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.

Personal Manifestos

Students create a manifesto that conveys the views of a character from an artwork or novel.
Artist(s): Judy Chicago

Public Manifestos

Students write their own manifestos, make them public, and reflect on the response.
Artist(s): Jenny Holzer

Revolutionary Words

Students analyze one of several modern and contemporary artists who wrote manifestos to express revolutionary ideas.
Artist(s): Piet Mondrian, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros

Writing Character Manifestos

Students create a manifesto that conveys the views of a character from an artwork or novel.
Artist(s): Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros