PART ONE: Look through the Exchange Resource
Take a few minutes and look through the Exchange resource for your course (this will open a new window) https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/28020
Below are some questions to consider when looking through the Resource:
As you look, consider:
Visual artists use formal elements such as line, color, texture, and space to create and convey meaning:
1. Discuss as a group what you notice about this selection of art as a whole.
2. Which work of art or artist is your favorite? Why?
Part Two: Artist as Activist
Many artists take it upon themselves to be advocates for their communities or for other marginalized communities, asking the viewer to really question the world around them.
1. Which work speaks loudest to you in terms of an advocate for community development? Why?
If you need it, here are two pairings to think about in comparison to one another:
George Vargas Michigan Worker vs. Tyree Guyton Untitled (Paint Cans)
Joe Crachiola Waiting for Breakfast vs. Jean-Michel Basquiat A Lie
1. What is Basquiat's A Lie about? Why is this "breakfast" a lie?
Food for thought:
- Who's breakfast is that?
- What culture would you associate with this breakfast?
- Why do we equate those items with a 'full, balanced breakfast'.
- Why is it a lie?
2. Read the following testimonial regarding Chrachiola's Waiting for Breakfast photograph from UM Professor of Social Work Larry Gant.
3. How are these two works in conversation with each other?