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The theme for Chapter 10 is “Social Protest and Affirmation.” As you all now know, from examples in the textbook, art happens inside and outside the the whites walls of institutions like galleries and museums. And our chapter reading provides us with many examples of different issues that have been addressed by different artist’s when it comes to protest. This week I want you to keep in mind that artists are humans too. Things that matter to them are based on their first-hand life experience(s). Now I realize that everyone’s life experience is a little different, but your goal is the try to put yourself in the shoes of the artists and try to see why they would make the kind of artworks in this assignment
1. Watch and read all linked content prior to crafting your response(s).
2. Address the questions in the Discussion Prompt
3. Provided embedded image example of artworks that help illustrate the point you are trying to make.
A. Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
Please watch The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie is a Nigerian author (keep in mind artists are storytellers, regardless of whether they paint, sculpt, dance, or write books) whose work has been translated into over forty languages. As you watch this video, I ask that you shift your perspective from your personal experience to a larger social level, and begin to think about the ways some parts of our collective society may reduce some populations to a single story.
B. Artist as Educator:
Keeping in mind that all artists are storytellers, please watch the video Life Model: Charles White and His Students, about Charles White who was an artist and educator at OTIS College of Art and Design in the late 20th century. As students, you are all part of an institutional establishment, but each individual within any establishment has the potential to create change from within.
As you watch the video, pay attention to how Charles White interacted with his students, who he felt art was for, and how he viewed the potential for a diversity of artists to carve out their own places in the predominantly caucasian Eurocentric art establishment. Consider how a single individual can impact a larger community through their own work.