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History of Art & Visual Culture
Catastrophic environmental breakdown, mass species extinction, financial collapse, racist separatism, global nuclear war…there is much speculation these days that we are living at the end of democracy, liberalism, capitalism, a cool planet, and civilization as we know it.
Nang Sbek Thom, or large leather figures in Khmer, remains as ancient art form that emerged during the Angkor Period of 12th century Cambodia. The traditional performance for Sbek Thom is the Reamker, a buddhist adaptation of the Indian epic poem, the Ramayana.
Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology offers an overview of the history and theory of Chicano and Chicana art from the 1960s to the mid-2000s.
Mary Thomas, PhD candidate in History of Art and Visual Culture, describes the work of artist Noah Purifoy who, after the Watts uprising in 1965, collected parts of melted neon signs and turned them into sculptures.
In the few years since earning her BA degree in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Amanda Maples has already had an impressive career in the Arts.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California as a member of the Tongva tribe, Yve Chavez grew up on the land of her ancestors and has successfully merged her love of art and art history with her profound knowledge of her native culture.
Carolyn Dean, Professor, and Albert Narath, Assistant Professor, both from UC Santa Cruz’s History of Art and Visual Culture Department (HAVC), were invited by the prestigious Getty Research Institute to join last year’s scholars in residence at the Institute.
"I like to think of my work as excavating value systems and thought processes of people of a gone era - their beliefs and their experiences, and how they use literary and visual material to communicate, to negotiate their place into the world, to develop their beliefs.