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A&E.A

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Dionne C. Fernandez (dionnef)
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 17:17:45 -0700

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For part of our lesson plan, we need an aesthetic puzzle. Our unit is
on water conservation for desert landscapping. Here is our puzzle:

The photo we will use is by Dorothea Lange entitled "An American
Exodus" 1929. This is a black and white photo of an abandoned farm showing
a broken windmill, broken farm wagon and a old building. It is during the
dust bowl.
A class discussion will draw out the following points:

There are not any people. The title of the picture means that all the
people have left and do not live there anymore. This picture was taken
after deep plowing and no rain, caused all the good soil to blow away. The
land wouldn't grow anything anymore. The farmers had to leave their land
and they were very poor.
At the end of the discussion we will ask the following aesthetic
questions:

Some people say that this is a very beautiful picture, and that
Dorothea Lange is a really good photographer. Can there be a picture that
is beautiful even though it is sad to see all the land ruined? If you open
a magazine and see this picture, would you think about it differently than
if you see it in a museum?

If anyone has any comments or suggestions we welcome them.

Dionne, Jonna and Diana


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