Project #32078 - Art history discussion

(Question 1 & 2 due May 31st) (The rest can be finished before June 7th)

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ART HISTORY Volume II

 Question:1

This week we have studied art that is produced by cultures very different from our own.  Without a cultural frame of reference it is often challenging for us to gain an understanding or even an appreciation of a work of art that reflects a visual aesthetic that is different.  In 3 well developed paragraphs, discuss:

 

In what specific ways is our understanding of a work of art dependent on an understanding of the religious and cultural beliefs from which the work arose?

What can we assume about a work of art without such knowledge?

Looking at a work of art such as the Taj Mahal, which is the world’s most recognized building, how does not knowing the story or context for its construction shape our perception of this as a master work of art?  How does your perception change of this structure once you know the story and reasons for its construction?

Be sure to explain your ideas clearly and support them by discussing specific works of art that you have read about this week, talking about how they illustrate and support your ideas.

 

Question 2:

 

All of the cultures that we have looked at this week built architectural monuments, but few have survived intact.  Often these monuments embody the social, spiritual, political and religious ideas of the culture that created it. One of the few to have survived is the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. In 3 well developed paragraphs, discuss:

 

What was the function of the Forbidden City?

How was it designed to reflect the social hierarchies of the Ming dynasty?

What other monumental work of architecture did you learn about this week that also reflects these concerns and how?

Question 3:

 

We have continued our study of the art created by cultures outside of the West.  Like those we studied last week, many of the cultures studied this week also created monumental works of architecture, but often for very different reasons than what we saw last week.  In 3 well-developed paragraphs locate 2 specific examples of monumental architecture created by 2 different cultures we studied this week and discuss:

 

Why do you believe each culture undertook the creation of your selected monumental work of architecture and sculpture despite the difficulties of accomplishing them? What can we assume about a work of art without such knowledge?

How do the reasons for their works compare with those of a more modern example of monumental art work, such as Mount Rushmore, the 9/11 Memorial, etc.?

Be sure to explain your ideas clearly and support them by discussing specific works of art that you have read about this week, talking about how they illustrate and support your ideas.

 

Question 4:

 

The tradition of mask-making and masquerade can be found the world over, but no place is it as pervasive, diverse and rich as found in the traditional arts of West and Central Africa.  Although these masks are often seen as works of art in the West, they typically were not intended to be a work of art.  Interestingly, in many African societies there is not a word for “art.” In 3 well-developed paragraphs select 3 different traditional African masks, each from a different African society.  Discuss:

 

How is the mask used and what is its purpose?

Does putting the mask on display in some place like an art museum or gallery change what you think of it?

 

Question 5:

 

Beginning in the 19th century, artistic movements carry the suffix “-ism” to their name (e.g. Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism).  Originally derived from Ancient Greek, “-isms” is appended to a word that then reflects a philosophical concept.  In the case of art, it comes to mean the philosophy or approach to art that binds a group of artists together. In 3 well-developed paragraphs select 3 “-isms” from the 19th and 20th century, a work of art that is representative of the -ism, and discuss:

 

What is the philosophy or approach to art that is defined by the –ism.

How is this philosophical underpinning of the style of movement visually reflected in your example?

Be sure to explain your ideas clearly and support them by discussing specific works of art that you have read about this week, talking about how they illustrate and support your ideas. Include an image of the work of art that is representative of the -ism in your response.

 

Question 6:

 

The concept of creating art for art’s sake or its creation solely for a museum or gallery is purely a late 19th/20th/21st century concept.  As a result Modern Art often seems alien to many people—without content, a message or purpose.  But it can be argued that Modern Art visually reflects the complex and abstract ideas that we experience every day.  For example, if you were asked to paint how a lemon tastes, and not paint a lemon, how would you visualize the explosion of the juice as you bit into the slice? Its coolness? The tang and sharpness of the flavors?  Although Modern Art is not for everyone, it is often a key collection in many art museums.  As you consider the wide range of modern art types that are available to you, think of yourself actually visiting a modern art museum, and In 3 well-developed paragraphs discuss:

 

While you are visiting, what type of art will you most want to see and why?

What type will you put last on your list of “things to look for?”

Why do you feel that way?

 

Be sure to explain your ideas clearly and support them by discussing specific works of art that you have read about this week, talking about how they illustrate and support your ideas. Include the images of these specific works of art in your response.

Respond to questions as thoroughly as possible, making sure to use information from the readings and the lectures. All responses should be in complete sentence form, using proper spelling and grammar. Writing Mechanics (Spelling, Grammar, APA) and Information Literacy 

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