HSTAA 105 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: African Art, Social Class

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Published on 20 Oct 2016
Monday, January 26, 2015
US History Week 3 Notes
-No difference between races so there should be no difference in art
-Making “black art” a different category implies racial differences
Fuels racism and reinforces negative stereotypes
-African art (from Africa) is true black art and it isn’t American
-Definition of American: nationality is american, everyone has the same cultural
influences and environment
European society
-Social class automatically creates differences, so black and white are not the same
-Questions the definition of the American: middle to upper class white
Some black artists were submitting to the “standard” of white art as what they
should attempt to attain
-Lower classes were more in touch with their skin color so they were the inspiration for
a lot of black art because they weren’t moving toward the white standardization
Lower classes weren’t afraid to fall any lower in the class structure, so they were in
touch with their individuality
-When black artists paint white subjects, they are reinforcing the stereotype is beautiful
and the best, thus black people are inferior
-Black art shows the individuality of and within the race
-He takes choice away from the African American artists because he is saying they
need to paint a certain thing, but he is redefining good art as encompassing both
black and white art
-Says there is a difference between white and black because there is a history of
racism, seen clearly in the lower class, therefore black art would showcase the
experiences that the black people of America had
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