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Re: aesthetics and art criticism ideaa

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 16:12:06 -0800 (PST)

Jason and Amy Metcalfe have come up with some dandy ideas for stimulating
discussion of aesthetics and art criticism discussions in class. Congrats
on some wonderful project ideas, too! I think the idea of working with
monuments as a focal theme is excellent, and would suggest that you
consider awful as well as splendid monuments in your discussion. I
recommend consideration of the perfectly dreadful monument Saddam Hussein
has had erected in Baghdad to his own glorification and the memory of
Iraqui warriors who fought in the war against Iran. For a lengthy
discussion, with lots of picutures, see THE MOUNUMENT, by Samir al-Kahlil
(also known as Kanan Makiya). And, of course, I think you will find it
very useful to have your students look at the images and discussion of
TRAJAN'S COLUMN at this artsednet website, under Philosopher's Forum. We
raise some issues about the column and its images (which are very nicely
displayed) that should provoke very useful classroom dialog.
Ron Moore