HAAARCH!!! 2014

HAAARCH!!! is a showcase of undergraduate research, creative work, and achievement. This forum provides students the opportunity to exhibit, present and promote their research and experiential learning activities.

The fourth installment of HAAARCH!!!! will take place in the Frick Fine Arts Building on Monday, March 24, 2014.

HAAARCH!!! 2014

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    Kelsey Kresse

    Kelsey Kresse is a Senior in the History of Art and Architecture Department writing her Senior Honors Thesis on Tracey Emin’s My Bed as a creative space and its ties to Ovid’s Pygmalion myth. In addition to her HAA major she is also a Theatrical Design and Italian minor. In the HAA Department she has worked with Dr. Gretchen Bender as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Introduction to World Art in the Fall of 2013 and on “Face Value: (De)Constructing Identity in Portraiture” in the University Art Galleries in the fall of 2012. She has also held internships in the Decorative Arts Department of the Carnegie Museum of Art and at Il Teatro della Pergola in Florence Italy.  She is currently working on an exhibition at Point Park University featuring artists from the National Association of Women Artists. After graduation this spring Kelsey plans to work in non-profit service abroad for a year and then go on to get her Masters in Art History.  

    Kelsey will be presenting her paper, "Tracey Emin's My Bed as Creative Space" at HAAARCH!!! 2014.

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    "Representing Genetic Disease in Modernity: Rick Guidotti as the Contemporary Medical Photographer" by Elana Williams

    Throughout the history of western society, there has been an underlying theme of objectivity in image making that has evolved with each new technological advancement.   The strictly objective nature of the medical profession has mirrored this argument surrounding objectivity in the field of scientific image making and stems from long standing conventional philosophies engrained into the teaching of medicine.  This approach to medical care is called biomedicine.  However, in modern times, philosophies are rapidly changing rendering the old values associated with biomedicine inadequate for new standards of care that patients now expect.  Thus, medical professionals are moving from the biomedical model of patient care to a more patient-centered model.

    This paper will examine the 19th century technological advancement of photography for the purpose of producing images viable for didactic use in the field of medicine.  It will provide an example of a photographic image used to learn about the genetic disease albinism by people working in the medical profession.  This will exemplify the older philosophies of biomedicine to prove that it is no longer the most useful form of didactic image for medical professionals.  I will propose that the image of a young girl affected by albinism shot by the photographer Rick Guidotti represents the shift from the biomedical model to the patient-centered model of care and, in turn, the image has the ability to teach medical professionals more about the patient.  In doing this, I will establish Guidotti’s images as viable pedagogical tools in this field thus solidifying Guidotti as a modern medical photographer.

    Find out more about Elana Williams.

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    "Circulation, Access, and Tourist Experience: Berlin's Center and Periphery as Case Study" by Grace Meloy

    To access what was the main Soviet war memorial in East Berlin and more broadly in East Germany, the tourist in Berlin must make a conscious decision to leave the city’s center, which is saturated with the city’s main tourist and memorial sites, and move out into the periphery. By public transportation, one must take two S-bahn lines and then walk through one of the city’s large parks, Treptower Park, to finally reach the memorial. This movement into and through the periphery is deliberate and controlled, greatly contrasting the tourist’s movement in the city’s center, where sites are easily accessed and tourists may wander freely.

