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Democratic Artworks

Democratic Artworks [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1438406584
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Democratic Artworks by Book Resume:

Focusing on the political movements of the 1950s and 1960s, this book argues that the arts can strengthen democracy by politically educating citizens.

Democratic Art

Democratic Art [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 022624721X
Author: Sharon Ann Musher
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Democratic Art by Sharon Ann Musher Book Resume:

Throughout the Great Recession American artists and public art endowments have had to fight for government support to keep themselves afloat. It wasn’t always this way. At its height in 1935, the New Deal devoted $27 million—roughly $461 million today—to supporting tens of thousands of needy artists, who used that support to create more than 100,000 works. Why did the government become so involved with these artists, and why weren’t these projects considered a frivolous waste of funds, as surely many would be today? In Democratic Art, Sharon Musher explores these questions and uses them as a springboard for an examination of the role art can and should play in contemporary society. Drawing on close readings of government-funded architecture, murals, plays, writing, and photographs, Democratic Art examines the New Deal’s diverse cultural initiatives and outlines five perspectives on art that were prominent at the time: art as grandeur, enrichment, weapon, experience, and subversion. Musher argues that those engaged in New Deal art were part of an explicitly cultural agenda that sought not just to create art but to democratize and Americanize it as well. By tracing a range of aesthetic visions that flourished during the 1930s, this highly original book outlines the successes, shortcomings, and lessons of the golden age of government funding for the arts.

You Shook Me All Campaign Long

You Shook Me All Campaign Long [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1574417452
Author: Eric T. Kasper,Benjamin S. Schoening
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
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You Shook Me All Campaign Long by Eric T. Kasper,Benjamin S. Schoening Book Resume:

Music has long played a role in American presidential campaigns as a mode of both expressing candidates’ messages and criticizing the opposition. The relevance of music in the 2016 campaign for the White House took various forms in a range of American media: a significant amount of popular music was used by campaigns, many artist endorsements were sought by candidates, ever changing songs were employed at rallies, instances of musicians threatening legal action against candidates burgeoned, and artists and others increasingly used music as a form of political protest before and after Election Day. The 2016 campaign was a game changer, similar to the development of music in the 1840 campaign, when “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” helped sing William Harrison into the White House. The ten chapters in this collection place music use in 2016 in historical perspective before examining musical messaging, strategy, and parody. The book ultimately explores causality: how do music and musicians affect presidential elections, and how do politicians and campaigns affect music and musicians? The authors explain this interaction from various perspectives, with methodological approaches from several fields, including political science, legal studies, musicology, cultural studies, rhetorical studies, and communications and journalism. These chapters will help the reader understand music in the 2016 election to realize how music will be relevant in 2020 and beyond.

Nomadic Theatre

Nomadic Theatre [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1350051047
Author: Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Nomadic Theatre by Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink Book Resume:

Fluid stages, morphing theatre spaces, ambulant spectators, and occasionally disappearing performers: these are some of the key ingredients of nomadic theatre. They are also theatre's response to life in the 21st century, which is increasingly marked by the mobility of people, information, technologies and services. While examining how contemporary theatre exposes and queries this mobile turn in society, Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink introduces the concept of nomadic theatre as a vital tool for analyzing how movement and mobility affect and implicate the theatre, how this makes way for local operations and lived spaces, and how physical movements are stepping stones for theorizing mobility at large. This book focuses on ambulatory performances and performative installations, asking how they stage movement and in turn mobilize the stage. By analyzing the work of leading European artists such as Rimini Protokoll, Dries Verhoeven, Ontroerend Goed, and Signa, Nomadic Theatre demonstrates that mobile performances radically rethink the conditions of the stage and alter our understanding of spectatorship. Nomadic Theatre instigates connections across disciplinary fields and feeds dramaturgical analysis with insights derived from media theory, urban philosophy, cartography, architecture, and game studies. It illustrates how theatre, as a material form of thought, creatively and critically engages with mobile existence both on the stage and in society.

Musical Democracy

Musical Democracy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0791481247
Author: Nancy S. Love
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Musical Democracy by Nancy S. Love Book Resume:

How music functions as a metaphor and model for democracy.

Don't Act, Just Dance

Don't Act, Just Dance [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0813565286
Author: Catherine Gunther Kodat
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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Don't Act, Just Dance by Catherine Gunther Kodat Book Resume:

At some point in their career, nearly all the dancers who worked with George Balanchine were told “don’t act, dear; just dance.” The dancers understood this as a warning against melodramatic over-interpretation and an assurance that they had all the tools they needed to do justice to the steps—but its implication that to dance is already to act in a manner both complete and sufficient resonates beyond stage and studio. Drawing on fresh archival material, Don’t Act, Just Dance places dance at the center of the story of the relationship between Cold War art and politics. Catherine Gunther Kodat takes Balanchine’s catch phrase as an invitation to explore the politics of Cold War culture—in particular, to examine the assumptions underlying the role of “apolitical” modernism in U.S. cultural diplomacy. Through close, theoretically informed readings of selected important works—Marianne Moore’s “Combat Cultural,” dances by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, and Yuri Grigorovich, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, and John Adams’s Nixon in China—Kodat questions several commonly-held beliefs about the purpose and meaning of modernist cultural productions during the Cold War. Rather than read the dance through a received understanding of Cold War culture, Don’t Act, Just Dance reads Cold War culture through the dance, and in doing so establishes a new understanding of the politics of modernism in the arts of the period.

