Interdepartmental, or the involvement of many departments or classes, is the main focus of INTD 288: the exploration of the art of Steve Prince. From the beginning I found it difficult to see the connections between art and other subjects of study, especially within my major in STEM. However, as this semester evolved and more professors presented how their departments correlated to art, I began to alter my outlook. Continue reading “Final Reflection Post”
Through the semester, many class discussions centered around ideas about the hardships minorities face in today’s society, as well as throughout history. But when faced with these issues, how does one react? How does our school provide the tools to encounter hate crimes and oppression? Continue reading “D.I.C.E.”
Previously discussed, African Americans, along with many other minority groups, face oppression in a cyclical manner. Also, from Zeno’s paradox, we understand that progress being obtained is an illusion; confined by societal expectations. However, contextual evidence from the Allegory of the Cave, written by Plato, shows readers the complexity of our restraints on ourselves by idolizing material wealth as symbols of progress. With all of these philosophical ideas, how does this correlate to art; more specifically, Steve Prince? Continue reading “Philosophy Pt. 3”
Aforementioned, many minority groups face a cyclical nature of destitution. With this reappearing lack of progress, how is it measured? How do we know when we have achieved what we call “success”?An issue explored within class was how we identified the effects of progress. David Levy, our guest speaker on Philosophy, explained the Zeno Theory in reference to that identification. Continue reading “Philosophy Pt. 2”
Progress can be defined as a “forward or onward movement toward a destination,” or as an “advance or development toward a better, more complete, or more modern condition.” This definition is easily understood, however our experiences with the word are often tricky to navigate. Continue reading “Philosophy Pt. 1”
In our class with Dr. Mark Broomfield, we were encouraged to learn and practice African American inspired dancing within the first half of our class. Many of these moves can be seen stemming from New Orleans. Continue reading “African American Influence on Dance”
While our class with Professor Mark Broomfield taught us how African Americans influenced the art of dance, as seen in New Orleans, another half of class combated the notion of gendered dance.
Steve Prince was not shy when declaring his christian upbringing, and thus its influence within his artwork. A common motif seen in the works we have discussed involved the figure of a horse, or multiples of them. Mr. Prince uses these horses to portray the woes of the citizens, primarily the African American ones, in New Orleans during Katrina, bringing to mind the Bible’s depictions of the apocalypse through the Four Horsemen.
Coming into this class, I don’t believe anyone expected what the first week brought forth. Sure we knew we’d discuss and meet the artist behind this large community art project, but we never expected to be asked to bring our personal beliefs and talents to the first day in the Kinetic gallery. Continue reading “The “Art Evangelist””