Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Andrea Blum

Second Advisor

A.K. Burns

Academic Program Adviser

Carrie Moyer


This essay suggests a reading of Harold Rosenberg’s “American Action Painters” and John Cage’s “Experimental Music”, texts in which notions of chance and risk are mobilized to account for artistic production; I argue that this rhetoric mischaracterizes the relation between artist and material, confusing the labor involved in taking chances.



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