Art and Politics under Modern Dictatorships

Art and Politics under Modern Dictatorships [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319572709
Author: Caterina Preda
Publisher: Springer
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Art and Politics under Modern Dictatorships by Caterina Preda Book Resume:

This book analyzes the relationship between art and politics in two contrasting modern dictatorships. Through a detailed look at the Chilean and Romanian dictatorships, it compares the different ways in which political regimes convey their view of the world through artistic means. It examines how artists help \ convey a new understanding of politics and political action during repressive regimes that are inspired by either communism or anti-communism (neoliberalism, traditionalist, conservative). This book demonstrates how artistic renderings of life during dictatorships are similar in more than one respect, and how art can help better grasp the similarities of these regimes. It reveals how dictatorships use art to symbolically construct their power, which artists can consolidate by lending their support, or deconstruct through different forms of artistic resistance.

The Political Art of Bob Dylan

The Political Art of Bob Dylan [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0230522548
Author: David Boucher,Gary Browning
Publisher: Springer
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The Political Art of Bob Dylan by David Boucher,Gary Browning Book Resume:

David Boucher and Gary Browning provide a multi-faceted analysis of the political art of Bob Dylan. The contributions cover Dylan's career as a whole, dealing with such themes as alienation, protest, non-conformity and the American Dream. Dylan's work is examined from a variety of perspectives including the aesthetic theory of Kant, Adorno, Lyotard and Collingwood. The assembled authors are notable specialists in political theory, literary criticism and popular culture. They do not tackle Dylan from a single standpoint but collectively question how Dylan's work relates to the theory and practice of politics.

Art, Education, and the Democratic Commitment

Art, Education, and the Democratic Commitment [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9401594449
Author: D.T. Schwartz
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
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Art, Education, and the Democratic Commitment by D.T. Schwartz Book Resume:

In reflecting on this book and the process of writing it, the most pervasive theme I find is that of confluence. I drew much of the energy needed to write the book from the energy that resides at the confluence, or nexus, of contrasting ideas. At the most general level, the topic of arts subsidy offered a means of exploring simultaneously two of my favorite philosophical subjects-aesthetics and politics. The risk of a dual focus is of course that you do neither topic justice. However, the bigger payoff of this strategy resides in finding new and interesting connections between two otherwise disparate topics. Developing such connections between art and politics led directly to many of the book's positive arguments for subsidy. At a deeper level, the book exploits a confluence of contrasting philosophical methodologies. The central problem of the book politically justifying state support of the arts-is cast in the Anglo American tradition of analytical philosophy. Here normative arguments of ethics and politics are scrutinized with an eye toward developing a defensible justification of state action. Yet while the book initially situates the subsidy problem within this analytical tradition, its positive arguments for subsidy draw heavily from the ideas and methods of Continental philosophy. Rather than adjudicating normative claims of ethical and political ttuth, the Continental tradition aims at the hermeneutical task of interpreting and describing sttuctures of human meaning.

Aesthetics, Disinterestedness, and Effectiveness in Political Art

Aesthetics, Disinterestedness, and Effectiveness in Political Art [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1498566804
Author: Maria Alina Asavei
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Aesthetics, Disinterestedness, and Effectiveness in Political Art by Maria Alina Asavei Book Resume:

This book’s main claim is that political art should not disregard questions of aesthetic reception and value. It argues that some neglected aspects of traditional aesthetics actually enhance the relationship between art and politics more than contemporary art theorists are keen to admit.

Jacques Ranciere and the Contemporary Scene

Jacques Ranciere and the Contemporary Scene [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1441152970
Author: Jean-Philippe Deranty,Alison Ross
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Jacques Ranciere and the Contemporary Scene by Jean-Philippe Deranty,Alison Ross Book Resume:

This book forms the first critical study of Jacques Rancière's impact and contribution to contemporary theoretical and interdisciplinary studies. It showcases the work of leading scholars in fields such as political theory, history and aesthetic theory; each of whom are uniquely situated to engage with the novelty of Rancière's thinking within their respective fields. Each of the essays provides an investigation into the critical stance Rancière takes towards his contemporaries, concentrating on the versatile application of his thought to diverse fields of study (including, political and education theory, cinema studies, literary and aesthetic theory, and historical studies). The aim of this collection is to use the critical interventions Rancière's writing makes on current topics and themes as a way of offering new critical perspectives on his thought. Wielding their individual expertise, each contributor assesses his perspectives and positions on thinkers and topics of contemporary importance. The edition includes a new essay by Jacques Rancière, which charts the different problems and motivations that have shaped his work.

Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects

Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0141976640
Author: Hans Ulrich Obrist
Publisher: Penguin UK
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Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects by Hans Ulrich Obrist Book Resume:

A unique opportunity to learn about the lives and creativity of the world's leading artists Hans Ulrich Obrist has been conducting ongoing conversations with the world's greatest living artists since he began in Switzerland, aged 19, with Fischli and Weiss. Here he chooses nineteen of the greatest figures and presents their conversations, offering the reader intimacy with the artists and insight into their creative processes. Inspired by the great Vasari, Lives of the Artists explores the meaning of art and artists today, their varying approaches to creating, and a sense of how their thinking evolves over time. Including David Hockney, Gilbert and George, Gerhard Richter, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois, Rem Koolhaas, Jeff Koons and Oscar Niemayer, this is a wonderful and unique book for those interested in modern art. Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator and writer. Since 2006 he has been co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London. He is the author, with Ai Wei Wei, of Ai Wei Wei Speaks.

