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Tuesday, April 24
 

1:00pm PDT

Robert Frank’s The Americans: Examining the Meta-pictorial Frame
This paper will examine embedded compositional frames in photographer Robert Frank's The Americans (1955-1957) as meta-pictorial and self-reflexive tools that combine mediality, compositional isolation and visual ellipsis in order to expose the fallacies of mid-century American idealism. Frank is often considered one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, yet current analysis of his framing focuses on his use of the frame merely as a compositional choice. Rather than suggesting that Robert Frank’s use of the frame is derived heavily from the work of his mentor Walker Evans; the scholarship of Jacques Derrida, Victor Stoichitā and Péter Bokody will be used as frameworks for discussing the narrative implications of the frames in The Americans as forms of the meta-pictorial frame. By analyzing Frank’s photo-series The Americans, this paper will aim to establish his use of the meta-pictorial frame as a distinctive tool for illuminating social alienation and a false-sense of freedom in America’s nuclear era.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:00pm - 1:20pm PDT
237 Owen Hall

1:20pm PDT

A Greek Mystery at Biltmore Estate: Identifying the “Heroic Female Figures” of the Library Fireplace
This paper will attempt to conclusively identify the “two heroic female figure” sculptures on the library fireplace in the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina as either Hestia and Demeter, Aeternitas and Eve, or Urania and Hygieia through the use of visual and textual comparisons. Prior to this exploration, there has been no thorough investigation of these sculptures or their significance to each other and their context, either from scholars or the internal research team of the estate. This missing informational gap stems from a lack of firsthand identification by both the head architect, Richard Morris Hunt, who drafted designs for the entirety of sculpture used in the home, and the sculptor, Karl Bitter. Although there are no primary acknowledgements of these two figures, this research paper hopes to draw connections between the two figures and the larger library as a location for the acquisition of knowledge. It will thoroughly delve into the historical context of these artworks, as well as provide in-depth descriptions of each pairing, utilizing site specific research on the Biltmore Estate through firsthand analysis of the sculptures; comparing them to Classical depictions to confirm or disprove these identifications. The works of Victoria Volk, John Bryan, Mike Dixon-Kennedy, John M. Steadman, Warwick Wroth, and H. B. Walters, and their descriptions of these figures will be examined to understand the allegorical relationships between these women and their location by discussing their Classical significance, their relevance in Victorian era America, and their function in the Biltmore library.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm PDT
237 Owen Hall