Pickers & Artists: Culture in Antiques and Art

This class will examine how groups of people have been culturally represented in antiques, collectibles, art, and design. Topics to be addressed include: (1) how groups, such as American Indians, African Americans, “Hillbillies,” Women, Arabs and/or Muslims, Latinx, and others have been represented in collectibles and antiques, as well as art and design; (2) how cultural representations have been used to stereotype group members and reinforce power differences; (3) how these representations have been used for cultural appropriation; and (4) how groups reclaim representations of themselves. Professor Clark’s section will emphasize these issues from a sociological perspective. The class will meet jointly with Professor Oblinger’s section on a regular basis.