Towards the beginning of class a potato served as the analogue for how we link ideas. If you bought that idea, then we hauled in a few bushels of potatoes. The images below serve to symbolize some of the topics.
Left: Adam and Eve depart Eden, by Michelangelo, 1508 – 1512; the same scene from Genesis as visualized by Robert Crumb, 2009. This was part of a look at 500 years of iconic European paintings of women (linked here), and how things have changed in the post-feminist era of Dove beauty campaigns.
Detail of photograph from Sally Mann’s book, Immediate Family; detail of R. Crumb’s illustration from his book Genesis. This was intended to bring back for consideration Camille Paglia’s comment that “sex is a turbulent power that we are not in control of.” Note that despite the many differences between the two images above, the posture of the girl, and the drawn image of Eve is incredibly similar. We also considered the graphic novel as a powerful form of art and literature, in particular, Art Spiegelman’s book Maus.
Left: detail of the facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, erected 1902, New York; Right: The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, erected 1957. These buildings were contrasted as part of a presentation on creativity and courage as expressed by, among others: Philippe Petit, Paul Robeson, Maya Lin, Kristi Spessard, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, many of you (in class), and Frank Lloyd Wright. (And Jimi Hendrix – seen only in the AM class!)
Sangren Hall, WMU, photo by Kayla Kurdelski; recently installed WMU Seal “Branding Element.” This – part of my attempt to illustrate why I believe that “Criticism is critically important.” This was followed by a look at what being “religious” can mean, and a consideration of censorship. Last, I urged you to read a book this summer, be skeptical of technology, and to “Go Somewhere” new, but to return someday, literally or figuratively to ‘Home’ and all it can mean – whew!
My parents on their honeymoon. Yeah, they were kinda hipsters – circa 1950’s.
You are experienced bloggers – hold forth on what interested you and practice expanding your critical view of things we talked about. Here by the way, is a link to the video of the Brooklyn public school flashmob.
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