Portfolio Exercise 4: Archives I response

Our first visit to the archives was very interesting and informative for me. I did not have an opportunity to look through archives prior to this experience. As a result, I did not know what to expect before our visit. I was especially taken by the archives of former students that the school has preserved. It is incredible to think that some of these former students who started exactly where I am starting, and have their work in these archives have grown to be world renowned and famous artists who flourished in their chosen fields. Hence, I was probably most impressed by the work of Parsons students that was in the archives. In terms of revision, I find it very intriguing that these works at the time of their storing probably did not carry some of the meanings they hold today. As the world has changed, the way we look at these has also changed. For instance, the more historical photographs in the archives are very telling of a different time. Pictures that were documenting mundane objects and occurrences have significant meanings as time passes and politics change. Moreover, I was also very interested in the revisions of the magazines in the archives. I find the idea of taking something like a magazine cover of a current day and revising it to be very profound.

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