In 2008, anthropologist Matti Bunzl was given rare access to observe the curatorial department of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Author: Matti Bunzl
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
In 2008, anthropologist Matti Bunzl was given rare access to observe the curatorial department of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. For five months, he sat with the institution’s staff, witnessing firsthand what truly goes on behind the scenes at a contemporary art museum. From fund-raising and owner loans to museum-artist relations to the immense effort involved in safely shipping sixty works from twenty-seven lenders in fourteen cities and five countries, Matti Bunzl’s In Search of a Lost Avant-Garde illustrates the inner workings of one of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions. Bunzl’s ethnography is designed to show how a commitment to the avant-garde can come into conflict with an imperative for growth, leading to the abandonment of the new and difficult in favor of the entertaining and profitable. Jeff Koons, whose massive retrospective debuted during Bunzl's research, occupies a central place in his book and exposes the anxieties caused by such seemingly pornographic work as the infamous Made in Heaven series. Featuring cameos by other leading artists, including Liam Gillick, Jenny Holzer, Karen Kilimnik, and Tino Sehgal, the drama Bunzl narrates is palpable and entertaining and sheds an altogether new light on the contemporary art boom.
The conventional understanding of a character has been deconstructed. The
core has been transformed into the space of encounter between the Larsens. In
The Melody That Got Lost the character Larsen is also in search of his persona,
A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950 is the first work to consider all the arts and to discuss the role of the avant-garde not only in aesthetic terms but in its cultural and political context.
Matti Bunzl, In Search of a Lost Avant-Garde: An Anthropologist Investigates the
Contemporary Art Museum (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014).
Peter Bürger, Theory of the Avant-Garde, trans. Michael Shaw (Manchester: ...
Author: Alana Jelinek
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Written from the perspective of a practising artist, this book proposes that, against a groundswell of historians, museums and commentators claiming to speak on behalf of art, it is artists alone who may define what art really is. Jelinek contends that while there are objects called 'art' in museums from deep into human history and from around the globe - from Hans Sloane's collection, which became the foundation of the British Museum, to Alfred Barr's inclusion of 'primitive art' within the walls of MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art - only those that have been made with the knowledge and discipline of art should rightly be termed as such. Policing the definition of art in this way is not to entrench it as an elitist occupation, but in order to focus on its liberal democratic potential. The Discipline of Art describes the value of art outside the current preoccupation with economic considerations yet without resorting to a range of stereotypical and ultimately instrumentalist political or social goods, such as social inclusion or education. A wider argument is also made for disciplinarity, as Jelinek discusses the great potential as well as the pitfalls of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary working, particularly with the so-called 'creative' arts. A passionate treatise arguing for a new way of understanding art that forefronts the role of the artist and the importance of inclusion within both the concept of art and the art world.
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Author: Patricia Leavy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, Second Edition presents a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of the field of qualitative research. Divided into eight parts, the forty chapters address key topics in the field such as approaches to qualitative research (philosophical perspectives), narrative inquiry, field research, and interview methods, text, arts-based, and internet methods, analysis and interpretation of findings, and representation and evaluation. The handbook is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the disciplines, and the contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, the incorporation of real-world examples and practical applications, and ample coverage of writing and representation, this volume offers everything readers need to undertake their own qualitative studies.
... Stockhausen was the embodiment of Europe's postwar avant-garde: constantly in search of the unknown and constantly seeking to systematize it as soon as it
became known. He was born in 1928 in a village outside of Cologne, and he lost
Author: Larry Sitsky
Presenting a view of the 20th-century music avant-garde without resorting to highly specialized jargon, this work offers an exhaustive history and analysis of contemporary music in a social, political, and artistic context. Distinguished contributors from around the world consider specific composers who represent the most progressive musical thinking of their time and place. Editor Larry Sitsky, an eminent Australian composer and teacher, has assembled an accessible, unique, and clearly written collection. Also exploring the links among this diverse group of composers, the guide offers a cross-index of names that will help the researcher formulate a cohesive view of the 20th-century avant-garde. A bibliography and list of selected works round out the volume, which succeeds in demystifying an area that, until now, has been the exclusive province only of the specialist.