Defining Landscape Democracy

Defining Landscape Democracy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1786438348
Author: Shelley Egoz,Karsten Jørgensen,Deni Ruggeri
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
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Defining Landscape Democracy by Shelley Egoz,Karsten Jørgensen,Deni Ruggeri Book Resume:

This stimulating book explores theories, conceptual frameworks, and cultural approaches with the purpose of uncovering a cross-cultural understanding of landscape democracy, a concept at the intersection of landscape, democracy and spatial justice. The authors of Defining Landscape Democracy address a number of questions that are critical to the contemporary discourse on the right to landscape: Why is democracy relevant to landscape? How do we democratise landscape? How might we achieve landscape and spatial justice?

Radical Coherency

Radical Coherency [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0226923320
Author: David Antin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Radical Coherency by David Antin Book Resume:

“We got to talking”—so David Antin begins the introduction to Radical Coherency, embarking on the pursuit that has marked much of his breathless, brilliantly conversational work. For the past forty years, whether spoken under the guise of performance artist or poet, cultural explorer or literary critic, Antin’s innovative observations have helped us to better understand everything from Pop to Postmodernism. Intimately wedded to the worlds of conceptual art and poetics, Radical Coherency collects Antin’s influential critical essays and spontaneous, performed lectures (or “talk pieces”) for the very first time, capturing one of the most distinctive perspectives in contemporary literature. The essays presented here range from the first serious assessment of Andy Warhol published in a major art journal, as well as Antin’s provocative take on Clement Greenberg’s theory of Modernism, to frontline interventions in present debates on poetics and fugitive pieces from the ’60s and ’70s that still sparkle today—and represent a gold mine for art historians of the period. From John Cage to Allan Kaprow, Mark Rothko to Ludwig Wittgenstein, Antin takes the reader on an idiosyncratic, personal journey through twentieth-century culture with his trademark antiformalist panache—one thatwill be welcomed by any fan of this consummate trailblazer.

The Blackwell Companion to Sociology

The Blackwell Companion to Sociology [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0470692731
Author: Judith R Blau
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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The Blackwell Companion to Sociology by Judith R Blau Book Resume:

The Blackwell Companion to Sociology is a milestone collection of new essays by renowned sociologists, covering both the traditions and strengths of the field as well as newer developments and directions. Authors from the US, the UK, Europe and elsewhere have contributed to this all-in-one reference work, highlighting the relevance of interdisciplinary and international perspectives, while at the same time representing the scope and quality of sociology in its current form.

A Poetics of Global Solidarity

A Poetics of Global Solidarity [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137568313
Author: Clemens Spahr
Publisher: Springer
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A Poetics of Global Solidarity by Clemens Spahr Book Resume:

Tackling topics such as globalization and political activism, this book traces engaged poetics in 20th century American poetry. Spahr provides a comprehensive view of activist poetry, starting with the Great Depression and the Harlem Renaissance and moving to the Beats and contemporary writers such as Amiri Baraka and Mark Nowak.

A Companion to Chinese Art

A Companion to Chinese Art [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118885198
Author: Martin J. Powers,Katherine R. Tsiang
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A Companion to Chinese Art by Martin J. Powers,Katherine R. Tsiang Book Resume:

Exploring the history of art in China from its earliestincarnations to the present day, this comprehensive volume includestwo dozen newly-commissioned essays spanning the theories, genres,and media central to Chinese art and theory throughout itshistory. Provides an exceptional collection of essays promoting acomparative understanding of China’s long record of culturalproduction Brings together an international team of scholars from East andWest, whose contributions range from an overview of pre-moderntheory, to those exploring calligraphy, fine painting, sculpture,accessories, and more Articulates the direction in which the field of Chinese arthistory is moving, as well as providing a roadmap for historiansinterested in comparative study or theory Proposes new and revisionist interpretations of the literatitradition, which has long been an important staple of Chinese arthistory Offers a rich insight into China’s social and politicalinstitutions, religious and cultural practices, and intellectualtraditions, alongside Chinese art history, theory, andcriticism

African Identity in Post-Apartheid Public Architecture

African Identity in Post-Apartheid Public Architecture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351960407
Author: Jonathan Alfred Noble
Publisher: Routledge
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African Identity in Post-Apartheid Public Architecture by Jonathan Alfred Noble Book Resume:

Since the end of Apartheid, there has been a new orientation in South African art and design, turning away from the colonial aesthetics to new types of African expression. This book examines some of the fascinating and impressive works of contemporary public architecture that 'concretise' imaginative dialogues with African landscapes, craft and indigenous traditions. Referring to Frantz Fanon's classic study of colonised subjectivity, 'Black Skin, White Masks', Noble contends that Fanon's metaphors of mask and skin are suggestive for architectural criticism, in the context of post-Apartheid public design. Taking South Africa's first democratic election of 1994 as its starting point, the book focuses on projects that were won in architectural competitions. Such competitions are conceived within ideological debates and studying them allows for an examination of the interrelationships between architecture, politics and culture. The book offers insights into these debates through interviews with key parties concerned - architects, competition jurors, politicians, council and city officials, artists and crafters, as well as people who are involved in the day-to-day life of the buildings in question.


