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Social injustices in Art

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Melissa Enderle (Melissaenderle)
Thu, 13 Feb 97 18:24:31 -0000

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>There is some powerful art made by artists who are outraged at social and
>cultural injustices, and this art might be used to teach students, at
>appropriate grade levels, about social issues: Edward Kienholtz, Barbara
>Kruger, Edgar Heap of Birds, Sue Coe, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Lorna
>Simpson, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Eugene Richards, Carrie Mae Weems, Keith
>Haring, ACT-UP, Group Material, Gran Fury, Adrian Piper, David Hammons,
>Luis Jimenez, Alfredo Jaar, Tim Rollins and KOS, Mel Chin, James Luna,
>Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Robert Colescott, Mary Ellen Mark, Laurie Anderson,
>Papo Colo, Duane Michals, Beverly Pepper, Survival Research Laboratories,
>Pat Ward Williams, Fred Wilson, David Wojnarowicz
Great list of social artists! I've done some art lessons relating to
social realism. Some artists that I've also talked about include: Duane
Hansen, Kathe Kollwitz, and Picasso. I currently am doing a
collaborative lesson (with the music teacher and classroom teacher) on
the atomic bombs in Japan. There is an excellent book that most
powerfully details in victim/witness artwork the devastating effects of
the bomb.
Teaching kids that art is not always meant to be pretty or uplifting -
that it has a purpose- is both a relevant and important component of art.

Melissa Enderle

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