Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO©, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992.
Basquiat's art focused on "suggestive dichotomies", such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.
Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a "springboard to deeper truths about the individual", as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle (Wikipedia).
WARNING: This documentary is hard to watch, but it's important. In my classroom I will only show a couple clips (0:00-3:44 & 19:10-21:38). It contains violence and language.
The USA has less than 5% of the global population, yet almost 25% of the global prison population.
Black men account for 6.5% of the U.S. population, but make up 40.2% of the U.S. prison population.
In the U.S., 1 in 3 black males is expected to go to prison in his lifetime, while only 1 in 17 white males are expected to go to prison in their lifetime.
CLICK HERE for a great article on the #Blacklivesmatter movement, with suggestions on what white folks can do to dismantle systematic racism.
Bill Viola is recognized as a pioneer in the medium of video art, known for his iconic, large-scale, slow-motion immersive video works produced over his 40 year career. His work investigates spirituality, life, death, religious iconography, and metaphysical experiences. "Birth is not a beginning, death is not an end," as Viola has remarked, quoting from Chuang Tzu (370-287 BCE).
THE PASSIONS (He talks about invisible presence around 12:00)
LEARNING TO LOVE YOU MORE // Assignment no.63 Make an Encouraging Banner
Here are some of my pedagogical musings, dabblings, wonderings and wanderings.