Discussion Questions: Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s, Marilyn, 28 years old, Las Vegas, Nevada $30

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Marilyn, 28 years old, Las Vegas, Nevada $30, from the Hustlers series, 1990–1992; collection SFMOMA, gift of the artist; © Philip-Lorca diCorcia

  1. What’s going on here? What do you see that makes you say that?
  2. Is what you see in this work of art beautiful? Is it still art if it is not beautiful or it causes you to feel uneasy? Why or why not?
  3. Describe the space that you see created by this work of art. Does it remind you of another space you’ve experienced or seen before?
  4. What does this work of art tell you about the story of the person who made it or the time or place in which he or she lived?
  5. Take a look at the title of this work of art. Does knowing the title change how you understand or appreciate it? How so?

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