Category: art

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Art Serves as Reflection of Ourselves

What is the role of art in society? During the Harlem Renaissance, luminaries such as W.E.B DuBois argued that all art should serve as propaganda and should stem from classical traditions whereas others such as Langston Hughes sought to make art of and about the people, eschewing the position that art should be “lofty.” Throughout A Long Way from Home, Claude McKay addresses this … Read More Art Serves as Reflection of Ourselves

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Artwork from the NMAAHC’s “Reckoning” and the National Gallery of Art’s “Afro-American Histories” Exhibits: Part II

In my previous post, I wrote about some of the pieces that I saw when visiting the Reckoning exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and the Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibit at the National Gallery of Art during our recent trip to Washington D.C. Today, I want to continue looking at some other pieces from these exhibits that stood out to me. Again, I cannot … Read More Artwork from the NMAAHC’s “Reckoning” and the National Gallery of Art’s “Afro-American Histories” Exhibits: Part II

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Artwork from the NMAAHC’s “Reckoning” and the National Gallery of Art’s “Afro-American Histories” Exhibits: Part I

During our time in Washington D.C., we visited countless museums, and as usual, countless pieces of art impacted me, specifically at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and at the National Gallery of Art’s Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibit. Today, I want to highlight a few of the pieces from these museums, notably because the relate, in many ways, to things I have been … Read More Artwork from the NMAAHC’s “Reckoning” and the National Gallery of Art’s “Afro-American Histories” Exhibits: Part I

Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With”

Last post, I started looking at how to use the OPTIC strategy to help students examine visual images, specifically I wrote about using OPTIC to examine Jacob Lawrence’s The Ordeal of Alice (1963). Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at another image then briefly talking about how I would incorporate each of these images into my Lillian E. Smith Studies Course. … Read More Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With”

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Jacob Lawrence’s “The Ordeal of Alice”

During her presentation at “The Civil Rights Movement in Northeast Georgia” professional development workshop, Marie Cochran introduced the participants to ways to incorporate visual images into their classrooms. She had them read Dianna Minor’s NCTE post, “Visual Literacy is Critical for 21st Century Learners,” and had them look at two images using the OPTIC strategy. Today, I want to look at one of the … Read More Jacob Lawrence’s “The Ordeal of Alice”