art discussion and art reading discuess

Art Discussion

For Art Discussion III, please consider the ways in which art and activism have been linked.

Suggested topics for your discussion:

  • Pick any work of art you encountered in the reading assigned for Weeks 6, 7, 8, or 9 and discuss how that image furthers a particular activist agenda. You may consider more than one piece of art if they happen to overlap in theme or political message.
  • Discuss how any work of art you encountered in the reading assigned for Weeks 6, 7, 8, or 9 speaks to a specific form of identity.
  • Discuss how any work of art you encountered in the reading assigned for Weeks 6, 7, 8. 9 expresses the ” crisis of belonging” as expressed by David Trend’s book Elsewhere in America.
  • Discuss how any work of art you have encountered in recent weeks speaks to some identity you hold or had some kind of a personal impact upon you.………

Art reading discuess

PROMPT ONE: As you interpret Hushka’s discussion, what are the chief characteristics of the art produced before the advent of effective HIV medications? How did the advent of antiretorival therapy in the mid-1990s begin to change the art produced? How did the art change even more recently with the advent of PrEP (say within the past 5-10 years)?

PROMPT TWO: Pick one of the following two passages from Barbara Pollack’s essay about retrospective shows assessing the impact of AIDS on art and explain why it makes sense that the person believes the statement to be true.

a) “’I see AIDS as having produced the first language of global art because it involved artists from all over the planet—Brazil, Japan, Russia, Kenya, Mali, India, South Africa.’” –attributed to curator Dan Cameron.

b) “Now artists and curators are willing to concede that great art did come out of the anger, sorrow, and bafflement in the face of an epidemic….” –Barbara Pollack


The essay by Susan Noyes Platt (assigned for Week 10) offers a review of an exhibition at the Wing Luke museum called “Under My Skin.” Here are some possible reactions to it:

  • comment on one of the art pieces included in the article–discuss how that piece evokes something from your own experience of race/heritage/ethnicity in the 21st century.
  • comment on the theme of shifting racial identities and multi-racial identities that will become even more common in the near future
  • comment on why you believe race will continue to inspire artists working within American culture in the near future.

PROMPT FIVE: As always, feel free to comment on any aspect of any reading that you find interesting or comment on a lecture in the Visiting Artists Series that you happened to attend.

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