Category Archives: Critical Responses to Readings

Carrie Mae Weems at Guggenheim

Now on view at the Guggenheim Museum, New York: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video “Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist whose works invite contemplation of race, gender, and class. Increasingly, she has broadened her … Continue reading

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Adrian Piper – “Cornered” video installation (documentation)

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Learn About the Art of Kara Walker

1. Watch the Art21 (PBS) segment on Kara Walker at this link: http://www.art21.org/videos/episode-stories 2. Read about Kara Walker’s biography, techniques, and themes: http://learn.walkerart.org/karawalker/Main/IntroductionToThemes from the exhibition Kara Walker: My Complement, My Oppressor, My Enemy, My Love, the artist’s first major museum exhibition … Continue reading

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Field Trip to Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Splitting” House, circa 1974

Check it out y’all! Skip to about 9:50 or so to get the first glimpses of “Splitting” on site in Englewood, New Jersey. Last week we discussed the work of Gordon Matta-Clark whose notion of “Anarchitecture” and its attendant critical … Continue reading

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Performance of George Brecht’s Drip Music

My performance of George Brecht’s Drip Music

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Dadaism, Surrealism, and the Situationist International

In his Situationist saga The Society of the Spectacle, the group’s foremost theorist Guy Debord critiques the failure of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements while simultaneously admitting them to be of utmost influence on the Situationists themselves. He explains that “Dadaism … Continue reading

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Potentially helpful/generally interesting Warhol essay!

For anyone who’s working on the Warhol piece for their research paper, here’s an essay by John Blakinger about Warhol’s source material in his “death and disaster” works that deal with car wrecks and other creepy imagery that Warhol appropriated … Continue reading

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Abstract Expressionism in the New York Art Scene

As the art world shifted to New York from Paris after World War II, Abstract Expressionism developed as the first American art movement of international importance. Artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, and Willem de Kooning shared similar … Continue reading

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The Dichotomy of A-Political Art and Social Politics of the 50s

The politics and changing social norms of the 1950s influenced contemporary art of the time.  The Cold War left Americans with a revitalized sense of consumerism and patriotism– an influence that greatly affected art.  A major aspect of the art … Continue reading

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Jean Dubuffet (1901-85) was a french painter and sculptor whose main focus was reaching back to the roots of humanity and pushing away the Occidental culture. He used materials that would typically be seen as disgusting, and many critics wrote … Continue reading

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