This forum will open for posts on the Monday of Week 3, January 20. It will remain open until Tuesday, February 4 at 11:59 pm. Your comments, totaling between 150-300 words should react to any ONE piece of art assigned during Weeks 1, 2, or 3. (Except Prompt 2 does allow comparison between multiple pieces.)
You may react to one of the prompts below; or, you may react to a post one of your classmates has already written; or, you may post on a topic of your choice as long as you are “reading” the art for this week. ADVICE: Look at the images and think about what they mean. “Read them” by deconstructing and decoding what you think the context might be; what is the author’s message. React to them as much with your emotion as with your intellect.
PROMPT 1: Focus your comments on a single work of art. What aesthetic qualities does the work possess that enable it to capture and hold the viewer’s attention? How does the piece appear to stake out a position in some cultural dispute? What did it make you feel when you looked at it? What did it make you think about when you looked at it?
PROMPT 2: Focus your comments on one or two of the selected works. Explain how and why the work exemplifies high culture. low culture, or possesses attributes of each.
PROMPT 3: Which piece or pieces clearly reference an issue in the Culture War. Which make their stand so clear that you believe you can identify the particular cultural division the work seeks to comment on?
PROMPT 4: Which work evoked the strongest emotional responses from you as a viewer? What did it make you want to do next and why?