The Meaning of “Revolt”

As we explore the boundaries and meanings of what we would like our exhibition to demonstrate and what we are trying to present to our visitors of the exhibition, we took the word revolt, and considered it in many different aspects. Each member of HAMS came up with what “revolt” represented within the world of art, but also within the historic representations of revolt and what it meant within the world of Cornell. Here are some excerpts from a few members’ definitions:

‘Weaving together the stories of past decades’ movements against war, climate change or capitalism, the outrageous, fierce, or humorous messages delivered by art in this exhibition keep pushing the boundaries of the culturally and socially acceptable’

-Yuanyuan Tang

‘The exhibition aims to provide a history of revolt at Cornell and beyond while highlighting revolt in the artistic process’

-Katya Savelieva

‘Revolt can describe the rejection of conformity, as seen in the way many contemporary artists operate, or can be told, as a story, through the content of a work of art’

-Wylie Rechler

‘Revolt can occur in many different forms: it can present itself as an alienation or disengagement from society, a violent rebellion, or an internal conflict. What remains constant, however, is the tension between the present condition and the yearn for change’

-Lara Abouhamad

‘To be revolting is to be repugnant or to disgust. There is a certain fascination, however, in such disgust, and this exhibition seeks to define the aesthetic appeal of a word that, on the surface, is rarely associated with art’

-Virginia Girard

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