About the Book
The past and the present are rarely as far apart as they may seem and the essays collected here make this quite clear, either by examining the historical context of contemporary practices or by looking at the past through a contemporary lens. For example, Eunice Selvas explores the impact the urban redesign of Paris had on the bourgeois lifestyles captured by the Impressionist painters. Clarissa Soto traces the evolution of silhouette portraiture from a tool of scientific racism to the challenging imagery of Kara Walker. Julie Gallo ties Kristeva’s conception of the abject to depictions of women by male artists in order to unpack the ways women artists have used blood as a medium to provoke patriarchal norms. Jeremy Nunez views various ecologically-based contemporary artworks through the philosophical lens of object-oriented ontology and posthumanism. Cerrik Chin links the development of early automatons to Enlightenment-era questions about free will and the nature of human consciousness. Srivatsan Balaji examines the resurgence of androgyny in contemporary fashion design. And Kephon Wandix speculates about what he, or anyone really, might learn from a life long lived.
Individually, these papers represent milestone achievements for these young scholars; together, however, they represent the very best of Cerritos College’s Visual and Cultural Studies program.
The Cerritos College Art Gallery presents rotating exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career artists. A special emphasis is placed on works that confront challenging and pressing issues in contemporary art and culture. In support of exhibitions, the Cerritos College Art Gallery also regularly hosts workshops, lectures, and performances.