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Bon à Tirer














The Western Undergraduate Journal of Art History and Visual Culture.

Bon à Tirer Introduction and Acknowledgements  

The editorial board is very happy to introduce the fourth issue of the Department of Visual Arts’ student-run journal, Bon à Tirer: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Art History and Visual Culture. This year’s contributors investigate a wide array of art historical and contemporary issues concerning visual culture.  

In this issue, Jonathan Forani looks at six photographs of the American war in Iraq and critiques the way images were used both to support and counter U.S. government myths about military heroism, which were often constructed at the expense of representing the suffering of Iraqi civilians. Using the research and images of graffiti he acquired while on a Spring 2010 trip to South-Central Mexico, Michael Sattin offers an anthropologically-inflected analysis of the cultural significance of graffiti in Mexican youth culture.  Rebecca Shurvin investigates the factors that have contributed to the continued success and longevity of an American feminist art group in Guerrilla Girls: From the Jungle to the Streets of New York City. Lastly, Jessica Davis examines the decontextualization and commodification of archetypal serial killer Ted Bundy by popular media, and the way this dissociation of Bundy from his horrifying actions and their relation to broader societal issues like misogyny enabled the subsequent popular culture consumption of his image.

In Divine Landscapes: The Style of Albrecht Altdorfer, Brad Morosan explores the social, cultural and political landscape of sixteenth-century Germany, and how it influenced the stylistic development of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Altdorfer.

Nicole Borland looks at two controversial American photographers who sought to promote art that was both visually appealing and politically poignant in The Culture Wars: Aesthetic and Anti-Aesthetic Reconciliation in the Work of Andres Serrano and Robert Mapplethorpe.

The editors would like to thank a number of individuals and groups who have lent their time, energy, and support to the creation of this issue. We extend our sincere gratitude to the Arts & Humanities Student Donation Fund Committee for their careful consideration of our proposal and for the funds to publish this year’s issue. Our thanks also go to Professor Cody Barteet, our faculty supervisor, and Professor Kirsty Robertson, who initiated the journal. Thanks are also due to Andrew Gugan and Marlene Jones for their assistance with advertising the publication, and to the professors who promoted the journal to their students and encouraged submissions from students of diverse academic backgrounds. We are also very appreciative of Andrew Gugan’s assistance setting up the new website, and his technical help with the online publication.  

Most importantly, thank you to the writers whose hard work is featured in this year’s journal. Your unique arguments, compiled together here, create a very strong voice that speaks to the high level of scholarship maintained in our department and the University at large. The editorial board has sincerely enjoyed and learned from engaging with each paper included in this year’s journal, and we are very pleased that this publication will enable you to share your academic insights with a wider audience.  

Bon à Tirer Editors-in-Chief, 2010/2011



Submissions will be reviewed through a blind-jury process, and the Spring 2011 Bon à Tirer contributing writers will be announced at the opening of the Department of Visual Arts' Annual Juried Exhibition.



• We encourage you to submit papers that received a grade of 80% or greater, although we also will accept the submission of papers that received grades below this mark.

There are no minimum or maximum length requirements; however, papers accepted for publication are generally a minimum of eight double-spaced pages.

You may submit only one paper for consideration.

Students from departments outside of the Department of Visual Arts are encouraged to submit, although issues or sources relating to visual culture must figure prominently in the paper’s argument.



The Dean’s Prize will be awarded for the most successful paper as selected by the faculty members of the Department of Visual Arts.

All eligible papers will also be considered for the Madeline Lennon Essay Award.


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Nicole Borland

Jessica Davis

Jonathan Forani

Brad Morosan

Michael Sattin

Rebecca Shurvin






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