Image at top: Guerrilla Girls screenprint You’re Seeing Less Than Half The Picture, 1989. Guerrilla Girls was formed by a group of Anonymous female artists working together as activitists to illuminate the inequalities of the art world. Their wbsite is here.
At middle: a panel from Fun Home, subtitled A Family Tragicomic, which is a 2006 graphic memoir by writer Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Her website, Dykes to Watch Out For is here.
At bottom: an image of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane who co-founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. In 1988 Arnie Zane passed away and his death inspired Bill T. Jones to create the survival workshops and his great work, Still/There.
Class featured artists who have given their talents and efforts to fighting for and defending women, people of color and the LGBTQI community.
The Guerrilla Girls have spent the last 30+ years working in anonymity. How has that benefit their cause? How could it have been detrimental?
After examining the Bechdel test, find 3 films that pass the test. What is similar about these films? Why do you think these films are so similar.
Fun Home is the title of Alison Bechdel's orignial "graphic memoir," and the adaptation of her book as a musical; both are autobiographical in nature. We looked at fragments of Bechdel's life as seen in a few comic style panels and in the song "Ring of Keys". In "Ring of Keys", Alison realizes she is not 'broken,' and is relieved to realize that there are other people like her in the world. Do you recall a moment when you realized something pivotal or fundamental about your own identity? How has that moment affected who you are today?
The comic panels viewed in class featured language by an 'adult' voice reflecting back on a childhood memory. The musical adaptation however, featured the child version of Alison's voice. How were they different? Did you find the comic or the musical more effective? Why?
Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane first formed their dance company, which is still in performance today. However, in 1988, Arnie Zane passed away. At that time, Bill T. Jones decided to work with the survivors of illnesses. In so doing, Bill took the stories of these performers and used them and their movement for the basis fo the dances in this production. Some critics found this piece to be incredibly moving, others called it victim art and claimed Bill T. Jones was taken advantage of others pain. How do you perceive the use of people's personal stories of grief and pain for art?
Watch at least one episode of the ABC miniseries When We Rise here. Share one pioneer of the LGBTQ movement and their contribution from the miniseries. What social/political impact did they have on the future of the LGBTQ movement?
- What about the content of today's class did you especially appreciate and why? In what way were the stories told in class today either similar or different from those heard in previous classes?
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