History of Art and Architecture

Identity

Related tags

monuments and memory

communities and polities

publics

gender

ethnicity

class

race

Faculty

 

Drew Armstrong

Gretchen Bender

Shirin Fozi

Jennifer Josten

Kirk Savage

Terry Smith

Alex Taylor

We live in a world awash in identities and identity politics.  It is hardly surprising that we think art can enact, create, and modify individual and collective identities.  In this constellation we subject this idea to historical scrutiny and theoretical analysis.  We investigate the role of art in the formation and imagination of polities and communities, and how these cross-cut with notions of race, class, gender, religion, nationality, and ethnicity.  Areas of inquiry range from the “official” or authoritative realm of monuments and historical memory to the more micro-domains of self-fashioning and individual personae.