Art and Social Change

Identifying Revolutionary Thinkers

Students learn to identify the revolutionary characteristics of an artwork.
Artist(s): Judy Chicago, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros

Letter to the Editor

Students express their thoughts about art in a letter to the editor or an op-ed essay.
Artist(s): Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros

Revolutionary Thinkers / Revolutionary Actions

Students create an illustrated timeline or write an imaginary conversation between an artist and a political figure.
Artist(s): Judy Chicago, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera

Rivera vs. Rockefeller

Students learn about Diego Rivera and his controversial Rockefeller Center mural.
Artist(s): Diego Rivera

Siqueiros in Jail

Students bring Siqueiros's artworks to life by role-playing scenarios based on his life and ideas.
Artist(s): David Alfaro Siqueiros

Artists as Rule Breakers

Political Action and Cultural Reaction

Students produce a timeline that connects cultural and political events, then reflect on how those events have affected society.
Artist(s): Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Richard Serra

Self and Society: Tracing Identity

Frida Kahlo: A Woman Situated between Two Worlds

Students discuss how Kahlo's art expresses her feelings about her country, and record their ideas in a podcast.
Artist(s): Frida Kahlo

Symbols and Social Mythology

Students look at symbols and research how their meanings can change depending on time, place, and viewpoint.
Artist(s): Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Chris Johanson

Unearthing Silenced Histories: Documentary

Students explore silenced histories by creating a film treatment.
Artist(s): Judy Chicago, Glenn Ligon, Doris Salcedo, Kara Walker

Shifting Perspectives

History of Photography

Students will research the history of photography as well as some of its most significant contributors.
Artist(s): Jeff Wall

Looking Back to Move Forward: History Project

Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, and Sargent Johnson use their own histories as source material for their work, revealing a "missing perspective". Re-tell, re-shape, and re-imagine a historical narrative of your own.
Artist(s): Sargent Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker

Staging a Historic Event

Students research, restage, and photograph a historic event, bringing history to life.
Artist(s): Jeff Wall