Frontiers - Art

  • July 2013

    "Dear Class of 2017..."

    Students from the Class of 2016 offer their advice to incoming freshmen.

    We asked members of the Class of 2016 if they had any advice for incoming freshmen. In the video below, hear why Penn's newest students should get out and explore Philadelphia, take classes outside of their comfort zones, and toss out any preconceived notions of what a typical Penn student is like.

  • June 2013

    The Wail of the Voice!

    The Department of Music presents an annual concert celebrating music composition at Penn.

    In 1971 Penn faculty composer George Crumb wrote Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for three masked players: electric flute, electric cello, and amplified piano. The piece has become a classic of 20th century music.

  • May 2013

    Is Cinema Dead? Define Dead. And While You’re at It, Define Cinema.

    Scholars, critics, and industry professionals gather at a Penn conference to discuss new crossroads for cinema and cinema studies.

    Meta Mazaj, senior lecturer in Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences, acknowledges that the film community as a whole tends perhaps more than a little toward anxious self-reflection.

  • May 2013

    The Politics of Print

    English doctoral candidate Marissa Nicosia explores historical literary genres.

    Have you ever been sucked into reading the tabloids while waiting in line at the grocery store? Fifth-year English doctoral candidate Marissa Nicosia reads them, too—but the ones she’s looking at are from the 17th century.

  • April 2013


    Undergraduate architecture students chart maps of human-environment interaction.

    Habits are activities not often subject to conscious evaluation: crossing and uncrossing one’s limbs in a certain fashion while studying; fiddling with a watch or similar accessory.

  • January 2013

    Video: Dreaming on Canvas

    Senior Irina Markina explores influential French painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ “subjective realities”

    As an art history minor studying in in Lyon, France, Irina Markina became enamored with the soothing atmosphere that influential French painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was able to create with his murals.

  • December 2012

    Overcoming Anonymity

    Associate Professor of History Eve Troutt Powell uses intimate accounts of slavery to chronicle the history of the trade in the Middle East.

    The stories of those without a voice are often the most telling. As difficult as it is to bring the struggles of the disenfranchised to the light of day, it’s even more daunting when the accounts are centuries old—many only available as oral histories.

  • October 2012

    Penn Gets Animated

    Karen Beckman, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Endowed Professor of Film Studies and Professor of History of Art, organizes an animation conference at Penn.

    From 1908’s Fantasmagorie to Disney’s Snow White to resistance films by Czech animators in the ’50s to Avatar, animated films have been around as long as their live action counterparts.

  • October 2012

    Romancing the Machine

    Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science John Tresch discusses his new book.

    Nature versus machine:  a locomotive covered with butterflies.  It seems like an obvious opposition, but in the first half of the 19th century in Paris, philosophers saw them as partners.

  • September 2012

    Character Building

    Senior Kirby Dixon interns with the animation team at Nickelodeon.

    Not many summer internships include spontaneous Nerf gun fights. But for senior Kirby Dixon, visual arts major, it wasn’t only entertaining; her summer at Nickelodeon was a chance to learn the ins and outs of a highly-competitive industry.