The Art History program takes full advantage of Occidental’s location in Los Angeles. Drawing on the diversity and richness of the city’s art museums, galleries, and research archives, our faculty offer courses in the history and criticism of Asian, European, and American visual cultures.
Students have the opportunity in all of their courses to research works of art, photography and architecture in person: students of Asian Art regularly study Chinese and Japanese painting at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Museum. Students of Greek and Roman antiquity can work first-hand with the Getty Museum’s exquisite collections at the newly-renovated Getty Villa in Malibu; and students interested in modern and contemporary art can easily attend openings, symposia, and lectures by internationally known artists, critics and curators at institutions like the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown LA (only 25 minutes from campus on public transportation), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Art History majors regularly study abroad, and over the past few years, our majors have enriched their art historical experience by studying in cities such as Paris, Siena, Rome, Athens, and Madrid.
Because we encourage and value independent student research, our majors have had great success presenting their work at both regional and national conferences for undergraduate research. The caliber of this work has also helped recent students gain admission to some of the top graduate programs in the country. And over the last few years, we’ve had students interning at a wide range of local arts and cultural institutions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Huntington Library, and the Getty Museum.
Art History Senior Comps
May 3rd, 4:00 p.m., Braun Room in Library
Sidney Matthews: Ugly Beauty: The Aesthetics of Funk in David Hammons' Lady with Bones
Alexandra Grant: Buy Me, I'll Change Your Life: The Contextualization and Commercialization of Barbara Kruger
Sam Dalsheimer: Alton Pickens and the Art of Anxiety in America in the 1940's and 1950's
Lauren Cooley: Enlightenment Transformation of the Maja: Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos and Fernando de Rojas' La Celestina
Kaitlin McAndrews: Food, Performance and Modernism: Tommaso Marinetti, The Futurist Cookbook and the Holy Palatte Restaurant
Laura Ripps presenting her paper at the Undergraduate Research Conference
"The Architecture of Modernity and Nostalgia: Luis Barragán's Las Arboledas and Los Clubes" is a study of Mexico's most famous architect, Luis Barragán, and the exclusive mid-century residential developments he designed to the north of Mexico City during the country's post-war industrialization boom. Previous studies of Barragán tend to focus on the emotional and surreal aspects of his work whereas I concentrate on Barragán as businessman, providing a nostalgic, "aristocratic" retreat which played on the desires and collective memory of the emerging middle-class.
Rips used Undergraduate Research funds during the 2009 summer for general life expenses so she could devote herself to the research. She is planning on taking a trip to Barragán's archives outside of Basel, Switzerland to look at more primary documents not available in the states, and is hoping to take a trip to Mexico City to see the sites. Rips will continue the research for her Honor's Comprehensive project (advisors, Amy Lyford (AHVA) and Alexandra Puerto (History). You can read more about her research on her blog at http://luisbarragan.tumblr.com/
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