Frontiers - Art

  • 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.

  • August 2012

    Subjective Objectivity

    Professor of English and Cinema Studies Timothy Corrigan explores essay film.

    We go to the movies for a variety of reasons. Summer blockbusters are a great escape, while documentaries can provide unique perspectives into worlds which otherwise we may not explore. But what can films teach us about society? And what are filmmakers doing behind the scenes to not only entertain us but make their own indelible mark on the issues of our day?

  • July 2012

    Museum Musing

    History of Art graduate student Alex Kauffman weighs in on the controversial Barnes museum.

    Graduate student explains the benefits and history of the newest cultural destination in Philadelphia.

  • July 2012

    Confronting History

    Assistant Professor of English Salamishah Tillet helps music stars John Legend and The Roots create a window to the past.

    Assistant Professor of English discusses the theme of her latest book.

  • 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."