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The Art of Spectatorship

A History of Viewing from the Renaissance to the Present Day

January 19, 2008, through April 06, 2008
This companion to the course Introduction to Art History II focused on five topics- devotional images, artistic presence in a work of art, voyeurism and the female nude, portrayals of social class and conflict, and artistic quotation and appropriation-surrounding the changing experience of viewing art from the Renaissance to the present day. Images such as Saint Veronica's Sudarium (about sixteenth century), which presents the miraculous transference of Christ's image to Veronica's handkerchief upon route to the crucifixion, appeared alongside Dana Salvo's Mendoza Household Shrine (about 1995), a photograph of a homemade altar with plastic fruits and artificial lights. Other groupings included images of nude classical goddesses and Reginald Marsh's mid-twentieth-century tempera paintings of a New Jersey striptease. Depictions of class convergence in city streets by artists ranging from Honore Daumier to John Sloan further explored the exhibition's themes.
Generously funded by the Harrington Gallery Fund.
Curated by Kristin Garcia, Assistant Curator of Academic and Student Programming / Phoebe Wolfskill, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow / Opher Mansour, Professor of Art History
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