Georgescu-Intellectual Profile

Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

I am a senior studying Psychology and French. I have just applied to law school and hope to specialize in Intellectual Property Law (even more specifically, Art Fraud law). I studied abroad in Paris, France during the fall semester of my junior year and there my eyes were opened in many ways, especially in relation to the art world.  I went back this last summer on a grant from CU to study the Roma and anti-Roma policies in France, a topic that I am currently writing an honors thesis on.

Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website if possible.

When I studied in Paris, I saw numerous exhibitions that I loved. One was the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition, in which a collection of his finest pieces was presented chronologically. I had no idea how elaborate and meaningful fashion could be until I saw this exhibit. YSL created art out of clothes and many of his pieces actually told a story or represented a social phenomenon (for instance he had a series of dresses that represented the Hijab and Arab women’s role in Arab society). I also really enjoyed an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (the contemporary art museum) on Arman, an artist who used art to address issues of a consumer dominated world. The way in which he re-invented everyday objects was impressive and gave a louder message than words ever could.

http://www.centrepompidou.fr/Pompidou/Manifs.nsf/0/19C2604B88B1D5F6C1257714004DE1EC?OpenDocument&sessionM=2.2.1&L=2

Which books did you read of late (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.

I just read The Secret Lives of the Impressionists, a book documenting the lives of Monet, Renoir, Degas and other impressionists in France before and during the formation of impressionism. Impressionist art is one of my favorite kinds and this book was especially interesting for me because I had the chance to live in France and had therefore been to places referenced to in the books and seen first hand many of these artists’ paintings.

What are your main interests beside art?

I love yoga, dancing, and skiing. I danced my whole life up until college (mostly ballet) and took up yoga in college. I have been skiing since I was 6 and am lucky to have grown up in Colorado where the mountains are so amazing!

Which blogs do you check regularly?

I check the Huffington Post regularly. It has a wide range of information and I find it very informative and fun.

Which cultural event has really impressed you lately? This can be a museum, a concert, or anything like that, but also a sports game (if you consider this a cultural event for which there are good reasons). Or anything I am not even thinking of … Again, tell us why.

When I was in London over the summer, I saw the musical Wicked. It was incredible! The set was mind-blowing and the actors were so talented. I was completely transported into the world of OZ and will never forget what a wonderful experience I had.

Please describe briefly an article in a newspaper or a magazine that got you thinking lately. Reading online is fine, and what you introduce here does not have to be about art. If the respective article is available online, please link to it!

“In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than were in slavery then. Over all, there are now more people under “correctional supervision” in America—more than six million—than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height”. This quote comes from an article in the New Yorker titled The Caging of America. This article discusses mass incarceration in America and its shocking and barbaric consequences. I did not realize just how many prisoners exist in America, and how severe punishments are for many and I found this article quite chilling.

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/01/30/120130crat_atlarge_gopnik#ixzz1kJuSZqmM

Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellectual horizon. Again, this must not be limited to the visual arts. If possible, give a source for this idea so that others know where to go to if they are interested.

Last semester I took a critical theory class in which we explored several theorists such as Derrida, Foucault, Said, etc. Although Derrida’s work was particularly challenging, his ideas about the binaries and subjectivism of human perception were very interesting. Derrida shows that nothing can be split into distinct binaries. There is no one meaning to words and any singular meaning attributed to them is a result of a particular group or culture’s need to control and manipulate their meaning to conform with their own perspectives.

Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.

I have been to the Denver Art Museum. I really enjoyed Tutankhamun: The Golden King & the Great Pharaohs, which I saw this summer because I have always been fascinated with everything regarding ancient Egypt.

 

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