Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Art (Creative) and Art History with a concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies, MA
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Art history; art theory; calendars; Kitsch; relational aesthetics; participation
Calendars have been widely ignored as cultural objects in a contemporary context. Because of this lack of consideration, analyzing a calendar as a work of art is theoretically interesting. This thesis uses the theory of Kitsch, philosophies concerning art in the home, and the theory of relational aesthetics to express the impact that calendars can have when considered works of art. This thesis also discovers the forgotten provenance of block print calendars from the University of Louisville’s extensive print collection. This thesis attempts to coerce the viewer to consider the calendars in their homes as works of art.
Blankenship, Elise Alexandra, "Letting the days go by: an Investigation into the artistic and functional nature of calendars." (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3678.