Artwork Discussion Questions

Here are some questions about artworks in SFMOMA’s collection that can be used to spark discussions with your students, either in the classroom or as part of a teacher-guided visit to the museum.
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Discussion Questions: Wayne Thiebaud’s Valley Streets
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Discussion Questions: Louise Bourgeois’s The Nest
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Discussion Questions: Pablo Picasso’s La Cruche fleurie (Jug of Flowers)
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Discussion Questions: Robert Rauschenberg’s Collection
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Discussion Questions: Jackson Pollock’s Guardians of the Secret
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Discussion Questions: Bruce Conner’s LOOKING GLASS
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Discussion Questions: Joan Brown’s, After the Alcatraz Swim #1
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Discussion Questions: Ansel Adams’s, Surf Sequence
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Discussion Questions: Kehinde Wiley’s Alexander the Great
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Discussion Questions: Andy Warhol’s National Velvet
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Discussion Questions: Yinka Shonibare’s Gay Victorians
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Discussion Questions: Mark Rothko’s No. 14, 1960
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Discussion Questions: Trevor Paglen’s KEYHOLE-IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance Satellite, USA 186)
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Discussion Questions: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Black Place I
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Discussion Questions: Takashi Murakami’s Super Nova
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Discussion Questions: Yasumasa Morimura’s Portrait (Futago)
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Discussion Questions: Marilyn Minter’s Strut
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Discussion Questions: Henri Matisse, Sketch for Le Bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life)
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Discussion Questions: Ana Mendieta’s Tallus Mater (Madre Tallo/Stem Mother)
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Discussion Questions: Henri Matisse’s Femme au chapeau (Woman with the Hat)
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Discussion Questions: Diego Rivera’s The Flower Carrier
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Discussion Questions: Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Women of Algiers)
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Discussion Questions: Nam June Paik’s TV Buddha
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Discussion Questions: René Magritte, Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values)
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Discussion Questions: Michael Light’s Highways 5, 10, 60 and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond
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Discussion Questions: Dorothea Lange’s White Angel Breadline, San Francisco
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Discussion Questions: Anthony Hernandez’s Landscapes for the Homeless #1
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Discussion Questions: Tseng Kwong Chi’s Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Discussion Questions: Shiro Kuramata’s Miss Blanche
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Discussion Questions: Pirkle Jones’s Black Panther demonstration in front of the Alameda County Court House, Oakland, California, during Huey Newton's trial, July 30, 1968
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Discussion Questions: Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s, Marilyn, 28 years old, Las Vegas, Nevada $30
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Discussion Questions: Brice Marden’s Cold Mountain 6 (Bridge)
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Discussion Questions: Lewis Wickes Hine’s All these are workers in Sweetwater Hosiery Co., except smallest boy. Location: Sweetwater, Tennessee
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Discussion Questions: Ai Weiwei’s Colored Vases
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Discussion Questions: Carleton E. Watkins ’s Yosemite Falls, View from the Bottom, Yosemite
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Discussion Questions: Kiki Smith’s Lilith
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Discussion Questions: Chris Ofili’s Princess of the Posse
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Discussion Questions: Ilse Bing’s Chair and Dead Leaves, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris
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Discussion Questions: Janine Antoni’s Lick and Lather
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Discussion Questions: Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Wedding Portrait
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Discussion Questions: Ansel Adams’s Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
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Discussion Questions: Consuelo Kanaga’s Annie Mae Meriwether
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Discussion Questions: Frida Kahlo’s Frieda and Diego
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Discussion Questions: Pirkle Jones’s Untitled from the series Chinese New Year, San Francisco
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Discussion Questions: Sargent Johnson’s Forever Free
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Discussion Questions: Chris Johanson’s Untitled (Figures with black presence)
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Discussion Questions: Eva Hesse’s Sans II
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Discussion Questions: Chris Burden’s Atomic Alphabet
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Discussion Questions: Alexander Calder’s Big Crinkly
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Discussion Questions: Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (America #1)
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Discussion Questions: Teresita Fernández’s Fire
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Discussion Questions: Roy De Forest’s Country Dog Gentlemen
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Discussion Questions: Robert Colescott’s Colored TV
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Discussion Questions: Constantin Brancusi’s La Négresse blonde (The Blond Negress)
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Discussion Questions: Robert Bechtle’s Alameda Gran Torino
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Discussion Questions: Romare Bearden’s Three Men
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Discussion Questions: Tauba Auerbach’s Alphabetized Bible
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Discussion Questions: Robert Arneson’s Portrait of George (Moscone)
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Discussion Questions: Robert Arneson’s California Artist
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Discussion Questions: Nick Cave’s Soundsuit
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Discussion Questions: Jim Goldberg’s Girl in Pink Dress, Senegal
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Discussion Questions: Eva Hesse’s Untitled or Not Yet
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Discussion Questions: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain
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Discussion Questions: Jasper Johns Land’s End
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Discussion Questions: Philip Guston’s Red Sea; The Swell; Blue Light