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American Visual Culture in DC

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Program Description

This course offers a unique, 4-week long, compacted summer semester studying the history of American art, architecture, photography, film, design, and media, on the ground and through the museums and resources of our nation's capital, Washington, DC. Students will live in the dorms of a DC-area university, and spend their days studying American Visual Culture at the numerous cultural venues available in the city. We will engage and discuss art, architecture, and media directly. We will have unique opportunities to attend film screenings, lectures, and concerts in the city. We will have access to weekly talks from professionals working in the museums of DC.

The Courses

ART 409A will meet daily, Monday - Thursday, for 2 hours per meeting, thus matching the standard contact time of courses on campus at Flagler College. Students must register for ART 409A (3 credit hours, Prof. Balaschak), and for ART 409B (3 credit hours, Prof. Mongiovi). Doing so will successfully satisfy 6 credits that can be applied to Art History, Fine Art, and Graphic Design majors.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain a factual knowledge and appreciation of key figures, movements, and concepts involved in American visual culture from the colonial period through today.
  • Students will become familiar with key primary and secondary texts on American art, while improve their abilities to assess and evaluate these texts.
  • Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills, as they will be expected to formulate original ideas about the meaning and historical importance of key American works of art, architecture, and design.

Tentative Program Schedule

DC Itinerary

Week One

May 18th

Sunday
  • Arrive and Move-in to Dorms

May 19th

Monday
  • Orientation - Metro Cards, Maps, etc.

May 19th - 22nd

Monday - Thursday
  • See Weekly Course Schedule

May 23rd

Friday
  • Exhibition Report 1 Due

May 24th - 25th

Saturday - Sunday
  • Weekend to study, explore, and/or attend curricular events

Week Two

May 26th - May 29th

Monday - Thursday
  • See Weekly Course Schedule

May 30th

Friday
  • Visit to Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

May 31st - June 1st

Saturday - Sunday
  • Weekend to study, explore, and/or attend curricular events

Week Three

June 2nd - June 5th

Monday - Thursday
  • See Weekly Course Schedule

June 6th

Friday
  • Exhibition Report 2 Due

June 7th - 8th

Saturday - Sunday
  • Weekend to study, explore, and/or attend curricular events

Week Four

June 9th - June 12th

Monday - Thursday
  • See Weekly Course Schedule

June 13th

Friday
  • Research Paper Bibliography

June 14th

Saturday
  • Depart and Move-out of Dorms

June 21st

Saturday
  • Final Research Paper Due

Weekly Course Schedule

Week One

May 19: National Mall
May 20: US Capitol Building
May 21: Museum of American Art (Smithsonian)
May 22: National Gallery of Art

Week Two

May 26: Museum of American Art (Smithsonian)
May 27: National Gallery of Art
May 28: Corcoran Gallery
May 29: National Gallery of Art

Week Three

June 2: Freer Gallery
June 3: Phillips Collection
June 4: National Portrait Gallery
June 5: National Gallery of Art

Week Four

June 9: National Gallery of Art
June 10: National Gallery of Art
June 11: Hirshhorn
June 12: Vietnam Vets Memorial