Images left to right, above are from the following works of art: The Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli, 1489; Judith Slaying Holofernes, by Artemisia Gentileschi, 1612; Marilyn Monroe, by Andy Warhol, 1967; and President Barack Obama, by Kehinde Wiley, 2017.
Please pick ONE of the following topics to discuss in your post to this blog.
#1. Monday's class was a highly important, transitional class for this semester in DEARTS. I underlined this point when talking with you in the morning and the afternoon classes. I've also emphasized that in the post I made to eLearning later on Monday. Looking back at the content of this class, why do I consider it a significant transitional class? What can you say about the content that has dominated many recent classes leading up to this one, and what seems to be the focus now?
#2. For how long have you continued to have the song "Pumped Up Kicks" in your head since we listened to it in class? Access the full lyrics online for this song. As you read the lyrics, and think back to the content of class on Monday, what are some of the most important issues, as you see them now - this week, in your life as they relate to this song?
#3. What are the three aspects or phenomenon in the American culture or 'zeitgeist' (the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time) of the late 1950's and early 1960's that Andy Warhol expressed in the work we viewed in class? To what extent are these three values in American history and culture still profoundly true of America today? In what ways have they changed?
#4. We looked at Kehinde Wiley's painting in which he appropriated the much earlier painting by Jacques-Louis David, of Napoleon crossing over the Alps. (You can refresh your memory of it HERE. I had attached to the slides of each painting a different piece of music. Who was the composer of each of these pieces of music? What does the music tell you about each of the paintings, and the maker of the paintings? What was the story I told you behind the symphonic music that goes with the painting by Jacques-Louis David?
#5. As a means to look at and consider many centuries of art historical imagery I screened for you, the video called, "500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art," accessible HERE. What struck you about the common idealized physical traits seen in these paintings? What did I mention about the artists who created these works of art that was ironic? Most importantly, I talked with you about my strong opinion that all of us living in this year of 2018, are part of a unique time of change in this country. What movement occurring now in the US (and in many parts of the world), did I mention in terms of this moment in time?
#6. Note: If you choose to answer #6, please choose to focus on either sub-topic a) or b), below.
Towards the end of the play Angels in America, there was a scene that playwright Tony Kushner gave directors the option to include, depending upon their point of view about the character (and real man), Roy Cohn. This is the scene I asked you about in class, in which a book in flames in which we see the Hebrew letter Aleph clearly. (Aleph, as mentioned, is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Some of you are familiar with the Greek letter Alpha, that was based upon the earlier Aleph.) And of course we have the English word, alphabet. In the scene, Kushner has said that Roy Cohn is seen, "“standing waist deep in a smoldering pit, facing a great flaming Aleph.” According to some theater scholars, the flaming aleph, and other effects in the scene indicate that Roy Cohn will go to Hell. Two questions: a) Do you agree? Or do you think that Roy Cohn will find a way to avoid being damned for eternity? b) The last slide I showed you was a Renaissance painting of an angel giving news to the Virgin Mary. I mistakenly said the artist was Leonardo da Vinci. Rather, it was Sandro Botticelli. You can see an image of this work HERE. Please recap what I said about this painting, and add your personal feelings about the importance of this painting. Consider its importance to Christians, who were the intended audience at that time. How would this painting be considered by Jews or by Muslims, based on what you've learned about these faiths?
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