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Art and Power

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapter 9 of the textbook. Select a work of art in which its purpose is to convey or engage with power or persuade.

You can find works of art in the textbook, a website listed on the ART101 Museum and Images Website document, one of the assigned virtual reality videos, or visit your local museum.

Your work of art should be one that you have not already examined elsewhere in this class, with the exception of the Week 3 assignment.

Some examples can be found below:

Kehinde Wiley, Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (Links to an external site.)
Ai Weiwei, Remembering and the Politics of Dissent (Links to an external site.)
Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps (Links to an external site.)
Varvara Stepanova, The Results of the First Five-Year Plan (Links to an external site.)
Your initial post should

Provide the title, artist, date, and place of the work, embedding it if possible.
Explain the specific forms of power (individual leaders, ideologies, ethnic groups, beliefs, empires, or governments) the work is serving or challenging. For example, Jacques Louis Davids Napoleon Crossing the Alps is serving the power of Napoleon and the French Empire.
Explain the messages being conveyed in the work.
Explain how the artist uses materials, methods, and techniques, as well as symbolism and iconography to convey their message.
Reflect on the artists intentions in creating the work.
Cite your sources as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.) guides on APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) and APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.).