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Volume 9, No. 10, Week of July 30, 2001

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Table of Contents: What's New?

for the Week of July 30, 2001?

Teaching Essays and Discourse
Signifiers Across Cultures: Other Languages
Art We've Been Studying and Painting:
Collaborative Writing Journal: Current Work on Teaching Essays
Conflicts Around the World
Scholastic Resources: Self-Help Tutoring
Lagniappe! You Gotta Read This!
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Gallery Just started this file.
Class Pages Coming soon! Meanwhile: Syllabi
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What people are saying about Dear Habermas



Teaching EssaysTeaching Essays

Teaching and Review Essay Index

New or Heldover This Week:

Teaching Resources:

Critical Thinking Resources:

Labor and Social Justice

Minority Overrepresentation in the Justice System


Restorative Justice

Sociologists and Others You Should Know

C. Wright Mills

signifiers across cultures: other languages Other Languages

Art We've Been Studying and Painting:

Art as Expanding the Imaginary


  • The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996 Chris Ofili. This is the painting that caused such a hullabaloo in Brooklyn last year. backup.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: Turner Prize 1998 by Jonathan Jones. On Chris Ofili's winning the Turner Prize in 1998.

  • Jean Kazandjian's Paintings at the Christine Argillet Gallery Click on paintings, then click on each painting for a larger view.

  • Kazandjian Scroll down to the last painting on this file: Genocide. From the Jean Kazandjian Web Site in Lebanon.

  • Beyond Multiculturalism, Freedom? By Holland Cotter, July 29, 2001, New York Times, Arts and Leisure Section. Review of the Freestyle Exhibit at Studio Museum in Harlem: Freestyle catalogue. backup of review article.

  • Freestyle Exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. September 29–November 18. "The title of the exhibition springs from popular culture and the world of hip-hop—"freestyle" refers to the mutable space where individuals creatively improvise music, mixing on the DJ turntable, or dancing in their own groove. Born primarily after the Civil Rights Movement, these talented artists assimilate and reform the discourse of "black art" to represent the current moment."

  • Conceptual Art: Freestyle

  • P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center: MoMA
  • Online Projects

    Scroll down about half way to the forum messages. Link to Tom Finkelpearl"s comment:

    "The museum is a frame for art that people take for granted. The gallery is a social space with very specific economic and class underpinnings, but these underpinnings are so standardized that they have become invisible or irrelevant to most people. On the other hand, there is often a healthy discussion of context in public. For example, in articles on public projects, there is often a heated discussion of public funding (a discussion that has entered museums in New York recently with Mayor Giuliani’s "decency commission" to monitor art shown in city museums). But how often do reviewers question the funding structure of galleries and how it determines the art that is shown?"

    jeanne's comment:

    Mayor Giuliani's "decency commission" was convened over the Brooklyn Art Museum's Presentation of the Saatchi Collection. One of Mayor Giuliani's specific complaints was about Ofili's Holy Virgin Mary, 1996.

  • Jesus in his shop Compare this to Chris Ofili's The Holy Virgin Mary. Jesus in His Shop is on a "bullying" site we'll be exploring. What are and were the public contexts for these paintings? Were they taking the same responsibility that Dennis Adams mentions below, the opportunity to stimulate creative thought? Or were they developing a specific validity claim? Or are they just pictures? And what does that mean?

    Link to Dennis Adams' Project with drinking fountains. Link on the thumbnail in the Featured Projects menu. I was parrticularly impressed that Dennis Adams chose to stimulate creative thought for young people, with a clear consciousness of not imposing his own thoughts.

  • ECZACIBAŢI VIRTUAL MUSEUM Turkish Modern Art Site. Site is available in English.

    •  Family Lineage, by Ozdemir Altan, 1994 Link to Abstract Tendencies in Turkish Painting. Then go back and figure out how to get us to this picture, which is Family Lineage, by Ozdemir Altan, 1994. Interesting site, but it's going to take some time. I think I linked to exhibitions and then current exhibitions. I'm looking for an impressionistic painting with interactive effects. Ozdemir Altan's painting has considerable potential for our art for peace project. jeanne

    • Bedri Baykam Turkish artist. Politically committed. Read his biography. And look at his paintings, Gallery 25. Don't miss his strident remarks about the value of the American dollar: "There are two obvious reasons why the prices are marked in American Dollars. One, for easy international reference and comparison. Two,because otherwise, if the prices were in Turkish Liras, nobody world could really understand them and the prices would have to be changed everyweek, because of Turkey1s world famous inflation level. (This note is a shield against cheap attacks associating, stupidly, the use of dollars with lack of nationalism.)" What do you suppose this says about globalization, American style?

      Note that one of Baykam's paintings is a study of "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" of Manet. Kazandjian also has done a study of that Manet. It was a very famous Manet in its time. Do you know its story?

      Bedri Baykam's Dejeuner sur l'herbe Baykam's Dejeuner sur l'herbe

      Manet's Dejeuner sur l'herbe:

      Artchive Click on Artchive. Then scroll down to Manet in the left-most frame, and link. Scroll down through the essay until you come to Dejuener sur l'herbe. That link will take you to the painting. Link on the image viewer to adjust the size of the painting, or to study its details.


    Music has been neglected on Dear Habermas because of jeanne's ineptitude. Notice of this conference came in from SPOON-ANN at the University of Virginia on Sunday morning. The conference material cites this quote from Deleuze and Guattari:

    "What chaos and rhythm have in common is the in-between-between two milieus, rhythm-chaos or the chaosmos: "Between night and day, between that which is constructed and that which grows naturally, between mutations from the inorganic to the organic, from plant to animal, from animal to humankind, yet without this series constituting a progression…" In this in-between, chaos becomes rhythm, not inexorably, but it has a chance to. Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm, but the milieu of all milieus."

    - Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, "1837: Of the Refrain," A Thousand Plateaus

  • Collaborative Writing Journal

  • Chronological Index of current work on teaching and review essays by jeanne, Susan, Pat, et alia.

  • New additions this week:

  • Conflicts Around the World:

    Scholastic Resources Scholastic Resources