Humbug! [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0823285405
Author: Wendy Jean Katz
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
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Humbug! by Wendy Jean Katz Book Resume:

Approximately 300 daily and weekly newspapers flourished in New York before the Civil War. A majority of these newspapers, even those that proclaimed independence of party, were motivated by political conviction and often local conflicts. Their editors and writers jockeyed for government office and influence. Political infighting and their related maneuvers dominated the popular press, and these political and economic agendas led in turn to exploitation of art and art exhibitions. Humbug traces the relationships, class animosities, gender biases, and racial projections that drove the terms of art criticism, from the emergence of the penny press to the Civil War. The inexpensive “penny” papers that appeared in the 1830s relied on advertising to survive. Sensational stories, satire, and breaking news were the key to selling papers on the streets. Coverage of local politicians, markets, crime, and personalities, including artists and art exhibitions, became the penny papers’ lifeblood. These cheap papers, though unquestionably part of the period’s expanding capitalist economy, offered socialists, working-class men, bohemians, and utopianists a forum in which they could propose new models for American art and society and tear down existing ones. Arguing that the politics of the antebellum press affected the meaning of American art in ways that have gone unrecognized, Humbug covers the changing politics and rhetoric of this criticism. Author Wendy Katz demonstrates how the penny press’s drive for a more egalitarian society affected the taste and values that shaped art, and how the politics of their art criticism changed under pressure from nativists, abolitionists, and expansionists. Chapters explore James Gordon Bennett’s New York Herald and its attack on aristocratic monopolies on art; the penny press’s attack on the American Art-Union, an influential corporation whose Board purchased artworks from living artists, exhibited them in a free gallery, and then distributed them in an annual five-dollar lottery; exposés of the fraudulent trade in Old Masters works; and the efforts of socialists, freethinkers, and bohemians to reject the authority of the past.

Art Hack Practice

Art Hack Practice [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351241192
Author: Victoria Bradbury,Suzy O'Hara
Publisher: Routledge
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Art Hack Practice by Victoria Bradbury,Suzy O'Hara Book Resume:

Bridging art and innovation, this book invites readers into the processes of artists, curators, cultural producers and historians who are working within new contexts that run parallel to or against the phenomenon of ‘maker culture’. The book is a fascinating and compelling resource for those interested in critical and interdisciplinary modes of practice that combine arts, technology and making. It presents international case studies that interrogate perceived distinctions between sites of artistic and economic production by brokering new ways of working between them. It also discusses the synergies and dissonances between art and maker culture, analyses the social and collaborative impact of maker spaces and reflects upon the ethos of the hackathon within the fabric of a media lab’s working practices. Art Hack Practice: Critical Intersections of Art, Innovation and the Maker Movement is essential reading for courses in art, design, new media, computer science, media studies and mass communications as well as those working to bring new forms of programming to museums, cultural venues, commercial venture and interdisciplinary academic research centres.

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1315315785
Author: Nicholas Gebhardt,Nichole Rustin-Paschal,Tony Whyton
Publisher: Routledge
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The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies by Nicholas Gebhardt,Nichole Rustin-Paschal,Tony Whyton Book Resume:

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies presents over forty articles from internationally renowned scholars and highlights the strengths of current jazz scholarship in a cross-disciplinary field of enquiry. Each chapter reflects on developments within jazz studies over the last twenty-five years, offering surveys and new insights into the major perspectives and approaches to jazz research. The collection provides an essential research resource for students, scholars, and enthusiasts, and will serve as the definitive survey of current jazz scholarship in the Anglophone world to-date. It extends the critical debates about jazz that were set in motion by formative texts in the 1990s, and sets the agenda for the future scholarship by focusing on key issues and providing a framework for new lines of enquiry. It is organized around six themes: I. Historical Perspectives, II. Methodologies, III. Core Issues and Topics, IV. Individuals, Collectives and Communities, V. Politics, Discourse and Ideology and VI. New Directions and Debates.

Doing Democracy

Doing Democracy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1438449127
Author: Nancy S. Love,Mark Mattern
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Doing Democracy by Nancy S. Love,Mark Mattern Book Resume:

Demonstrates how activists and others use art and popular culture to strive for a more democratic future. Doing Democracy examines the potential of the arts and popular culture to extend and deepen the experience of democracy. Its contributors address the use of photography, cartooning, memorials, monuments, poetry, literature, music, theater, festivals, and parades to open political spaces, awaken critical consciousness, engage marginalized groups in political activism, and create new, more democratic societies. This volume demonstrates how ordinary people use the creative and visionary capacity of the arts and popular culture to shape alternative futures. It is unique in its insistence that democratic theorists and activists should acknowledge and employ affective as well as rational faculties in the ongoing struggle for democracy. “Nancy S. Love and Mark Mattern have collected a first-rate set of studies that illuminate the intersection between art and politics in the contemporary era. The text demonstrates how activist art and cultural politics can promote democratic politics and how democracy is enriched and enlivened by activist art projects. This book should interest everyone concerned with the fate of art and democracy in the contemporary era and how they can help nourish each other.” — Douglas Kellner, author of Media Spectacle and Insurrection, 2011: From the Arab Uprisings to Occupy Everywhere

Street Art and Democracy in Latin America

Street Art and Democracy in Latin America [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3030269132
Author: Olivier Dabène
Publisher: Springer Nature
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Street Art and Democracy in Latin America by Olivier Dabène Book Resume:

This book explores street art’s contributions to democracy in Latin America through a comparative study of five cities: Bogota (Colombia), São Paulo (Brazil), Valparaiso (Chile), Oaxaca (Mexico) and Havana (Cuba). The author argues that when artists invade public space for the sake of disseminating rage, claims or statements, they behave as urban citizens who try to raise public awareness, nurture public debates and hold authorities accountable. Street art also reveals how public space is governed. When local authorities try to contain, regulate or repress public space invasions, they can achieve their goals democratically if they dialogue with the artists and try to reach a consensus inspired by a conception of the city as a commons. Under specific conditions, the book argues, street level democracy and collaborative governance can overlap, prompting a democratization of democracy.

