Encounters with works of art

January 20, 2015

Encounters with works of art

The conversation invited here focuses on the essential transaction that occurs when one "lends one's life" to a work of art. We invite you to join the conversation by adding your comments observations, questions and interpretations of this photo by Gordon Parks entitled "Emma Watson and her Grandchildren" (1934). Students from education classes at Hunter College (CUNY) with Prof. John Toth and BMCC (CUNY)  with Prof. Holly Fairbank have already began a dialogue with one another.

This is an example of an aesthetic education brainstorming process that aims to develop a range of content objectives that may emerge through the close study of a work of art. The initial question that we are asking is designed to be open in a way that encourages a variety of content ideas.  We will ask you to be as descriptive as possible when you are writng the details of what you notice in this photograph,  or as Maxine would say, "notice what there is to be noticed".

  Our questions are... What do you notice? What is going on in this photograph by Gordon Parks? What questions do you have?

 

     Gordon Parks, "Emma Watson and her Grandchildren", photograph,  (1934)

                                          
                    Gordon Parks, "Emma Watson and Bedroom Altar", photograph,  (1934)          Gordon Parks, "Emma Watson and her Grandchildren 37", photograph,  (1934)

                    Other Gordon Parks links: 1 - 2 -

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