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Self and Society: Tracing Identity

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Frieda y Diego Rivera (Frieda and Diego Rivera)Back ViewSelf-PortraitsUntitled (I am training don't kiss me)A Set of Six Self-Portraits

Art Reveals Personal And Historical Roots.

The ideas underlying a person's identity are numerous and complex. In this unit, students will investigate how various modern and contemporary artists treat issues of gender, culture, race, sexuality, and personal history within the larger scope of society through their artwork.

Frida Kahlo: The Loves of Her Life

Students examine Kahlo's life and paintings, and write a poem about the role of love in her work.
Artist(s): Frida Kahlo

Interpreting the Heavens

Students write an essay contrasting the ways in which Joseph Cornell and Anselm Kiefer address humanity's relationship to the heavens.
Artist(s): Joseph Cornell, Anselm Kiefer

Personal Symbols, Personal Mythology

Students create poems that center on their own personal symbolism.
Artist(s): Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Chris Johanson

Unearthing Silenced Histories: Profile

Students analyze how artists delve into the past to tell new stories about themselves and their communities.
Artist(s): Glenn Ligon, Doris Salcedo, Kara Walker