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Take for instance the Ivan Albright painting "Into the World There Came a Soul
Called Ida", 1929-1930 from the Art Institute of Chicago. Now a discussion on
beauty vs. ugly and physical versus mental and spiritual can begin with that
work. Student reactions are published on these very issues in Philosophy and
Art one of a series (from the Getty.... I believe). I use the Ivan Albright
in teacher workshops alot. The July 1997 Art in America features an article
on Ivan Albright because of a recent retrospective at the Met. I like to pair
the discussion from history with some of the more contemporary issues. It
helps the students to see the connections. Our social studies teacher also
has the students study the "School of Athens" and choose contemporary figures
to replace each character. I am hoping he will join us on line.