from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The front of an army; the vanguard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The front of an army. [Obs.] See van.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The front of an army; the van.
- n. A prefix of French origin, meaning before, fore. Also shortened to vant-, van-.
On a general level it provides excellent etymological and semantic analyses of the term avant-garde.
The term avant garde (literally advance guard or vanguard) refers to works that are experimental or innovative and pushes the boundaries of what is typically accepted as the status quo.
And Uncle Tom's Cabin was seen by many, many people - some of whom were in what you call the avant-garde, and never thought of me as a black man who wanted to find a black voice - and the end of the piece had 52 naked people of every shape and size and color on stage, with my fully clothed, churchgoing mother amongst them, praising god.
They explain that "What Pound meant, however, when he used the term "modern experiment" or "ultra-modern" is best defined by the term avant-garde.
The year 1895 was also the time of the first Venice Biennial exhibition where new works of art in avant-garde and art nouveau styles were showcased.
The photo is a scene from the much-neglected French movie “Alphaville,” which I would highly recommend to anyone interested in avant-garde cinema.
There, between 1912 and 1917, he was affiliated with the cubist school, then considered the ultimate in avant-garde artistic expression.
The theme was “The Avant-Garde Through the Ages” which was described as an examination of techniques and strategies in avant-garde musical practice over different centuries.
Still it shares many traits with some of the more interesting efforts in avant-garde film making of its time.
By redefining the body's role within avant-garde production and rhetoric, this panel will open up new ways of theorizing the social discourse of the body; explore the historical deprivileging of groups commonly associated with the body; and examine the body's function as an interdisciplinary site upon which visual, physical, and political culture converged during this period.