Reading Discussion and Art Disscussion

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This Discussion Forum is available for posting during Weeks 6 and 7. The Final deadline to post here is Sunday, February 23 at 11:59 pm. You need only make one post during this time. As always, posts should be short and pithy, but insightful: if you exceed 300 words you are trying harder than necessary, and if you write less than 150 words you’re probably not trying hard enough.

Posts in this Board should react to ideas or concepts appearing in readings assigned during Weeks 6 and 7. Here are some suggested prompts:

  • Your own topic: As always, if you don’t like any of the topics listed below, you can simply identify a concept from the reading that you do want to write about and go from there.
  • The Visiting Gust Artist Lecture: As always, if you attend one of the weekly Guest Artist Lectures you may write about the ideas discussed during the talk. The lectures are always Thursday at 6:00.
    • February 13: Mary Kelly
    • February 20: Oscar Tuazon
  • The impact of art can be very personal. Is there an idea in this week’s reading about “belonging”, about “emerging from shadows”, about recovering “neglected” stories that feels personal to your life or life’s experiences?
  • Chang quotes mid-20th century artist Dong Kingman as saying his art is rooted “in between” west and east culture. Indeed, Kingman could not escape such perceptions whether he intended them or not. (p. x). Roughly 70 years have passed since these remarks. Do you think artists identifying or perceived as “ethnic” today are also fated to always be seen as bridging two cultures? Are they likely to share Kingman’s wish to “be myself”? (p. x)
  • Trend defines elsewhere as having two distinct senses on his book’s first page. When you think about “elsewhere” in your own life, which of Trend’s two senses do you think best fits your own life?

Art Discussion:

[Directions: This discussion board will be open for comments during Weeks 6 and 7. You need only to comment here just one time–though be sure you also comment in Reading Discussion II. Your post may respond to a specific prompt below; or, you may reply to another student’s post; or you may initiate a topic of your own. Posts in all discussion boards should be between 150-300 words long. Final posting deadline: Sunday, February 23 at 11:59 pm.]

For Art Discussion Board II, please focus on the artists and artworks featured on the website The Art Story www.theartstory.org (Links to an external site.) Specifically, we are considering three of their Movement pages: pages for performance art, body art, and feminist art. These movements overlap somewhat in their timing; they display some similar values and goals; some of the artists may be associated with more than one of the movements.

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For planning purposes:

  • Week 6 lectures will consider performance art.
  • Week 7 lectures will consider feminist art.
  • Body art will figure into both topics.

Sample prompts [copy and paste the prompt you choose into the opening of your post] :

  • Identify two artists or two specific artworks and explain what about them interests or inspires or infuriates or entices you.
  • Discuss a theme from one of these pages or artworks that you find interesting.
  • Discuss whether the images speak to “divided culture”
  • Discuss what they say about “belonging”
  • Discuss what they say about identity
  • Discuss ways in which they demonstrate political activism or political action.

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