Seeing High and Low Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture

ISBN-10: 0520241886

ISBN-13: 9780520241886

Edition: 2006

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Description: 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 Lowallows 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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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Educating for Distinction? Art, Hierarchy, and Charles Willson Peale's Staircase Group
Samuel F.B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre: Social Tensions in an Ideal World
Cartoons in Color: David Gilmour Blythe's Very Uncivil War
"Ain't I a Woman?": Anne Whitney, Edmonia Lewis, and the Iconography of Emancipation
Cultural Racism: Resistance and Accommodation in the Civil War Art of
Custer's Last Stand: High-Low on Old and New Frontiers
Reenvisioning "This Well-Wooded Land"
At Home with Mona Lisa: Consumers and Commercial Visual Culture, 1880-1920
Gustav Stickley's Designs for the Home: An Activist Aesthetic for the Upwardly Mobile
Handicraft, Native American Art, and Modern Indian Identity
Alone on the Sidewalks of New York: Alfred Stieglitz's Photography, 1892-1913
The Colors of Modernism: Georgia O'Keeffe, Cheney Brothers, and the Relationship between Art and Industry in the 1920s
The Invisibility of Race in Modernist Representation: Marsden Hartley's North Atlantic Folk
Caricaturing the Gringo Tourist: Diego Rivera's Folkloric and Touristic Mexico and Miguel Covarrubias's Sunday Afternoon in Xochimilco
The Norman Rockwell Museum and the Representation of Social Conflict
Contributors
List of Illustrations
Index
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