Discussion Questions: Yinka Shonibare’s Gay Victorians

Yinka Shonibare, Gay Victorians, 1999; collection SFMOMA, gift of Vicki and Kent Logan; © Yinka Shonibare / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  1. What do you see in this work of art? Do you think everyone sees what you see?
  2. Find a hidden idea or emotion in this work of art. What is it and what clues helped you find it?
  3. Take a look at the title of this work of art. Does knowing the title change your understanding or appreciation of this work of art? How?
  4. Imagine that a group of educators [can substitute other groups of people here, i.e. art critics, politicians, etc.] did not want students [you] to see this work of art because they said there was nothing to learn from looking at it. Make an argument for what there is to learn from looking at this work of art.

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