The Artists of New York's Coenties Slip
ART HIS 826.45
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This course will take as its point of focus Prudence Peiffer’s recently published book, The Slip: The New York City Street That Changed American Art Forever (Harper/Collins 2023).
About this course:
This course will take as its point of focus Prudence Peiffer’s recently published book, The Slip: The New York City Street That Changed American Art Forever (Harper/Collins 2023). This nonfiction tome focuses upon 6 visual artists at different stages of life and with divergent aesthetic ideals who formed a community in the 1950s and ‘60s by virtue of their inhabiting abandoned lofts on a dead-end street at the southern tip of Manhattan, Coenties Slip. Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman all came to prominence in the New York art world and beyond, their artistic production posing an alternative to the Abstract Expressionism that came before. The work of each of these artists will be examined in detail, as will its impact and legacy, along with its relationship to American Art in the 1960s as a whole. This course will consist of 6 sessions, 4 on Zoom and 2 in person, the latter involving visits to museums and collections that house these artists’ works.