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Tactical Response: Art in an Age of Terror

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dc.contributor.advisor Wang, Jin; Reinitz, John en_US
dc.contributor.author MacQueen, Kathleen en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Art History and Criticism en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T18:04:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T18:04:59Z
dc.date.issued 1-May-10 en_US
dc.date.submitted May-10 en_US
dc.identifier MacQueen_grad.sunysb_0771E_10014.pdf en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/55541
dc.description.abstract This dissertation takes as its point of departure the crisis of perception that photojournalism cannot adequately take into account the problems of representing atrocity without repeating the violence and considers the position of art in expressing the ineffable. I present the work of three artists: Hans Haacke, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Alfredo Jaar; each has struggled for decades to resolve the issues of confrontation and presentation, offering a vantage point from which viewers can critically address the causes, consequences, and representation of suffering. What purpose does the aesthetic serve in rendering atrocity visible? Can we visualize suffering without perpetuating abuse? What are the ethics behind the icons? Within the context of the art historical tradition of representing tragedy and the persistent vernacular obsession with visualizing abuse, this dissertation considers Haacke's, Wodiczko's, and Jaar's counter-strategies to the practice of witnessing trauma by confronting the ethics of witness and by creating an aesthetics of response. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Stony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of Art History and Criticism. Lawrence Martin (Dean of Graduate School). en_US
dc.format Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Art Criticism -- Art History -- Ethics en_US
dc.subject.other Aesthetics, Alfredo Jaar, Hans Haacke, issues of representation, Krzysztof Wodiczko, witness of trauma en_US
dc.title Tactical Response: Art in an Age of Terror en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.advisor Advisor(s): Joseph Monteyne. Committee Member(s): Donald B. Kuspit; Zabet Patterson; Andrew V. Uroskie; Neil Smith. en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US

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