Spring 2014

Art and Art History Event Calendar


Life Model Sessions

Every Tuesday Starting February 4

8:30-10:00 PM, Montgomery Hall

Visiting Artist Talk: Kathleen Hall

February 26th, 4:45 PM, Library 321

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Sachs 


Sarah received her BA in Studio Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2006. In 2008, she received her Masters of Art in Digital Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2009 she received her Masters of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging, also from Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her fine art work, Sarah explores the dichotomy between human and digital memory, how the two influence one another, and how they are affected by natural and technological elements of decay. She hopes to create a dialogue about the relationships between personal memory, society’s collective memory, and collective cultural identity. 

Sarah Sachs Photography


Lauren Mansky, Art History SMP, 2004                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Olympic Games of Seoul, Korea & Barcelona, Spain: Vehicles for Postmodern Architecture

Santiago Calatrava, Montjuïc Tower, 1991, Barcelona

Abstract:  The celebration of mega events such as Universal Expositions and the Olympic Games has been an important catalyst for city landscape transformation. Residents of Olympic host cities witness a large number of infrastructural changes such as the creation of new roads, the expansion of public transportation facilities, and the creation of open spaces. However, these developments were not characteristic of the modern Olympics when they were first celebrated during the late 1800’s. With the intensification of capitalism and globalization and the amplified media coverage presently surrounding the event, the weight placed on the host cities has increased. For cities such as Barcelona, Spain and Seoul, Korea the ultimate goal of hosting the Olympics was to symbolically participate with the globalized countries of the modern world. Citizens witnessed wide scale remodeling of urban infrastructures, new architecture, and beautified landscapes in preparation for the Games. These Olympic facilities were to be broadcasted around the world during the event’s two-week span, providing each city with an opportunity to create a global identity. With a cold shoulder turned to the abstract geometric forms of modern architecture, the developers of Seoul and Barcelona looked to the collage-like qualities of postmodern architecture, combining forms of the past and present, global and regional thus allowing designers to pick and choose the best traits from each. Through the creation of structures with such an agenda, each city was branded with a modern yet culturally specific identity to be broadcasted around the world as the Olympic Games passed through.