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Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence   Tags: art, ghosts, illusion, shadow, visions_voices  

A research guide to the Visions and Voices events offered in conjunction with the fall 2008 USC Fisher Museum of Art exhibition, Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence.
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2009 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008 : 6:00pm

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 : 5:30pm

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 : 5:00pm


About This Guide

Visions and Voices and the USC Libraries present Explorations, a series of research guides that allow you to build on your experiences at Visions and Voices events.



The human desire to understand and manipulate the unknown manifests itself visually in Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence. Through the use of otherworldly shadows, fog, mirrors and projections, artists in the exhibition shock their audiences while provoking a frightened and awestruck reaction. At the same time, they demonstrate control over the experience they create for spectators. Shadow and illusion are two examples of devices that deceive audiences and guide their responses to phantasmagoric artworks.

Katherine Goar of the USC Fisher Museum of Art and Judy Truelson of the USC Libraries have selected a variety of resources to help you explore the influence of shadow and illusion on the art world. These include materials on the history and contemporary practice of art, including books and a slideshow that includes three pieces from the exhibition, which runs through November 8.

Research Guide

* Asterisk in guide title indicates core subject guide

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