Professor Zimmer explores objects of the past to build a life in the present


On October 3, HAC professor Sarah Zimmer presented her presentation titled “Part Gothic Revival, 100% American.”

A large number of students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. The video above is her complete talk with the question and answer discussion that followed. For a more detailed description of the talk, see below.

Inspired by Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic,” Professor Zimmer enters a gothic vernacular home in a small Midwestern town and literally digs up objects and artifacts of its previous inhabitance in an attempt to create a new type of portrait.


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