I posted a few weeks ago about my project for Thematic Exposure, the art history tutorial I’m taking with Andy Spence and three fellow students. Quick refresher - We are each working with a theme and putting together our own (hypothetical) exhibit of works that span different times and cultures.
I started out working very broadly with erotic art as a way to explore different conceptions of sex and morality. I’ve narrowed things down to look at erotic art as a way of taking sex, which is generally considered to be intimate, and making it public. My exhibit is driven by questions like: What makes sex in art tasteful/acceptable? How has art influenced cultural understandings of sex as an intimate v. public act? How do we distinguish between art and pornography?
This week I looked at Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” a favorite painting of mine (which I saw in Madrid last month!). The triptych implies that sexual indulgence leads to eternal damnation. Yikes. I’m using this piece to consider connection(s) between sex, art, and Christianity.
Next week I want to work with something more modern - perhaps I may go the film route?
~ Holly, ‘13