Simulating the Death of Modernism

October 7, 2008 | Comments Off on Simulating the Death of Modernism

by Joan Bowlen “Be very sure that this man…has an aim loftier than that of a mere flánuer, an aim more general, something other than the figurative pleasure of circumstance.  He is looking for that quality that you must allow me to call ‘modernity’…He makes it his business to extract from fashion whatever element it […]

A Potential Third Dimension? Cindy Sherman In Between Modernism and Postmodernism

October 5, 2008 | Comments Off on A Potential Third Dimension? Cindy Sherman In Between Modernism and Postmodernism

by Peter Zimmerman The following essay is based on a reading of a 1981 feature by Andy Grundberg on the work of Cindy Sherman: Cindy Sherman: A Playful and Political Post-Modernist By Andy Grundberg Published  November 22, 1981 Grundberg, in opening his article on Cindy Sherman, presents a broad look at the history of Modernist […]

The Liminal Space

September 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

– Peter In Victor Turner’s investigation of ritual practices among the Ndembu of Rhodesia (modern-day Zambia), he theorizes that ritual follows a specific sequence of events for a subject within an ideological and cultural structure. He utilizes Arnold van Gennep’s theory of the “ritual process” found in his article “The Rites of Passage,” which breaks […]

Eyes Wide Shut: First Look at Cindy

September 14, 2008 | Comments Off on Eyes Wide Shut: First Look at Cindy

~Joan Bowlen American society loves to be terrified. Nothing seems to get the public more excited than to continually consume books, movies, and interactive entertainment which instill a sense of fear and heart-pounding doom. One delights in the ability to partake of another’s terror, to throw oneself into another’s plight all the while secure in […]

Body Language: The Presence and Absence of Cindy Sherman and Sherrie Levine, 1975-1987 Perhaps one of the most overlooked series in Cindy Sherman’s oeuvre is a photographic travelogue throughout her childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Titled “A Cindy Book (c.1964-1975),” the collection brings together pictures from vacations, school activities (prom, sporting events, class photos, etc.), […]

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