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


Emily Macenko, Art History SMP, 2005                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Visual Representations, Sexuality, and AIDS: Homosexual Artists Respond to the AIDS Epidemic

David Wojnarowicz,The Death of American Spirituality, 1987

Abstract:  The project] explores historical AIDS research, with the particular focus on homosexual artist’s of the late 20th century and their reactions to the AIDS epidemic. While this paper includes information on the politics surrounding the epidemic and responses of AIDS awareness groups, it also concentrates on how the issue of sexuality affected the artist’s response, as well as the perception of people with AIDS. This paper examines artists of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s such as David Wojnarowicz, whose work represents a direct connection to AIDS, and Robert Mapplethorpe whose work did not intend its correlation with the epidemic, but later, acquired the rhetoric of AIDS. In addition to Wojnarowicz and Mapplethorpe, this paper focuses on artists of the early 1990’s such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Robert Gober who created works to depict the shift of the AIDS epidemic. These later artists are also compared to artists of the early 20th century and strategies they used in their works to depict homosexuality. Overall, this paper explores artistic reactions to the AIDS epidemic and how these reactions coincide with issues of homosexuality.