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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
gelatin silver print on paper
14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
Doug Webb
Urban Daydream
serigraph on paper
28 3/8 in. x 33 7/8 in. ( 72 cm x 86 cm )
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
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
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf on paper
10 1/2 in. x 7 1/16 in. ( 26.7 cm x 18 cm )
Museum Purchase
Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Bicycles on Sunday (Bicicletas en domingo), from "Manuel Alvarez Bravo"
gelatin silver print on paper
8 in. x 9 15/16 in. ( 20.3 cm x 25.3 cm )
Gift of Lawrence and Carol Zicklin
Heinrich Aldegrever
The Labors of Hercules: The Labors of Hercules: Cerberus (one of the set of 13 p
engraving on paper
3 3/4 x 2 11/16 in. (9.4 x 6.8 cm);22 3/16 x 18 3/16 in. (56.2 x 46.04 cm)
Museum Purchase
Roy De Forest
The Airplane
color lithograph on paper
22 ¼ in x 29 15/16 in (56.52 cm x 76.04 cm)
Gift of Thomas Deutsch
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
gelatin silver print on paper
8 in x 10 in (20.32 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
Max Pechstein
Heidenstamm, from "Marsyas"
drypoint and etching on paper
14 11/16 in x 10 11/16 in (37.31 cm x 27.15 cm);19 ⅜ in x 14 3/10 in (49.21 cm x 36.35 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
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
gelatin silver print on paper
16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
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
gelatin silver print on paper
28 in x 22 in (71.12 cm x 55.88 cm);19 1/8 in x 14 3/8 in (48.58 cm x 36.51 cm);32 1/4 in x 26 3/16 in (81.92 cm x 66.52 cm)
Gift of Harry H. Lunn, Jr.
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
albumen print on paper
14 in x 18 7/8 in (35.56 cm x 47.94 cm);18 3/16 in x 22 3/16 in (46.2 cm x 56.36 cm)
Transfer from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Josef Eberz
Nächtlicher Circus
woodcut on paper
12 ⅝ in x 9 ⅝ in (32.07 cm x 24.45 cm);19 ¼ in x 14 ¼ in (48.89 cm x 36.2 cm)
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser

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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