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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Black Out Day: Selfies as Online Activism

Written by Ely DeSandoli, edited by Ben Demers & Aimée Tian
Selfies have become as commonplace as the technologies we use to produce them thanks to the increased ubiquity of smartphones. Selfies, despite what many believe, are not just individual projections of millennial narcissism; they offer the opportunity to represent collective as well as personal identities.

L’infiniment Petit and Monstrous Social Anxieties: Envisioning Disease in Fin de Siècle Culture Through the Eyes of Odilon Redon

Written by Elena Lin, edited by Catherine LaMendola
Post-war trauma, social instability, epidemic diseases, and scientific discourses characterized the end of the nineteenth century in France; an era fraught with social unrest. A preoccupation with infectious disease and physiognomic pathology in the literary and visual arts reflected the social anxieties of the time.