Frontiers - Art

  • May 2012

    Musical Chairs

    Professor of Music Emma Dillon discusses a lost, but not forgotten, musical style.

    It’s not a musical genre you’re likely to find on the Billboard top 100, but the motet, a centuries-old form known for interweaving voices, was instrumental in changing the way audiences interacted with music...

  • May 2012

    Venerating Vulnerability

    Senior Lecturer and director of the Theatre Arts Program Rosemary Malague investigates women and the claim to authenticity in the acting classroom.

    In the world of acting, few can make it through their first script without learning the family of acting techniques termed “the Method.” According to Senior Lecturer and director of the Theatre Arts Program at Penn and author of the book An Actress Prepares: Women and “the Method” Rosemary Malague, “the Method” is an approach to acting that directly descends from Konstantin Stanislavsky’s “System.”

  • April 2012

    Reading Between the Lines

    Doctoral student Beth Blum examines a new take on the self-help genre.

    You’ll find it near the back of most bookstores: the section promising to cure your blues or, if you’re already of the sunny disposition, help you craft a gourmet meal. Self-help books claim to offer up solutions to even the most obscure problems...

  • April 2012

    Moving Pictures

    Film expert Karen Beckman helps bring animation to the forefront of cinema studies.

    "I’m particularly interested in contemporary artists who have decided to use animation as a vehicle through which to respond to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a practice that I think is a real departure from the kind of responses that we saw to the Vietnam War, and even to the first Gulf War, where artists tended to use a lot more documentary photographic images and video footage."

  • February 2012

    Nobody's Fault But Mine

    Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. echoes the past in his latest musical projects.

    February has been a busy month for Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.

  • November 2011

    Like Father, Like Son

    Paul Hendrickson explores Ernest Hemingway’s softer side.

    If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be? For those so literarily inclined, Ernest Hemingway would likely be a common choice.

  • October 2011

    Will the Supreme Court Protect Hollywood…and Jimi Hendrix?

    Peter Decherney, Associate Professor of English and Cinema Studies, asks whether Congressional copyright law stifles the Arts.

    In 1994’s Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), Congress restored the copyrights of potentially millions of non-U.S. works that had fallen into the public domain. Some of these works are by well-known artists, authors, and composers, including Picasso, Virginia Woolf, and Shostakovich. The majority, however, are by obscure and even amateur creators.

  • September 2011

    Art on Wheels

    Religious studies professor Jamal Elias explores the culture of truck decoration in Pakistan.

    In his new book, On Wings of Diesel, Jamal Elias, Class of 1965 Term Professor and Professor of Religious Studies, takes readers on a journey through the world of Pakistani truck decoration.

  • July 2011

    Upheavals and Adjustments

    New Penn Humanities Forum programming explores the topic of adaptation.

    A century-and-a-half ago, Charles Darwin established adaptation as the central focus of evolutionary biology. But for contemporary scholars, says James English, Professor of English, the concept’s relevance extends far beyond the sciences.

  • June 2011

    The Charismatic Molecule

    Grad student Jason Zuzga explores how art and science come together in molecular animations.

    Although they portray the wild, blockbuster nature documentaries such as March of the Penguins and Planet Earth rely heavily on techniques of craft. These can range from attributing human characteristics to “charismatic megafauna” (attractive animals with popular appeal, like panda bears and elephants) to the use of emotive soundtracks.