Online curriculum developed around the theme of identity. The unit focuses on the work of nine artists and includes selected works, artist's biographical information, iconography or meaning of selected work, style characteristics, discussion questions, vocabulary, lesson activities and plans (written in student language), local student art, embedded discussion board, comment archives and New News focused on art and art education in Minnesota.
This unit is part of ArtsNet Minnesota, a collaborative online curriculum resource developed by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, and Minnesota Museum of American Art.
To provide students with opportunities to explore how artists have expressed identity through their work, to look at ways identity is expressed in our culture, and to allow students to reflect on how their own identity can be expressed.
1. Africa, Sierra Leone, Sande Society Mask, 20th century, wood, raffia, H. 13 in., Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2. Chuck Close, Big Self-Portrait, 1968, acrylic on canvas 107-1/2 x 83-1/2 in., Walker Art Center
3. Chuck Close, Kiki, 1993, oil on canvas, 100 x 84-1/8 in., Walker Art Center
4. James Ensor, Belgian, 1860-1949, Intrigue, 1911, oil on canvas, H. 37 1/4 in., W. 44 1/2 in., Minneapolis Institute of Arts
5. Frank Gehry, Standing Glass Fish, 1986, wood, glass, steel, silicone, Plexiglas, rubber, 264 x 168 x 102 in., Walker Art Center
6. Robert Gwathmey, Nobody Here Calls Me Citizen, 1943, oil on canvas, 14 x 17 in., The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
7. Marsden Hartley, Portrait, 1914-15, oil on canvas, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
8. Pepón Osorio, 100% Boricua, 1991, wood, glass, Plexiglas, paper, fabric, metal, plastic, 79-3/8 x 33-1/2 x 20-1/2 in., Walker Art Center
9. James Rosenquist, World's Fair Mural, 1964, oil on masonite, 240 x 240 in., The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
10. Ernest Whiteman, Untitled, steel and neon. H. 73 in., W. 44 1/2 in., Minneapolis Institute of Arts