Next Up on 13: From Architecture to Performance Art

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On the latest episode of 13, professor Carolyn Guile, with eight members of her ARTS 475 senior seminar course, share thesis topics from their semester-long effort to uncover the hidden history of some of the world’s most interesting artists and their work. 

In her thesis, Decolonizing Museums with Aura and Authenticity: From the Universal Museums’ Greatest Offense to Its Worst Enemy, Audrey Hong ’23 argues that contested pieces of art should be replaced with 3D reconstructions so that the original items could be repatriated with little disruption. 

Hannah Ditto ’23 speaks about her thesis on architect Charles Moore, and Lucia Villanueva Alonso ’23 discussed the mix of cultural influences that have been incorporated into the architectural ceilings throughout Latin America.

In Dissection and Decolonization: Analyzing Hannah Höch and Greta Stern’s Disruption of the Male Gaze, Chase Cleary ’23 explores the female perspective of the new woman through photo montages.

Madison Motroni ’23, with her thesis, An Exploration of Modern Connoisseurship Through the Lens of the Rembrandt, reminds us that we’re “never going to have the absolute answer” in authentication.

During the summer between her first and second year at Colgate, Audrey Chan ’23 worked at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology with the Makers and Materials of the Americas exhibit, which featured loaned works from Haudenosaunee artists and makers. This experience left her wondering, “why was this art in the anthropology museum?”

In her thesis, Recognition and Reconciliation: Developing Indigenous Sovereignty in Contemporary American Art Museums, she explores why contemporary Indigenous art is not always considered a part of contemporary American art.

Sophie Mack ’23 discusses her research on Michael Fried; his theory of objecthood, based on NFTs and an instance of spectacle by Banksy; and his way of challenging people’s conceptions of art.

Eliza Ge ’23 researches He Chengyao’s self-exploration through Chinese performance art and the application of personal experience.  

Professor Guile teaches early modern European art and architecture in the Department of Art and Art History and is the co-director for the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization. Professor Guile is the author of Remarks on Architecture: The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland, published by Pennsylvania State University Press. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and PhD from Princeton University.

Each episode of 13, Colgate’s award-winning podcast, digs into the work of a University community member by asking questions. Episodes highlight the wide array of academic disciplines at Colgate, with interviews featuring faculty from political science, sociology and anthropology, physics and astronomy, women’s studies, English, Africana and Latin American studies, and many more.

Previous episodes of 13 have featured: Paul Lopes, Matt Langel, John Golden '66, C.J. Hauser, Carmine Di Sibio ’85, P’18,’21, Rebecca Shiner, Mark Shiner, Rebecca Downing, Mark Divine ’85, Niranjan Davray, Peter Klepeis, Dan Joseph, Andres Guhl, Marietta Cheng, Jessica Graybill, Lyosha Gorshkov, Masha Hedberg, Valerie Morkevičius, Nancy Ries, Daniel Bertrand Monk, Peter Balakian, Sam Rosenfeld, DeWitt Godfrey, Esther Rosbrook, Rebecca Shiner, Dawn LaFrance, Brittney Dorow ’17, Mari Prauer, Carolyn Guile, Nancy Ries, Joanna Holvey-Bowles, Martin Wong, Pamela Gramlich, Dorsey Spencer Jr., Danielle Nied, Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, F. Scott Kraly, Kerra Hunter, Joe Levy, Nicki Moore, Ken Valente, Sarah Keen, Daniel Benton ’80, Laura H. Jack, Carrie Keating, Robert Kraynak, Dan Gough, Jennifer Tomlinson, Ana Jimenez, Alicia Simmons, Juan Fernando Ibarra Del Cuentro, Karen Harpp, Kwazi Konadu, Paul McLoughlin II, Anthony Aveni, Robert Garland, Ryan Hall, Craig Hatkoff ’76, Susan Thomson, Nick Kokonas ’91, Jessica Graybill, Brian W. Casey, Jeff Bary, Jennifer Brice, Ellen Percy Kraly, Danielle Lupton, Ynesse Abdul-Malak, Nimanthi Rajasingham, and John Pumilio.

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