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Automotive Prosthetic: Technological Mediation and the Car in Conceptual Art

by Charissa N. Terranova

In the twenty-first century, we are continually confronted with the existential side of technology-the relationships between identity and the mechanizations that have become extensions of the self. Focusing...


Kill for Peace: American Artists Against the Vietnam War

by Matthew Israel

The Vietnam War (1964-1975) divided American society like no other war of the twentieth century, and some of the most memorable American art and art-related activism of the last fifty years protested U.S. involvement....


Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin' Hopkins

by Timothy J. O'Brien & David Ensminger

In a career that took him from the cotton fields of East Texas to the concert stage at Carnegie Hall and beyond, Lightnin' Hopkins became one of America's greatest bluesmen, renowned for songs whose topics effortlessly...


Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border

by Kate Bonansinga & Lucy Lippard

Located less than a mile from Juárez, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso is a non-collecting institution that serves the Paso del Norte region. In Curating...


Blossoms and Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

by Jason Sperb

From his film festival debut Hard Eight to ambitious studio epics Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson's unique cinematic vision focuses on postmodern excess and media culture....


James Dean Transfigured: The Many Faces of Rebel Iconography

by Claudia Springer

After the death of James Dean in 1955, the figure of the teen rebel permeated the globe, and its presence is still felt in the twenty-first century. Rebel iconography-which does not have to resemble James Dean...


Class Struggle in Hollywood, 1930-1950: Moguls, Mobsters, Stars, Reds, and Trade Unionists

by Gerald Horne

As World War II wound down in 1945 and the cold war heated up, the skilled trades that made up the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU) began a tumultuous strike at the major Hollywood studios. This turmoil escalated...


The Neural Imagination: Aesthetic and Neuroscientific Approaches to the Arts

by Irving Massey

Art and technology have been converging rapidly in the past few years; an important example of this convergence is the alliance of neuroscience with aesthetics, which has produced the new field of neuroaesthetics.Irving...


Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture

by Chris Robé

In the 1930s as the capitalist system faltered, many in the United States turned to the political Left. Hollywood, so deeply embedded in capitalism, was not immune to this shift. Left of Hollywood offers the...


In the Palace of Nezahualcoyotl: Painting Manuscripts, Writing the Pre-Hispanic Past in Early Colonial Period Tetzcoco, Mexico

by Eduardo de J. Douglas

Around 1542, descendants of the Aztec rulers of Mexico created accounts of the pre-Hispanic history of the city of Tetzcoco, Mexico, one of the imperial capitals of the Aztec Empire. Painted in iconic script...


Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza: From Primordial Sea to Public Space

by Logan Wagner, Hal Box & Susan Kline Morehead

The plaza has been a defining feature of Mexican urban architecture and culture for at least 4,000 years. Ancient Mesoamericans conducted most of their communal life in outdoor public spaces, and today the plaza...


Disney's Most Notorious Film: Race, Convergence, and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South

by Jason Sperb

The Walt Disney Company offers a vast universe of movies, television shows, theme parks, and merchandise, all carefully crafted to present an image of wholesome family entertainment. Yet Disney also produced...


Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music

by Christopher J. Oglesby

From Buddy Holly and the Crickets to the Flatlanders, Terry Allen, and Natalie Maines, Lubbock, Texas, has produced songwriters, musicians, and artists as prolifically as cotton, conservatives, and windstorms....


The Jaguar Within: Shamanic Trance in Ancient Central and South American Art

by Rebecca R. Stone

Shamanism-the practice of entering a trance state to experience visions of a reality beyond the ordinary and to gain esoteric knowledge-has been an important part of life for indigenous societies throughout...


Making Faces, Playing God: Identity and the Art of Transformational Makeup

by Thomas Morawetz

Wearing a mask-putting on another face-embodies a fundamental human fantasy of inhabiting other bodies and experiencing other lives. In this extensively illustrated book, Thomas Morawetz explores how the creation...


Experimental Latin American Cinema: History and Aesthetics

by Cynthia Tompkins

While there are numerous film studies that focus on one particular grouping of films-by nationality, by era, or by technique-here is the first single volume that incorporates all of the above, offering a broad...


Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in Gurupá, Brazil

by Richard Pace & Brian P. Hinote

In 1983, anthropologist Richard Pace began his fieldwork in the Amazonian community of Gurupá one year after the first few television sets arrived. On a nightly basis, as the community's electricity was turned...


David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire

by Martha P. Nochimson

Beginning with Lost Highway, director David Lynch "swerved" in a new direction, one in which very disorienting images of the physical world take center stage in his films. Seeking to understand this unusual...


Another Steven Soderbergh Experience: Authorship and Contemporary Hollywood

by Mark Gallagher

How do we determine authorship in film, and what happens when we look in-depth at the creative activity of living filmmakers rather than approach their work through the abstract prism of auteur theory? Mark...


Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest

by Paul A. Scolieri

From Christopher Columbus to "first anthropologist" Friar Bernardino de Sahagún, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century explorers, conquistadors, clerics, scientists, and travelers wrote about the "Indian" dances...