Theme Overview

Self and Society: Tracing Identity

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Frieda y Diego Rivera (Frieda and Diego Rivera)Back ViewSelf-PortraitsUntitled (I am training don't kiss me)A Set of Six Self-Portraits

Art Reveals Personal And Historical Roots.

The ideas underlying a person's identity are numerous and complex. In this unit, students will investigate how various modern and contemporary artists treat issues of gender, culture, race, sexuality, and personal history within the larger scope of society through their artwork.

Exploring Kahlo's Place in the World

Students explore Kahlo's portraits and create a memory box in response to the loves of her life.
Artist(s): Frida Kahlo

Imagining Alter Egos: Life-Size Paper Dolls

Students create their own life-size alter egos as a tactic for exploring identity.
Artist(s): Claude Cahun, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Andy Warhol

Personal Symbols, Personal Mythology

Students create a piece of art that reflects their own personal symbolism.
Artist(s): Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Chris Johanson

Unearthing Silenced Histories: Hidden-History Box

Students create a mixed-media box to give voice to a hidden history.
Artist(s): Judy Chicago, Glenn Ligon, Doris Salcedo, Kara Walker