Frontiers - Art

  • 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.

  • May 2014

    An Overarching Vision

    Visual Studies majors look at all the ways we see.

    Penn’s visual studies majors learn to see vision as a process of both brain and mind. They study vision science and the workings of the brain along with as philosophical considerations of vision and the history of how humans have used vision for cultural expression.

  • May 2014

    Playing with the Volume

    Students experiment with sound, theatre technique, and interdisciplinary learning.

    This past April, students in Theatre Arts Program Director Marcia Ferguson’s improvisation class learned something about experimentation from some of Philadelphia’s leading innovators of performance.

  • May 2014

    2014 Alumni Weekend 60-Second Slam (VIDEO)

    Faculty, students, and alumni provide quick expert takes on topics ranging from urban development in ancient Rome to movie franchise reboots.

    This year marked the fourth edition of the School’s Alumni Weekend 60-Second Slam. The event—an extension of our 60-Second Lecture Series—pits our most insightful faculty, students, and alumni against one another in their mission to provide a quick expert take on topics ranging from urban development in ancient Rome to movie franchise reboots.

  • February 2014

    An Ear to the Ground

    LPS' Joseph Hallman's classical compositions earn him a Grammy nod.

    From nine to five, Joseph Hallman works at Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies, interfacing with faculty and departments on course logistics. Outside the office, however, Hallman has a side gig dreaming up musical landscapes that recently landed him a Grammy nod.