Exhibition Paper- “More American Photographs” at the Denver MCA

Samantha Gault

April 12, 2012

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Art Exhibition Paper

For my final paper, I selected the art exhibition, More American Photographs, at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.  Although I have lived in Denver for over ten years, I am ashamed to admit that I have not visited the MCA since my seventh grade art class went there on a field trip.  As I rounded the corner on Delgany Street in the heart of the city, I walked into a long translucent tunnel that led to the entrance.  The heavy black door at the end of the hall slowly slid open, and I was instantly prepared to experience the exhibition.  This particular exhibition displays a variety of images taken for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography program from 1933-1944.  More recent pictures, prompted by the original works, were presented with these historical pieces.

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Artist Lecture Review 2- Heidi Gearhart

Samantha Gault

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Review of Artist Lecture: Heidi Gearhart (Art History Lecture Series)

Heidi Gearhart was introduced by a former colleague and friend as a brilliant art historian and a recipient of several pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, including one at the Getty Research Institute, as well as was noted to have earned her PhD at the University of Michigan.  She is currently working as a professor at the University of Los Angeles.  Gearhart’s lecture was entitled, “Is There Virtue in Virtuosity? Art and Skill in the Medieval Monastery”, and centered primarily on the cryptic art practices of the Middle Ages, much of which remains unknown.  I had little to no background on this particular subject before attending her lecture, but I was intrigued to hear what she had to say on the topic.   Continue reading

Artist Lecture Review 1- Erika Doss

Samantha Gault

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Review of Artist Lecture: Erika Doss (Art History Lecture Series)

Erika Doss was introduced by one of her peers as a former professor of Art History at CU and a current professor and chair in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  Doss’ lecture was entitled, “Cultural Vandalism and Public Memory: Anger, Citizenship, and Memorials in Contemporary America”, the focus of which was on contemporary memorials and affect, or the ways in which feeling can shape the way that we recognize and respond to these memorials.  Continue reading

Clyfford Still Paper- Samantha Gault

Samantha Gault

January 30, 2012

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Clyfford Still Paper

 Clyfford Still

A great gift was given to the city of Denver when it was chosen to be the location of the final resting place of the phenomenal works of Clyfford Still.  The proliferation and progression of his Abstract Expressionism is a sight to behold.  His paintings, as a whole, envelop a sense of spirituality and sublime worth in a non-objective, non-representational manner .  Some have defined Clyfford Still as the genius behind the Abstract Expressionism movement and, with emphasis taken away from specific figures in the painting, the observer can feel the personal emotion that Still intended to display across his canvases.   Continue reading

Intellectual Profile (Samantha Gault)

1.  I am a Junior Psychology major, Education minor here at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  I am passionate about clinical psychology, and hope to pursue this subject after graduating from CU.  I hope to eventually earn my PhD, and I want to focus on helping adolescent clients, perhaps even working in a school setting.

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Smith Paragraph

In Terry Smith’s article, “What is Contemporary Art?”,  contemporary art is portrayed as a relatively new, complex form of expression that is subject to consistent change and recognizes the present, not as a defined time period, but as being in a state of flux.  It attempts to capture the history—religion, politics, economics, pop culture– of the present before it disappears.  It reacts to the time at hand and makes strides towards progress.  It is art constructed by and for the world, and does not simply capture local or international values, but rather the multitude of various networks and relationships found between them.  Contemporary art serves as a means for trendsetting, and is a force in a cultural agenda.  It follows the post-modern era of art; its origins often recognized after the Second World War.  It uses touches of previously defined artistic practices in order to promote new, unique self-definition and self-representation.

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