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An Editor’s Thoughts on the Contribution of the Issue as a Whole

Editors’ Introduction

by Phillippa Pitts I have always been fascinated by our species’ inclination to find patterns in randomness. There appears to be an indefatigable human capacity to create order from the chaos of lived experience. Across science, religion, civics, and society, we create rules: rules for living, rules for doing, rules for nature, even rules for […]

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by İkbal Dursunoğlu This issue of SEQUITUR reflects upon the “Interiors” of our architectural and psychological boundaries, and witnesses how the overlap of these physical and mental spaces creates both shelters of intimacy and sites of estrangement. Despite writing on one of the most durable, and yet most flexible, features of human existence, and around diverse […]

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by Rebecca Arnheim and Bailey Benson When the theme of “Environment” was selected for the 36th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium in the History of Art & Architecture, we could not imagine how profoundly relevant it would be for the year 2020. The year began with bushfires in Australia that burned more than 46 million […]

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by Colleen Foran When the editorial staff of SEQUITUR agreed on the theme “UnNatural” for this issue over five months ago, we considered it a thought experiment. It was an exciting and productive thought experiment, certainly, but nonetheless abstract. But the first half of 2020 has been a cultural turning point, alongside devastating health, political, […]

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Our newest issue of SEQUITUR explores ideas around historiography, representation, and canonization through the theme “re/vision.” The essays and exhibition reviews in this issue reflect on varying tactics that expand the thematic and temporal variety in art and architectural history. Moving from gender politics to mass-housing policies, environmental crisis to archeological reproduction, the range of […]

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This issue of SEQUITUR looks to boundaries, both physical and conceptual, to explore what it means to “[cross] the line.” Borders, as lines of containment or exclusion, intrinsically bring dichotomies to the forefront; their “crossing” is often viewed as an act of transgression. The contributors for this issue explore the places where boundaries exist, the dualistic […]

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This issue of SEQUITUR brings to readers work on multiple, multifaceted, and overlapping concepts of “text/ure.” Through a focus on the element of texture itself as a material quality of surface, we hope to deliberately emphasize haptic experience in  the contents of this issue, rather than limiting exploration to the optic realm, so frequently privileged […]

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In this issue, SEQUITUR explores the additive, the extraneous, and the unanticipated through the concept of “extra.” First conceptualized by the editors in relation to the millennial catchphrase, “being extra,” the editors challenged submissions to consider this notion as it relates to artistic practice, exhibition design, patronage, and decoration.  The following issue provides thought-provoking scholarship expanding the […]

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In SEQUITUR’s open issue, the articles embody an eclecticism in method and content, highlighting diverse material that, when placed together, speak to one another and facilitate a rich and productive dialogue. By assembling a varied selection of contributions, the open issue presents a broad spectrum of graduate scholarship that draws connections and sparks conversation.

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This issue of SEQUITUR explores a theme that is often omitted from discussion: the “oops!” moments in the history of art and architecture. Although history tends to ignore “oops!” instances in favor of successful outcomes, our contributors to this issue discuss error, failure, methodological quandaries, unrealized projects, and unexpected creative reuse. These themes illuminate the […]