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Hidden Mickey: Animation's Exclusion From Art History, Molly Mcgill May 2018

Hidden Mickey: Animation's Exclusion From Art History, Molly Mcgill

Art History Theses & Dissertations

Despite being one of the most prevalent forms of entertainment in the twentieth century, commercial animation has long been excluded from serious art historical discourse, only considered within the disciplines of film studies or visual studies. As a drawn-medium, reliant on a team of artists for completion, I argue animation warrants discussion within the discipline of art history, particularly to address modernism within the vernacular consumer in the early twentieth century. This thesis operates as a proponent for animation's inclusion in art history, as well as a historiography of the fraught relationship between animation and the art world. Animation ...


Impossible Parties: An Exploration Of The Convergence Of Life And Art As A Romantic Theory Of The Party, Amina Otto Jan 2018

Impossible Parties: An Exploration Of The Convergence Of Life And Art As A Romantic Theory Of The Party, Amina Otto

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The nature of the interaction between life and art has been a point of dispute in the field of Humanities for centuries, and we have failed to reach a consensus on which one imitates or informs the other. During the Romantic era, it was particularly difficult to separate the two, especially when considering some of the parties, balls, and fêtes that took place in that time. Romantic novelist Georges Sand provides a Romantic theory of the party as a work of art in her novel Lélia, and provides criteria that the ideal ball must meet in order to be successful ...


Materializing Absence: Traces Of Long's Farm, Michael O. Foster Nov 2017

Materializing Absence: Traces Of Long's Farm, Michael O. Foster

Art and Art History Graduate Contributions

No abstract provided.


Transcultural Perspectives In Art History: Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding Portrait, Mallory Evans Jan 2017

Transcultural Perspectives In Art History: Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding Portrait, Mallory Evans

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis investigates the origins of objects and the meaning of gestures in Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding Portrait (1434) from a transcultural perspective. Drawing upon the older scholarship, which it seeks to redirect by using reception theory and a de-colonial approach, I conclude that writing history is always strategic, never neutral, and that the historical record itself is laden with unresolvable ambiguities in the present case. For centuries, scholars have examined the painting and its details without reaching a consensus. My thesis examines the various interpretations of the painting through reception theory, taking into account who its intended ...


The Search For An Identity: The Merging Of The Past And Present To Form A Future In Italian Culture, Olivia Witwer Jan 2017

The Search For An Identity: The Merging Of The Past And Present To Form A Future In Italian Culture, Olivia Witwer

Undergraduate Honors Theses

A country is often defined by its national identity and how it expresses the history of its cultural characteristics. For a majority of its history, the Italian peninsula was a land that was separated by multiple dukedoms and republics that were also marked by war and violence. When Italy became a unified nation in 1861 it struggled to bring its unique cities together under one government and culture. This type of unification had already been progressing throughout much of Europe, whereas Italy was just starting to forge a unified national identity. In order to form a true national identity that ...


Discreet Performances, Anonymous Performances, Virtual Performances, Marco Catalão Oct 2016

Discreet Performances, Anonymous Performances, Virtual Performances, Marco Catalão

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Taking as a starting point some performances and actions of Francis Alÿs, Nate Hill and Chris Burden whose categorization as a work of art depends on a critical or narrative discourse about them, this article presents a theoretical discussion about the performative and creative character of the different discourses that are woven around concrete or imaginary artistic actions. The actions that Jacques Lennep groups under the Human Museum heading make even more evident the role of the discoursive elements in the displacement of everyday actions towards the artistic field. Finally, the article unfolds itself in a practical experiment that seeks ...


Dust & Blood: Famine And Fertility In The Age Of Akhenaten, Alyssa Grace James Jan 2016

Dust & Blood: Famine And Fertility In The Age Of Akhenaten, Alyssa Grace James

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis expands on the ongoing inquiry into the unusual life of the pharaoh Akhenaten. Amongst the incongruities of his reign, the central deity known as the Aten has been one of the most elusive and heavily debated. The relationship between the pharaoh and the Aten was clearly central to much of the oddity of his reign, affecting the visual depiction of the pharaoh and the many alterations to the notion of kingship Akhenaten implemented. However, no clear understanding of Akhenaten or the Aten exists. Recent excavations at Amarna have allowed for a clearer view into these unanswered questions. It ...


Bathing In Modernity: Undressing The Influences Behind Edgar Degas And Mary Cassatt's Baigneuses, Maiji Castro Jan 2016

Bathing In Modernity: Undressing The Influences Behind Edgar Degas And Mary Cassatt's Baigneuses, Maiji Castro

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines how the motifs used in bathing genre paintings from Greek and Roman myths to eighteenth-century eroticism are evident in the bathing series of Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. The close professional relationship of Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt is evident in the shared themes and techniques in their work and in personal accounts from letters by each other and their contemporaries. Both Degas and Cassatt desired to move away from historical genre painting, and instead to portray the changing emotions and social constraints of modern life. However, the extensive tradition from the Aphrodite of Knidos to Ingres ...


