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Exhibition Catalog

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Art & Art History




Catalogue of an exhibition at the Trout Gallery, February 17 - April 14, 2012.

Senior Exhibit, Art and Art History Department, Prof. Elizabeth Lee, Dickinson College.

The history of the senses has been a topic of growing interest across the social sciences and humanities in recent years. There are now individual anthologies devoted to smell, touch, taste, sound, vision- and even the elusive “Sixth sense”- with contributions by scholars in disciplines as varied as art history, anthropology, psychology, and music. While the theme of the senses might seem to be a natural topic for art historians to explore, it remains a relatively novel theme in studies of modern and contemporary art. [from Introduction by Elizabeth Lee]

Table of Contents

Introduction / by Elizabeth Lee

Calculating the Image: The Science of Seeing Art / by Sarah Winner

Look, But Don’t Touch: Vision as the Primary Sense in Art Interaction / by Danielle Kelly

Evoking Taste through the Agricultural Scene / by Diane Morales

The Transformation of Taste in Popular Culture / by Samantha Chappell

Smelling the Fresh and the Rotten: Olfactory Experiences in Art / by Jen Rokoski

The Soundscape of Modern New York / by Peter Bilali

Audible Silence / by Norah Maxwell

The Culture of Touch / by Rachel Lyons

Sexuality and Touch / by Julia David Heydemann