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Aug 18, 2014

2014 grad to design whimsical playgrounds for Colorado company

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Aug 28, 2014

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Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Aug 13, 2014

Biomedical grad wins award for animation on stuttering

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Sep 27, 2014

Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

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Aug 11, 2014

Student-designed app teaches embryology, improves scores

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Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

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Aug 19, 2014

8/21-24: Harold Lloyd in The Freshman, Filth, Dormant Beauty & more!

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The Body: Tradition, Transformation, Transgression

Course No. ACD 458  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Rita Goodman

This seminar-style course will explore one of the most important themes of twentieth-century visual art: the body (male and female). We will discuss a complex range of ideas and values associated with the nude (and naked) body as it has been re-presented in 20th c. photography; painting; sculpture/installation; performance and body art; and video. While the "great tradition" of the nude will be introduced, the course will focus on art produced since the 1950s (from the late modern to the postmodern era). Among other topics, we will study the visual body as a representational site for the self; for erotic desire; for the political position of women; and for formal experimentation. We will look at art that presents bodies which are very much outside tradition: i.e., bodies that are sick, decaying, dying, dead, aging, obese, androgynous, deformed, etc. Topics and terms of analysis will include: the traditional nude; feminist critiques of sexism; voyeurism; "exploitation," "obscenity," and censorship; objectification (gaze theory) sexuality; the nude self-portrait and portrait; parody and quotation; the female nude and modernism; Kenneth Clark's nude-naked (ideal-real) dichotomy; identity and performance; and formal aestheticizing of the body. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

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Pita Brooks

Pita Brooks

Assistant Director of Admissions

Pita is an advocate and native to this region, and she has been immersed in the Cleveland art scene since chil...more

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