Frontiers - Art

  • May 2015

    New School Philosophy

    Penn undergraduates introduce local high school students to the philosophical study of education.

    Penn undergrads watched as their Philadelphia high school mentees schooled onlookers in college-level philosophy on May 9 as part of the “Pedagogy in Practice: Philosophy and Education in Philadelphia” conference—the culmination of a semester of work in Penn’s Philosophy of Education ABCS (Academically Based Community Service) course, designed and taught by Associate Professor of Philosophy Kar

  • May 2015

    Through a Lens Darkly

    History of Art doctoral student Iggy Cortez examines nighttime filming.

    Picture a forest at night. What do you see? It's likely you are remembering a scene from a movie you once watched, says History of Art doctoral student Iggy Cortez. “When we think of the night we tend to think about movies, which are artificially illuminated, instead of lived experiences,” he says.

  • February 2015

    Read Me a Poem

    M.Phil. candidate Chris Mustazza is investigating—and making accessible—a lost archive of poets reading their work.

    What if a poem has to be performed to be truly understood? College of Liberal and Professional Studies master’s student Chris Mustazza has rediscovered and is digitizing an archive of poets including Gertrude Stein, James Weldon Johnson, Harriet Monroe, and Vachel Lindsay reading their work, for anyone on the web to hear. 

  • February 2015

    Ants Go Marching (Video)

    Assistant Professor of Biology Timothy Linksvayer discusses the complex behaviors of social insects.

    What can ants teach us about the genetics of social behavior? It’s a question Assistant Professor of Biology Timothy Linksvayer has been investigating in the lab he shares with both his students and his army of specimens. Linksvayer is especially interested in the interplay of social interactions with genetic architecture and trait evolution in social insects such as ants and honey bees.

  • February 2015

    Representing African American Art

    Associate Professor of History of Art Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw looks at color and context.

    This January, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art drew 10,000 visitors in just its first few weeks.

  • October 2014

    Conspicuous by Its Absence

    German professor Catriona MacLeod scrutinizes sculpture in 19th-century German aesthetics.

    Catriona MacLeod acknowledges that German literature and aesthetics seem an unlikely professional focus for a scholar whose first language was Scottish Gaelic. A native of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides Islands and now a professor of German and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor in the Humanities, MacLeod says visits to her mother’s homeland bridged the cultural divide.

  • September 2014

    Music Making

    Doctoral candidate Osei Alleyne follows a musical path across the Atlantic from Africa—and back.

    Ghana is listening to Jamaica. Jamaica is listening to Ghana. And everyone is listening to hip-hop. As a doctoral candidate in anthropology and Africana studies, Osei Alleyne is tracing the trails and transformations of music between Africa and the Atlantic diaspora. He’s found that in choosing what they listen to, people are choosing how to define themselves. 

  • August 2014

    Summer Fun

    Undergraduate interns did some amazing work around the world this summer.

    Each summer Penn Arts and Sciences offers undergraduates internships that let them hone their skills in industry, non-governmental organizations and non-profits, and cultural institutions, and to conduct research in a variety of disciplines. They also have the opportunity to travel to new parts of the globe and live life to the fullest.

  • July 2014

    Guys on Film (VIDEO)

    Three 2014 College grads are finishing their movie with money they raised on Kickstarter.

    Most college students wonder how they’ll handle the future: whether to follow an established path, or to live a life that is free-form but risky. Jason (Jay) Jadick, C’14; Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, C’14, ENG’14; and Dane Mainella, C’14, ENG’14, explored the quandary by making a movie. Now, just two months after graduation, they’ve raised enough on Kickstarter to finish their feature.

  • July 2014

    Where Science and Fiction Intersect

    English graduate student Jason Zuzga’s summer course tackles aliens, monsters, and what it means to be human.

    In The Botanic Garden, 18th-century poet and naturalist Erasmus Darwin juxtaposed lyrical, erotic poetry about plant reproduction against dry, technical prose based on Linnaeus’ classification system, all to teach the populace a thing or two about botany.