Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Art History


Art and Art History 330. Picturing New York

In this course we will explore artists’ attempts to capture the essence of New York City, from its origins in the 17th century to the 9/11 period and beyond. Considering architecture, prints, photography, painting, sculpture, and film, we will examine the conditions under which New York gave rise to a uniquely American form of urban imagery, attempting to understand the roles that geography, politics, capitalism, race, and gender have played in New York’s development. In addition, we will investigate how these images and designs broke from traditional practices/forms, seeking to understand what "Modernism" means in its New York context.