Theme Overview

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: 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