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Follow the Steps of FAA 110 onto the Tour of Arts

Written by Nicole Miao

FAA 110 is a course about exploring arts and creativity. When I enrolled in this course at first, I was just trying to learn something new about arts and humanities. What I didn’t expect was that FAA 110 far exceeded my expectations. It gave me not only lots of opportunities to enjoy the show for free, but also like-minded friends and a direct channel to art.

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Dazzling in Drag

Written By Danielle Herrera

The new Drag Queen exhibit at Spurlock Museum catches everyone’s eye through brilliant colored fabrics and and show-stopping ensembles .

This past week I was able to visit one of Spurlock Museum’s new exhibits, “In Her Closet: How to make a Drag Queen.” When I walked into the museum, this exhibit was the first to call my attention, specifically because of its outrageous colors scattered everywhere. There was a runway located in the center of the space that held numerous mannequins dressed complete in wigs and drag attire. In addition, smaller cases featuring jewelry and borrowed items from actual drag queens are displayed along the walls. The overall feel of the room was vibrant and invigorating, which was most likely created to be a parallel to the energy given off by real-life drag queens.

A piece that I found myself studying was a replica of the costume worn by Ma. Arte Susya Purisima Tolentino. I was initially drawn to it because its style varied drastically from the other dresses displayed in the exhibit. Instead of being flashy or revealing, this mannequin was dressed extremely conservatively, covered head to toe in all white fabric. This attire seemed to contradict the more popular sparkly attire worn by drag queens; however, as I took a closer look at the description on the wall I came to realization as to why this dress was the way it was. Maria Arte Susya Purisima Tolentino, the drag queen who wore this dress, is of Filipino heritage just like me. For that reason, I was easily able to identify the traditional Filipino aspects that were incorporated within this dress, such as the classic butterfly sleeves and head wrap. And yet, the overall conservative aspect of this dress most likely stems from the fact the Filipinos are known to be extremely devout Catholics, and dressing appropriately was a necessary part of the church life. In general, I thought this piece was extremely interesting because I was able to draw information and connect my own heritage to the artist to be able to understand the work on a deeper level.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed visiting “Into Her Closet: How to Make a Drag Queen.” The pieces were all captivating and extremely entertaining to read more about, and I can confidently say that if I had the chance I would visit the exhibit again, even in my own free time. I loved the experience and I would definitely recommend this museum to anyone who would like to see first hand what this fascinating art form is all about.

For more information, go to https://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/exhibits/profiles/in-her-closet.html.

Punishment of Individuality [Make-Up]

Written by Raymond Diaz

The Dawn of the Individual: Laocoon’s Punishment

The marble statue of Laocoon’s Punishment

A Trojan Priest who sensed that the Trojan’s gift, the wooden horse, was something to be wary of. Voicing his concern to the people he pleaded with the people to listen to his doubts and not accept the gift, however, the Greek god Poseidon, who favored the Greeks, would not allow for this to occur and sent serpents to kill Laocoon and his sons. Seeing as the gods punished him, the Trojans preceded to then bring the gift in and ultimately led to the demise of the Trojans. The story is said to illustrate the voice of the individual who challenges the consensus, even so far as to oppose the gods.

The statue was made by creating a plaster cast marble copy of the Roman marble copy located in the Vatican Museum, which is a copy of the hellenistic bronze original that has been lost for many years. However, the various chizzlings and details used to express the movements in the figures is impressive, twisting the bodies into various poses to show the muscle movements of their struggle dealing with the serpents tangling around them. Their carved out expressions showing shock and fear as to what is happening because of their beliefs. The reason for marble being that many of the Roman sculptors used this form and the Vatican housing one of them to show a piece of history and try to bring you into that time.

It was brought here through plaster copy in order to bring a piece of history to the museum to help show the Roman era in time accompanied by the various other relics in the exhibit. The interactions shown with it have brought intrigue and curiosity as we see the results of one going against a god, but also examining it to bring it into our current time, seeing how individuality today can bring great ramifications, but also being encouraged to be an individual and form your own way in life.

[EXTRA CREDIT] A Sense of Period

Written by Nicole Miao

When I was browsing through the museum, I saw a lot of impressive works of art, such as sculptures of different figures in Europe, and costumes and decorations from Asia. I stopped when I saw a tobacco pot that was not eye-catching but reminded me of lots of stories about my grandfather.

Viewed the tobacco pot from the front
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Drop Dead Gorgeous Drag Queens (SPURLOCK EXTRA CREDIT)

(SPURLOCK EXTRA CREDIT) Various costumes from local Drag Queens were on display at the Spurlock Museum

Right as you walk into the Spurlock Museum your eyes are drawn to the glitz and glam of In Her Closet and it’s hard to turn away.

Written by Catherine Webber

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