Michael R Clapper Associate Professor of Art History
My research has centered on mass-reproduced art, particularly in the United States. Since the mid-nineteenth century, mass production (and thus lower prices) has made it possible for a large number of people to have art, or at least reproductions of art, in their homes. In analyzing these works I try to understand why an image or type of art, especially those that became most popular, appealed to contemporary viewers and served important social and cultural purposes. I have published articles about chromolithographs, the cast plaster sculptures of John Rogers, the work of Thomas Kinkade, and Currier & Ives prints. My current research projects are about Maxfield Parrish’s most popular image Daybreak, and Norman Rockwell’s relationship with modern art and modern life.
ART 103 Learning to See
ART 243 American Art
ART 273 Art, Capitalism, and Markets
ART 461 Understanding Art