Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements” as Want to Read:
A People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Most people outside of the art world view art as something that is foreign to their experiences and everyday lives. A People’s Art History of the United States places art history squarely in the rough–and–tumble of politics, social struggles, and the fight for justice from the colonial era through the present day.

Author and radical artist Nicolas Lampert combines historica
...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by The New Press (first published August 28th 2012)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A People's Art History of the United States, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A People's Art History of the United States

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 158)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Justher
Midway through the preface of this book, I realized that this was a book I needed in my life during my high school history classes. To talk about the United States without talking about resistance leaves out the very spirit of the American people. To talk about resistance without talking about art is a disservice to the transformative power of visual display. Lampert selects art from various time periods in a way that is not meant to be exhaustive, but instead to spark discussion and inspiration ...more
William Reichard
It's difficult not to think of Howard Zinn's groundbreaking "A People's History of the United States" when opening this book. This is part of a series of alternative history texts based on Zinn's model, and released by the same publisher. What I expected from the book, at the start, was the same kind of macro view that Zinn offers, a sense of the massive scope and alternative narratives that must be included when constructing a more accurate and inclusive history of this nation. What I found, ho ...more
William Crosby
The focus is on activists and political art, so if you are looking for an interpretation of U.S. art from a cultural and art techniques point of view, look elsewhere. Too many words, not enough art. And the art is primarily photographs and posters.

I also found the writing dogmatic. The historical accounts were laden with many value judgments (the word "unjust" was used often). I was hoping for more on the alternative (perhaps true) history and less on the judgmental attitude which was constant t
...more
Cm
A People’s Art History of the United States is a series of illustrated essays about artists’ participation in social movements. I am sick the past few days and am finding the book surprisingly addictive; unlike most series of essays it is hard to put down. As a college art instructor I am already thinking about ways the book could apply to my classes. It will get art students engaged in history and provide numerous paths to think about how their work can be part of movements. It seems highly tea ...more
Stewart Tame
Excellent book! There was quite a bit of this that was new to me. Even the bits that I knew about were covered in more depth than I'd previously encountered. I'd never even heard of Mine Okubo before. I'll have to see if I can find a copy of her book about life in the resettlement camps. The more recent events were more interesting to me, being from my time and all. I even recall reading about the flap over Gran Fury's "Kissing Doesn't Kill" ads back in the day. The final four chapters were, I t ...more
Art
Good concept. Too radical for me. Constant struggling protests. As a thirty-five dollar art history book, some of the black-and-white illustrations and photographs here need to appear in color.

Native American art introduces the first of twenty-nine discrete chapters. In 1933, President Roosevelt led government-funded public art that ran through 1943, from the depths of The Great Depression to early World War II, which provided work for many artists during that difficult period. The Works Project
...more
Roberta Morris
My wonderfully insightful son-in-law knew this was the perfect Christmas present for me. I nearly skipped out on their Christmas dinner, so caught up with this art history/American history book of incredible scope. This is both amazing social history and real appreciation for artworks and artists for all that they bring to the world, not merely messaging but astonishing beauty, humor and love.
Vi
Light read, skips a lot.
Rachel Wexelbaum
The history of people's art in the United States, according to Lampert, begins with wampum. Go with it and go from there. I learned a lot of things about American history that they never teach you in school--all from art. I was surprised that Facebook memes were not included in Lampert's definition of people's art in the United States, but American military performance art pieces were. Oh well. If you read up to the 1990s you will be fine.
David Melbie
May 06, 2014 David Melbie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History fans
Recommended to David by: Library pick
Very nice. Art as activism. Expertly done by Nicolas Lampert.
Caitlin Goldblatt
This definitely glosses in certain places; however, Lampert generally provides a concise, earnestly-rendered history of not only objects and their usage throughout history, but of conflicting and parallel atmosphere(s) in various times and places. Excellent discussions of silencing that mostly, despite the aforementioned occasional glossing, rise to the tall order of serving completionist historical analyses.
David Gallin-Parisi
David Gallin-Parisi marked it as to-read
May 16, 2015
Javier
Javier marked it as to-read
May 14, 2015
Michael Strode
Michael Strode marked it as to-read
May 09, 2015
Ahndrea Sprattling
Ahndrea Sprattling marked it as to-read
May 09, 2015
Wes
Wes marked it as to-read
May 08, 2015
Lauren
Lauren added it
Apr 28, 2015
Abby
Abby marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2015
Jamie
Jamie marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2015
Bri
Bri marked it as to-read
Mar 18, 2015
Stefania
Stefania marked it as to-read
Mar 13, 2015
Robynn
Robynn marked it as to-read
Mar 29, 2015
Esraa Saleh
Esraa Saleh marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2015
Sarah
Sarah is currently reading it
Feb 19, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
A People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements Carteles contra una guerra

Share This Book