Revolutionary Words

The Big Idea:

How are artists revolutionary?

Activity overview

In this activity you will become familiar with several modern and contemporary artists who wrote manifestos to express their revolutionary ideas and concerns. You will then analyze one of the manifestos in writing.

Look closely

Click on each artist button at right to view detailed screens about the artist and his or her works. Be sure to click on all images, view all videos, read all documents, and use the zoom tool to look closely at the works of art.

In this activity you will:

  1. discover three artists and their political motivations
  2. research manifestos
  3. analyze the style and intent of a manifesto

You will be graded on:

  1. research notes from Making Sense of Modern Art
  2. participation in class discussion
  3. detail and depth of manifesto analysis

New terms:

manifesto, revolutionary