About the Class
During one of the most conservative periods in its history, America became synonymous with avant-garde art. We will concentrate on American art of the 1950s and ’60s and, using new research, explore the rapid succession of movements such as abstract expressionism and post-abstract expressionism (Johns, Rauschenberg, Twombly), the development of hard-edged painting, and the rise of pop. Throughout, we will address issues such as sexual, racial, and gendered differences.
Jonathan D. Katz
Katz, a pioneering figure in the development of sexuality and gender studies in art history, directs the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo and is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. An active curator as well as a scholar, Katz has written extensively on postwar American art.