Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Slide Images for November 11

Aunt Jemima and the Pillsbury Doughboy
Jeff Donaldson

Revolutionary Suit
Jae Jarrell


George Parks, Jr.

Foxy Brown
Jack Hill

Scream Blacula Scream
Bob Kelljan

Flag for the Moon: Die Nigger
Faith Ringgold

 Injustice Case
David Hammons

 The Liberation of Aunt Jemima
Betye Saar

Homage to My Young Black Sisters
Elizabeth Catlett

Family Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs)
Barkley L. Hendricks

Brilliantly Endowed (Self-Portrait)
Barkley L. Hendricks

Terms of the Day for November 11

  • Protest Art – a broad term that refers to creative works that concern or are produced by activists and social movements.
  • AfriCOBRA – (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) a collective of African American artists in Chicago that specifically took on the goal of creating a new revolutionary black aesthetic. 
  • Exploitation Film –  an informal label which may be applied to any film which is generally considered to be both low budget and of low moral or artistic merit, and therefore apparently attempting to gain financial success by "exploiting" a current trend or a niche genre or a base desire for lurid subject matter.
  • Blaxploitation Film –  a film genre which emerged in the United States in the 1970s aimed at an urban black audience.  These films were often low-budget, had majority African American casts, and used funk music and urban slang of the time.  They were often criticized for perpetuating stereotypes.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Study Guide for Quiz #2

Below are nine images from which I will choose the five slide identifications on Quiz #2:

The Banjo Lesson
Henry Ossawa Tanner

Aaron Douglas

 African Dancer
Richmond Barthé

Wiliam Edmondson

 Migration of the Negro, Panel 1: During the World War there was a Great Migration North by Southern Negroes
Jacob Lawrence

Harlem Turns White
Norman Lewis

 Rocket to the Moon
Romare Bearden

The Liberation of Aunt Jemima
Betye Saar

Below are three essay topics from which I will choose the one for Quiz #2
  1. In the early decades of the 20th Century, African American leaders like W.E.B. Dubois and Alain Locke issued a call to African American artists to create a new "black aesthetic" that would "uplift the race" and deliberately reconnect with the traditional and ancient arts of Africa.  Name two of the artists who made work aimed at answering this call and describe how each did so.
  2. Define Primitivism and tell how it is demonstrated in at least two artworks that you have seen in class.
  3. Describe the prominent artistic style of the WPA/FAP and explain what changes Archibald Motley, Jr. made to his stylistic approach when he painted Picnic as a government commission.

Slide Images for November 9

 The “Little Rock Nine” students integrated into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, escorted by soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division

 Cover of Time Magazine
September 27, 1963

 Governor George Wallace attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama by standing in the door.
June 11, 1963

 Martin Luther King, Jr.
1929-1968 (assassinated)

Malcom X
1925-1965 (assassinated)

 Examples of Civil Disobedience

Examples of Confrontation & Self Defense

 Prevalence of Ritual: Mysteries
Romare Bearden

Three Folk Musicians
Romare Bearden

 Three Musicians
Pablo Picaso

Rocket to the Moon
Romare Bearden

 The Dance
Emilio Cruz

 Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing Rock and Roll Music
Alma Thomas

Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam

Terms of the Day for November 9

  • The African-American Civil Rights Movement – a collection of social movements in the United States whose goal was to end racial segregation and discrimination against black Americans and enforce constitutional voting rights to them.  The movement was most active during a period from 1955-68.
  • Spiral – a collective of AfricanAmerican artists initially formed by Romare Bearden, Charles Alston, Norman Lewis, and Hale Woodruff on July 5, 1963. The artists in the group were moved to come together and discuss their own engagement in the struggle for civil rights, even though each found engagement in a different way. 
  • Washington Color School – a Washington, DC-based visual art movement of the late 1950s through the mid-1970s which was related  to abstract expressionism but made attempts to be much more minimal and structured than abstract expressionism.  Members of the movement referred to themselves as “Colorists”.