Art History classes at Pomona College often involve field trips to visit Los Angeles area museums. On Sunday, January 24, 2016 Professor Frances Pohl took her Art History 184 class to see the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural by Judith Baca in North Hollywood and an exhibition of the landscape paintings of the Canadian artist Lawren Harris at the Hammer Museum in Westwood.
Students and Professors Pohl and Gorse at the Hammer Museum (with work of US artist Kenny Scharf)
Exhibition of landscapes of Canadian artist Lawren Harris at the Hammer Museum
Most of the art history classes offered at Pomona College include at least one field trip in order to take advantage of the wealth of cultural resources available in the greater Los Angeles area. Students in Professor Frances Pohl’s seminar “Art, Conquest and Colonization” visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on October 12 in order to view the U.S. and Spanish colonial collections, along with the Asian collection, which contained examples of the kinds of objects that were transported from the Philippines to Europe and New England via Mexico. They also visited the San Gabriel Mission, founded in 1771, and met with Pomona art history alumna Professor Cynthia Lewis (’95), who teaches art history at Rio Hondo College, and historian Dr. John Macias, a recent CGU graduate, who are currently working on an inventory and history of several works of art owned by the mission.
Having lunch from the food trucks across the street from LACMA.
Outside of San Gabriel Mission.
Professors George Gorse and Frances Pohl will be attending this year’s annual meeting of the College Art Association in Chicago (weather permitting!) next week. Professor Gorse will be co-chairing a session on February 15 sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America entitled “The ‘Object’ in the Renaissance,” while Professor Pohl will be presenting a talk on February 12 entitled “Working with the Women’s Action Coalition (WAC): Documentary Exhibitions and Political Activism” in the session “Art History as Civic Engagement” sponsored by the Association of Historians of American Art.
The Los Angeles area has much to offer students of the Claremont Colleges who are interested in art. In order to take advantage of some of these many art-viewing opportunities, Professors Frances Pohl and George Gorse organized a visit to “The Great Wall of Los Angeles” by Judith Baca, a 1/2 mile-long mural in the Tujunga drainage channel in North Hollywood, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Sunday, March 3, for students in Art History 51C, 184, and 186E. Such trips are a regular part of the art history courses offered by Pomona’s Department of Art and Art History.
Above:Students and Professors at “The Great Wall of Los Angeles” by Judith Baca.
Below: Students at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
From Left: Aliza Hoffman (PZ), Brittnay Ahn (PO), Shardai Zaragoza (PZ), Lauren Quilty (PZ), Andrea Galdamez (PZ), Jess Rosenthal (SC–Art Conservation), Kathleen LaManna (SC), Skye Olson (SC–Art Conservation), Melanie Zarrow (PZ–crouching), Mariel Frechette (SC), and Emma Molloy (PZ) (Missing: Katie Carter (SC) Art Conservation) (With Antinous watching over all)
Art history seniors presented progress reports on their senior theses (the focus of ARHI 190: Senior Seminar with Professor Frances Pohl) on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Lebus Court 113. Their reports covered a wide range of exciting topics (see below). The presentations were followed by a lively discussion between faculty, students and friends over dinner. The students will continue work on their theses with their first and second faculty readers over the spring semester.
Schedule of Presentations: 1. Lauren Quilty, “To Each His Own, To Me Mine: Interpretations of Correggio’s Camera di San Paolo, Past and Present” (1st Reader: George Gorse; 2nd Reader: Sara Adler) 2. Katie Carter, “The Conservation of Tudor Portraiture: The Removal of Discolored Varnish” (1st Reader: Mary MacNaughton; 2nd Readers: Burke Williams and George Gorse) 3. Jess Rosenthal, “Russia’s ‘Twice-Looted’ Archives: Successful Cases of Restitution” (1st Reader: Bruce Coats; 2nd Reader: Judy Sahak) 4. Melanie Zarrow, “Nathanial Rapoport’s Holocaust Memorials and the Complicated Task of Memory” (1st Reader: Frances Pohl; 2nd Reader: Bill Anthes) 5. Mariél Frechette, “Power and the Construction of Spanish Colonial Bodies” (GWS Reader: Chris Guzaitis; ARHI Reader: Frances Pohl) 6. Shardai Zaragoza, “Painting the Body Red: The Work of May Ling-Su” (1st Reader: Frances Pohl; 2nd Reader: Nancy Macko) 7. Brittnay Ahn (PO), “Images of Mastectomies: The Development of Breast Cancer Treatment from the late 19th Century to the 1950s.” (1st Reader: Frances Pohl; 2nd Reader: Jennifer Friedlander) 8. Emma Molloy, “International Revolutions: The Foundations of the Situationist International” (1st Reader: George Gorse; 2nd Reader, Dan Hackbarth) 9. Andrea Galdámez, “A Close Examination of the Cannibal Manifesto (Antopófago Manifesto) (1st Reader: Dan Hackbarth; 2nd Reader: Bill Anthes) 10. Aliza Hoffman, “Graffiti: History in New York and Journey to Los Angeles” (1st Reader: Bill Anthes; 2nd Reader: Frances Pohl) 11. Skye Olson, “Shelf Life: Experimental Artists’ Materials, Contemporary Conservation Challenges” (1st Reader: Mary MacNaughton; 2nd Reader: Frances Pohl) 12. Kathleen LaManna, “Antinous, Hellenization, and the Unification of an Empire.” (1st Reader: Michelle Berenfeld; 2nd Reader: George Gorse)
Dr. Frances Pohl, Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds ’56 Professor of Humanities and Professor of Art History, will be lecturing on her current research project on a workers’ education program established at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 1942. Dr. Pohl has a BA and MA from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from UCLA. She has written two books on the American artist Ben Shahn and a textbook on American art entitled “Framing America: A Social History of American Art.” She is currently working on the 3rd edition of this textbook.
Art history Professor Frances Pohl and art history major Carrie Dedon were both interviewed on local Los Angeles radio stations over the past few weeks. Carrie Dedon appeared on “All Things Considered” on KPCC (89.3FM) and spoke with moderator Alex Cohen about her exhibition of Andy Warhol’s photographs at the Pomona College Museum of Art, “Famous for 15.” On March 29, Frances Pohl appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s KRLA (870AM) talk show and spoke about the exhibition “American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915” currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.