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Continuing Education at PAFA

Art History

Modern Art Since 1945 (ONLINE) IN 670RS_ON


with Dr. Kevin Richards

Calendar Jul 6, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Examine the development of art in America and Europe from the end of World War II to the end of the twentieth-century, including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Land-Based art, and other significant artistic movements. Analyze the aesthetic ideas that have informed the narrative and contested terrain around art since 1945, including the challenges to the ideals of modernism. Online instruction will provide weekly video lectures, readings, and instructor-moderated discussion boards.

Note: This course is also available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

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Red Grooms, (b. 1937), A Room in Connecticut, 1984, oil on canvas and acrylic on plexiglass with aluminum frame, 72 x 96 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1985.4, John Lambert Fund, © 2010 Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This fanciful tribute to the American avant-garde depicts the artist Marcel Duchamp and his patron the collector Katherine S. Dreier - two of the founders of the Societe Anonyme, established in 1920 to promote American and European modernism - conversing in the art-filled library of Dreier's West Redding, Connecticut, home.

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Picturing Benjamin Franklin (ONLINE) IN 651EB_ON


with Dr. Paul Sivitz

Calendar Jul 6, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Benjamin Franklin’s iconic status has been, since his own lifetime, bolstered by images and shapes our perceptions of this historical figure. The numerous portraits, busts, and drawings from the eighteenth century are only a part of the vast collection of visual Frankliniana. Examine the man and his likenesses within an historical context, including the question as to why the image of the older, corpulent Franklin is the most popular representation, when in fact Franklin was, until quite late in life, very fit. Readings include selections Franklin’s Autobiography, as well as his letters and papers.  Online instruction will provide weekly recorded lectures plus live Zoom sessions with the instructor on Tuesdays, July 7, 21 & August 4. 7:30- 8:30. 

Note:  This course is also available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an historical understanding of Benjamin Franklin, while at the same time, evaluate the use of his image in different contexts.
  • Learn to evaluate primary sources and use them to more thoroughly understand historical actors and events and write short papers using those sources.

Materials List: Sivitz IN 651EB_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

Dr. Paul Sivitz received his MA in History from Temple University and his PhD in History from Montana State University. He has returned to his native Philadelphia after teaching for seven years in the Department of History at Idaho State University. He specializes in early America, the Atlantic World, Race and Slavery, the social history of disease and medicine, and the circulation of knowledge in the eighteenth century. His art historical interests span the early modern period, particularly the themes of science, medicine, and political commentary.


Benjamin Franklin, David Martin (1736-1798), 1767,Oil on canvas, 49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (125.8 x 100.4 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #1943.16.1, Gift of Maria McKean Allen and Phebe Warren Downes through the bequest of their mother, Elizabeth Wharton McKean, Joseph Harrison, Jr. Collection

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