     John Urry, a leading scholar of the theory and practice of tourism, has characterized tourist behavior as being consumptive in nature, for the tourist consumes the sites and sights, food and drink, and activities that comprise the tourist experience of a particular place. The desire for authenticity has been recognized to be one of the main factors in this consumptive behavior and, consequently, exploring the role of authenticity in tourist behavior and experience is one of the primary interests in tourism studies. Still, the search for authenticity is not the only variable that affects tourist behavior and experience. Circulation and access, topics that belong to the hereto-limited genre of sociology known as “mobilities,” affect how the tourist behaves and experiences a tourist environment. Indeed, the circulation of tourists and access to tourist sites, which are influenced by the built environment, the limitations of physical infrastructure, and tourist resources, greatly contribute to how tourists interact and experience space, and thereby fundamentally affect their behavior and experience. Through critical reexamination of secondary literature, assessment of primary sources such as guidebooks, tourist websites, and city maps, and site analysis, I want to compare the tourist environment that constitutes Mitte with two sites in Berlin’s periphery, the Soviet War Memorial and Cemetery in Treptower Park and the former Stasi prison memorial in Hohenschönhausen, through the perspective of accessibility, circulation, and transportation patterns to demonstrate the significance of these to tourist behavior and experience.

    Find out more about Grace Meloy.

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    "The Encounters Project: Teaching Art History Outside of The University" by Joanna Kemp

    This spring we challenged a group of high school students from Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy to create a public exhibition of original works. The History of Art and Architecture Department from the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students (PACES), joined forces to create the Encounters Project: Art in the City, to bring Art History out of the University setting and into the high school classroom. Through classroom activities led by undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh, the participants were able to encounter the public art that surrounds them. Using more interactive approaches to Art History, we took students to some local public art sites to develop their visual analysis and critical thinking skills.

    After we had exposed them to some different sites and concepts, we gave them the freedom to create something to be displayed in a formal gallery setting. Using careful classroom observation and textual analysis of written materials produced along the way, we can trace the influence of our efforts on the artistic process of our students. The final exhibition at the end of the semester will showcase individual achievement and reveal the impact of each encounter on the students. An in-depth visual analysis of these final artworks will allow us to see how students chose to communicate with the public. The Encounters Project is a new program that explores the question: Why does the history of art and architecture matter inside and outside of academia? By looking at how students encounter and respond to art in the public and classroom setting, we are able to get a better sense of how Art History can strengthen the creative production and build the visual analysis skills of our pre-collegiate aged students. 

    Find out more about Joanna Kemp.

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    "The Display of Cylinder Seals" by Elizabeth Marriott

    Museums often display objects that were integral to their original culture but are now functionally obsolete and thus unfamiliar to the public. Engraved cylinder seals are one such object. Averaging at only an inch in height, a seal was made of stone or faience whose curved sides were carved with a design ranging from figural to abstract. The seal was then rolled into clay to create a raised design that is the mirror image of the seal. They served mainly administrative purposes; seal impressions on cuneiform tablets could authenticate the document or act as the seal owner’s signature. For this reason, each seal is unique; they were carved with a wide variety of motifs ranging from simple patterns of animals to complex ritual scenes. Although seals are a common sight in many museums that touch upon the history of the Ancient Near East, their small size and complex iconography are a challenge to display to the modern viewer.

    Because these objects are relatively common and can be seen as both decorative and functional, museums use several different methods to display cylinder seals to visitors. For example, the Morgan Library in New York City displays the seals chronologically next to a modern impression along with cuneiform tablets, emphasizing their connection to the history of writing. However, because the collection represents the eclectic interests of its founder, Pierpont Morgan, there are very few other Mesopotamian objects in the collection. With this display, the viewer clearly understands the original purpose of the seals but is less familiar with the seals’ place in Mesopotamian culture. Conversely, both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute frame their collections of seals within the context of a larger collection of Ancient Near Eastern artifacts but while the Met displays these objects for their artistic value, the OI focuses on the archaeological excavations in which the pieces were found.

    It is true that each museum faces different limitations in their display of engraved seals and that these limitations affect their display practices. However, it is necessary to study the different display approaches because although each museum has the same goal, to expose the public to these seals, their different approaches ultimately do not tell the same story. 

