Spring 2014

Art and Art History Event Calendar


Life Model Sessions

Every Tuesday Starting February 4

8:30-10:00 PM, Montgomery Hall

Visiting Artist Talk: Kathleen Hall

February 26th, 4:45 PM, Library 321

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Sachs 


Sarah received her BA in Studio Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2006. In 2008, she received her Masters of Art in Digital Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2009 she received her Masters of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging, also from Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her fine art work, Sarah explores the dichotomy between human and digital memory, how the two influence one another, and how they are affected by natural and technological elements of decay. She hopes to create a dialogue about the relationships between personal memory, society’s collective memory, and collective cultural identity. 

Sarah Sachs Photography


Emily Hoban, Art History SMP, 2006                Return to SMP archives
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Navigating Pedro Almodovar's Labyrinths of Passion; The Collapse of Public and Private Space in Contemporary Media Culture

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An exceptionally unique filmmaker, Pedro Almodovar is not afraid to take strong stances on controversial subjects in his work. His films, therefore, are full of his observations and opinions on important societal issues. In this paper I explore his commentary on the state of the contemporary mass media as revealed through specific situations within his films that involve issues of looking. By dividing these situations into three categories, I am able to compare instances that involve mediated looking to those that involve direct looking and then explore the implications of these differences. I use four main films to illustrate my points - Matador (1986), Law of Desire (1986), Kika (1993) and Talk to Her (2002) - because they contain situations that fit in the most effectively with my theme. On a few occasions, I bring other films into the discussion - High Heels (1990), All About My Mother (1999) and Bad Education (2004) - because they contain certain examples that support my argument. The three sections included in my paper are: instances that should be intimate that are exposed to a large number of people, instances that take place in public that have an intimate tone and instances during which characters feel a special connection to something that is broadcast to a wide audience. By contrasting the nature of relationships that are founded upon mediated gazes with those that are based on personal gazes and by making the boundary between public and private viewing spaces unclear, Almodovar successfully makes statements about the voyeuristic quality of the mass media and the personal displacement that is caused by mediated looking within in his films.