University of Wisconsin–Madison
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CVC-Students (CVC-S)

Glenn Ligon, "Palindrome #1", 2007
Glenn Ligon, "Palindrome #1", 2007

Ours is a visual culture. Our everyday activities and workplaces are visually saturated environments and our dominant pastimes (films, television, video games, and the internet) are visual media. The growth of digital culture and new media as an information distribution system has made an understanding of visual design factors indispensable in every field of study.

We invite you to help cultivate a community that values critical engagement with our visual worlds by attending the CVC-Student organization’s first meeting of the year: Friday, September 15th at 2pm in the office for The Center for Visual Cultures (University Club, 432 East Campus Mall, Rm 129). Following a brief initial meeting we will head over to the Memorial Union terrace for a more informal meet & greet.


About The Center for Visual Cultures Student group (CVC-S):

It shall be the purpose of the CVC-Student group (CVC-S) to support the activities of the Center for Visual Cultures at UW-Madison. We define support as reading current literature in the field of visual cultures, presenting our research to members of CVC-S faculty affiliates, maintaining our student web pages on the Center’s website, and organizing guest speakers, conferences, and exhibitions in the field of visual cultures studies. The group will focus on developing an annual graduate student conference in visual cultures, potentially in partnership with graduate students from another visual cultures program in the Midwest, such as the Art Institute of Chicago. We are also interested to partner with the Center for Visual Cultures to develop an online journal.


2017 Officers:

Jessica A. Cooley
Alex Leme
Amy Gaeta
Ashley Bellet

Contact: Jessica A. Cooley,


'StripeTease' by Tam Tran
Tam Tran, "Stripe Tease", 2009

Featured 2017 – 2018 CVC-S Events:

Amy Gaeta (English) and Alex Leme (Art History), doctoral minors in the Transdisciplinary Study of Visual Cultures, have organized a visual cultures symposium for Spring, 2018: What Bodies Can Do: Art and the Social Practice of Resistance.

Informed by the artistic practice of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) in relation to the socio-political conditions and carnival culture in Brazil in the 1960s, “What Bodies Can Do: Art and the Social Practice of Resistance” seeks to alter our understanding of the art object by re-evaluating the kinship between participatory art, embodied performativity, and social practices of resistance. Premised on the conviction that Hélio Oiticica’s paradigm-shifting Parangolés specifically, and participatory art more broadly, are fundamentally what Judith Butler calls “embodied forms of action and mobility marked by dependency and resistance,” this project will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to create, perform, and ultimately engage in a timely debate about the political, social, and cultural potentials arising from the embodied performativity of art.

Featured scholars:
Monica Amor & Simone Osthoff

Stay tuned for more information…