Jews and Jazz

Jews and Jazz [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317270398
Author: Charles B Hersch
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Jews and Jazz by Charles B Hersch Book Resume:

Jews and Jazz: Improvising Ethnicity explores the meaning of Jewish involvement in the world of American jazz. It focuses on the ways prominent jazz musicians like Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney have engaged with jazz in order to explore and construct ethnic identities. The author looks at Jewish identity through jazz in the context of the surrounding American culture, believing that American Jews have used jazz to construct three kinds of identities: to become more American, to emphasize their minority outsider status, and to become more Jewish. From the beginning, Jewish musicians have used jazz for all three of these purposes, but the emphasis has shifted over time. In the 1920s and 1930s, when Jews were seen as foreign, Jews used jazz to make a more inclusive America, for themselves and for blacks, establishing their American identity. Beginning in the 1940s, as Jews became more accepted into the mainstream, they used jazz to "re-minoritize" and avoid over-assimilation through identification with African Americans. Finally, starting in the 1960s as ethnic assertion became more predominant in America, Jews have used jazz to explore and advance their identities as Jews in a multicultural society.

Conflict, Identity, and Protest in American Art

Conflict, Identity, and Protest in American Art [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1443888362
Author: Makeda Best,Miguel de Baca
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Conflict, Identity, and Protest in American Art by Makeda Best,Miguel de Baca Book Resume:

Conflict, Identity, and Protest in American Art explores the powerful relationship between artistic production and cultures of conflict in the United States. Such a theme continues to provoke practitioners and scholars across a range of media and disciplines, especially as definitions of war and protest evolve and change in the twenty-first century. This anthology presents vital discussions of visual works in relationship to national identity, the politics and contexts of artistic production and reception, and the expressive and political function of art within historical periods defined by wars, rebellions, and revolutions. It sheds new light on the shifting nature of identity, and specifically how conflict – armed conflict as well as rhetorical conflict – inspires new identities to emerge. Conflict, Identity, and Protest in American Art will appeal to historians of American art and architecture, American studies, cultural studies, and material culture. Its vibrant discussions of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality represent the urgency of these topics in modern and contemporary art history. This book is suitable for academics at all levels, from undergraduates through to graduate students and faculty researchers, as well as artists and non-specialised readers.

Beautiful Democracy

Beautiful Democracy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0226096300
Author: Russ Castronovo
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Beautiful Democracy by Russ Castronovo Book Resume:

The photographer and reformer Jacob Riis once wrote, “I have seen an armful of daisies keep the peace of a block better than a policeman and his club.” Riis was not alone in his belief that beauty could tame urban chaos, but are aesthetic experiences always a social good? Could aesthetics also inspire violent crime, working-class unrest, and racial murder? To answer these questions, Russ Castronovo turns to those who debated claims that art could democratize culture—civic reformers, anarchists, novelists, civil rights activists, and college professors—to reveal that beauty provides unexpected occasions for radical, even revolutionary, political thinking. Beautiful Democracy explores the intersection of beauty and violence by examining university lectures and course materials on aesthetics from a century ago along with riots, acts of domestic terrorism, magic lantern exhibitions, and other public spectacles. Philosophical aesthetics, realist novels, urban photography, and black periodicals, Castronovo argues, inspired and instigated all sorts of collective social endeavors, from the progressive nature of tenement reform to the horrors of lynching. Discussing Jane Addams, W.E.B. Du Bois, Charlie Chaplin, William Dean Howells, and Riis as aesthetic theorists in the company of Kant and Schiller, Beautiful Democracy ultimately suggests that the distance separating academic thinking and popular wisdom about social transformation is narrower than we generally suppose.

Utopia Limited

Utopia Limited [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0822385457
Author: Marianne DeKoven
Publisher: Duke University Press
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Utopia Limited by Marianne DeKoven Book Resume:

Utopia Limited is an original, engaging account of how postmodernism emerged from the political and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. Marianne DeKoven argues that aspects of sixties radical politics and culture simultaneously embodied the full, final flowering of the modern and the beginning of the postmodern. Analyzing classic sixties texts, DeKoven shows where the utopian master narratives underlying the radical and countercultural movements gave way to the “utopia limited” of the postmodern as a range of competing political values and desires came to the fore. She identifies the pivots where the modern was superseded by the nascent postmodern: where modern mass culture was replaced by postmodern popular culture, modern egalitarianism morphed into postmodern populism, and modern individualism fragmented into postmodern politics and cultures of subjectivity. DeKoven rigorously analyzes a broad array of cultural and political texts important in the sixties—from popular favorites such as William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch to political manifestoes including The Port Huron Statement, the founding document of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). She examines texts that overtly discuss the conflict in Vietnam, Black Power, and second-wave feminism—including Frances FitzGerald’s Fire in the Lake, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex; experimental pieces such as The Living Theatre’s Paradise Now; influential philosophical works including Roland Barthes’s Mythologies and Herbert Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man; and explorations of Las Vegas, the prime location of postmodernity. Providing extensive annotated bibliographies on both the sixties and postmodernism, Utopia Limited is an invaluable resource for understanding the impact of that tumultuous decade on the present.

