Instructor: Tanya Pohrt, Ph.D. │Project Curator of American Art, Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Classes: Thursday’s 10:00 am – 12:00 pm │November 10 &17, December 1, 8 & 15
Fee: $125 members │ $150 non-members
Inspired by the Lyman Allyn’s newly reinstalled American Perspectives galleries (opening November 6), this course will examine the scope of American art and material culture from colonial times until the turn of the 20th century. We will consider the ways that art can inform viewers about history, politics, society, economics, and religion. At every step, America was shaped by trade and immigration, with cultural cross-currents from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. Key events in history offer some topics for discussion, such as the American Revolution, the figure of George Washington, Westward Expansion, and slavery and the Civil War. Likewise, developments in technology, industry, and infrastructure affected the type of art and objects produced in America and influenced their path to consumers and viewers.
Through a mix of lecture and class discussion, we will explore the ways that objects can unlock fascinating stories about history and culture from previous eras, offering insight into the lives of artists and artisans as well as those who owned and viewed art objects, both elite and ordinary Americans.
Weekly classes will be held in the auditorium of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, located at 625 Williams Street in New London.
Advanced reservations required for the series: please contact the Education Department at 860.443.2545 x110 or email@example.com.
Tanya Pohrt is a scholar of American art, with a Ph.D. in American Art History from the University of Delaware (2013). She is the Project Curator of American Art at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum (since October 2015), prior to which she held curatorial positions at the Fairfield Museum and History Center and the Yale University Art Gallery. She has taught art history at the University of Delaware. Recent publications include an essay on John Trumbull in Versailles et l’Indépendence Américaine, 2016, and “The Greek Slave on Tour in America,” in Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide, Summer 2016.