Discussion Questions

Princess of the Posse

Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili, Princess of the Posse, 1999; collection SFMOMA, John Caldwell, Curator of Painting and Sculpture (1989–93), Fund for Contemporary Art purchase; © Chris Ofili

  1. What was the first thing you noticed about this work? Why do you think that was the first thing you noticed?
  2. This work is made of everyday materials. How does the choice of materials contribute to your reaction to it?
  3. How does the artist’s choice of colors, lines, shapes, and textures help express the idea, story, or mood of this work?
  4. Does this work seem rebellious to you? If so, how? If not, why not?
  5. Imagine that a group of politicians did not want people to see this work of art, saying there was nothing to learn from looking at it. Make an argument for what there is to learn from this piece.

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