“Art, then, is not the same as action; it is not identical with science; it is distinct from party program. It has its own special function, the grasp and transmission of experience. The catch lies in the word ‘experience.'”
– Joseph Freeman
“Experience is at once always already an interpretation and in need of interpretation.”
-- Joan Scott
Option 1: Select one or more paintings from The Artistic Record that you find particularly interesting and add to your understanding of the strike. Post on the discussion board five paragraphs analyzing the art work.
Questions you may wish to consider:
Respond to the analyses of at least two of your classmates, focusing on those statements with which you particularly agree or disagree.
Option 2: One way to analyze a painting is to “do a think” on it, which is Robert Frost's term for writing a poem. Poetry addressed specifically to paintings is known as ekphrasis. This art of describing, questioning, or interpreting works of art celebrates the power of the silent image even as it tries to break that silence, speaking for them, making them speak. Try your hand at ekphrasis. Write a poem about one of the murals or paintings in this module. Read and discuss it in class or post it on your group's discussion board. Respond to your classmates' poem.
“Until 1936 and the government sponsorship of art, mural painting consisted of palm trees, nude girls, gold fish, etcetera. It was with the government projects that we had a chance to look at people's lives, connect up with the great tradition of Giotto, Orozco, Rivera, Piero della Francesca...”