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Visual Culture - (MIT Press Essential Knowledge) by Alexis L Boylan (Paperback)

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  • How to think about what it means to look and see: a guide for navigating the complexities of visual culture.The visual surrounds us, some of it invited, most of it not.
  • About the Author: Alexis L. Boylan is Associate Professor in the Art and Art History Department and the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut.
  • 248 Pages
  • Art, Criticism & Theory
  • Series Name: MIT Press Essential Knowledge

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About the Book



"A short, accesible critical guide to visual culture-what it means to look and see; how the visual impacts our lives, our era, our understandings of each other, and even how it is changing our brains"--



Book Synopsis



How to think about what it means to look and see: a guide for navigating the complexities of visual culture.

The visual surrounds us, some of it invited, most of it not. In this visual environment, everything we see--color, the moon, a skyscraper, a stop sign, a political poster, rising sea levels, a photograph of Kim Kardashian West--somehow becomes legible, normalized, accessible. How does this happen? How do we live and move in our visual environments? This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers a guide for navigating the complexities of visual culture, outlining strategies for thinking about what it means to look and see--and what is at stake in doing so.

Visual culture has always been inscribed by the dominant and by domination. This book suggests how we might weaponize the visual for positive, unifying change. Drawing on both historical and contemporary examples--from Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party and Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the Louvre to the first images of a black hole--Alexis Boylan considers how we engage with and are manipulated by what we see. She begins with what what is visual culture, and what questions, ideas, and quandaries animate our approach to the visual? She continues with where where are we allowed to see it, and where do we stand when we look? Then, who whose bodies have been present or absent from visual culture, and who is allowed to see it? And, finally, when is the visual detached from time? When do we see what we need to see?



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Boylan's work is provocative: she pushes readers to step outside of the routine passive reception to images everywhere and asks for consideration of the impact of these thousands of images on our psyches and our sense of our place in the world.
--PopMatters



About the Author



Alexis L. Boylan is Associate Professor in the Art and Art History Department and the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man.
Dimensions (Overall): 6.9 Inches (H) x 4.9 Inches (W) x .7 Inches (D)
Weight: .7 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 248
Genre: Art
Sub-Genre: Criticism & Theory
Series Title: MIT Press Essential Knowledge
Publisher: MIT Press
Format: Paperback
Author: Alexis L Boylan
Language: English
Street Date: August 11, 2020
TCIN: 81047122
UPC: 9780262539364
Item Number (DPCI): 247-70-4746
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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