In this course we shall explore
the history of the arts and arts institutions in Philadelphia's first
two hundred years with a view to understanding how public and private
constituencies have collaborated to use works of art and arts institutions
both to define and to map the city's political and cultural identity.
The course will be structured around a series of "snapshots"
in time: significant dates (for example 1701; 1789; 1854; 1876; 1926;
1976) that will serve as portals through which we can access selected
arts objects or projects and the individuals involved in their creation.
Students will pursue focused research on individual objects, projects
or institutions. Among the individuals whose contributions to the city
and its self-image will be discussed are William Penn, Charles Willson
Peale, Stephen Girard, Thomas Eakins, Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, Fiske
Kimball, and Edmund Bacon. Selected Reading List Philadelphia: Three
Centuries of American Art (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976) Gary Nash.
First City (Philadelphia, 2002) Philip Stevick. Imagining Philadelphia:
Travelers' Views of the City from 1800 to the Present (Philadelphia,
1996) Sam Bass Warner. The Private City: Philadelphia in Three Periods
of Its Growth (Philadelphia, 1968) Russell Weigley et al. Philadelphia:
A 300-Year History (New York, 1982).