Sarah Tye Intellectual Profile

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Sarah Tye

ARTH 3539

Intellectual Profile

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

My name is Sarah Tye and I am an art history major with a French minor. I’m really interested in art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My favorite movements are impressionism and early modern art.

2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why.

I was born and raised in Chicago so I kind of grew up going to the Art Institute there. They have an incredible collection of impressionist art, that’s probably why I love it so much. The exhibit opens with the massive painting “A Rainy Day in Paris” by Gustave Caillebotte that is almost shocking in scale and amazing to see up close. It is followed by room after room filled with the art of popular painters from the period like Monet, Seurat, and Renoir. They also have a great collection of my personal favorite artist, Toulouse-Lautrec. It really is an unbelievable exhibit.

3. I recently read Atonement by Ian McEwan. It is my new favorite book of all time. It is really about how one decision made in childhood ignorance can have an impact on the rest of your life. It’s a story about two childhood friends, Robbie and Cecilia, who suddenly realize they are in love with each other in their early twenties. As in most novels, scandal strikes when Cecilia’s younger sister accuses Robbie of a terrible crime he did not commit. The rest of the novel is about the lonely pain of living in separation that results from a passion that is stopped in its tracks. Interestingly a good portion of the novel is actually told from the point of view of Cecilia’s younger sister. It’s one of those books you cannot stop thinking about after you read it.

4. Other than art, I like to snowboard and run.

5. I never check blogs, that’s probably why I’m so bad at using them.

6. I’m not really sure what to say here. I know sports are probably a lame answer but I guess I’ve been really into hockey lately. I’m a die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan. I guess the Oscar’s would count as a cultural event as well. I’m kind of a movie nerd and get really into the Academy Awards every year. The Artist, the black and white silent film that was nominated and won best picture of the year is truly an innovation not only for film but I think for the art world as well. It’s really a modern version of old Hollywood, and an example of this phenomenon of bringing back classic style that is becoming more prevalent in other mediums other than film.

7. I was reading People magazine the other day and on the cover was Elizabeth Smart, the Mormon girl who was kidnapped from her home and held captive until years later she finally escaped. Turns out she just got married, which is good for her I don’t know if I could ever recover from what she went through.

8. I’m going to have to bring up Atonement again here. It was just philosophically so significant to me to think about. How one decision of another, purposeful or made out of ignorance could change the course of your entire life. I wonder if that has already happened to me…It’s a little eerie.

9. I have been to the Denver Art Museum; I had to go twice last year for my art history classes.

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