American Art in the Twentieth Century

Course summary

American Art in the Twentieth Century


The twentieth century began with American artists marginalised by American patrons in favour of expanding their collections with art from Europe.  What followed was a paradoxical mix of creativity:  realist painting, abstract painting, dynamism, stillness, 'high art' and 'popular art' and in these many forms twentieth century American art expressed the diverse identities that defined America.  This series covers the cultural pluralism that made American art, from Childe Hassam to Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.

Programme details


11.00am – 12.30pm

Coffee/tea is provided in the Common Room before each lecture, from 10.30am

10.30am Registration (first week only Tuesday 30 October in Rewley House Reception)


30 October

The Gilded Age

6 November

American Art of Everyday Life

13 November

Avant-garde and Experimentation

20 November

The Inter-War Years

27 November

Abstract Expressionism

4 December

Pop Art


Recommended reading

Background Reading

Erika Doss, Twentieth Century American Art, Oxford History of Art

Wayne Craven, American Art, History and Culture, 1994

Robert Hughes, American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America, 1997



Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £112.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Mrs Alice Foster

Course Tutor

Alice has lectured for Oxford University Dept of Continuing Education since 1998.  She lectures at the Ashmolean Museum and at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.  Her busy free lance career includes organising History of Art Study Days with colleagues, and regular weekly classes in Oxfordshire and Worcestershire.  In 2004 Alice joined NADFAS and has lectured in Great Britain and Europe.  Since its inception in 2003 Alice has been a tutor on study holidays with Learn Italy Ltd.  In 2010 she was elected President of Banbury Fine Arts Society and in September 2018 Alice became President of Northleach Arts Society.


Dr Catherine Oakes

Director of Studies

Dr Cathy Oakes is Director of Studies for the History of Art, OUDCE. 


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