Art History Capstone Projects

 

Author

Title

Link

Year

Chloe McWhirt

                                

                        

                

Architectural Exposure: The Deconstructive Value of Gordon Matta-Clark’s Photographic Work

                                

                        

Capstone Project

2021

Felipe Fernandez

                                

                        

                

Tools of Mourning:

Doris Salcedo, Alfredo Jaar, and the Archives of Memory

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2021

Nora Stewart

                                

                        

                

“Ever seething underneath!”:

Ghada Amer’s Hybridized Écriture Feminine

Capstone Project

2021

Essie Little

Cultural Implications of Diaphanous and “Wet-Look” Dress in Classical Greek Art

                                        

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2020

Jianda Wang

                                

                        

                

EMBODYING RESISTANCE:

THE PERFORMANCE ART OF MA LIUMING, ZHANG HUAN, AND HE YUNCHANG

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2020

Joanna Seifter

                                

                        

                

Good and Bad Mothers: Giovanni Segantini’s Dichotomous Representation of Women in Post-Risorgimento Italy 

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2020

Maya Varma

                                

                        

                

NALINI MALANI’S MEDEA PROJECT:

GENDER AND NATIONHOOD IN POSTCOLONIAL INDIA

                                

                        

Capstone Project

2020

Eleanor Beaird

                                

                        

                

Nostalgia and the Colonial Gaze in Gertrude Käsebier’s Photography of Native Americans

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2019

Ellie Hohulin

                                

                        

                

Marcel Mariën: Between Belgian Surrealism and Situationism

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2019

Sebastian Eising

                                        

                                

                        

                

THE VERNACULAR EMBODIED: CONCEPTUAL ART, THE QUOTIDIAN, AND PHENOMENOLOGY IN THE WORK OF SIAH ARMAJANI

                        

Capstone Project

2019

Stephanie Rice-Hoffner

                                        

                                

                        

                

Ellsworth Kelly: Loving Raillery

                                        

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2019

Andy Kaesermann

                                

                        

                

From B-boys to Gold Leaf Gundam: Paintings of Tenmyouya Hisashi

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2016

Kasey McMaster

                                

                        

                

The Maid and the Servant: Class Mobility in the Representation of Working-Class Women in Berthe Morisot’s Paintings

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2016

Camille Erickson

                                

                        

                

Toward a Transnational Queer Futurity:

The Photography of Catherine Opie, Zanele Muholi, and Jean Brundrit

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2014

Maya Aguayo Schmidt-Feng

                                        

                                

                        

                

“Making Whiteness Strange” in the Post-Apartheid Art of Candice Breitz and Kendell Geers

                                        

                                

                        

                

Capstone Project

2014

Michelle Lee

                                

                        

                

Capturing Queerness: The Re-presentation and Performativity of Asian American Sexualities

                                        

Capstone Project

2014

 


Macalester students can enroll in any entry-level art studio or art history course—no experience is required. Classes are taught by professional artists and scholars, and our urban location allows classes to take field trips to many galleries and major museums. Macalester students are in demand as interns at the Twin Cities’ nonprofit arts organizations, including the Northern Clay Center, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Minnesota History Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center.

Advanced students may have opportunities to collaborate on research projects with professors, present at national conferences, and attend specialized workshops and seminars. Students receive the background and skills they need to win competitive opportunities such as an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice or attendance at an undergraduate printmaking conference at Tokyo Fine Arts University.

Work-study opportunities in the art and art history department provide students with hands-on skills, which may directly benefit those wishing to go on in art or art history. (See the After Macalester section for an impressive list of graduate programs, jobs, fellowships, and grants won by our alumni.)

Studio art students can participate in an annual juried exhibit held in the gallery. Each spring, art history majors present original capstone research projects in a public lecture while the studio art students’ capstone project consists of an exhibition of original artwork in the Law Warschaw Gallery.


Art Alliance

This student-run organization plans special art-related activities for those with a common interest in art. It administers the Drawing Co-op, an informal no-cost opportunity to draw the figure from live models.


Art History Club

The Art History Club is a student-run organization that plans special activities for art history majors, minors and any interested non-majors.  The club meets several times per semester to visit galleries and museum exhibitions, watch films, and carry on discussions about art.