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Course & Subject Guides

Sculpture + Identity - Oakland Campus: Nationality

Designed to assists students in Prof. Commandaros's course, Studio Art 1240

Subject Headings

Subject headings are a set of terms or phrases that classify materials.  To perform a subject search using one of the subject headings listed below, follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.library.pitt.edu homepage
  2. Click the PittCat Classic tab
  3. Select Subject Heading from the dropdown menu
  4. Enter "Sculpture, Japanese" for example 
  5. Click Enter

Search Techniques

Write a list of search terms

  • Before you begin searching create lists of keywords that describe your topic.
  • Use a thesaurus to stimulate your word choice and to generate synonyms for the concept

Use Subject Headings

Refine your search in PittCat+

  • Refining your search to the Frick Fine Arts Library Location can be helpful if you want to make sure an item is located in this library.

Document your search

  • Once you begin searching, document what is returned by your first query.  Scan the summaries of these results for related terms that will help you refine your keywords.   

Terms and Concept Essays

ART21 - Allora & Calzadilla: Form

Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla approach visual art as a set of experiments that test whether ideas such as authorship, nationality, borders, and democracy adequately describe today's increasingly global and consumerist society. Their hybridized works - often a unique mix of sculpture, photography, performance, sound and video -o- explore the physical and conceptual act of mark making and its survival through traces. 

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