Subversive Sounds

Subversive Sounds [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0226328694
Author: Charles B. Hersch
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Subversive Sounds by Charles B. Hersch Book Resume:

Subversive Sounds probes New Orleans’s history, uncovering a web of racial interconnections and animosities that was instrumental to the creation of a vital American art form—jazz. Drawing on oral histories, police reports, newspaper accounts, and vintage recordings, Charles Hersch brings to vivid life the neighborhoods and nightspots where jazz was born. This volume shows how musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, Nick La Rocca, and Louis Armstrong negotiated New Orleans’s complex racial rules to pursue their craft and how, in order to widen their audiences, they became fluent in a variety of musical traditions from diverse ethnic sources. These encounters with other music and races subverted their own racial identities and changed the way they played—a musical miscegenation that, in the shadow of Jim Crow, undermined the pursuit of racial purity and indelibly transformed American culture. “More than timely . . . Hersch orchestrates voices of musicians on both sides of the racial divide in underscoring how porous the music made the boundaries of race and class.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune

American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History

American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317477294
Author: Gina Misiroglu
Publisher: Routledge
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American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History by Gina Misiroglu Book Resume:

Counterculture, while commonly used to describe youth-oriented movements during the 1960s, refers to any attempt to challenge or change conventional values and practices or the dominant lifestyles of the day. This fascinating three-volume set explores these movements in America from colonial times to the present in colorful detail. "American Countercultures" is the first reference work to examine the impact of countercultural movements on American social history. It highlights the writings, recordings, and visual works produced by these movements to educate, inspire, and incite action in all eras of the nation's history. A-Z entries provide a wealth of information on personalities, places, events, concepts, beliefs, groups, and practices. The set includes numerous illustrations, a topic finder, primary source documents, a bibliography and a filmography, and an index.

Art in Diverse Social Settings

Art in Diverse Social Settings [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1800438966
Author: Susana Gonçalves,Suzanne Majhanovich
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
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Art in Diverse Social Settings by Susana Gonçalves,Suzanne Majhanovich Book Resume:

This edited volume examines the important and multi-varied role that art plays in today’s diverse society. Built on a multidisciplinary and dialogical approach, the book brings together the views of scholars and artists from around the world to explore central questions relating to the purpose(s) art services in contemporary, pluralistic societies.

Fin-de-Siecle Scottish Revival

Fin-de-Siecle Scottish Revival [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1474433987
Author: Michael Shaw
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Fin-de-Siecle Scottish Revival by Michael Shaw Book Resume:

Explores cultural defence and revivalism in Scottish literature and artThe first book-length, interdisciplinary study on fin-de-sicle ScotlandUnlocks Scottish writers' and artists' participation in neo-paganism, the occult revival, neo-Catholicism and japonismeInformed by extensive analysis of under-explored archival materials, such as the Papers of Patrick GeddesRichly illustrated with artworks, photographs and ephemera As the Irish Revival took shape and the Home Rule debate dominated UK politics, what was happening in Scotland? This book reveals distinct but comparable concerns with cultural defence and revivalism in fin-de-sieI cle Scotland, evident in the work of a number of writers and artists including Robert Louis Stevenson, Patrick Geddes, Fiona Macleod, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Mona Caird, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Duncan and various contributors to The Evergreen. Situating Scottish literature and art alongside international developments in culture, especially the rise of decadence, symbolism and Celticism, Michael Shaw demonstrates the ways in which dissident fin-de-sieI cle styles and ideas supported and defined the Scottish Revival.

David's Sling

David's Sling [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1594037221
Author: Victoria C. Gardner Coates
Publisher: Encounter Books
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David's Sling by Victoria C. Gardner Coates Book Resume:

Throughout Western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements. Yet despite the enduring appeal of these works—from the Parthenon to Michelangelo’s David to Picasso’s Guernica—histories of both art and democracy have ignored this phenomenon. Millions have admired the artworks covered in this book but relatively few know why they were commissioned, what was happening in the culture that produced them, or what they were meant to achieve. Even scholars who have studied them for decades often miss the big picture by viewing them in isolation from a larger story of human striving. David’s Sling places into context ten canonical works of art executed to commemorate the successes of free societies that exerted political and economic influence far beyond what might have been expected of them. Fusing political and art history with a judicious dose of creative reconstruction, Victoria Coates has crafted a lively narrative around each artistic object and the free system that inspired it. This book integrates the themes of creative excellence and political freedom to bring a fresh, new perspective to both. In telling the stories of ten masterpieces, David’s Sling invites reflection on the synergy between liberty and human achievement.

Critical Psychology Praxis

Critical Psychology Praxis [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1000350983
Author: Robert K. Beshara
Publisher: Routledge
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Critical Psychology Praxis by Robert K. Beshara Book Resume:

This collection of chapters advances critical psychology by incorporating praxis (theory and practice) and decolonial streams of thought. They are united around a theme of psychosocial non-alignment to modernity/coloniality. Bringing together a transdisciplinary range of authors from around the world, this edited volume weaves together a spectrum of complex arguments and perspectives to lay the foundations for bridging the Global North–South divide in critical psychology through solidarity and dialogue. The book’s central argument is to emphasize praxis and transdisciplinarity over disciplinary fundamentalism. Psychology is only a starting point and not the end goal of critique in this book; incidentally, some of the authors are not even psychologists. Instead, the book draws on decolonial theoretical resources, such as [email protected] Studies, Black Male Studies, and Critical Pedagogy, to complement traditional theoretical resources like psychoanalysis, Marxism, poststructuralism, and feminism. This groundbreaking text is suitable for scholars and upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students studying critical discourse, the psychology and philosophy of post-coloniality, conceptual and historical issues in psychology, as well as anthropology and sociology courses engaging with action research.

