About the Class
Public monuments are under scrutiny like never before, especially when they are connected to racially charged moments in American history. What should we do with controversial public works of art? How do we balance the desire to preserve history against the more pressing demand for social justice? Examine the full range and intent of such monuments, from works designed to commemorate abolition efforts, emancipation, and civil rights activism to the post-Reconstruction memorials erected to bolster the “Lost Cause” mythology of the Jim Crow era. At the close of the course, we will consider public installations by contemporary African American artists whose work powerfully challenges the legacy of the Confederate monument.
R. Tripp Evans
Evans is a professor of art history at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the art and architecture of the Americas. He received his BA in architectural history from the University of Virginia and his MA and PhD in the history of art from Yale University. He is the author of Grant Wood: A Life (Alfred A. Knopf: 2010), which won the 2010 National Award for Arts Writing. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.