American Encounters: Art, History and Cultural Identity

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Pearson Education, Incorporated, 2008 - Art - 686 pages
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American Encounters is a long-awaited dynamic new narrative of the history of American art that focuses on historical encounters among diverse cultures, upon broad structural transformations such as the rise of the middle classes and the emergence of consumer and mass culture, and on the fluid exchanges between high art and vernacular expression. The text emphasizes the intersections among cultures and populations, as well as the influences, borrowings, and appropriations that have enriched and vitalized our collective cultural heritage. There was a readily perceived need for an up-to-date survey of American art that addressed the thematic, cultural, and historical concerns of the field in the 21st century. American Encounters offers a new narrative of American art organized around the theme of cross-cultural exchanges. It locates America at the cross-roads of cultural encounters between Asia, Africa, Europe, and the New World, for over five centuries. The authors do not treat traditions separately, rather they explore how peoples and cultures encounter and influence each other and then evolve based on an exchange of ideas, materials etc.

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ANGELA L. MILLER is professor of art history at Washington University, St. Louis. Her research focuses on the cultural history of 19th and 20th century American arts. Her specialized interests include visual constructions of nationhood, early American modernism, and the cultural histories of arts between the two world wars.


JANET C. BERLO is professor of art history and visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester. She is a leading authority on indigenous arts of the Americas. Her other research interests include quilt history and folk art.


BRYAN WOLF is Bryan J. Wolf is the Jeanette and William Hayden Jones Professor in American Art and Culture at Stanford University. His research interests range widely and include the intersection of painting and literature and the development of ways of seeing from the seventeenth century to the present.


JENNIFER L. ROBERTS is assistant professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She has published books and numerous essays on 19th and 20th century American art and material culture.



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