Amelia Jones Queer Feminist Durationality by Danielle Mulein

Amelia Jones, professor and Grierson Chair of the Visual Culture at McGill University, brought me back to my days of Feminist Theory. As a women and gender studies minor, Jones’ lecture on Queer Feminist Durationality: The Trace of the Subject in Contemporary Art, was right up my alley.

She began her lecture with the raw and brazen depiction of female strength portrayed in Valie Export’s Genital Panic, a photograph from 1969. The image depicts a woman in chap-like cut outs exposing her genital area in a hostile offering of her sex. It is through this image that Jones begins the discussion of traditional feminism versus Export’s radical relationality or Queer Feminist Durationality and the vast gap in subjectivity.

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Ed Ruscha’s On The Road By Danielle Mulein

Ed Ruscha: On The Road

Ed Ruscha’s On The Road, previously at the Denver Art Museum, is based on the experiences and adventures referenced in Jack Kerouac’s novel about his 1951 cross- country road trip. Both Ruscha and Kerouac are considered profound voices of the Beat Generation; a cultural phenomenon affiliated with an underground anti-conformist youth movement, usually associated with drug experimentation, androgynous sexuality, non-conformity and spontaneous creativity. Continue reading

Logan Lecture: Lawrence Argent by Danielle Mulein

Many may not know, but at least recognize, the big blue bear outside of the Denver Convention Center. Also known as “I See What You Mean”, this influential piece is one of many inspired sculptures by Lawrence Argent. Argent was born in England, studied sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and then went to the Maryland Institute of Technology where he received a Masters in Fine Art from the Rhinehart School of Sculpture. Argent, best known for his public art sculptures, is very interested in the research process of each piece and the representation of the sculptures in the space they reside. Continue reading

Clyfford Still Paper- Danielle Mulein

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Intellectual Profile- Danielle Mulein

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

I am a senior finishing my degree in Journalism, emphasis in News Editorial, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I have been fortunate enough to intern at premiere fashion public relation firms, where I’m sure the next step of my life will lead.  Journalism is a means to an end for me though. My passion and captivated interest lie in Women and Gender Studies. I am focused on eventually changing the portrayal of women and girls in the media, to phrase simply. Continue reading

Smith Paragraphs

As displayed in Terry Smith’s “What is Contemporary Art?” the new style, beginning roughly in the 1950s, is almost un-definable, which allows it to be considered contemporary. Unlike former styles of art that are historical accounts of a period, contemporary art does not necessarily reflect any one decade or society from the last 60 years. Alternative mediums, styles, and content make this type of art harder to interpret but more appealing to a mass audience. This wide attraction does not discount the art or its powerful influence of the visual culture we live in, but parallels globalization’s consumer obsessed society.

Cultures and societies internationally are producing distinct art allowing for a massive movement that is inclusive rather than narrow. Broader ideas are accepted and celebrated within contemporary art, as there are no definitive style or locale.

After reading this article, it is exceptionally clear that contemporary art is what each individual makes of it. As a cross-cultural movement, I am looking forward to studying art from countries around the world and developing a further understanding of the diversity art can be.