The Critic in the Modern World

The Critic in the Modern World [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1623568277
Author: James Ley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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The Critic in the Modern World by James Ley Book Resume:

The Critic in the Modern World explores the work of six influential literary critics-Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Matthew Arnold, T.S. Eliot, Lionel Trilling and James Wood-each of whom occupies a distinct historical moment. It considers how these representative critics have constructed their public personae, the kinds of arguments they have used, and their core principles and philosophies. Spanning three hundred years of cultural history, The Critic in the Modern World considers the various ways in which literary critics have positioned themselves in relation to the modern tradition of descriptive criticism. In providing a lucid account of each critic's central principles and philosophies, it considers the role of the literary critic as a public figure, interpreting him as someone who is compelled to address the wider issues of individualism and the social implications of the democratising, secularising, liberalising forces of modernity.

Sampling Politics

Sampling Politics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0190855509
Author: M.I. Franklin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Sampling Politics by M.I. Franklin Book Resume:

Music sampling has become a predominantly digitalized practice. It was popularized with the rise of Rap and Hip-Hop, as well as ambient music scenes, but it has a history stretching back to the earliest days of sound recording and experimental music making from around the world. Digital tools and networks allow artists to sample music across national borders and from diverse cultural traditions with relative ease, prompting questions around not only fair use, copyright, and freedom of expression, but also cultural appropriation and "copywrongs." For example, non-commercial forms of sharing that are now commonplace on the web bring musicians and their audiences into closer contact with emerging regimes of commercial web-tracking and state-sponsored online surveillance. Moreover, when musicians actively engage in political or social causes through their music, they are liable to both commercial and state forces of control. Shifts back to corporate ownership and control of the global music business--online and offline--highlight competing claims for commercial and cultural ownership and control of sampled music from local communities, music labels, and artists. Each case study is based on archival research, close listening, and musical analysis, alongside conversations and public reflections from artists such as David Byrne, Annirudha Das, Asian Dub Foundation, John Cage, Brian Eno, Sarah Jones, Gil Scott-Heron, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Dunya Yunis, and Sonia Mehta. Sampling Politics provides ways to listen and hear (again) how sampling practices and music making work, on its own terms and in context. In so doing, M.I. Franklin corrects some errors in the public record, addressing some longstanding misperceptions over the creative, legal, and cultural legacy of music sampling in some cases of rich, and complex practices that have also been called musical "borrowing," "cultural appropriation," or "theft." This book considers the musicalities and musicianship at stake in each case, as well as the respective creative practices and performance cultures underscoring the ethics of attribution and collaboration when sampling artists make music.

Tourism, Culture and Heritage in a Smart Economy

Tourism, Culture and Heritage in a Smart Economy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319477323
Author: Vicky Katsoni,Amitabh Upadhya,Anastasia Stratigea
Publisher: Springer
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Tourism, Culture and Heritage in a Smart Economy by Vicky Katsoni,Amitabh Upadhya,Anastasia Stratigea Book Resume:

This book explores the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer a powerful tool for the development of smart tourism. Numerous examples are presented from across the entire spectrum of cultural and heritage tourism, including art, innovations in museum interpretation and collections management, cross-cultural visions, gastronomy, film tourism, dark tourism, sports tourism, and wine tourism. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the smart destinations concept and a knowledge economy driven by innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. New modes of tourism management are described, and tourism products, services, and strategies for the stimulation of economic innovation and promotion of knowledge transfer are outlined. The potential of diverse emerging ICTs in this context is clearly explained, covering location-based services, internet of things, smart cities, mobile services, gamification, digital collections and the virtual visitor, social media, social networking, and augmented reality. The book is edited in collaboration with the International Association of Cultural and Digital Tourism (IACuDiT) and includes the proceedings of the Third International Conference on Cultural and Digital Tourism.


CONVERGENCE [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9839738895
Author: Shireen Naziree
Publisher: Galeri PETRONAS
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CONVERGENCE by Shireen Naziree Book Resume:

