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Niki de Saint Phalle, Rhino, 1999
Lithograph, Versailles Ed. 1/5, 12 x 18", 30.5 x 45.7 cm
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Topic pf the Week: Aesthetics?
Painting Makes Me Happy:
The Exhibit Reminded Me of That
I made the orignial collage of the rhino, whom I kept calling a hippo for some undoubtedly Freudian reason, using the Collage Machine at the National Gallery of Art. Of course, I wanted to save my collage. But there's no choice on the Collage Machine to do so. You have to use SHIFT PRINT SCREEN. Instructions are on Schockwave Needs the Print Screen Button.
But art when used for realization and self-expression and healing and answerability means art and play. And so I played with my saved collage. To produce the collage that made me happy.
Why a rhino? I don't know. He looked like fun, especially with the bird on his back. He made me think of Africa, and then the pyramids and the camel-shaped piece and other pieces that could make up a palm tree told a story of my fond memories of Africa, North, as well as south and west and east. Cutting the collage up and pasting it back together in unexpected ways was like kaleidoscope play. I had so much fun with it, I put the final collage on a tee shirt. ART?
Well, that's a good question, isn't it? For me, it was art; not museum art, but an expanded perspective of the forms and shapes and memories that make up my life, a good life, with memories recorded like this. The activity, right in the middle of setting up the hypertext poem for the Naked Space Exhibit, was fun. I stopped for a minute to play. Now, as soon as I had captured the memory of that play on my tee shirt, I triggered memories of other such scenes. Rhinos. Of course, Durer's famous rhino. And right over here a favorite card of Niki de Saint Phalle's Rhino.
Conceptual linkages spilled out. From memories of Egypt and Africa to memories of wonderful pieces of art. And then to the recognition that Durer and Niki de Saint Phalle were names that a liberal arts education should make sure you recognize. So The Rhinoceros and Art History wrote itself in a flash and hopped into syllabi for the Fall. This is what teachers bring to your education; and this is why we can't just do away with teachers and offer you video learning. Real learning grows naturally from play with ideas and words and things. Real learning is participatory. Real learning is visual and aural and oral. Aesthetics is about discovering and learning to see with an immediate awareness the beauty in life. So, yes, this is art. Real art. Art like Matt Haimovitz and his 18th-century Venetian cello playing in a pizza parlor.
So also is Niki de Saint Phalle's and Albrecht Durer's art real art. Art that begs to be preserved for future generations. But that doesn't lessen our need for making and playing with our own art, for opening the door to the fine art of Haimowitz and Phalle and Durer in wider settings than museums and concert halls stuffed with thousands of beautiful things we have barely the time to glance at. Stop, linger, buy a postcard, take a picture, or draw your own version, with or without the help of the National Gallery's Collage Maker.
Making art is not a children's past-time. It's a human past-time. Making art makes our world more beautiful. Making art is part of living well. Make some art.
Yes, and play and laughter may come to change the dominant paradigm and make it more humane.
Poster from the Gallery Exhibit
NEWS and Announcements:
- Military Abuse in Iraq and New Hypertext Poem for Summer
[Iraqi women queue up outside the Abu Ghraib prison]
Iraqi women queue up outside the Abu Ghraib prison on May 13, 2004,
waiting to have information about their loved ones. (© AFP)
The tragedy of torture and humiliation in Iraq can be ignored only if we are willing to be complicit. I do not yet know in what ways our rejection and shame can be most effectively translated into social change, but I do know that answerability suggests that complicity can be assuaged by awareness and discussion. To that end I have begun this morning a new hypertext poem for our collaborative exchange on how theorists such as Habermas, Pia Lara, Bakhtin can help quide us through times such as these, when we threaten along with the rights of the Other, the very rights on which our nation is founded.
The Table of Contents for What Have We Done to Her? to US? contains one summary and discussion of Charles Derber's The Wilding of America. and several articles I've backed up for summary and discussion.
The impetus for this new poem came on the front page of the New York Times this morning. From a Picture of Pride to a Symbol of Abuse in Iraq By James Dao. Published: May 7, 2004. Backup.
Over the next few weeks I'll finish Freeing the Feminine Other by including those gallery pieces that weren't up on the Internet and completeing the atrributions I didn't have before the Gallery Exhibit.
Over the summer, contributions may be sent for What Have We Done to Her? to US?
- Debriefing the Hypertext Poem from Naked Space, Spring 2004
- I Remember
- The Rhinoceros and Answerability
- Let yourself answer, too
- Debriefing a project for the exhibit.
- Conference Options Under Consideration
Thursday through Saturday, September 23-25, 2004, Hampton Inn, Downtown/French Quarter Area, New Orleans. Conference on intersection of race, class, and gender, covering both practice and research, and including community activists. jeanne is considering a submission. Those interested should contact her soon. Deadline for application is June 30, 2004.
