HAAARCH!!! 2016

HAAARCH!!! is a yearly showcase of undergraduate research, creative work, and achievement. This forum provides students the opportunity to exhibit, present and promote their research and experiential learning activities.

HAAARCH!!! 2016 will take place in the Cloister and University Art Gallery of the Frick Fine Arts Building on March 21, from 4-6 pm.

HAAARCH!!! 2016

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    Brianna Humbert

    Brianna Humbert is a senior majoring in the History of Art & Architecture with a minor in French language. Her research focuses on women artists and often takes on a feminist perspective. She is interested in a range of topics in modern and contemporary art, including identity, performance, collective art projects, and feminist art of the 1970s. Brianna is currently working on an honors thesis project on the work of contemporary artist Sheryl Oring, specifically her performance titled “I Wish to Say,” (2004 – present). In this work, Oring travels to public places dressed as a 1960s secretary, sets up a desk area with a banner announcing the art project complete with a vintage typewriter, and asks passersby to dictate a message to a political figure, which she consequently sends. Utilizing the image of the secretary and an analysis of Oring’s performance, the thesis will provide a feminist reading of how the stereotype is employed. The paper explores the research question: does the nostalgic secretarial persona empower Oring in her mission to provide agency through her performance or does the artist succumb to the stereotype?

    During her time at the University of Pittsburgh, Brianna has been a volunteer at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, and a research assistant at the University Art Gallery. She has also participated in the Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar, helping to curate and install the fall 2015 exhibition Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts. In February of 2016, she received funding from the Friends of the Frick Fine Arts Research Award to travel to Washington DC where she met and interviewed Sheryl Oring. While there, she observed and engaged in the artist’s ongoing participatory art project, “I Wish to Say.”

    Brianna will be presenting this research at HAAARCH as well as at the annual Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies conference in April. She hopes to devote more time to researching contemporary women artists through graduate study, eventually leading to a career as a professor of art history

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    Nikita Costantini

    Nikita Costantini is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in History of Art and Architecture and double minoring in German Language Studies and Museum Studies. After graduation in December 2016, she plans to move to Germany to work and practice her language skills.

    In the summer of 2015 Nikita was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarship to study Metropolitan Studies and Architecture in Berlin, Germany, and conduct an individual research project concerning Dark Tourism in Nuremberg. Her most recent research focuses on German post-war art and artists, in particular Neo-Expressionist artist Georg Baselitz. In her honors thesis, Nikita explores the reception of Baselitz in London throughout the 1980s, a time during which German artists began to make a resurgence in the international art scene. Nikita will be focusing on two main group exhibitions providing an overview of Baselitz’s time in London and how critics perceived his work, and will discuss  the most recent group exhibition featuring Baselitz.  

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    Michael Guttilla

    A non-traditional student, Michael Guttilla, re-started an architectural education begun at Blair Academy.  His hiatus from the conventional path was spent drafting, cooking, cage fighting, and collecting credits at community college.  Upon entering the University of Pittsburgh, Michael declared Architectural Studies as his major and competed for the Pitt Snowboard Freesytle Team. He will graduate this April.

    Michael has become fascinated with the progression of architectural theory and strives to understand the contemporary make up of the discipline. His main interest is the process of design as opposed to the built form, architectural creation. While attending college, Michael has designed solar arrays for municipalities, businesses, residents and other government entities.  After graduation, Michael plans on teaching English in China for classroom experience and rekindling his high school linguistics. Moreover, he will be entering architecture design competitions to bolster his portfolio before applying to graduate school in early 2017. 

    Come and hear Michael’s talk on the emerging architectural epoch, via the master plan of the Lower Hill District.  It will show the evolution of urbanism in Pittsburgh from a proto city through the revitalization of last century into today’s site with Bjarke Ingles Group’s master plan.  Also visit the Studio 2 table and see and discuss “the site of last repose”: a funerary site with public use, life component.  For this project, Michael researched contemporary and historical philosophy of the soul and consciousness to create a unique take on life and death.  His distillation of these esoteric topics manifests a set of design tools that dictated the architecture. 

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