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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The multivalent platforms of alternative art publications as agents of authentic cultural change
by Sullivan, Molly Erin, M.A., University of Southern California, 2010, 68; 1476265
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis I will examine multivalent platforms and discursive spaces embodied by contemporary art publications through the analysis of recent publications that are produced in conjunction with a broader initiative. Through artists’ interviews, artists’ writing, and the opinions of young marginalized artists, 1970s alternative publications Avalanche, Art-Rite, and REAL LIFE Magazine advocated for social critique from a stance within art criticism. Following this historical trajectory, I will evaluate the critical programs of contemporary alternative publications that utilize feminist and political theoretical frameworks as well as original editorial modes to provoke authentic cultural change. LTTR, Chto delat ?, and Pages exemplify an evolved sense of social responsibility within artist-run culture and positive instances of collaboration across a diverse range of communities. Within a focus on visual art practice, these publications highlight contemporary critical debates and aim to evoke a genuine response through the raising of intellectual consciousness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anastas, Rhea
Commitee: Decter, Joshua, Lawson, Thomas
School: University of Southern California
Department: Public Art Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Art Criticism, Art history
Keywords: Alternative, Collaboration, Culture, Feminist, Political, Publications
Publication Number: 1476265
ISBN: 978-1-109-77486-3
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