The first piece that I took a picture with was "Top Ten Ways to Tell if You're an Art World Token" by the Guerrilla Girls.
I took a picture with this piece because after hearing about the Guerrilla Girls in class I was very interested by their work. I also enjoyed that the piece because it brought up the fact that some people's work is just exhibited to be the token female, person of color, or gay person. I think this is something that highlights the fact that these marginalized groups do not get the same opportunities that privileged groups do.
Ross Bleckner, uses light in his painting "Gate #2" to show the attempt to escape the bars of confinement. This is using the style of expressionism to try and show the struggle of getting out of confinement, whether that be a person confinement or one brought on by an institution.
I took a picture with this statue of Ganpati, "Dancing Ganesh", because it reminds me of the year that I spent living in India. There is a lot of symbolism in the stance and objects that are in this sculpture. Drawing on what we learned in class, different stances in theater are meant to tell the audience to feel a certain way or symbolize a particular emotion. Different stock characters have their way of standing and acting to show the audience who they are. The same thing is done with the sculpture, the artist uses certain objects such as the mouse that Ganesha is standing on make it known that this is in fact Ganesha.
"Roadways Leading to the Brooklyn Bridge with the World Trade Center Towers and Woolworth Building in the Distance, from the series Open Spaces, Temporary and Accidental" by Marvin E. Newman. Taken in the 70s this black and white photo is drawing attention to the crowded and busy streets of New York City. Taking this class and studying the way that people throughout history have used theatre to portray and get across emotions and experiences while spreading a message has made me look at art a little differently. Where as before I would have looked at this photograph and just seen pretty picture from a cool perspective, I now try and look deeper into the motives behind the photograph and the intentions that the photographer had when he took this picture.
1748 Map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli is a beautiful account of the city of Rome and details the roads and development of the city around the year 1748. In a way you can relate this to theatre. This piece of art is in fact a map, something useful and helpful that citizens need, while also being a work of art that people want to look at because of its attention to detail and beauty. This can also be seen in theatre, where the audience comes to see the production because its fascinating to look at but they also get something more profound of useful from it. Theatre and this map serve two purposes, a useful and helpful tool to get information across and a work of art that people want to look at.