Author: Associate Professor of Literary Studies Elizabeth KendallPublish On: 2006-09-27
SEARCH. OF. A. SPECIFIC. LITERARY. IDENTITY. In the creative experience,
man is himself only insofar as he moves ... cultural heritage being lost through a
consuming lust for novelty and innovation – was inevitably raised as the younger
Author: Associate Professor of Literary Studies Elizabeth Kendall
The author explores the role of journalism in Egypt in effecting and promoting the development of modern Arabic literature from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Remapping the literary scene in Egypt over recent decades, Kendall focuses on the independent, frequently dissident, journals that were the real hotbed of innovative literary activity and which made a lasting impact by propelling Arabic literature into the post-modern era.
Author: Alexander Tristan RileyPublish On: 2013-08-30
Or “The Durkheimians, at least a good number of them, felt the same feeling of
world destruction as the avant-garde artists” ... is a sociological quest for the Holy
Grail, and that the Année could thus be titled: In Search of the lost society” (ibid.
Author: Alexander Tristan Riley
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Category: Social Science
Using a broad definition of the Durkheimian tradition, this book offers the first systematic attempt to explore the Durkheimians' engagement with art. It focuses on both Durkheim and his contemporaries as well as later thinkers influenced by his work. The first five chapters consider Durkheim's own exploration of art; the remaining six look at other Durkheimian thinkers, including Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert, Maurice Halbwachs, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Michel Leiris, and Georges Bataille. The contributors-scholars from a range of theoretical orientations and disciplinary perspectives-are known for having already produced significant contributions to the study of Durkheim. This book will interest not only scholars of Durkheim and his tradition but also those concerned with aesthetic theory and the sociology and history of art.
With this revelation, “as if she had something she must share, yet could hardly
leave her easel, so full her mind was of what she was thinking, of what she was
seeing,” Lily, the lost mother safe within her, looks out to the great world in which
Author: Christine Froula
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde traces the dynamic emergence of Woolf's art and thought against Bloomsbury's public thinking about Europe's future in a period marked by two world wars and rising threats of totalitarianism. Educated informally in her father's library and in Bloomsbury's London extension of Cambridge, Virginia Woolf came of age in the prewar decades, when progressive political and social movements gave hope that Europe "might really be on the brink of becoming civilized," as Leonard Woolf put it. For pacifist Bloomsbury, heir to Europe's unfinished Enlightenment project of human rights, democratic self-governance, and world peace—and, in E. M. Forster's words, "the only genuine movement in English civilization"— the 1914 "civil war" exposed barbarities within Europe: belligerent nationalisms, rapacious racialized economic imperialism, oppressive class and sex/gender systems, a tragic and unnecessary war that mobilized sixty-five million and left thirty-seven million casualties. An avant-garde in the twentieth-century struggle against the violence within European civilization, Bloomsbury and Woolf contributed richly to interwar debates on Europe's future at a moment when democracy's triumph over fascism and communism was by no means assured. Woolf honed her public voice in dialogue with contemporaries in and beyond Bloomsbury— John Maynard Keynes and Roger Fry to Sigmund Freud (published by the Woolfs'Hogarth Press), Bertrand Russell, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield, and many others—and her works embody and illuminate the convergence of aesthetics and politics in post-Enlightenment thought. An ambitious history of her writings in relation to important currents in British intellectual life in the first half of the twentieth century, this book explores Virginia Woolf's narrative journey from her first novel, The Voyage Out, through her last, Between the Acts.
The motivated connection between sound and its meaning, albeit lost in human
history, will be reestablished when the separate sounds of language are naturally
linked with units of thought in an “alphabet of sounds” announcing an “alphabet ...
Author: Mladen Ovadija
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Sound is born and dies with action. In this surprising, resourceful study, Mladen Ovadija makes a case for the centrality of sound as an integral element of contemporary theatre. He argues that sound in theatre inevitably "betrays" the dramatic text, and that sound is performance. Until recently, theatrical sound has largely been regarded as supplemental to the dramatic plot. Now, however, sound is the subject of renewed interest in theatrical discourse. Dramaturgy of sound, Ovadija argues, reads and writes a theatrical idiom based on two inseparable, intertwined strands - the gestural, corporeal power of the performer’s voice and the structural value of stage sound. His extensive research in experimental performance and his examination of the pioneering work by Futurists, Dadaists, and Expressionists enable Ovadija to create a powerful study of autonomous sound as an essential element in the creation of synesthetic theatre. Dramaturgy of Sound in the Avant-garde and Postdramatic Theatre presents a cogent argument about a continuous tradition in experimental theatre running from early modernist to contemporary works.
 BRUNO ZEVI Fifth Year: Wa rning to The Architectural Avant-Garde Bruno
Zevi, "Fifth Year: Warning to the Architectural Avant-garde," An Editorial, L'
Architettura, V (May, ... By spreading itself, is it sinking into professionalism or is it
rigorously maintaining its search? Is its avant-garde tired and has it lost its
Kineticism , a style exemplified in the paintings of Erika Giovanna Klien , was
identified as an indigenous avant - garde ... Part of the recovery of the lost avant - garde entailed a search for the peculiarly Austrian aspects of modern visual
Thirdly, the religious sublayer on both the narrative and poetic levels of the film
language might allude to repressed elements of the Russian avant-garde
tradition. ... religious symbols played a significant role in the avant-garde's search
for renewal in artistic form and expression. ... director, did collaborate with Sergei
Tret'yakov, one of those avantgarde artists who lost their lives during the Stalinist
Author: Lina Khatib
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Performing Arts
Storytelling in World Cinemas, Vol. 1: Forms is an innovative collection of essays that discuss how different cinemas of the world tell stories. The book locates European, Asian, African, and Latin American films within their wider cultural and artistic frameworks, showing how storytelling forms in cinema are infused with influences from other artistic, literary, and oral traditions. This volume also reconsiders cinematic storytelling in general, highlighting the hybridity of 'national' forms of storytelling, calling for a rethinking of African cinematic storytelling that goes beyond oral traditions, and addressing films characterised by 'non-narration'. This study is the first in a two-volume project, with the second focusing on the contexts of cinematic storytelling.
Delia Morello , a real female casus belli , a sado - masochist on the outside , but
inwardly a woman in search of her lost innocence , of her share of truth which is
at the mercy of the opinions of others , just as " la Moreno ” is at the mercy of the ...
How ironic that form without content is precisely the quality of contemporary
society against which the avant - garde impulse ... Voyage to Atlantis ( New York ,
Putnam , 320 pp . , $ 6.95 ) is an account of his expedition to search for the lost
We might interpret Xiao's death as his impossible search for the lost love . His
mistaken fusion of the present and past leads to his tragic death , for the past can
never return . It is irrevocably lost to us all . Yet on the symbolic level , we might ...
They were searching for a lost affirmation of the dignity of human existence and
for peace within themselves as well as around them which appeared to be lost .
The poet and art critic , Todor Manojlović , described in his poem , Apoliniski ...
Author: Jelena Milojkovic-Djuric
"Traditional and Avant-Grade: Literature and Arts in Serbia Culture 1900-1918, explores further the cultural history of Serbia in a similar interdisciplinary fashion." -- Preface.
When the tumult died down , many of the families whose relatives had been lost
began to receive word of their whereabouts , even if it was ... She remembered
that they had come to the apartment the morning after to search for her husband .
Author: Jing Wang
Publisher: Duke University Press
DIVAn anthology of translated short stories from Chinese writers of the 1980s. Authors considered “avant-garde” because work reflects the seriousness of revolutionary concerns, the disinterest in the progress of the Chinese nation and celebra/div
In despair he wandered about the swamps of Porto Ercole under the terrible July
sun , il sol leone as Baglione calls it , searching for his lost possessions . He
caught malaria and died miserably in a hospital , at the age of thirtyseven ,
As a student , he had the ability to sight - read works at any level of difficulty .
While still in high school , in Zhitomir , he was already composing for the piano ;
these youthful works are now , unfortunately , lost . It is documented , however ...
Author: Larry Sitsky
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
The works charted in this volume constitute a great flowering of avant-garde music which was then savagely dealt with for Stalin's political purposes. The composers here are largely unknown in the West, but their music is worth reviving.