Undergraduate Seminar: Art and the Modern Interior
The domestic interior was central to the development of modern western art. It was a favorite subject for painters, a space of artistic display for new middle-class patrons, and often the site of artistic creation. This course explores the theme of the interior through diverse case studies including Impressionist paintings by Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler’s controversial Peacock Room, Siegfried Bing’s Maison de l’Art Nouveau, and William Morris’s Arts and Crafts homes. During the semester we will consider the ways in which interiors and their representations contributed to the construction of identity, drawing on feminist and queer theoretical accounts of the politics of interior space. We will also discuss art in relation to the literature on the concept of public and private spheres.
This course fulfills the following Major requirements: Geographical area (A) and Chronological period (III).