“Showgirl” Analysis

by: Frenzy Luzincourt, Maya Sienkiewicz, Guy Carlos


The kinds of analysis that were did focused on the cultural and historical context around the painting, as well as the artist's intent. We discussed perversion of the girl, the cultural concepts of what it meant to be in the 1920s regarding jazz and even race relations. We also discussed the contrast in the colors, white the bright reds, yellows, and blues, in comparison with the dark and grey colors. Additionally we paid attention to the clothing worn by the subjects in the paintings, looking at their patterns and what we thought the materials used to create it were. The author's intent was also heavily questioned, from whether the painting has racial implications, or was more focused on the music and aesthetic progress of the times. Although, we pretty much analyzed it from top to bottom, we did not spend time on the possible political implications of that time.
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Doges Palace

by: Jessica Jiang, Maryia Shaban


Claude Monet had a signature established in everyone of his paintings. Not only was he an impressionist, but he created emphasis on light in every landscape. In our primary reflection of the painting we discussed point of view first, setting the scene at which the image was remembered on canvas. We analyzed the use of colors and made a point to focus on the details in unison with the entirety of the paining in order to understand it completely. At a second listening, we realized that we could of expanded more on the artist's preferences, his use of shadow and light, his inspiration, and how it was exhibited with paint.
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Thomas Cole – A Pic-Nic Party

by: David Mashkevich, Diana Vasilevski


I think that we covered all of the types of analysis mentioned at the Media Arts Workshop. After listening to our recording, perhaps we could have done more analysis of formal properties – that is, the artist's choices in creating the painting. If given more time, I would have done this, as well as think more about the artist's intention in creating the painting. Perhaps we could have also discussed how the subject matter/content of the painting contributed to the artist's intentions.
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The Road of the War Prisoners

by: Johanna Farkas


Description- texture, crows, landscape
Interrogation- History of the prisoners
Formal Properties- peeling paint, landscape, contrast
Content- sad emotional scene
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Web of Life

by: Shabab Karim, Derek Lee, Miar Elaskandrany, Amber Jin, Mohamed Abid


Our conversation mostly included descriptive analysis. We also used formal analysis, and we interpreted the artists intentions. However, we failed to use interrogation analysis, content analysis, and historical analysis in our audio file. We did include the historical analysis in the video though.
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A Legless Bird

by: Serena Chen, Omayra Cen, Jessica Pitts, Megan Jean-Louis, Ashaney Ewes


At Night at the Museum, we talked quite a bit about the description and formal context of this drawing along with with the content and artist's intention while creating this drawing. Toyin Ojih Odutola wanted to objectify whiteness the same way that the majority of our society objectified minorities like blacks, muslims, asians, hispanics, etc. In the description of the drawing, "Non white persons become 'other,' while whiteness, as a category defining those in a historically dominant social position, is left 'unmarked,' unspoken, and undefined– controlling through its supposed invisibility." People walk by this drawing because at first glance it just looks like a blank piece of paper. They fail to take the time to actually take a closer look at the subject and find out what it is that they are REALLY looking at; the same way that most people in our society view minorities. Which leads to prejudices, stereotypes, and social discrimination and racial classification.
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Fang Crow Fruit/ Pilgun Yoon

by: Daniel Kruglyak, James Demiro, Hamza Khilji, Phillip Salmo


We focused on Description, Interrogation, Formal Properties, Historical Context and Artist's Intentions/ Interpretation. We would to focus more on subject matter/ content.
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Columbus Before The Queen

by: Andrew Palacios, Samuel Meyerovich, Ashir Raffe, Daniel Ostrom


The historical significance of this piece is one that echoes the discovery of the New World. This discovery, in turn, sparked the interest of Europeans to build what is America today. For that reason, it is incredible how Columbus is the centerpiece of the painting and is thus wearing bright red clothing. The artist's intentions for this piece is to demonstrate the power that the New World – America – already has despite not being influenced by colonization. This is further presented by the use of bright colors around Columbus and those near him. The proud look of the subject of the painting is contrasted by the varying expressions of the king, queen, and royal subjects. Nevertheless, this is a powerful piece due to the foreshadowing of American values, culture, and civilization that will begin to emerge in the near future within the context of this masterpiece.
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An Out-of-Doors Study

by: Claudine Guerra, Emily Tepe, Simona Popa


We did all of the specified types of analysis with the exception of historical context. If we had more time, we would've tried to analyze the historical background more and tried to decipher more of the artist's meaning. We went into depth regarding description and formal properties, specifically the colors, lines, brush strokes, and general composition of the painting.
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A Legless Bird

by: Serena Chen, Omayra Cen, Jessica Pitts, Megan Jean-Louis, Ashaney Ewes


Did: description, formal analysis, historical context, our interpretation of the artist's intention
Didn't do: subject matter/content

If we had more time, we would have liked to further analyze the piece, the author's background, and the works surrounding this one in the Disguise exhibit. We would also have liked to explore the other racial discrimination problems and social issues that minorities face not only in the U.S. but around the world to further understand what the artist would have wanted to express in her work.
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