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PAST: ENGLISH 124 sec 006: The Spirit of Adventure

Instructor: Amrita DharCurrently on view in cases H-K

A photograph of four young men sitting in a car. A young child runs past the car in the foreground, blurred from motion.
Danny Lyon
Don's 1953 Ford
1967
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2013/2.341
Doug Webb
Urban Daydream
1984
serigraph | paper
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
2005/1.414
This Persian miniature is attributed to the Shiraz and Timurid schools, ca. 1460. The painting is done in ink, opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper. The scene, <em>Kai Khusrau Crosses the Jihun,</em> is part of the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian book of kings. 
Iranian
Kai Khusrau Crosses the Jihun, from the Shahnama of Firdausi
1455 - 1465
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf | paper
Museum Purchase
1963/1.50
Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Bicycles on Sunday (Bicicletas en domingo), from "Manuel Alvarez Bravo"
1966 - 1981
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Lawrence and Carol Zicklin
1987/1.174.14
Heinrich Aldegrever
The Labors of Hercules: The Labors of Hercules: Cerberus (one of the set of 13 p
1550
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
1956/1.65
Roy De Forest
The Airplane
1993
color lithograph | paper
Gift of Thomas Deutsch

1999/1.80
A photograph, taken from above, of a small children's pool. The circular pool fills the frame, while two children swim in a circular motion.
Julie Blackmon
Easy-Set Pool
2003
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
2013/2.102
Max Pechstein
Heidenstamm, from "Marsyas"
1918
drypoint and etching | paper
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1981/2.90
A photograph of two men riding on a motorcycle. The man in the back seat looks back at the camera, holding out his hand and smiling. The other man wears a helmet with a large spike and looks toward the beach scene that unfolds before him.
Danny Lyon
Funny Sonny packing with Zipco, Milwaukee
1966
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
2014/2.304
Photographed near the summit of a snowy mountian peak, this photograph depicts a steep cliff sloping down through the center of the frame.
Ansel Adams
Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, California
1927
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Harry H. Lunn, Jr.
1981/2.160
The skeleton of a camel lies in the foreground of this photograph, while scattered groupings of figures on camelback dot the desert landscape in the background. 
Pascal Sebah
Untitled
1875 - 1885
albumen print | paper
Transfer from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
1980/1.210
Josef Eberz
Nächtlicher Circus
1920
woodcut | paper
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
1979/1.156A

From the course catalog:

"What defines adventure, and who gets to have one? Who gets to tell of one? How do we read narratives of adventure—and evaluate them? What does this vicarious engagement and pleasure mean for the genre of adventure writing, whether as fiction or as non-fiction? And where, finally, do the lines of commitment or safety lie for either adventurer or writer or both? In this course, we shall frame our discussions around such questions as we read some of the finest adventure writing available in English. From Gwen Moffat’s introspective and outrageous climbing life to Tenzing Norgay’s balance of professional risk and safety, from Robyn Davidson’s learning and loss in her remarkable solo desert journey in Australia to Lauret Savoy’s articulation of her stakes in the North American landscape, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s enduringly popular fiction to the non-fiction of journalist Jon Krakauer, we shall range far and wide as we discuss and understand craft, allure, and responsibility."

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