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 Chuck Close
 James Ensor
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 Robert Gwathmey
 Marsden Hartley
 Pepón Osorio
 James Rosenquist
 Ernest Whiteman

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Pepón Osorio
Discussion Questions/Activities

Look closely at 100% Boricua. What does it tell us about Pepón Osorio identity? Find five objects that give us specific information.

Osorio, 100% Boricua (detail)
Pepón Osorio, 100% Boricua (detail)
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Is Osorio proud to be Puerto Rican?

Is 100% Boricua serious art? If Osorio had made an oil painting of his parents and grandparents, would we know more about him?

Cornell, Andromeda
Joseph Cornell
Andromeda, 1953-56
wood, glass, paper, sand, pigment
14 x 7 3/4 x 3 3/4


  1. Find a shallow cardboard or wooden box approximately 8 x 12 in. Collect five objects that are meaningful to you, such as medals, ribbons, coins, programs, ticket stubs, old sunglasses, trophies, and found objects of all types. Consider a unified theme when selecting the objects to include in the box.

  2. Paint the box.

  3. Create a conceptual and historical artwork within the box. Use scraps of colored tag board as design elements.

  4. Write a descriptive paragraph about each object. Include a visual description and details such as where you have kept this object, for how long, and why it is important. Name the artwork.

  5. Present the artwork to the class. First, the class will discuss what the symbols or objects represent. Next, they will guess the theme of the artwork. Finally, the artist reveals the title and meaning of the artwork.

found objects - sculpture materials from everyday life


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