In History No One Can Hear You Scream: Feminism And The Horror Film 1974-1996, Robert Mehls Jan 2015

In History No One Can Hear You Scream: Feminism And The Horror Film 1974-1996, Robert Mehls

Art History Theses & Dissertations

Horror films, like any cultural product, are a result of their time and place in the world. The traditional reading of horror films focuses primarily on the negative treatment of women. However, there are some moments of resistance that allow for a strong female representation. As the horror film is a genre that targets primarily the youth market, some of these women step beyond the traditional cannon fodder and emerge as feminist role models. Over time the ways and means by which women stepped out of the shadows in the horror genre changed. These changes can in part be traced ...


André Breton The Collector: A Surrealist Poetics Of The Object, Christina Helena Rudosky Jan 2015

André Breton The Collector: A Surrealist Poetics Of The Object, Christina Helena Rudosky

French & Italian Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In 1937 André Breton declared in his surrealist novel L’Amour fou, “what I write is my life, my house,” suggesting a direct relationship between his writing and his home which was uniquely curated, wall to wall with collected objects. Breton’s statement, no doubt made in affirmation of the Surrealist project to revolutionize everyday life offers reflection on the complex experience of writing as a practice inspired by daily encounters with our material surroundings. The fact that Breton chose to live among a myriad of objects in his atelier, at 42 rue Fontaine, suggests the construction of an intimate ...


Men Cry: Embodiments Of Masculinity In Western Cinema Circa 1999, Forrest Hamrick Lotterhos Jan 2015

Men Cry: Embodiments Of Masculinity In Western Cinema Circa 1999, Forrest Hamrick Lotterhos

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines two films released in 1999, Fight Club (Fincher 1999) and Boys Don’t Cry (Pierce 1999), through the theoretical framework of queer theory, gender theory, and feminist theory to analyze systemic structures and cultural notions of masculinity. Mainstream cinema depicts gender identity and gender roles to promote bigenderism and maintain patriarchal hierarchy. Rarely films and the characters within them break out of this ideological norm. By depicting masculine identified characters who cry, Fight Club and Boys Don’t Cry expose the characters’ vulnerabilities and flaws and challenge the “perfect masculine ideal.” These films question what it means ...


The Convergence Of Digital Literature And Net Art: Networked Creation, Distribution, And Operation, Kyle Jon Bickoff Jan 2014

The Convergence Of Digital Literature And Net Art: Networked Creation, Distribution, And Operation, Kyle Jon Bickoff

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Reanimation Of A Genre: Controlling Bodies And Queering Traumas In Frankenstein Myths, Adrienne Ruth Caminer Jan 2013

The Reanimation Of A Genre: Controlling Bodies And Queering Traumas In Frankenstein Myths, Adrienne Ruth Caminer

Art History Theses & Dissertations

Mad scientists and their monsters have inspired countless filmmakers since the dawn of cinema. This thesis is an exploration of humanity’s occupation with the border between known and unknown. It will examine that special place at the very limit of human imagination, and the orchestration of various narratives that manage to push that limit. The mad scientist narrative is timeless because it is always open to reanimation; in order to push the limits of human imagination, each story reconceives of and redefines the genre. As an academic work, this thesis hopes to match that liveliness and flexibility. It will ...


"Die Zelle Meiner Kunst [...]" Ästhetische Prinzipien Der Bildenden Kunst In Rainer Maria Rilkes Neuen Gedichten, Franziska Schweiger Jan 2013

"Die Zelle Meiner Kunst [...]" Ästhetische Prinzipien Der Bildenden Kunst In Rainer Maria Rilkes Neuen Gedichten, Franziska Schweiger

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Die folgende Arbeit setzt sich mit Rainer Maria Rilkes Neuen Gedichten auf der Grundlage ästhetischer Prinzipien aus der bildenden Kunst auseinander. Zunächst wird anhand von Lessings Laokoon aufgezeigt, dass bildende Kunst und Literatur, jeweils stofflich limitiert, unterschiedliche Gestaltungsmittel fordern. Anhand dieser Differenzierung wird im Vergleich der Vorträge Moderne Lyrik und Auguste Rodin. Zweiter Teil der Wandel in Rilkes künstlerischem Selbstverständnis von der Subjektivität des poetischen Ausdrucks zur Objektivität der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Ding in der bildenden Kunst erläutert. Diese Beobachtung wird im Folgenden auf Wahrnehmungsprozesse konkretisiert, in Rodins Werk lokalisiert und in der Phänomenologie konzeptualisiert. Den Einfluss der bildenden Kunst ...