Discussion Questions: Pirkle Jones’s Untitled from the series Chinese New Year, San Francisco

Pirkle Jones, Untitled, from the series Chinese New Year, San Francisco, 1955; collection SFMOMA, gift of Van Deren Coke; © The Pirkle Jones Foundation

  1. What object or shape did you see first in this photograph? Why do you think that was the first thing you noticed?
  2. Make an argument for why this photograph is true to life. Then, make an argument for why it is not.
  3. What do you think might happen here next? What do you see that makes you say that?
  4. Take a look at the title of this photograph. How does knowing the title change your understanding of the work?

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