Browse Exhibits (12 total)

Bring Tent: The Culture and Nature of Occupy

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This exhibit showcases and interprets the uses, meanings, and impacts of the tent in the Occupy Movement of 2011-12.  It links these contemporary representations of the tent with historical examples and discourses about camping, political protest, homelessness, and the outdoor aesthetic in the U.S. since the late 19th century.

Pop Culture Gallery

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This is an exhibit that includes representations of contemporary popular culture as interpreted by cultural analysis.

Class Sandbox: A Place For Questions and Answers

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This is an area where we can try out ideas you guys have regarding your work with Omeka. In this 'sandbox' we can create new pages in order to play with different themes, plugins, and items. If you have questions regarding design and presentation we can work those out as well. I (Kathleen) will be posting various pages that include different plugins (i.e. Neatline or Map) so that you all can see what these various aspects of Omeka look like.

You guys can also practice making pages here. Please let me know if you need help or have any questions. We can create pages together and help you work through any difficulties you may have!

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Orange is the New Black

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Through historical research as well as contemporary examples of how prison and prisoners are portrayed in the media and fictional representations, this exhibit attempts to understand what makes Orange is the New Black (henceforth, OITNB) so outstanding and popular by analyzing how it disrupts the standards of media representations of prison and prisoners on the levels of class, gender, age, race, sexuality, and disability status.  

*A HEMORRHAGE OF SPOILERS AHEAD*

The Wheaties Cereal Box

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The cover of the Wheaties cereal box has been well known to feature top athletes in America on their front covers. We believe the Wheaties cereal box represents a great object in popular culture in the United States because athletes are well respected in our country and some are looked up to as idols. Generally, showing athletes on the cover of the Wheaties box correlated with the success of the brand. For years Wheaties had a partnership with Major League Baseball and General Mills (the company that owned Wheaties). Wheaties started promoting their brand mostly through sponsorship deals with announcers who could mention the cereal on air. The cover of the box didn’t receive much attention for years even though one of the first major athletes to appear on the box in the 1930s was Lou Gehrig. Things changed in the late 1950s when the cost of advertising the product on play-by-play broadcasts rose and General Mills instead turned to sponsorship deals with professional athletes. The first spokesman for Wheaties was Bob Richards who was a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States and he held this role from 1958 to 1970. Around the same time, Wheaties made a commitment to “aid the transition back into sports” for the youth of America and as a result they grew the brand of “Breakfast of Champions.” Additionally, they created the “Wheaties Sports Federation” which was an organization that made close relationships with national sports groups that “raised awareness around physical fitness and an active lifestyle.” After these crucial changes to the brand, for an athlete to make the cover of a Wheaties box is not only a symbol of accomplishment but also it brings more to idolization of athletes as children who have Wheaties in the morning see that athlete every morning on their cereal box. It become not only an honor but a responsibility of being a national role model. After Richards, more olympic heros like Bruce Jenner and Mary Lou Retton become spokesman for Wheaties as they kept the hero/role model persona for youth in America. The Wheaties cover has even spun off a culture of its own as people associate Wheaties with athletic success and say the rhetorical question “Did you eat your Wheaties this morning?” in reference to an athletic performance.  In our exhibit we will aim to tell the history and growth in popularity of the Wheaties box and how its relevance in popular sports culture in the United States grew with it as sports and specifically the athletes competing in them grew in popularity over the last 50 years with the growth in technology. 

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Masculinity in Quentin Tarantino Films

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A multi-page project looking at the development of the theme of masculinity over 20 years of Quentin Tarantino films.

This exhibit will showcase how the idea of masculinity has changed within US society from the 1930's to the present. It will brifly examine the emergence of realism and film noir within the 1930's and 1940's and how this has has influenced Quentin Tarintinos work and how he presents the idea of masculinity within his work. 

It will go on to analyze four different Taratino films in detail, analysing certina scenes, outfits and actors and the way they present and conduct themselves within his films. Our overarching question is how has the idea of masculinity, and indeed feminity changed in American society in the last twenty years and how is this reflected through the work of Quentin Taratino? Why has this change occured and who does it effect?

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Cabin in the Woods

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Here is our initial proposal for the Cabin in the Woods group:

https://omeka.colorado.edu/hist4546/items/show/139

Sneaker Culture

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The Phenomenon of the Sneaker Culture. 

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Evolution of Electronic Dance Music

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    This Exhibits goal is to gain a better understanding of why and how the Electronic Dance Music craze has swept the nation. Like so many different music phenomenon’s before it, such as Elvis, The Beatles, Miley Cyrus, or the Lindy Hop,  EDM music has received harsh criticisms and has become a polarizing subject in the music world. These issues will also be discussed and analyzed in order to gain a further understanding of the genre. At the end of the day the explanation for the rise of EDM music, and the culture around it, is simple; electronic music is fun. Some people do not like it for various reasons, but because of its pleasurable style is has, and will continue, to grow further into the mainstream.  

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