2004 Race, Gender & Class Annual Conference Southern University at New Orleans, hosting.
Grades for Spring 2004 Classes
These are notes from the exhibit. I'll go for the sign up sheets later, but not everyone got to sign in because I lost the book on Thursday. We found it again. This doesn't include any of my notes from my record book. Just notes so far. Be sure to check the list as I continue to put it up this week end and tomorrow. If I'm missing something by Monday, e-mail me, with a cc to Pat at email@example.com. I'm planning to send the grades in from here. jeanne
Notes for Fall 2004 Classes
- Sociology of Agencies: Soc. 328
- A changing view of agencies and their role in the framing of local and national political and social issues.
- Will include aspects of sociology of work: aspects of work.
- The Wilding of America Essay discussion up. Consider the relationship of wilding to agencies, and to the agencies we work with. Do agencies wild? How? More essays up soon. jeanne
- Sociology of Law: Soc. 367
- A changing view of the role of law and social policy.
- Making Votes Count In this presidential election year, the Times's editorial page is examining the flaws in the mechanics of our democracy, including the reliability of electronic voting machines, obstacles to voter registration and turnout, and the lack of competitive congressional elections due to partisan drawing of district lines. The project is being led by editorial writer Adam Cohen, who will be traveling throughout the country to research these issues." This will be part of our approach to law as the foundation of democracy world-wide. You might consider reading and following this series over the summer.
- Women Disappoint, Too This brief look at feminist theory suggests the myriad reasons why the law is not a good route to social change. The individual may be responsible for his/her actions, but so also is the societal structure in which those actions take place, agency and structure interacting.
- social capaital and its measurement Essay not up yet. But this is an excellent link for discussion on what social capital is and how it affects the law and the law affects it.
- The Wilding of America Essay discussion up. More up soon. Meanwhile, how does wilding relate to the law, locally, nationally, and internationally?
- Moot Court: The Skills of Governance Discourse: Soc. 370
- The aural and visual presentation of substantive political and social issues. Will culminate in Fall 2004 Naked Space Exhibit.
- In keeping with the tragedy of abuse/torture in Iraq in 2004, we will take as one of our focal issues a governance discourse on the role of the individual and the community in abuse/torture and the legal and social approaches to basic human rights.
- Women Disappoint, Too By Barbara Ehrenreich. Considered with Letters to LA Times on Gender in Prison Scandal on the Ehrenreich article. Discussion questions included.
- The Reality of Democracy Comparing the way democracy squabbles go in our own neighborhoods, in state legislatures, and in Iraq.
- The Rhinoceros and Answerability Discusses beauty where others may not have seen it. The problem with the dominant paradigm. Discussion questions included.
- Changing Patterns of Religion in the US Do we have to talk about religion in democracy? Yes. Essays up soon. jeanne . Meanwhile, learn to use the data bases to give you data for your discussions.
- Women and Poverty: Feminist Theoretical Contributions: Soc.395
- Understanding the interdependence of feminist thought with general social theory in understanding women and poverty.
- Women Disappoint, Too A feminist interpretation of the problems of assuming that women are always more moral, more caring than men. Also goes into the subject of alternative routes out of poverty for working class, immigrant, and poor women. Based on the Abu Ghraib torture scandal in Iraq.
- Middle Class, Working Class, and Reality. On trying to make ends meet with a family of five in 2001. Bureau of labor statistics, article, discussion questions.
- The Working Poor More on working class families, poverty, the effects on women and families. Discussion questions included.
- Changing Patterns of Religion in the US Beginning of search for data on religion and present-day democracy. Essay up soon. jeanne. Meanwhile, learn to use the data bases to give you data for your discussions.
A Range of Sources on Global Events
Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor
Indymedia - Mother Jones - BBC News - New Profile
Progressive Sociologists Network
Evaluating Internet Resources
Evaluating Hoax Email with samples, including an old one about charging for email that's going around again. Link updated March 29, 2004.
Evaluating Internet Resources Library Site at University of North Carolina. Don't forget to question. This is a good detailed source. Link checked March 29, 2004.
Using Academic Language and Visuals Effectively:
|Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:|
by Keith O'Neill. Style sheet for humanities.
Internet Mission Photography Archive
Dictionary of Critical Sociology
Maintained by Robert E. Mazur, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Sociology.
Words of Art: Front Page
Wonderful Fine Arts dictionary at Okanagan University College in Canada.
Will cover many of the terms social theory shares with literary theory.
APA Style Style sheet for Psychology. Good reference for proper rules of citation.
Twenty-five Easy Steps Toward a Correctly-Formatted Paper or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love MLA
Some of the bugs are scary. Some might say ugly. But didn't we learn with the rhinoceros that there are many ways to see beauty? Entomology, the study of bugs, offers another chance to explore some of the conflicts in what it is that is beautiful.
Who To Take:
Don't forget to add your comments for next year's students. jeanne