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Theresa Downing

Researching the Contemporary

PhD candidate Theresa Downing specializes in contemporary art and fiber art. In January, she went to the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia to research the creation of a large horsehair mat, which became part of contemporary artist Ann Hamilton's tropos installation project at Dia Chelsea in New York City (1993-94).
Photograph of the Weisman Art Museum

Beautiful Complexity

Undergraduate student Lorri Todd was challenged with the task of analyzing artist Yasumasa Morimura’s Ambiguous Beauty, an object that had not previously received scholarly analysis. Todd tackled her senior project with impressive motivation and was awarded the department’s senior project prize, but the process wasn’t always easy.
Photograph of professor Michael Gaudio

Art and Science in the Netherlands: A Global Seminar

“Disciplinary divisions are very modern,” says Professor Michael Gaudio. He and colleague J.B. Shank have changed the landscape of graduate seminars by introducing a collaborative, cross-cultural seminar to graduate students at the University of Minnesota and in Utrecht, Netherlands. Through travel and collaboration, they challenge students to transcend the boundaries of academic discipline and culture.