Artifact Piece_Brittney Johnson

The “Artifact Piece[s]” we saw today in class, versions by both James Luna and Erica Lord, were very interesting and in direct dialogue with the museum, which I like.  Placing themselves inside the museum case as if they were objects was very stimulating for museum visitors.  Clearly James Luna’s work was more focused on his identity as Native American and is a response to the pre-NAGPRA operations of many museums.  A deserved response in the 80’s.  Erica Lord’s revisitation is much more focused on her personal identity and how she both conforms to and reacts against stereotypes  as not only  a Native American and European, but also a woman.  I felt Luna’s work was more political and also more interesting in response to how museums would display American Indians with many, possibly degrading, informational signs and personal objects; but I enjoyed Lord’s work more in relation to myself.

It is in response to Erica Lord’s more recent and more relational work that I would like to think about what I would put it my own “Artifact Piece.” I would definitely wear my wedding dress, since it is a reflection of world-wide European societal norms and values.  It also shows the fulfillment of one of societies’ stages of finding a mate and procreating in the interest of perpetuating the human race.  To which I would add an informational plaque stating that the person inside does not intend to have children as a believer in the philosophy of anti-procreationism.  I would certainly want to display an assortment of my favorite books, movies, and my ipod- to give the case a more time-capsule type of feel, as to what life was like in general for a person of my generation (this would probably take up a lot of room).  I would probably display my degrees from CU, with a note explaining the role of higher education as a type of initiation ritual for upper-middle class Caucasians.  I’m not sure what else you could fit in a case with a person, but I like the idea of attempting to display who you are and how society influences you particularly, into one exhibit case.

Lecture Review 2_Brittney Johnson

Artist review 2

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Artist Lecture #2

Lawrence Argent

The introduction to Lawrence Argent’s talk was given by Colleen Fanning, who hired him for his famous Blue Bear sculpture.  She introduced the audience to the theme of public art, which for her, and it seems for Lawrence Argent as well, is art for people who do not go to museums or galleries.  Fanning also introduced public art as reflecting the values and culture it is involved in; it also reflects the artist’s own values.  When discussing Lawrence Argent, she discussed his emotion, feeling, and imagination as well as his mastery of technique and materials.  She discussed an interesting problem with critics and other serious art-goers not taking public art or the artists who create them seriously, which is unfortunate since it manages to reach so many people.  Continue reading

Lecture Review_Brittney Johnson

Artist Review 1

Brittney Johnson

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Artist Lecture #1

Richard Tuttle


            During the introduction of Richard Tuttle by Mark Addison, I learned that Richard Tuttle’s focus is on humble materials and creating art composed of something simpler.  In the pictures displayed, focused on his “What’s the Wind” show, I saw this was true.  Richard Tuttle is an artist focused on creating meaning from modest and seemingly random materials.  Tuttle’s use of simple supplies may encourage his ideal of accessible art but it is truly that his art is “not about materiality.”  For Tuttle, all art is a “spiritual revelation.” Continue reading


Exhibition Review

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Exhibition Review

Keeping It Real


“Keeping It Real” is a show at the University of Colorado Art Museum (CUAM) focused on “Korean artists in the age of multi-media representation.”[1]  There are several different types of art in the show including photography, video, sculpture, and other 3-dimensional works that are combined with video projection.  This reflects the diversity of Korean art which available to museums, galleries, and private collectors.[2]  The show seems to have a theme of transiency but also of playing reality off fantasy. Continue reading

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Still paper (this one has the images in it)

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Clyfford Still Paper

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            The Clyfford Still Museum fulfills the artist’s desire to have all of his works viewed together in one location, without the interference of other works of art.[1]  Still felt that the works of all the Abstract Expressionists, not just himself, should be viewed together without other styles intruding on the experience. Continue reading


Abstract Expressionism by Erika Doss


Abstract Expressionism was a post-World War II movement in art.  It responds to many of the changing social currents in the US: capitalism, consumption, and issues of the human psyche to name just a few.  Continue reading


Intellectual Profile

1. I’m a MA student in the Classics department with an emphasis in museum studies; I am taking this course to gain a better understanding of more recent art. […] Continue reading


Terry Smith Paragraphs

Defining Contemporary Art and understanding it are two different aspects of art history.  Defining Contemporary Art is simple and Smith defines it for his reader in the second paragraph. Continue reading