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Art: 60-206 Contemporary Visual Culture 1960-present: Library Catalog Search Tips

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 Cameo  (Carnegie Mellon University Libraries catalog)
Find all materials held at the CMU Libraries including citations and/or full-text links to e-books, journal articles, or streaming audio and video media.


It's highly recommended that you use Cameo in conjunction with...
WorldCat a database of library holdings all over the U.S. and internationally including Carnegie Mellon and local Pittsburgh libraries. Subject descriptions and contents are typically more detailed and may not be searchable in Cameo.


Google Books and Google Scholar
Use these in conjunction with Cameo and WorldCat to elicit more results for the full text of books and articles. Google Books may not always contain the full content of books in its collection, but sometimes there is substantial textual excerpts.

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Heads up: Hot Links and Descriptive Text in Cameo

Questions?

Related research guide
Art: Critical Studies

 


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Cameo and WorldCat Search Tips for Visual Theory

Exact searches:
Person's name: Guy Debord  or "Guy Debord". 
Title: "Society of the Spectacle"
Combo: Debord Spectacle

 

Keyword searches
A few simple searches are better than many keywords at once in library catalogs  (as compared searching the open web)
e.g. appropriation photography; "appropriation art"; remix art; duchamp readymade

 

Look for author and topic hotlinks and descriptive text in items that you find in Cameo and WorldCat that may lead you to other pertinent materials.


The keywords below were generated from vocabulary derived from Cameo and WorldCat searches related to the visual culture landscape as a sample of how to begin thinking about how to strategize a search in a database. Consider creating your own table of keywords depending on your topics of interest as you use Cameo, WorldCat and other databases.

Broad disciplines
art or arts
science
politics
economics
phenomenology
philosophy
semiotics
sociology
social
psychology

Theory
avant-garde
art criticism
criticism
aesthetics
critical theory
cultural studies

modernism

multiculturalism

object philosophy
semiotics

postcolonialism
postmodernism
poststructuralism

socialism
theory...

Geography/Culture
United States

American
Europe
European
...

Venue
Exhibitions
La Mama...

Time period
20th century
21st century...

 


 

Media/Genre
Movements

abjection or abject art
assemblage
cinema
digital
digital media
film

installations art

materiality
media
mass media
music; sound

performance
photography

readymade...

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Appropriation
Conceptual art
Fluxus
Land art 
Earthworks art
Environments art
Ecology art
Interactive art
Minimal art/
Minimalism
Performance art
Post-minimalism
Happenings art
Site-specific art...

 

Topics
authenticity
censorship
chance in art

creativity
culture

dystopia
ethics
feminism

gender

identity
internationalism
imagination

materiality
multiculturalism
nature
politics
psychoanalysis
science
race
racism
sociology

society
social psychology

state
systems

systems aesthetics
technology
time
utopia...

Brainstorming Vocabulary (keywords)

An example of keyword generation inspired by brainstorming, searching databases and the open access web to help develop search vocabulary and articulation of a work of art.

Explore diverse resources to make the strongest case for the work of art you will be discussing in your final paper including monographs, exhibition catalogs, biography, autobiography, articles and reviews in journals magazine and newspapers, dissertations, encyclopedias, surveys, timelines, audio and visual resources, organizations (e.g. archives, foundations, public collections) and special collections.


 
Image sources: ARTstor

Who  Faith Wilding; “Faith Wilding” (1943- )  What (Title of work) Waiting  When 1973; other?   Where Womanhouse; other?   How
performance; video

Broad disciplines
art or arts

psychology
social psychology
sociology

 

Geography/Culture
United States
American
Los Angeles
California

Venue
Womanhouse
Other?

Related Venues
Fresno Feminist Art Project
Womanspace
The Woman's Building
The Feminist Studio Workshop

Time period
20th century
1970s
1973
Other?

 

Media/Genre
Movements

performance art
performance art
installations art
happenings art
site-specific art
subRosa
video art

Topics
activism/activist
criticism
culture

dystopia

feminism

femininity
feminism and art
feminist art criticism
gender

identity

patriarchy
repetition/seriality
stereotypes
society

time
vulnerability

Web Archives
Archives of American Art
Womanspace gallery records 1970-74


Pacifica Radio Archives

Re.Act Feminism

Artist's website
faithwilding.refugia.net

Sourcebook
Performance Anthology: A Decade of
Performance Art in California

Survey
Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution

Anthology

The Power of Feminist Art


Journals
Feminist Art Journal
n.Paradoxa


Timelines
n.paradoxa Timelines of Feminist Art


Dissertations and Theses Global