Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: ART                                     Course Number: 224                                    
Course Title: African American Women in Art
Subject: Art
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


The course examines the representation of African-American women in art throughout the centuries, particularly the stereotypes of the Mammy, Sapphire and Jezebel; and the history of African-American women artists from slavery to the present, as they struggled to combat these negative stereotypes through their lives and art. A study of the American slave experience and Post-Reconstruction will lay the foundation for understanding the myriad misconceptions about African-American women and how their images have been manipulated in art and popular culture. Each class will present a series of visual art images via slide presentations and films of the art work discussed. Whenever possible, gallery or museum visits will be incorporated into the course.

Prerequisite: English 101 or Equivalent; or permission from the instructor.
Corequisite: English 101 or Equivalent; or permission from the instructor.
Start Date:    12/11/2009                         End Date: