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February 28, 2009

Article on "The Castle is Burning" at Cornell

The Cornell Daily Sun just last week published an article about protests on campus, and the article included a section on the piece designed by Daniel Martinez that caused a furor on campus. Keep reading for the info on Martinez's piece...

From the Cornell Daily SUn:

The Art of Protest

In an effort to achieve a Latino Living Center and a Latino Studies program at Cornell, the Latino community of the early 1990s mobilized with a force nearly unparalleled in Cornell activist history.

Their 1993 protest, which led to a takeover of Day Hall, spurred from the defacement of “The Castle Is Burning,” a sculpture famously placed on the Arts Quad as part of the Johnson Museum’s “Revelations/Revelaciones” exhibit celebrating Hispanic Art. Sawyer and Eden describe the sculpture as an “undulating rectangle of ochre walls that stretched out across the Arts Quad.”

The Sun previously reported that Martinez’s inspiration for the sculpture was the social unrest of the 1968 Paris uprisings. It consisted of a series of black walls constructed around walkways on the Quad, the layout of barricades mimicked those used in Paris. They blocked sidewalks across campus, and thus compelled pedestrians to find alternate paths.

According to Sherina Giler ’10, treasurer of La Asociacion Latina, “when walking through the piece, you couldn’t see the person on the other side. It was as if you were in a bubble.” On the fourth night of its display, the sculpture was vandalized when students defaced it by writing, “Fuck you! This sucks asshole!”

“The defacing was a spark to the protest,” Giler said. “We wanted as equal an education as everyone else.”

After protesters barred the entrances to Day Hall and took over the third floor offices for a weekend, the administration and students negotiated and began the planning stages for a Latino Living Center.

“It’s hard to only view the takeover as a sign of success, because we shouldn’t have to protest for things that we should already have,” Eduardo Peñalver ’94 a key protest figure, previously told The Sun. “White students come here, identify with the school and love it. They have an uncomplicated educational experience ... this is what we should have.”, accessed 2/28/09

February 27, 2009

New New Media Exhibition

One good option for the gallery visit assignment -- the Experimental and Media Arts exhibition on view now in the Nash Gallery (right next door to the inFlux space!)

Here's the link.

February 19, 2009

What does a contour line portrait look like?

It seems like it would be helpful to post some examples of contour line drawing portraits. Here are a couple:


These portraits should be line drawings -- so they won't have the shading or three-dimensional feel that you might associate with a traditional portrait. But they can still be closely observed, with lots of - linear! - detail.


February 18, 2009

Recommended Exhibitions

Sometime during this semester, you need to visit an exhibition of contemporary art at a gallery or museum. If you have some time to get out in the next few weeks, here are a few exhibitions we'd really recommend

Elizabeth Peyton, Live to Ride (E.P.), 2003
Oil on board 15 x 12 in. Collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Partial and promised gift of David Teiger in honor of Chrissie Iles [Elizabeth Peyton self-portrait]

Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton
Walker Art Center
Feb 14-June 14

Peyton is best known for her dreamy, introspective portraits of rockers and celebs, characterized by washes of rich color.

Expanded Drawing
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Friday, January 23, 2009—Sunday, March 15, 2009

This exhibition of the work of four Miinnesota artists expands on the idea of drawing in new and unexpected ways.

Rapture -- Melba Price
Midway Contemporary Art
January 31st - March 21st, 2009

This exhibition of paintings on paper by Melba Price features 50 haunting portraits of young people in their teens and early twenties.

Carolyn Swiszcz: Innovation Road
Franklin Art Works
January 9, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Javier Pinon: Medusa
Franklin Art Works
January 9, 2009 - February 21, 2009

The work of Swiszcz and Pinon are an unlikely, but completmentary pairing: Swiszcz makes paintings of banal but compelling artchitecture, while Pinon reworks classic pin-ups, creating fantastical, alluring new creatures.

February 16, 2009


This is the blog for the Spring 2009 Wednesday Night section of ARTS 1001, Concepts in Visual Art. We'll use this site to post links to museum and gallery exhibitions, and for you to post some of your assignments.