Interpreting the Heavens

The Big Idea:

What role do symbols play in defining a person's identity? Can symbols have multiple meanings?

Activity overview

Though divided by time, culture, and methodology, the works of Kiefer and Cornell share cosmic references and metaphysical overtones. Star charts, compasses, and astrological maps appears with frequency in Cornell's collages and box constructions; while maps of the heavens and night skies are recurrent motifs in Kiefer's work.

In this activity you will:

  1. Learn how artists can infuse the same symbols with multiple meanings.

You will be graded on:

  1. notes on artists in respective interactive programs
  2. originality, style, and completeness of essay
  3. organization and completeness of chart
  4. peer review and editing
  5. written reflection

New terms:

collage, symbols