ARTH 2390: U.S. Art and Visual Culture in the 20th Century


The extended closures and capacity restrictions of museums and academic institutions have only bolstered the growing interest in digital content, related to the arts. In the spirit of creating accessible cultural content in this digital age, students in “ARTH 2390: U.S. Art and Visual Culture in the 20th Century” will be creating videos centered on a work of art on display at the Tweed Museum of Art.

This project is an opportunity to thoroughly examine one work of art, and to think through some of the larger themes we will discuss throughout this class. At a time when it is hard to feel connected, this collaborative project gives students the opportunity to participate in meaningful and engaging conversations about a specific work of art they have examined using a variety of art historical tools. In addition, access to the work of art at the center of each video allows students to better engage the viewer by bringing the viewer to the art, as the videos will be filmed primarily in Tweed Museum. Currently, students have been placed into groups based on their preferred focus image, and groups of four will visit the museum once it is open to the public.

Erika Pazian

Assistant Professor,
Art History Department of Art & Design

photograph of the tweed museum study room with four orange chairs and a large painting of niagara falls in the background by gilbert munger
© Charles Walbridge