Visual and Critical Studies News

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sightlines is the annual publication of CCA's Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies. It collects the thesis essays of all of the graduating students. This year's volume features investigations of politics, pop-cultural views of science, identity theory, the meaning of site, and beyond. The students and their essays are:

Levi Barringer: Other Topologies: Transversal Power Across Maps & Diagrams
Abby Chen: On the Edge of Culture, Two 1.5 Generation Artists in America
Jacqueline Clay: BLACK MONOCHROME: Vanessa Beecroft, Race and the Other
Adeleine Daysor: Everyday Myths, Peculiar Wallflowers and Watchful Double Takes
Liesa Lietzke: Felt/Seen, I/it: Probing the Body-World Divide through Rebecca Horn’s Extensions
Emily Macenko: The Politics of Representation: Images of Male Homosexuality during the AIDS Crisis
Rob Marks: The Sublime and The Beautiful in Richard Serra’s The Matter of Time
Marta Martinez: Baring Identities: Queer Women of Color in Neo-Burlesque
Leanna Oen: Under the Microscope: Pop Culture Visualizations of DNA
Danielle Sommer: The Instant and the Interval: Further Investigations in Aby Warburg’s Space-Time
Matthew Harrison Tedford: Tactics of Engagement in Art: Politics, Pluralism, and Program
Kristin Timken: Performing Landscapes: The Politics of Possibility
Lia Wilson: Marketing Madness: The Economy of Outsider Art
Carmen Winant: The Artist is the Athlete: Investigating Practice in Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 1-6
Madeleine Zinn: After the Blast: Reframing Motherhood Beyond the Nuclear Family

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Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

On August 8, 2011, CCA alumna Adrienne Skye Roberts (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) began a six-week residency at the hip new Philadelphia Art Hotel, tracing her radical roots. "My grandfather, Joseph Roberts, was a Russian Jewish immigrant, a chairperson of the Communist Party, and general manager at the Communist newspaper the Daily Worker. He was prosecuted in 1953 under the Smith Act, wartime legislation passed to stop alien residents from trying to overthrow the U.S. by force.

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Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Kate Angelo

On May 12, the exhibition Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories opened at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. This show and its beautiful catalog represent the culmination of years of research and scholarship for Tirza True Latimer, chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies.

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Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Dubrovnik under Siege: Artists' Interactions with the Old City during the Yugoslav Army Aggression 1991-1992
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2010
Paperback, 76 pages, $68

Following attacks by the Yugoslav Army in 1991, local artists used the Old City of Dubrovnik -- its ruins, boarded-up monuments, and shop windows -- to create site-specific public artworks. Nensi Brailo (Visual and Critical Studies alumna) looks at three case studies to explore this phenomenon: the site-specific exhibitions of artist Ivo Grbic on the grounds of his home and studio which had been bombed, the impromptu collaborative public art project by professional and amateur artists that took place during Christmastime in December 1991, and Pavo Urban's photographs of the besieged city's architecture and citizens.

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Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Peril as Architectural Enrichment
Kelsey Street Press, 2011
Paperback, 96 pages, $16.95

Hazel White (Writing alumna) tests landscape as the subject of experience in Peril as Architectural Enrichment. She questions how limbs want to move in space, when convivial with landforms, treetops, views, and pollen. The poems greet danger -- chopped narratives, lost crops, a fall, inundation -- and the refuge of a familiar curvature: the turning of long lines becoming the same as building shelter in the wild where a peril can be seen and felt, and to write is to know what's near. Like a designed landscape, White's poetry delivers a new sense of orientation.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Cultural Confluences: The Art of Lenore Chinn
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, 2011
Paperback, 44 pages, $21.95

Edited by Jen Banta (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) this book maps the life and times of the Asian American artist Lenore Chinn via essays, reproductions of her exquisite realist paintings, and visual ephemera. Tirza True Latimer (Visual and Critical Studies chair) is one of the essayists. Chinn is an artist and community activist in San Francisco’s diverse LGBT and Asian American communities who paints her life and the lives of others in her social milieu. Her sensibility is informed not only by social justice issues, but also by Civil Rights and her experience of traditional Chinese culture in the bohemian 1970s.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Romare Bearden, American Modernist: Studies in the History of Art, Volume 71
NGW-Stud Hist Art, 2011
Hardcover, 304 pages, $70

Jacqueline Francis (Painting/Drawing and Visual and Critical Studies faculty) coedited this collection with National Gallery of Art curator Ruth Fine. It considers the work of the distinguished painter and collagist Romare Bearden in the contexts of American and international modernism as well as African American art history. Fourteen essays cover the relationship of Bearden's work to literature, jazz, and modern dance; the sources of his imagery, including radical politics, religion, and southern black culture; his professional development and influence; and the influence of the avant-garde, including Cubism and Pop art, on his paintings and collages.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Suggestions of a Life Being Lived: A Queer Exploration of Three Public Themes
SF Camerawork Publications, 2011
Hardcover, 64 pages, $19.95

Adrienne Skye Roberts (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) coedited this presentation of contemporary work that looks at queerness as a set of political alliances and possibilities.

Untethered to institutions of sexual or gender normativity and in pursuit of greater freedoms, the work in this book represents queer activism, intentional and imagined communities, self-determinism, and DIY alternative world-making.

The work looks outward toward collective and resistant expressions of queer community existing outside of dominant gay and lesbian culture.

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Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Jason Hanasik (MFA Fine Arts 2009) shot, directed, and edited Gap Inc.'s official "It Gets Better" video, the first video of its kind from a major retailer, for inclusion in the national It Gets Better Project, which is committed to reducing or eliminating harassment of LGBT youth in schools.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Jacques Rancière: An Introduction
Continuum, 2011
Paperback, 208 pages, $24.95

The first comprehensive introduction to one of the most influential French thinkers writing today, this book explores Rancière's ideas on philosophy, aesthetics, and politics. Visual and Critical Studies faculty member Joseph Tanke situates Rancière's distinctive approach against the backdrop of Continental philosophy and extends his insights into current discussions of art and politics. Tanke explains how Rancière's ideas allow us to understand art as having a deeper social role than is customarily assigned to it as well as how political opposition can be revitalized. Engaging with many untranslated and unpublished sources, the book will also be of interest to Rancière's long-time readers.

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