Below is the text that accompanied our Honors Colloquium presentation from February 18, 2009. —– The issue of what is and what isn’t postmodern in art history is a difficult one to distinguish, and even though many claim we have left the postmodern era behind in an effort to embrace what is now dubbed contemporary, […]

So, we’re finally entering into the last few months before the thesis is due. We’re shooting to have a rough draft by March 7 (the beginning of spring break). That should give a good amount of time for revision, and then hopefully some time to reflect and look back on what we’ve theorized and proposed. […]

Sherrie Levine: So What?

January 24, 2009 | Comments Off on Sherrie Levine: So What?

by Peter Zimmerman “This in turn suggests that art practices predicated on the production of signature styles rather than constantly modified interventions may be especially vulnerable to neutralization of their purported critique. The history of postmodernist photography overall would appear to confirm this analysis. As various theorists have argued, a position of resistance can never […]

Looking Forward and Back: Exhibitions in 2009 and 2008

January 9, 2009 | Comments Off on Looking Forward and Back: Exhibitions in 2009 and 2008

2009 Upcoming Exhibitions: Sherrie Levine, New Work 2009 Simon Lee Gallery June 2009 The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984 (Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine) The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY April 12 – August 2, 2009 2008 Previous Exhibitions: Cindy Sherman, New Work Metro Pictures Gallery, New York, NY November 15 – December 23, 2008 Review: […]

Response #3: Here. In Her Head: Cindy’s Disasters

November 12, 2008 | Comments Off on Response #3: Here. In Her Head: Cindy’s Disasters

-Joan Bowlen Perhaps a reframing of my definition would be helpful in this discussion of Cindy and the portrait.  Beginning last time as I did with such a limiting definition restricted the universal sense of the portrait which I want to engender.  Though the media for which the term “portrait” is most often applied exhibit […]


November 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Response

— Joan Bowlen I think the ability to read these images as portraits stems from a more wide spread idea of the role that the portrait plays. I see the portrait as the framing of the human face within a 2-D plane, using the artist’s own emotive reading of the face in order to create […]

– Peter Zimmerman While I can see the placement of identity as forefront and vital to the dialogue not only about Cindy Sherman but also that of portraiture in general, is there, potentially, something more that allows for the “Fairy Tales / Disasters” photographs to be seen as outside of the history of portraiture? I […]

-Peter Zimmerman So much time is spent discussing the role of photography in Sherrie Levine’s early work from the later 1970s/early 1980s; however, her movement into sculpture raises much of the same questions, but pushes the arguments even further. In photographic works like the “After Walk Evans” series or the President/Fashion portraits, Levine simultaneously presents […]

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