century American art history. Featuring insightful, well-written essays on visual and material culture subjects ranging from history and landscape paintings to Harper's Weekly illustrations, Anheuser-Busch ads, Craftsman chairs, American Indian handicrafts, and more, this helpful volume explores the popular and 'fine' arts in the national narrative."—Erika Doss, author of Twentieth-Century American Art

"This edited volume presents compelling case studies, offering a series of masterly explanations of how visual culture, visual studies, cultural studies, and art history intersect. The chapters examine paintings, sculpture, photographs, museum exhibitions, architecture, and popular prints, looking closely at the representational strategies and capacities of high and low art, two historical discourses that together reinforce social ideas and cultural forms."—Vivien Green Fryd, author of Art and Empire: The Politics of Ethnicity in the U.S. Capitol, 1815-1860

"Seeing High and Low may well become the standard text for developing new ways to view and interpret American art. It tactfully removes old boundaries and replaces them with theoretical approaches dedicated to opening the field to a wide range of related visual materials. One comes away convinced that the study of images has begun all over again, and that it has become richer and more rewarding than ever."—William H. Truettner, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

"At long last, an excellent introduction to the social construction of American visual culture and the hierarchical categories assembled to organize it. Indispensable reading for scholars in and out of the classroom, this illuminating anthology's contributions are many and significant."—Sally M. Promey, author of Painting Religion in Public

"This gem of an anthology brings a refreshing perspective to the high-low debate. Using all types of visual and material objects its authors read these categories against one another, watching their often-conflicted interactions shape ideas about culture and society. A lucid overview of its visual culture framework explicates the volume's methods and animates its rich selection of case studies, making it a 'must read' for Americanists of all disciplines. And a vital accompaniment to their courses."—Ellen Wiley Todd, George Mason University

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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
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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