See - Look closely at these two works from UMMA's collection. Take some time to describe each of them. What do you see? How do you see it? Pay attention both to what's depicted but also all the choices that the artist made about how to depict these things. Ask yourself about the artists' use of line, shape, texture, color, space, and perspective.
Think/Feel - Consider each work separately. As you look and describe, what does the image get you thinking about? Does it evoke any emotions? Speculate about meanings or interpretations that the work might generate for viewers? What does each of the works seem to say about the people depicted?
Read about David Chun's depiction of the shrimp farm here.
1) How does Chun's piece relate to the history of Asian-American enterprise and labor going back to the 19th century?
2) What connections can you make between Chun's artwork, the history it connects to, and the broad themes and questions of your class?
Read about the Refregier sketch here.
3) What was unique and groundbreaking about Refregier's mural? Why did some people criticize it when it was unveiled?
4) How is Refregier's work different from the famous historical photograph depicting completion of the transatlantic railroad? What does this comparison make you think about the apparent documentary truthfulness of photography? Which image is a better document of history?
5) What connections can you make between Refregier's artwork, the history it connects to, and the broad themes and questions of your class?