Monsters on display

Students in a new undergraduate course, Monster: Conceiving and Misconceiving the Monstrous in Fiction and the Biosciences in Medicine and Art, displayed and discussed photos of masks they created as part of their studies at the Moody Center for the Arts April 26. The course was taught by bioscience professor Mike Gustin and classical and European studies professor Deborah Harter. Paul Hester, a photographer, artist and lecturer in the Department and Visual and Dramatic Arts, mentored the students as they created and photographed the masks. The students’ “visual inventions, along with their reflections all semester in response to quite challenging readings, expressed with finest insight why it is we both conceive and misconceive the monstrous in science, in fiction and in visual art,” Gustin and Harter wrote in the exhibition note.

(Photos by Jeff Fitlow)

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