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    Elana Williams

    Elana Williams is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is majoring in the History of Art and Architecture with a minor in English Literature and is a part of many academic honor societies on Pitt’s campus such as Pitt Golden Key and Sigma Alpha Lambda.  She enjoys learning about all aspects of art and literature but focuses mainly on studying photography in modernity and Victorian novels.  Her interests outside of academia include running, cooking, and traveling with her family of three brothers, two sisters, and her parents.  After college, she intends to use all of the skills she has learned at the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a career in law.

    Elana will be presenting the paper "Representing Genetic Disease in Modernity: Rick Guidotti as the Contemporary Medical Photographer" at HAAARCH!!! 2014.

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    Julia Warren

    Julia Warren is a senior in the Architectural Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy degree through the University Honors College. She was a participant in the New York City Field Studies Program through the Office of Undergraduate Research during the spring of 2013 and was a Brackenridge Fellow during the summer of 2013. She has served as a teaching assistant for Approaches to the Built Environment and Perspective Drawing and has been involved with Plant to Plate, a student-run organization that maintains a vegetable garden on campus. She enjoys volunteering with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and spending time in its parks. 

    Julia will be presenting her paper "The Nature of the High Line: A Jacobsian Perspective on New York's 'Park in the Sky'" at HAAARCH!!! 2014.

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    Matthew Sova

    Matthew Sova is a junior History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology double major at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also a German minor.  He has worked on historical archaeological excavations at Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison near Sandusky, Ohio.  He also was a undergraduate teaching assistant for the Introduction to World Art class.  He is currently working as an intern at the American Jewish Museum, a part of the Jewish Community Center of Squirrel Hill.  Last semester he was enrolled in the Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar. In this course, he and other students assisted Nicholas Chambers, the Milton Fine Curator at the Andy Warhol Museum, in curating an exhibition of Scottish contemporary artist Martin Creed at the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery.  Matthew is currently working on several projects, including a study of Florence Cathedral and an independent project with Professor Shirin Fozi on Ottonian art and architecture in eastern Germany.

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    Stephanie Selya

    Stephanie Selya is a senior undergraduate HAA major at the University of Pittsburgh with a minor in Italian Studies. She is currently pursuing an Undergraduate Honors Thesis researching the composite photography of Australian photographer, Frank Hurley. She was also awarded the Milton Fine Museum Professional Fellowship, enabling her to work directly with Executive Director Janet McCall at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh from September 2013 to the present. Traveling abroad in the summer of 2013, Stephanie studied for six weeks in Perugia, Italy. In the spring of 2013, Stephanie was involved in an internship at the University Art Gallery with Curator Isabelle Chartier, focusing on managing the permanent collection.  Her interest in museum work began when she was involved in the Museum Studies Seminar Exhibition entitled, Face Value: (De)constructing Identity in Portraiture, in the fall of 2012. Stephanie has been the Vice President of the Pitt Club Field Hockey team since 2012, and will continue to be so until graduation in April of 2014.

    Stephanie will be presenting her paper, "Painting with Light: The Composite World War 1 Photography of Frank Hurley" at HAAARCH!!! 2014.

     

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    Sara Savage

    Sara Savage is a junior studying Studio Arts and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies and a certificate in Gender Studies. In high school, Sara worked as an art collection intern for the Friends of L’Hopital Schweitzer—a Pittsburgh nonprofit that sells Haitian art to benefit their hospital in Haiti. Sara photographed and edited images for their e-gallery, documented pieces for the annual inventory, and worked at the organization’s annual gala as an installation assistant and event photographer. Sara is currently interning with the University Art Gallery (UAG), working to generate a virtual tour of art works on Pitt’s campus using iBooks Author.  She is also an undergraduate teaching assistant for Introduction to World Art, where she has worked to bring together Studio Arts majors with beginner art historians in the UAG. With a focus on digital art and design for her Studio Arts major, Sara is especially interested in the digital design components of gallery work.  She has done numerous gallery event posters, including those for the 2013 Martin Creed exhibition. After graduation, Sara hopes to combine the design and art historical skills she has learned at Pitt and put them to work in a museum setting.  

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