Theme Overview

Art and Social Change

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Cargador de flores (The Flower Carrier)Female Rejection DrawingMexican Sombrero with Hammer and Sickle on the cover of New Masses, October, 1928The March of Humanity

Art Can Be a Messenger for Social Awareness

The twentieth century saw changes in politics, technology, medicine, science, and social customs that can only be described as revolutionary. By studying a group of revolutionary artists, students will come to understand how these figures pursued their causes through their artwork and their actions.

Creating a Political Mural

Muralists often combine their personal and political ideas in images that communicate a story or idea. In this activity, you will work in small groups to create a public mural that conveys your views on a political issue.
Artist(s): Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros

Identifying Personal Symbols

Students identify their own personal symbols and incorporate them into an artwork.
Artist(s): Diego Rivera, Doris Salcedo, Kara Walker

Personal as Political

Students communicate their political views in a work of art.
Artist(s): Judy Chicago, Diego Rivera

Political Messages through Symbols

Students create a photomontage or a photographic still life.
Artist(s): Tina Modotti