Apr

09

How to Talk about Diego Rivera and Mexican Art

Werner dissects the complex relationship that existed between Diego Rivera and Mexico itself, writing, “Not before setting foot in Mexico last summer did I feel that I had arrived at a real understanding of Diego Rivera’s work.” In this description, the reader can come to understand Werner’s experience of Mexico — that it exists as a palpable character and live influence upon Rivera’s work.

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Feb

20

Unpacking the Racially-Charged Term “Superpredators”

In the ‘90s, racialized terms like “wilding” and “superpredators” conjured dangerous racist imagery, causing moral panic, which both justified and resulted in the Crime Bill and other similar propositions.

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Mar

08

Ellen Gallagher: Questioning Race

Through her paintings and prints, Ellen Gallagher boldly challenges her viewers to reexamine that which they think they might already know.

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Jul

30

Small Things with Loud Noise: the Fabulously Sardonic World of Alex Gingrow

Taking items as mundane as daily desktop calendar pages, museum wall labels, and stickers, artist Alex Gingrow transforms them all into powerful agents with important social messages.

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Jul

29

“Between the World and Me”: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Legacy of James Baldwin

In language, form, and subject, Coates picks up this dream where Baldwin left off. Throughout his book, he refers to the “Dreamers,” comprised of “people who think they are white” who are fully and blindly invested in both the mythology and rich inheritance of the American dream, without any understanding or acknowledgement of the violence upon which our country, and their privilege, was founded.

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Jul

08

Race-ing Art History: Applying ePortfolios to a First Year Seminar

The openness a portfolio allows with its public display and easily accessible form, encourages re-visiting, and another layer of growth that is not often there with the dropbox mentality behind other learning management systems. With these learning portfolios, it is easier to reflect upon work again and build that reflection into part of a process, so that the learner can see and summarize changes, growth, and lessons learned throughout the course of a semester – and hopefully beyond.

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Jul

24

Race & Art Matters: Three Artists React to the Trayvon Martin Case

In the wake of this case, however, a much more complex dialogue about race has arisen in both public and social media – a dialogue that is so necessary to have in order to move past an often popular, constricting, dangerous, and dated belief in a color-blind society. President Obama also surprised the press by adding to this conversation in what the New York Times called his “most extensive comments on race since 2008, and his most extensive as president.”

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