2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin

AFR 224 African American Women in Art

3 hours 

The course examines the representation of African-American women in art throughout the centuries, particularly the stereotypes of the Mammy, Sapphire and Jezebel; and the history of African-American women artists from slavery to the present, as they struggled to combat these negative stereotypes through their lives and art. A study of the American slave experience and Post-Reconstruction will lay the foundation for understanding the myriad misconceptions about African-American women and how their images have been manipulated in art and popular culture. Each class will present a series of visual art images via slide presentations and films of the artwork discussed. Whenever possible, gallery or museum visits will be incorporated into the course.



Cross Listed Courses

ART 224


ENG 101 or permission of the instructor


This course satisfies the Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity area of the Gen Ed Program.