Week 9 Discussion
SHOULD GOVERNMENT SUPPORT THE ARTS? ART & MUSIC GO ABSTRACT
PRELIMINARIES: Our discussion this week has two subjects as usual, and both are related to chapters 37 and 38. Do both subjects. There is also the usual EXPLORE list under the topic. Be sure to use that instead of any random googling for answers–you are required to use the class text each week and at least one of the EXPLORE-listed websites. HINT: The Explore list normally suggests what page numbers to focus on. ANOTHER HINT: If using the eBook purchased via our bookstore, when you just click on the on-screen page, the page number appears on the lower left of the screen. Jot it down.
TOPIC: Please respond to both of the following, using the class text and sources under the Explore heading as the basis of your response:
- SUBJECT ONE: Examine the U.S. Government’s support during the Great Depression for programs, such as the Federal Arts Project, the Federal Writers’ Project, and other such efforts. Determine whether or not such projects were good government investments during those hard times, and provide one specific example from the book that supports your viewpoint. And identify one way the government supports the arts today. Do your best to use examples classmates have yet to use.
- SUBJECT TWO: Explain whether you agree or disagree with the perception of Abstract Expressionism as exemplifying individualism and freedom. Compare one example of Abstract Expressionist visual art from the book to John Cage’s musical compositions. After reviewing the pages and Websites below, explain how an abstract expressionist artist might respond to the assertion “my kid could paint that“; and explain your position on that assertion.
Government and the Arts
- Chapter 37 (pp. 1228-1232), Federal support for the arts
- Government helping the arts in hard times:
Abstract Expressionism and Music
- Chapter 38 (pp. 1255-1263, and 1268-9), Abstract Expressionism
- Chapter 38 (pp. 1266-1269), Music of Chance; review the Week 9 “Music Folder”
- John Cage, listen and see – “Dream” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hVFCmK6GgM
- John Cage, listen and see — “4’33’” at (performed by William Marx):
- “My Kid Could Draw That” views: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/my-kid-could-draw-that/; and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/28/study-examines-difference_n_841268.html