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Take the Power Back: A Sound Study on Rage Against The Machine and Amplified Leftist Music

Written by Reggie Oey, edited by Ben Demers
On January 6th, 2000, the rap-metal band Rage Against The Machine (RATM) shot a live music video for their single, “Sleep Now in the Fire,” at the steps of Federal Hall and at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. Famous for their radical, leftist political views, RATM teamed up with activist filmmaker Michael Moore for the shoot, which was eventually cut short by city police due to noise violations.

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A Gendered Exploration of Art, Trauma and Memory: Charlotte Salomon’s “Life or Theatre?”

Written by Nuala Murray, edited by Madeleine Cruickshank
In 1933, a momentous and ultimately catastrophic political shift occurred in Germany in which the promisingly liberal era of the Weimar Republic fell, leaving the nation in the hands of corrupt and monstrous dictator Adolf Hitler. During the Third Reich Jewish-German women, once advancing on Weimar’s progressive path towards both gender and racial liberation, were pushed backward and eventually fatally halted by the political, social and cultural tyranny inflicted on the nation by the Nazi Regime.

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Harvesters and Humanists: A Case Study of Bruegel’s Neo-Sacred Image in the Post-Iconoclastic Age

Written by Anthony Portulese, edited by Miray Eroglu
Pieter Bruegel the Elder remains one of the most elusive artists of the sixteenth century, as a disconcerting shortage of biographical documentation has baffled scholars for decades. No record survives of his place or date of birth. Nothing is known of his formal education nor whether he received any training as a painter.

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History and Social Consciousness in the Medium and Material of Kara Walker’s Silhouette Installations

Content note: descriptions of sexual violence, mention of oppressive language
Written by Sylvie Schwartz, edited by Muhan Zhang
Kara Walker was born in California and spent her childhood years there before moving to Georgia in the 1980’s. In the American south, Walker was rejected by the white children in her community because of the color of her skin and by the other African American children because her accent was too “white.”

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A Woman’s Touch: The Dialogue between Female Sexuality and the Concept of Artist as Genius in Egon Schiele’s “Observed in a Dream” and “Preacher”

Written by Erika Kindsfather, edited by Gabby Marcuzzi Herie
Fin-de-siècle Vienna was the site of a thriving young philosophical and artistic milieu, yet the individuals contributing to these intellectual circles were predominantly male. With the exclusion of women from male-dominated intellectual circles, their schools of thought gave rise to misogynistic theories.

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A Matter of Life and Death: Contemporaneous Criticisms of Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin

Written by Isabella Mello, edited by Greta Rainbow
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin depicts the end of the Virgin Mary’s worldly life. The narrative, from the apocrypha, is ambiguous regarding the specifics of Mary’s physical death, and instead emphasizes the assumption of her soul into heaven.

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Walking Photographs: Lisette Model as Flâneur

Written by Evelyn Goessling, edited by Aimée Tian
As mediators of urban spaces, the flâneur and the photographer do much of the same work. The flâneur is a wanderer and an anonymous explorer of urban spaces. The flâneur originated and thrived both as a literary and real figure in 19th century Paris, where after the Revolution an increase in industrialization, modernization, and commodity production made way for modern bourgeois life.

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The “Authentic” Landscape: Kawase Hasui’s Woodblock Prints and the Longing of Modernity

Written by Erin Sobat, edited by Gabby Marcuzzi Herie
The prolific twentieth-century Japanese woodblock artist, Kawase Hasui (1883–1957), has been criticized for producing overly sentimental, decorative or picturesque landscape prints. Certainly, as part of the Shin-hanga (New Print) revival of traditional ukiyo-e (floating world pictures), Hasui was supported by the commercial appeal of his works both domestically and abroad.

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Listening Publics: Ultra-Red’s Protocols for the Common

Written by Joshua Marquis, edited by Greta Rainbow
“What did you hear?” This question organizes the work of sound-art collective Ultra-Red, a group that works internationally, employing what they term “militant sound investigation,” in their practice with activist groups, organizers and organizations, cultural workers and communities, or the “politically inconvenient.”

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The Body Athletic: Art, Architecture and Sport Culture in Early Byzantine Constantinople

Written by Anthony Portulese, edited by Miray Eroglu
Athleticism carried immense social popularity throughout the ancient world. For centuries, Athens and Rome orchestrated and held public sporting competitions for the enjoyment of its denizens.

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