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Introduction to elee’s primer 

As an artist, educator, and student, Eunji Lee explores a variety of aesthetic and philosophical concepts in her strongly-visual primer. In posts ranging from Agnes Martin-inspired Google doodles to Janet Zweig's subway art to Joan Fontcubera's "selfie" exhibition, Lee uses specific works of art to illustrate questions of technology, perception, and collaboration. Other entries take …

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E is for Envelopment 

Listening to this in the dark has frequently occurred. Her voice blankets and sense of apprehension; any despair; any— But at the same time there is immense despair herein. Everything is felt all at once. “They’re just hiding from me.” Whispered vocals that are not entirely heard. The guitar creates a space wherein resonance …

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E is for engagement and exasperation 

Engagement comes in many forms, but when I am truly engaged time disappears and totally immersed. Sometimes its a riveting conversation, or performance, or workout (especially swimming) or game, or writing experience. When I am fully engaged I feel totally connected and alive. I know that I keep writing about my students, but I think …

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E is for The Emancipated Spectator, the Socially Engaged Art, the Poem 

Next up in my chain of play-on-words posts comes this spin on Louise Rosenblatt’s work of reader-response theory, The Reader, the Text, the Poem. Here, I’ve connected Rosenblatt (“the Poem”) to both Rancière (“The Emancipated Spectator”) and Bishop (“the Socially Engaged Art”). Reader-response theory, for anyone who might be unfamiliar with it—obviously this doesn’t apply …

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E is for Eulogy 

We all struggle to find inspired words at funerals and in condolence letters and often turn to the same trite expressions. I've found section 52 of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" to be one of the few poems I've read that offers a hopeful, comforting portrayal of death. Recently, my mom's best friend passed away. …

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E is for Easterling (the art of death) 

While procrastinating after lunch I stumbled upon this brief article about socialite Mickey Easterling who recently passed away and requested her wake be a party. As well as this her fulfilled wishes included her corpse dressed up and siting up right with a cigarette in hand so she could be part of the festivities. For …

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E is for Ernest Hemingway 

Ernest Hemingway was not only one of the most influential writers of the 20th century but also just an all around badass dude. He's one of my favorite authors personally, and really changed the way stories were written in English. I'm in the English Ed program so I think about lot of literature when it …

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E is for Escaping the Page 

I recently stumbled upon this article, which features Andrea Mastrovito's piece, "The Island of Mastrovito." "Assembled from hundreds of cutout plants and animals from repurposed textbooks, artist Andrea Mastrovitocreated a striking installation where a colony of bats clings to the ceiling, a flight butterflies swarm the gallery walls, and all matter of insects, and …

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E is for Enchantment and Evolution 

In The Case for God, Karen Armstrong presents the current landscape of religion as one that has lost its former ritualistic, enchanted practice in favor of scientific correctness (for believers and atheists alike), which she says would be laughable to our ancient ancestors. According to Armstrong, our unfortunate and insatiable demand …

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E is for Public Art 

In Chapter two of "Education for Socially Engaged Art," Helguerra speaks of multi-layered participatory structures, stating "Arguably, all art is participatory because it requires the presence of a spectator; the basic act of being there in front of an artwork is a form of participation." He goes on to establish a taxonomy, which unfolds like …

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E is for Environment 

There is a distinct emphasis on the connection between human beings and the earth within Heidegger’s “Building Dwelling Thinking” and Light’s “Elegy for a Garden”. Light, in his essay, notices the divide between old environmental ethics versus today’s. Now, there is the belief that the value of nature is not described by the human attribution. …

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E is for Everyone 

People I don't notice everyday: The man handing out newspaper on the corner The worker at my subway gate The homeless man leaning against a building Everyone has a story. I love the blog, Humans of New York, because it captures little bits of people's stories and shares them with the world. Strangers share small …

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Emily’s Meta-Primer #2: E is for Entry, Points of 

I majored in theatre in undergrad, and one of the better courses I took was an acting and textual analysis class entitled "Masters in Movement: Text Into Performance." The instructor, Daniela Varon, had us read plays from a variety of eras and social contexts, discuss them, and perform monologues and scenes--all of which is fairly …

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E is for Entertainment 

1. I approach a movie like Dumb and Dumber differently from how I approach a movie like 2001: A Space Odyssey. The former is standard entertainment fare, the latter is something else. 2. To entertain an idea is to play with it, see where it takes you. This seems odd because it could be the …

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E is for Ed Ruscha. 

E is for Ed Ruscha—specifically, his 1960 work entitled “Stains”. I went to the Museum of Modern Art two weeks ago and Stains was very memorable.  For me, it truly pushes the boundaries of visual pleasure and expands a viewer’s comprehension of “art”. Learn more about Stains here:

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E is for Embodied Cognition 

When attempting to pin down the intricate workings of the human mind, traditional cognitive neuroscientist often attribute a marginal role to the body, considering it a mere accessory to our mental processes. However, the past decade has witnessed the flourishing of a new and promising field; Embodied Cognition. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines it …

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E is for Expression 

Ingold reviews four different ways in which writing and drawing might be distinguished in the history of the line. He states, “First, wringing is in a notation; drawing is not. Secondly, drawing is an art; writing is not. Thirdly, writing is a technology; drawing is not. Fourthly, writing is linear; drawing is not.” Despite the …

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E is for Earthwork 

In class last year, for principles and practices of Arts Administration we went on an eye opening field trip to two New York City installations Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room at 141 Wooster Street and Walter De Maria, The Broken Kilometer at 393 West Broadway. Both of these sites are run by …

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