Progressive societies place emphasis on the holistic development of its people in the cultivation of mind, body, soul and spirit. Throughout history, great civilizations are marked not only by material wealth but also the flourishing of artistic and cultural expressions. PETRONAS’ role as custodian of the country’s oil and gas resources encompasses its mission to develop and add value to Malaysia’s petroleum assets while contributing to the wellbeing of the people and nation. In support of this principle of holistic development, PETRONAS is privileged to play its part in supporting arts and culture through GALERI PETRONAS as part of its greater commitment to the development of people of Malaysia. In this respect, GALERI PETRONAS as an important icon in the Malaysian art landscapes, provides crucial arts engagement platform for Malaysian artists and audiences. Since its inception GALERI PETRONAS has given continuous support for the development of emerging Malaysian artists, art practices and expertise in art support infrastructure. PETRONAS believe that by uplifting our Malaysian heritage of arts through GALERI PETRONAS, we would inspire Malaysians to greater appreciation and awareness of the beauty and value inherent in our own artistic heritage. We also encourage the appreciation of arts and culture from different societies, as our philosophy centers on the promotion of a holistic individual and a progressive society able to interact as a global citizen. Therefore, our arts and culture programmes promote the sharing of traditions of various peoples and timeframes – blending East and West, modern and traditional. Arts and culture are dynamic elements, and while we seek to preserve them in their pure and authentic state, we also work to develop a new generation of practitioners who refine and find new applications for the arts, to create political and social awareness, for healing and wellness, to spark creativity, intelligence and imagination; to promote unity and harmony through greater understanding of our cultural identities and appreciation of the beauty in each other’s customs and traditions. In this manner, the PETRONAS Art Collection has brought together traditional and contemporary artworks by established and emerging Malaysian artists and artworks of different mediums, such as textiles, crafts, sculptures, paintings, and photography, which are displayed and documented to create awareness and develop appreciation of the richness of Malaysian visual arts. Over the last few decades the PETRONAS corporate art collection has grown considerably to include works from Malaysia’s modern masters and as a corporate gallery, it would be a difficult and challenging undertaking to exhibit our complete collection to the public and art enthusiast. With the publication of the book; Convergence: Past, Reality and Future, it is hoped that we are able to widen the accessibility of our PETRONAS Art Collection to the people. Equally important is the pursuit of art development in Malaysia. A key component to this endeavour is the research and writing efforts that culminates into a book publication. These scholastic efforts in turn greatly assist the students of art where the publication will serve as a repository for future references and hopefully new knowledge. PETRONAS wishes to add our contribution through the publication of Convergence: Past, Reality and Future to this noble and sustainable cause. We hope that the publication Convergence: Past, Reality and Future will further make art in its various forms more accessible to the general public and will touch the lives of Malaysians from all walks of life, and nurture a more sophisticated, culturally-aware and enlightened society. It is also our hope that the publication would be a good addition to the growing publication on Malaysia fine arts. Lastly, the book is our effort to recognize the Malaysian artistic talents and salutes these artistic standards that have grown in tandem with the growth of Malaysia as a nation.

The Critic and the Drama

The Critic and the Drama [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780838679647
Author: George Jean Nathan
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
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Creativity, Communication and Cultural Value

Creativity, Communication and Cultural Value [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 184787150X
Author: Keith Negus,Michael J Pickering
Publisher: SAGE
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Creativity, Communication and Cultural Value by Keith Negus,Michael J Pickering Book Resume:

'There have been few critical engagements with the concept of creativity in recent years, so the authors provide an important contribution in drawing attention to what is arguably at the heart of much of what we most value in culture' - Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles 'In this important book, Keith Negus and Michael Pickering challenge commonplace assumptions about creativity and casual invocations of genius. They give comfort neither to popular wisdom nor to academic convention. Drawing on the work of philosophers, sociologists, political theorists and economists, as well as artists, musicians and novelists, they raise profound questions about the very ideas which sustain our understanding of art and culture' - Professor John Street, University of East Anglia 'It's all too rare to read a cultural studies book that offers any real originality. This one achieves this, not only by addressing debates and sources neglected in the field, but also by traversing high and low culture, and all points between' - Dave Hesmondhalgh, The Open University Creativity has become a buzzword and key issue in debates about cultural policy, human growth and the media and cultural industries. It has also become a very misused term used to describe anything from musical and artistic genius, to shady financial accounting, to the teaching of children and the management of employees. But what does it mean? Negus and Pickering provide a clear and logical way of understanding what we describe as creative, and how this term has become central to attaching cultural value. Their book: · Develops an approach which enables us to think of creativity as both ordinary and exceptional · Focuses on creativity as a way of rethinking key concepts in the study of culture such as: Convention; innovation; tradition and experience. This book is useful to those studying Media and Cultural Studies who need to understand Cultural Production, Communication, Popular Culture and Cultural Theory.

Labor’s Canvas

Labor’s Canvas [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1443808512
Author: Laura Hapke
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Labor’s Canvas by Laura Hapke Book Resume:

At an unprecedented and probably unique American moment, laboring people were indivisible from the art of the 1930s. By far the most recognizable New Deal art employed an endless frieze of white or racially ambiguous machine proletarians, from solo drillers to identical assembly line toilers. Even today such paintings, particularly those with work themes, are almost instantly recognizable. Happening on a Depression-era picture, one can see from a distance the often simplified figures, the intense or bold colors, the frozen motion or flattened perspective, and the uniformity of laboring bodies within an often naive realism or naturalism of treatment. In a kind of Social Realist dance, the FAP’s imagined drillers, haulers, construction workers, welders, miners, and steel mill workers make up a rugged industrial army. In an unusual synthesis of art and working-class history, Labor’s Canvas argues that however simplified this golden age of American worker art appears from a post-modern perspective, The New Deal’s Federal Art Project (FAP), under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), revealed important tensions. Artists saw themselves as cultural workers who had much in common with the blue-collar workforce. Yet they struggled to reconcile social protest and aesthetic distance. Their canvases, prints, and drawings registered attitudes toward laborers as bodies without minds often shared by the wider culture. In choosing a visual language to reconnect workers to the larger society, they tried to tell the worker from the work with varying success. Drawing on a wealth of social documents and visual narratives, Labor’s Canvas engages in a bold revisionism. Hapke examines how FAP iconography both chronicles and reframes working-class history. She demonstrates how the New Deal’s artistically rendered workforce history reveals the cultural contradictions about laboring people evident even in the depths of the Great Depression, not the least in the imaginations of the FAP artists themselves.