Art & Music

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The Arts


  • Convertible | Gerald Laing
    • Paintings of controversial events can themselves become objects of controversy. Consider why this might be as you examine Gerald Laing’s “Convertible”, which spent many years out of public view.
  • In the Ocean of Storms | Alexei Leonov
    • Consider the artwork “In the Ocean of Storms” – a vision of something far less unlikely than it might seem in retrospect, co-created by a cosmonaut who could well have been the first man on the moon. Can a depiction of something that never happened still be authentic?
  • Conditional Risk | xkcd
    • Discuss with your team: is it possible that a better understanding of risk could put you at greater risk?
  • Horses Running Endlessly | Gabriel Orozco
    • A question to consider: can chess be used as a metaphor for anything in real life? If so, what might we learn from this version of a chessboard? If not, is its disconnectedness from reality the source of chess’s enduring appeal?
  • Habitat | Glenda León
    • Is the artist implying something about the world we inhabit? Be sure to consider the larger sweep of her career, including works such as “Hairdo for a Silent Moment”. What seems to most draw her artistic attention?
  • Collective Success | Samsul Arifin
  • David with the Head of Goliath | Caravaggio
  • Fortune Teller and the Cat | Hamed Nada
    • This well-known piece by the 20th century artist Hamed Nada is said to blend (perhaps uneasily) elements of superstition and modernity he encountered in his homeland of Egypt. With that in mind, consider: is fortune-telling a particularly Egyptian cultural tradition, or is it something more universal—and does it (and superstition more broadly) still have a role in the world today? Be sure to conspire with your team to analyze this work’s finer details. For instance, why might it feature a cat instead of some other animal, and why might the cat be lounging on a chair while the fortune teller squats on the ground?
  • Cube Houses | Piet Blom
  • Maracana | Nelson Leirner
  • Retroactive I | Robert Rauschenberg
    • Consider this “retroactive” work by Robert Rauschenberg and the elements of his era that might have inspired it. If you had to make a similar retroactive of our own time, what would you include?
  • Into the Wild | Jakub Rozalski
    • Consider Jakub Rozalski’s painting “Into the Wild” – from a series in which he imagines an entirely alternate version of the 1920s in his native Poland. There are alternate histories based on one thing changing – all the way down to the death of a butterfly – and there are others that play freely with the laws of time and space. This work belongs to the latter category. Discuss as a team: what can we learn by juxtaposing reality and fantasy (or the past, present, and future) in such an improbable way? Is this painting a work of art or simply entertainment?