American Encounters

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-11
  • Publisher: Pearson

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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 21 st 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.

Table of Contents

From Ancient Times to the Late Colonial Erap. 1
The Art of Indigenous Americans before 1500 c.e.p. 3
The Art of the Eastern Woodlandsp. 5
Framing the Discourse: New World Originsp. 5
Framing the Discourse: Names and Native Americansp. 7
The Art of Archaic and Woodland Culturesp. 6
Poverty Pointp. 7
Hopewell Culturep. 8
Mississippian Culturep. 9
Myths and Legends: Nineteenth-Century Myths of the Moundbuildersp. 9
Moundvillep. 10
Spirop. 11
Cahokiap. 13
Arctic Alaskap. 15
Old Bering Sea Culturep. 15
Ipiutak Stagep. 16
Ancient Art of the Southwestp. 17
From Basketmakers to Potters and Architectsp. 17
Anasazi or Ancestral Pueblop. 17
Chaco Canyonp. 18
Mimbres Painted Potteryp. 19
Art and Culture Change in the Proto-historic Period: Hopi, Zuni, and Acomap. 20
Conclusionp. 21
The Old World and the New: First Phases of Encounter, 1492 date?p. 23
European Images of the New World: The First Centuryp. 23
The Earliest Imagesp. 24
Columbus Landing in the Indiesp. 24
Paradise and Hellp. 24
The "Noble Savage"p. 24
A Beckoning Princessp. 25
Fast Forward: The Long History of the Feathered Headdressp. 25
The Empirical Eye of Commercep. 26
John Whitep. 26
De Bry's Great Voyagesp. 28
New World Mapsp. 29
Ceremonies of Possessionp. 30
The Spanish Requirimientop. 30
The French and the Timucuap. 31
The English: Taking Possession of the Landp. 32
Indigenous Eastern North America: Forging a Middle Groundp. 32
New Materials and New Marketsp. 33
"Powhatan's Mantle"p. 33
Horse Effigy Combp. 34
War Clubp. 35
Pipe Tomahawkp. 35
A Pair of Ceremonial Pouchesp. 36
A Painted Hidep. 37
Wampum: A Contract in Shellsp. 38
Fast Forward: The Repatriation of Wampump. 39
"Fond of Finery": Portraiture and Self-Displayp. 39
Hendrick and John: Eighteenth-century Gentlemen at the Boundaries of Cultures
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