The strategic use of art to sway public opinion has been historically overlooked in the analysis of rhetorical discourse, which tends to focus upon text. This is academically detrimental given the increasing predominance of visual artifacts in contemporary American society. Civic art, especially monuments, are powerful, meaning-laden rhetorical products. Monuments are particularly significant because they seemingly function as “objective” commemorations, when they are frequently anything but. The intention of commemorative memorials is to not only represent eminent events, people and places, but to strategically manipulate public consciousness to produce a unified cultural ideology. This essay focuses on the patronage of such institutional metanarratives that help create a cohesive public “memory” in the wake of September 11th.
|Presenter:||Sara Antonio (Undergraduate Student)|
|Topic:||Art History and Communication|
|Time:||10:45 am (Session II)
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