Media and Cultural Analysis


Media and Cultural Analysis, Spring 2018

Browse Exhibits (10 total)

"I F*ucked Up": An Archive of Celebrity Apologies


The openness created by social media platforms has made it a preferred outlet for celebrities to reach their audiences, meanwhile, its transparency has made it easier for the public to criticize individuals of higher status. Among these social media platforms is Twitter, which has increasingly become the most popular medium for celebrities to utilize for public apologies due to its accessibility and popularity. Our archive contains screenshots of celebrities’ apology tweets over the last decade, sorted by the subject of offenses. With this collection, we intend to track the patterns, differences, and frequencies across apologies for different offenses.

Expressing Individuality through Phone Cases


Our archive consists of photographs of a variety of individuals’ personal phone cases, lock screens and testimonies. In their testimony, individuals were asked to explain why they selected their specific case and screen, if there is a story behind it, or any other information they hoped to share. In collecting this information, we wanted to explore the ways in which individuality is expressed through personalization and accessorizing of cellular devices. The archive is split into four different categories to reveal the different trends in phone-personalization depending on the demographic an individual is a part of.

Eye Makeup Through The Ages


As culture evolved between the 1910s to today, makeup also has--drastically! The archive we have created consists of the iconic women of each decade beginning from the 1910s. But what we aim to achieve is to show the iconic women wearing the iconic eye makeup look of the corresponding decade.

We have noticed through our research that eye makeup is the one aspect of cosmetics that has evolved the most--from wearing absolutely nothing to applying heavy, vibrant pigments onto one’s eyelids. We hope to not only clearly illustrate the evolution of eye makeup but also how certain events in each decade has influenced the way women applied eye makeup during the time.


Navigate our archive page with the tabs at the bottom of the pages. To further enlarge the image in each page, simply click on image to see an enlarged version.


Fashion Through The Decades


Our Archive tracks women's fashion throughout the last six decades: the 1950s to the 2010s, looking specifically at dresses, tops, and bottoms from the United States. Our goal is to not only create an in depth look at the history of women's fashion, but to also look at the cyclical and often times repetitive nature of fashion.

By putting the focus on three central elements of women's clothing: tops, bottoms, and dresses, our archive is able to create a visual communication between each decade. This archival comparisson displays how trends emerge and die, as well as, persists over time. By allowing one to visually compare a piece of clothing from one decade with another, it is apparent that over time we tend to change but also follow in the footsteps of the trends from past. Through the creation of archives, we are truly able to never forget the past trends, and further use the past to shape new items of clothing. 

From Preppy to Street: The Evolution of Louis Vuitton

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“From Preppy to Street: The Evolution of Louis Vuitton” tracks the change in high fashion menswear style throughout the 21st century by looking at the shift of creative directors of menswear at Louis Vuitton fashion house, from Kim Jones to Virgil Abloh.

We chose this topic to discuss the narrative behind the drastic shift in the fashion industry as well as the type of consumer that LV is catering to. LV is one of the oldest and most prestigious fashion houses in history, and thus any changes in design values disrupt and influence the entire fashion industry. Virgil Abloh, a self-made designer who is credited as an integral founding designer in the Streetwear style trend (a trend heavily influenced by “clout” culture), was recently appointed the head designer of LV Menswear to replace Kim Jones, whose style is more classic and "preppy". This caused a controversy, as Abloh is known to not be classically trained in clothing construction and his demographics are different than those who may have historically been Louis Vuitton’s consumer audience.

A case study between Kim Jones’ LV collections and Virgil Abloh’s LV collections will show how the idea of “high fashion” has changed throughout the 21st century, and can serve as an indicator for the changes in values for culture and class.

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Personalized Preciousness


For our counter archive, we asked ourselves and others to consider the idea of “preciousness” and to identify objects that fit that category according to their own feelings. We then asked them to send us photos of these objects, which we combined to create an archive. The term “precious” was defined by each individual, and all submissions are considered part of our archive. We are comparing our submissions, based on object category, popularity, and social implications, to what we would otherwise expect people to hold precious at this moment in our lives.


Print Advertising on the Streets of New York City


As the world becomes increasingly tech-centered, print has been declared, by many, as a dying industry. Whether it be advertising, news, or any other media, many have forsaken tangible paper for what they can find on their handheld device. At the same time, New York City streets are often littered with flyers and posters made by large companies and individuals alike. Perhaps print advertising still has a place in our daily lives. This is a collection of hand-outs and posters that were found on the streets of New York City. Their topics span over politics, promotion, religion, seeking help, and education/information.

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Sounds of Our Lives

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Sounds of Our Lives is a music-centered archive that features the musical playlists of five millennial women. Each playlist consists of five to ten songs and includes an explanation for why each song was chosen and what impact, if any, the songs have on us. In curating and organizing our playlists, we wanted to explore the ways in which our personal lives and our social and cultural backgrounds influence our listening experiences and musical tastes.

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Text Me About It

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This exhibit displays a collection of screenshots of text messages, Facebook events, email threads, etc. that demonstrates how NYU students plan events such as social hangouts and study sessions to create community in the open campus setting.

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United Kingdom's Royal Weddings: Queen Elizabeth to Today

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About This Exhibit:

Since the dawn of radio broadcast technologies in the early 20th century, the world has become more interconnected by information. This leap in communications technology has allowed for pre-colonial monarchies to retain an ever present social status by playing a role in establishing national identity. Thus, Monarchs, such as the royal family of the United Kingdom, are now recognizable figures known not only to the native population of the UK, but now the whole world.

The Royal Wedding plays a key part in expanding the knowledge of the royal family, and thus British national identity to the rest of the world. With worldwide coverage on the various intricacies of the ‘royal elite’, a discourse is proliferated by a variety of media outlets that inform the rest of the world.

This digital history project distinguishes notable interests in royal weddings from the 1947 to the present. It highlights key points that have been repeatedly covered by media outlets, as well as estimates of popularity/viewership of these events. These points include statistics on media viewership, announcements, place of ceremony, and number of attendees.

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