Clyfford Still Museum Paper

Alicia Baca

05.05.12

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Kira Van Lil

Clyfford Still Museum Paper

My trip to the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver was a fairly interesting one. Other than what we studied and went over in class, I have never really looked at or seriously studied his works. I will be honest however. As important to the history of American art and to the history of abstract expressionism, I just was not terribly impressed with some of Clyfford Still’s works. Regardless of this I still went through the exhibition hoping that something from his later works would catch my fancy. In the end I still left rather unsatisfied regardless how long I sat in front of certain paintings and tried to contemplate them, I just could not get into them. However, this did not entirely take away from my experience because what I found to be most interesting was how Still evolved as an artist over the course of his lifetime.

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Exhibition Review: Terry Campbell “No Longer in My Hand”

Alicia Baca

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Kira Van Lil

BMoCA at Macky: Terry Campbell “No Longer in My Hand”

For this final exhibition paper I decided to visit the mini-exhibition that was being put on by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with the gallery at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. The exhibition that they are currently showing is “No Longer in My Hand”, a series of oil paintings by local Denver artist, Terry Campbell. The exhibition itself was quite small and only consisted of five pieces total. However, these pieces were all very large in size. What was interesting was that the majority of the works seemed to all be portraits and it was a little confusing as to what to make of them after mulling over the title of the exhibition. However, after a good deal of browsing, analyzing, outside research, and interpretation, the exhibition began to come together.

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Visiting Scholar Review: Amelia Jones

Alicia Baca

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Kira Van Lil

Scholar Review: Amelia Jones

The visiting scholars lecture on April 17th 2012 was presented by Amelia Jones. Currently a professor and chair of Visual Culture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. While she has written many essays and quite a few books, two within the past month, she presented her lecture on one of her papers entitled “Queer Feminist Durationality: The Trace of the Subject in Contemporary Art”. In this she explored her theory of identity in the fine arts and set her main focus on how identity, especially sexual and gender identity, affect the meaning that goes into an artists works.

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Visiting Artist Review: Janine Antoni

Alicia Baca

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Kira Van Lil

Artist Review: Janine Antoni 

Freeport, Bahamas native Janine Antoni gave her lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder on March 6th 2012. To be quite honest, I had indeed studied her work back when I was still a Studio Arts major, but her name had escaped my memory and it was was not until she presented her artworks that I finally remembered who she was. However, she came off so much more soft spoken and humble than I had imagined her to be in comparison to the strong messages that her works of art communicated.

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Ali Baca Intellectual Profile

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

My name is Alicia Baca, though I go by Ali. I’m a junior and I have three majors and one minor; Art History, Russian Language and Culture, Humanities, and Nordic Languages and Culture. Some of my fields of interest are early Russian history and early Russian connections with Scandinavia, the Russian avant-garde (especially avant-garde film), and contemporary Russian art. I also have some interest in wartime propaganda art and socialist realism. I also enjoy studying world mythologies and folk beliefs. I also enjoy seeing how mythologies and folk beliefs are presented in contemporary media.

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Smith Paragraphs

In her piece What Is Contemporary Art? Terry Smith provides us with her own definition of what she thinks contemporary art is. While contemporary art has numerous definitions. Smith describes contemporary art to be something that is all its own. It is self defined and can be found in all areas of culture. It can take place in world of high culture through outlets such as fashion, but it can be spread world wide through mass culture, such as tourism. Smith sees it as a movement that is beyond history, taking place in the 1990’s where he considers history to “end”. As a result, contemporary art has become its own culture in today’s world.

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