MY NAME IS LAUREN HOLTZ AND I AM STUDYING AT A NEW YORK UNIVERSITY. I AM CURRENTLY SITUATED IN THE GALLATIN SCHOOL FOR INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY WHERE I AM PURSUING THE CONCENTRATION "THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ART." THE RELATIONSHIP AND TENSION BETWEEN THE FEILDS ART HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY OFFERS GREAT INSIGHT INTO HOW HUMAN BEINGS INTERACT WITH ART. 
THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE DRIVING MY CONCENTRATION ARE: HOW DOES VISUAL ART CONTRIBUTE TO ONGOING DISCUSSIONS OF INDIVIDUAL IDENTITY, COMMUNITY IDENTITY, NATIONALISM AND CULTURAL PHILOSOPHIES? WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRIMITIVISM AND MODERNITY? HOW DO CULTURAL TRADITIONS MANIFEST AS CULTURAL AESTHETICS? HOW DO INSTITUTIONS LIKE MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES INFLUENCE THE PUBLIC'S RELATIONSHIP WITH ART. 
IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS I HOPE TO COMPOUND MY UNDERSTANDING OF ART AND ANTHROPOLOGY, VIEW ARTISTS AND ARTISTIC MOVEMENTS ETHNOGRAPHICALLY, EXPLORE CREOLIZATION, ARCHIVES, AND CURATORIAL PRACTICES.




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