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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Zaha Hadid and the Baroque

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Zaha Hadid, the late British architect, is still a contributing architect of our time. Her iconic aesthetic is characterized by dramatized, sensuous, and an energized atmosphere that creates an experience for the viewer described as “Baroque” by contemporary news accounts and reviews. The Baroque stylistic period is characterized by its exaggerated motion and ornate details, which produces drama, energy, and opulence.
Using comparative visual analysis, I will analyze and compare the architecture works of the 17th century Baroque to Hadid’s work. Does Hadid’s work warrant the descriptor of Baroque? What are the similarities and differences between her work and 17th-century Baroque style that support or undermine this designation? Then, through reception theory, I will analyze and compare visitors’ documented experiences with Hadid’s work and 17th-century Baroque architecture. Have people had similar experiences in these different environments? This comparison includes my own experiences when visiting Rome, where I was able to see the MAXXI Museum (designed by Hadid), and a select number of 17th-century Baroque churches, such as Sta. Maria della Vittoria, Gesù Nuovo, and Sant'ignazio.
This project is important because it investigates whether the stylistic labels given by scholars and the public are sufficient. My audience will gain a better understanding of what defines a stylistic period and what impact a style can have on viewers.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:30pm - 2:50pm
John Q. Imholte Hall, Room #112 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267