Category Archives: Critical Responses to Readings

Art in 2014

Although it is difficult to identify trends in art that is currently being made today, several themes can be noted. Firstly art of today is still responding to the globalization and digitization of the world, but in increasingly nuanced ways, … Continue reading

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Maya Lin and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial–and the controversy that ensued after its installation–exemplifies the ongoing battle between realism and modernism that tends to dominate the art world. The entire debate began with Jan Scruggs, a veteran himself who founded the Vietnam … Continue reading

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Situationist International

The Situationist International (SI) was born out of Guy Debord’s Lettrist International and Asger Jorn’s Imaginist Bauhaus.  Situationism incorporated political and artistic theories of both Dadaism and Surrealism, seeking to synthesize Dada’s anti-art political radicalism (the negation of art) and … Continue reading

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Restaging of Alison Knowles’ “Newspaper Music”

During The International Fluxus Festival of the Newest Music in 1962, Alison Knowles presented a concert of speech called “Newspaper Music”, which consisted of four newspaper readers and herself as the conductor. The four readers read articles from different newspapers … Continue reading

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Pop Art: What It’s All About

A summary of our presentation on Pop Art in February by Maddie Woods and Anna Model: Pop Art was a movement that developed during the 1960’s that used images and techniques of mass culture and commercialism. Its purpose was not … Continue reading

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Post- colonialism, Globalization, and Repatriation: The Case of Saartjie Baartman

Saartjie or Sarah was a Khoekhoe woman born around 1789 in what is now South Africa, an area colonized before her birth by the Dutch. In her late teens or early 20s she was sold to a British man and … Continue reading

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Walter de Maria’s “Lightning Field”

Walter de Maria’s “Lightning Field” is a site specific work that speaks to the accessibility of art as well as the idea that anything can be art. By planting 400 steel rods into the earth in a field in New … Continue reading

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Space and Use, Parallelism Between Orozco and Whiteread

Home Run (1993), an installation created by Gabriel Orozco in a building across from the MOMA, presents oranges behind the window panes of an apartment building, conflating the perishable and impermanent oranges to the permanent presence of bronze sculptures in the … Continue reading

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Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field

Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field touches on concepts that coincide with Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty: entropy, impermanence, accessibility, the changing notion of sculpture, and the relationship between man and nature. At the same time, the seriality and grid-like structure of … Continue reading

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Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Pena

In addition to James Luna’s Artifact Piece that we discussed in class, another groundbreaking early 1990s performance that interrogates ethnographic display of humans is Coco Fusco & Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s The Year of the White Bear. “In March 1992, performance artist … Continue reading

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