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Visual Culture and Literacy, Week 3

by: Carole Boulware

Visual Culture and Literacy, Week 3 FACS 150

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Visual Culture and Literacy, Week 3
Visual Culture and Literacy I
Erin Silver
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Carole Boulware on Wednesday July 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to FACS 150 at University of Southern California taught by Erin Silver in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 8 views. For similar materials see Visual Culture and Literacy I in Art History at University of Southern California.


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Date Created: 07/20/16
Otherness & Homosexuality Friday, November 13, 2015 8:00 AM Otherness - sexual identity, gender identity John Cage and Merce Cunningham - couple Robert Rauschenberg - homosexuality (open secret) Threat of communism and exposure, threat of homosexuality Robert Rauschenberg "Automobile Tire Print" 1953 Ways that all artists are interested in the element of chance Acts of defacement Political defiance - "Erased de Kooning Drawing" 1953 Robert Rauschenberg "White Paintings" 1951 Allows the audience to fill in the meaning Art center in New York Black mountain college - experimental artistic activity Challenge to masculine identities Individual artistic genius Early inter-media art Interdisciplinary approach, highly collaborative experience Albers, de Kooning, Klein, Cunningham, Cage American post war and abstract expressionism Cunningham - experimental dance, most noted Cage - experimental composer, most noted Rauschenberg became artistic director of the company they created Total work of art Both had impact in visual and performing arts Doing away with the primacy of painting as the only way to compete on the art scene Homosexuality and American Expressionism Strategies for surviving the 1950s Silence, masking, ambiguity, chance encounters remove authorship Camouflage Anti-expressionist Robert Rauschenberg "Monogram" 1955-1959 Something other than what I could make myself Idea of the readymade Goat = the damned, what he was as a gay man Combine = read in terms of the formal aspects at first Robert Rauschenberg " Should Love Come First" 1951 How he was distancing himself from masculinity of the expressionists Male position in a waltz The number 8 - visualization of identical forms, attraction of same to same "Painting relates to both art and life. I try to act between the two" Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly Weighing passion vs paternal responsibility No longer exists, destroyed by Rauschenberg "being a good artist is committing the perfect crime; you don’t get caught" Jasper Johns "Target with plaster casts" Assemblage art Jasper Johns "Flag" Painting the symbol Jasper Johns "Tango" 1955 Music box inside, sense of the waltz Reference to love for Rauschenberg Cloaking the author


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