Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Art and Identity: The Museum of Modern Art

    For our first class field trip we went to the MOMA. During this trip we were given the chance to explore the world of modern art. We were then allowed to roam museum seeing first hand many of the artworks we analyze in class. With this we each gathered our own personal experience on views of different artists . Then tying in the Aesthetics of art placing the works we had chosen to break down into three different categories based on what we felt that work of art said to us . these three categories being : Personal, Historical and Cultural. 
     Lynn Hershman "Roberta’s Construction Chart #2" created in 1976. With this work of art Lynn Hershman chose to portray what many believed to be her alter ego Roberta Breitmore. When Hershman would portray herself as her alter ego she would wear large amounts of makeup a blonde wig and a particular clothing style. it was said that she lived alone in a small apartment and would create personal ads to search for men who she would then use in her performances. She was just like any other person she had a checking account, drivers license and even saw a psychiatrist regularly. In this photo you may notice little scribbles and notes randomly written around the face. these were the notes that Hershman wrote to show the differences between herself and her alter ego Roberta Breitmore.

Andy Warhol. Campbells Soup Cans - From 1956 till now Campbells soups have been a household brand. With its countless theme songs and numerous television commercials it has definitely evolved. This brand has grown to become what we know now as one of the biggest soup companies in the world , starting with one basic chicken noodle soup and branching out to be The worlds famous soup company. Campbell's soup passed down from generation to generation with a new twist every time. it is said that with this photo Warhol was trying to portray the stacking of Campbells cans in its original form in a way that the viewer would be feel a connection to the soup they know and love .

Jose Clemente Orozco ( Mexican , 1883-1949)

in this painting my Jose Clemente in 1931 using oil on canvas Orozco created a painting to portray Emiliano Zapata and the Zapatistas during the Mexican Revolution, taking place from 1879 to 1919. In the painting it shows the Zapatistas also known as peasent followers marching to what would be their death. this painting shows the hardships Mexicans had to encounter fighting for independence and freedom . 

   These three works of art by Lynn Hershman, Jose Clemente, and Andy Warhol each have their own unique style. Yet their art is still able to connect with the aesthetics of art and fall into the three categories. Each of these artworks portray their own historical , cultural, and personal backgrounds but its what stands out about them or their stories that places them where they deem more interesting. 

José Clemente Orozco (Mexican, 1883–1949) 
Oil on canvas

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
Campbell's Soup Cans
Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases

Lynn Hershman Leeson (American, born 1941)
Roberta's Construction Chart #2
Chromogenic color print, printed 2003

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