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W20 Hicks - ALA 321 / PSYCH 311 / SOC 321 - Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues

Image of a book lying open to a page featuring a photo of the American flag hanging from a building. A newsclipping featuring a photo of children behind a barricade and an adult holding an American flag lies on the book across the open page.  
Joanne Leonard
Flags
inkjet print on paper
24 in x 36 in (60.96 cm x 91.44 cm)
Gift of the artist
An assemblage of found objects: a salvaged wood frame with wood inlay letters spelling &quot;COLORED,&quot; four portrait photographs of African American females (two photogaphs on either side of a printed poem), nine thread samples under photographs, and one hand mirror hanging on a decorative brass hook to the viewer&#39;s right of the frame. The poem reads:&nbsp;<br />
&quot;Light is Alright<br />
Yellow is Mellow<br />
Brown, Stick Around<br />
Black, Get Back<br />
(but black don&#39;t crack)&quot;<br />
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The wood has a strong smell, may have been treated with molasses.<br />
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Betye Saar
Colored
mixed media assemblage with photographs, paper, and thread on wood
14 ½ in x 30 in x 1 ½ in (36.83 cm x 76.2 cm x 3.81 cm);10 in x 5 in x ½ in (25.4 cm x 12.7 cm x 1.27 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by Dr. James and Vivian Curtis and the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
Doug Webb
Liberty Renewed
serigraph on paper
28 13/16 in. x 37 in. ( 73.2 cm x 94 cm )
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
A portrait of two men and a dog. The man on the left is wearing a hat and white shirt; he has a large moustache. The older man to the right is wearing a plaid button down shirt.
Shelby Lee Adams
Lincoln, Maw and Shorty
gelatin silver print on paper
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
A black and white photograph of two people, dressed like sailors, standing in front of a large Superman balloon on a city street.
Ken Heyman
Men in sailor costumes leading a giant Superman balloon
gelatin silver print on paper
9 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in (23.5 cm x 36.2 cm);11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
Three-quarter length image of a woman whose face is blank except for her lips, the only facial feature included. She wears brown and yellow clothing with red and black line details. She leans from the lower right corner of image to the left.
Benny Andrews
Homecoming Queen
mixed media and watercolor on paper
22 13/16 in x 18 1/4 in x 13/16 in (58 cm x 46.4 cm x 2 cm);22 13/16 in x 18 1/4 in x 13/16 in (58 cm x 46.4 cm x 2 cm)
Gift of Romesh and Veena Saigal
A mixed media assemblage consisting of welding goggles, rusted metal, a padlock, and two rusted bells hanging from a chain mounted on a wooden board with screws. The position of the objects, with goggles at the top, makes the assemblage look vaguely face-like.
George Vargas
Michigan Worker
welding goggles, metal, hanging bells, rusty bottle cap, pulleys, chains, and padlock mounted on plywood
20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm);20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm)
Gift of the artist
This colorful print is broken up in to four panels, which are divided by a black border with white dashes and then surrounded by a red border, which includes designs in white. In the upper left panel is the image of a blue and yellow house. The upper right shows a television set sitting on a table alongside a glass of milk, a key ring, notepad, plate, and cell phone. In the lower left panel, the bust of a girl with blonde hair in pig-tail braids is standing in front of two houses, one traditional and one modern. The lower right panel depicts an orange, yellow, and red store labeled "Shop and Buy" with a parking lot out front. The artist's initals are included in the print (l.r.) in white on red "RG".
Rodney Alan Greenblat
Christina's World
screenprint on paper
48 in x 38 3/4 in (121.92 cm x 98.43 cm);48 in x 38 3/4 in (121.92 cm x 98.43 cm)
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
A photograph of a young girl ordering a drink at a bar. She holds her arm up, revealing a watch, and wears sunglasses on her head. A large red drink sits in the foreground on the bar and a neon sign hangs in the background.
Lauren Greenfield
Jessica, 13, orders a nonalcoholic drink at a party, Beverly Hills
dye destruction print on paper
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
The color screenprint depicts four dark skinned figures walking past a construction site—likely a family. The man is dressed in a black suit, black shoes, yellow tie, and tan hat. The woman wears a red and white dress, yellow jacket, and red cap. The little girl stands to the left of mother, holding her hand. She wears a yellow dress, white tights, brown shoes, and a red cap. A small boy wears brown pants, tan shoes, a yellow shirt, and blue jacket. He stands to the right of the father and holds his hand.  <br /><br />
In the background, there are three men working at the construction site. There are two men in blue jumpsuits, one has dark skin and the other white. A third dark skinned man wears a gray jumpsuit and holds a saw. The print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Jacob Lawrence 1974" in pencil.
Jacob Lawrence
Builders (The Family)
screenprint on paper
34 in x 25 3/4 in (86.36 cm x 65.41 cm);29 15/16 in x 22 1/8 in (76.04 cm x 56.2 cm);38 3/4 in x 28 in (98.43 cm x 71.12 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
This work is a series of thirteen photographs of a person in a closet. &nbsp;The figure is dressed in a white t-shirt and makes various poses pulling the t-shirt over their body in different ways. Of the thirteen, one photograph is just the white t-shirt hanging in the closet and one is a photograph of the t-shirt on the floor; in both of these images the figure is absent.
Sarah Buckius
androgyforms (made from self & white t-shirt)
LightJet photograph on paper
19 ⅞ in x 6 9/16 in x 1 1/16 in (50.48 cm x 16.67 cm x 2.7 cm);x 84 15/16 in x 215.74 cm;19 ⅞ in x 6 9/16 in x 1 1/16 in (50.48 cm x 16.67 cm x 2.7 cm)
Gift of Ellen Wilt
This print has rows of stencilled black text in all capital letters on white background. In pencil, the print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Glenn Lignon '92" and numbered (l.l.) "27/45". 
Glenn Ligon
Untitled
etching, aquatint, spitbite, and sugarlift on Rives BFK paper
25 in x 17 1/4 in (63.5 cm x 43.82 cm);32 3/16 in x 26 3/16 in (81.76 cm x 66.52 cm)
Museum Purchase


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The artworks in this resource address issues of identity from a variety of intersectional angles. Each of them can be regarded as being involved in a dialogue on intergroup relations. As such they also work well to spark conversation on issues of identity, representation, and power.

The exercises below will guide you through thinking about how these artworks relate to the topic of intergroup relations and how you might use these artworks to facilitate these conversations.

Step 1 - Browse

1) Browse the 24 works in this resource. While you are browsing, think about what issues of identity the works address.

Step 2 - Quick Pick

2) Pick out one of the works that you find particularly relevant to your class.


3) Look at it closely. What are three things about this work that people might not notice unless they look closely?


4) Write a few sentences explaining why the artwork that you picked is relevant to intergroup dialogues.


Step 3 - Curating a Dialogue

5) Pick out three of the artworks that you think would work well together to spark dialogue on a topic of identity and representation.


6) What are 3-5 questions that you would ask a group of people about these artworks to get them talking about this topic?


Step 4 - Art in Dialogue

7) Choose one of the four works that you see below. These are all less representational and documentary than many of the other images in this resource.





8) Pick two other works to put in dialogue with your choice on any topic of identity, representation, or intergroup relations.


9) Write a dialogue between these artworks on the topic you chose. Write this an actual screenplay or theater text. Have the artworks talk to one another about what they have to say about the topic. Make sure that each work contributes at least three things to the dialogue.


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