Face: A Visual Odyssey

November 12, 2019|
Face: A Visual Odyssey by Jessica Helfand
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An elaborately illustrated A to Z of the face, from historical mugshots to Instagram posts.

By turns alarming and awe-inspiring, Face offers up an elaborately illustrated A to Z—from the didactic anthropometry of the late-nineteenth century to the selfie-obsessed zeitgeist of the twenty-first.

Jessica Helfand looks at the cultural significance of the face through a critical lens, both as social currency and as palimpsest of history. Investigating everything from historical mugshots to Instagram posts, she examines how the face has been perceived and represented over time; how it has been instrumentalized by others; and how we have reclaimed it for our own purposes. From vintage advertisements for a “nose adjuster” to contemporary artists who reconsider the visual construction of race, Face delivers an intimate yet kaleidoscopic adventure while posing universal questions about identity.

Jessica Helfand is a designer, artist, and writer. Educated at Yale University, where she has taught for more than twenty years, she is a cofounder of Design Observer and the author of numerous books on visual and cultural criticism. The first Henry Wolf Resident at the American Academy in Rome, Helfand has been a Director''s Guest at ...
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Title:Face: A Visual Odyssey
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:280 pages, 10.19 X 7.44 X 1.11 in
Shipping dimensions:280 pages, 10.19 X 7.44 X 1.11 in
Published:November 12, 2019
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262043427

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