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.

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