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Defend your own definition of art, utilizing any 2-3 thinkers from the course as the most relevant objectors to your view. Consistent with this assignment could be the task of defending why art cannot or need not be defined.
Due to budget cuts on the campus, the CFA building is scheduled for demolition. One week before the scheduled destruction, a committee of faculty members appoints you the following task: please, for the sake of art, go in and remove the most important artworks from the building that you can. Having your response reflect this course, defend whether or not you can accomplish this task. [Note – this will require you to define what an artwork is, otherwise you will just be saving chairs and erasers, and justify the aesthetic judgments used in selecting which works to preserve; this will also probably require you to attend the Coburn gallery during regular hours].
Tolstoy argued that a work of art is to be measured by its accessibility. Adorno seems to defend the exact opposite, namely that when society is corrupt, the authenticity and greatness of a work of art is to be measured by its inaccessibility by the masses. If mass culture is corrupt and degraded, then a work of art must resist the mechanisms of mass culture. Which thinker is closest to being correct?
Your professor shared drafts of chapters from his book on extensions of Kant’s aesthetics in 20th century postmodernism. One discussion focused on Lyotard’s ‘Kantian’ analysis regarding the possibility of public memorials in the postmodern era. The other addressed Derrida’s analysis of the fundamental instability of any distinction between ‘work’ and ‘frame’ in art, or Deleuze’s analysis of contemporary art in terms of sensation before it is represented. Try generating a sustained engagement with any of these analyses, either in terms of critique or exposition.
Go to Jacksonpollock.org and make your own drip-painting. Then provide a justification as to (a) why your creation should or should not be considered a work of art, and then (b) why or why not your work is to be considered superior or inferior to Pollock’s. [perhaps utilizing the thought of Hirsch or Danto here; try to include the works you are comparing in your paper].
Choose your recent favorite movie or song. Defend whether or not your choice is a serious work of art, and why it should be anyone else’s favorite besides yourself. Then provide an analysis (in your own words) of what conclusions Benjamin and Adorno would come to with regard to your choice.