Now that Showing/Thinking is up, class will be spent working on various projects as well as visiting local galleries on field trips. This Thursday, we will be visiting Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
Up until a few years ago, the Art Department advertised the Student Show with a poster that cast the senior art students and the art department faculty as figures in famous works of art. The examples we looked at included a recreation of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Dega’s The Dance Class, Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, and a final piece that references a Surrealist Manifesto as well as Magritte’s The Son of Man.
We began brainstorming for this year’s poster to advertise the opening on May 4th. After some discussion, it seems that we will be recreating Botticelli’s Primavera. I’m a little skeptical, given the short amount of time we have to prepare, but hopefully we can coordinate schedules for a photoshoot. Ideally, we can have both the seniors and the faculty. I am also a little disappointed by the painting we selected; while Primavera is a masterful painting, I am not that excited to recreate it. Personally, I think it would be fun to reference something like Hannah Höch’s Cut with the Kitchen Knife. I also liked the suggestion of Leutze’s George Washington Crossing the Delaware or Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grade Jatte.
Despite my concerns, I am excited to be working on the poster with Ofelia. Since we are both in a photography class, I’m confident that the images will turn out well.