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V is for Vision 

We often connect art and aesthetic experiences with vision, or use "vision" as a metaphor for describing the perspective which shapes those experiences. In this stunning documentary, Esref Armagan, a blind Turkish artist with a remarkable sense of kinesthetic "vision" challenges these conceptions, creating accurate depictions of color and linear perspective through touch and imagination. …

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V is for Vision 

I know that I started a post on this topic, but I don't know where it is! How and what I see, my vision, is mediated by my experiences, expectations, and attitude. I had a vision for what this class would/could be, which I had to let go of...it became something different altogether. This is …

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V is for Verse 

This is my last week of student teaching. So, I saved the best/fun for last. We are doing a mini poetry unit. I am amazed at how empowered many of the students feel by being given the power of free verse.  Several students who are usually reluctant to do work sit writing non-stop. Yet, a …

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V is for VARA 

VARA is the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990. I referenced VARA in my last post U is for Unfinished. This is a law that protects artist rights. Before 1990 artists could not protect their work from mutilation, misattribution, or destruction. The artists rights outlined under VARA are the right to claim authorship, the right …

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V is for Juxtaposition 

Juxtaposition is a powerful semiotic device - positioning one symbol in opposition to another causes their systems of meaning to interrogate each other, and through the contrast, a heightening of their symbolic meaning can occur, and a third meaning often comes into relief. Take for instance this photo taken at the southeast corner of Central …

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V is for Vacant Stares 

I recently wrote a post about the "enslaved performer," the equal and opposite reaction to the emancipated spectator. This is what I wrote: Kyle told an interesting story in class last week about going to see Julie Taymor’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was staring at watching/studying the actress playing Hippolyta—he claims because …

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V is for Vase Vandal 

Apart, we    are together... This portrait print of Ai Wei Wei by artist Shepard Fairey, best known for his Obama “Hope” campaign poster, is currently on view and has been donated to the Brooklyn Museum (as part of the museum’s retrospective exhibition, “Ai Weiwei: According …

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V is for Void 

The therapeutic quality of resting in the emptiness of something fascinates me. What does it mean to fall into a void—metaphorically and physically? Does desolation—or apathy/complacency play an integral role in descension? The androgynous figure’s demeanor suggests resignation to something—perhaps the black void that surrounds the individual. However, the light visible on the right suggests …

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V is for Valve of Release 

One of the meanings attributed to the term aesthetic is “pertaining to the senses”. As I read over my primers for the first time since the beginning of this course, I start to spot a general trend that spans across all of them in one way or another. The common theme seems to be that …

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V is for Video 

1. When I was about 5 years old, Pizza Hut was doing a promotion where you could get a free VHS copy of an X-Men cartoon if you spent a certain amount of money on pizza. My brother and I begged our mom to take us to Pizza Hut so we could get a copy …

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V is for Van Dyke Beard 

Van Dyke (also spelled VandyckVan Dyck or Van Dijk) is a style of facial hair named after 17th-century Flemish painterAnthony van Dyck. A Van Dyke specifically consists of any growth of both a moustache and goatee with all hair on the cheeks shaven. Even this particular …

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V is for Valentine’s Day Improv Performance Art 

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V is for Vengeance 

Revenge is something that I feel we are told time and time again, through works of art or stories, that is a natural, human instinct. I think that many would agree not a very attractive aspect of humanity, and I think it’s one we’d more often than not prefer to only acknowledge as something to …

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V is for Vulnerability 

I found Gail Weiss’ use of the term, “urban flesh”, to be very interesting in her essay, “Urban Flesh: The Fragility of Dwelling”. Urban flesh encompasses the embodied beings in cities. Urban flesh is also linked to one’s vulnerability; as such, the urban flesh of a woman is already more vulnerable than that of a …

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V is for Virtue 

…justice and moderation and piety and all these things were some one thing taken together, namely virtue, So go through these very things precisely for me by means of argument-that is, whether virtue is some one thing, and justice and moderation and piety are parts of it, or whether these things that I was just …

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V is for Vertical 

V is for Vertical Manhattan, a 13 mile long island packed with thousands of buildings and 1.6 million people. As I walk down Broadway, my head is turned upwards. Each block reveals new architecture, not only at eye-level, but stretching toward the sky. The beauty and form of each building is unique and reflects pieces …

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