DEARTS Spring 2010

April 20, 2010

On Weds, April 21 at noon comments on all posts closed for grading purposes. Collectively you’ve made over 1,600 comments this semester! But if you’d like to further comment on the last class, or any aspect of DEARTS  or make  suggestions for DEARTS in 2010-1011 please do so here. This post will NOT be graded, but it will be read with appreciation by us.


DEARTS on the Rocks: Last Class

April 19, 2010

Key to images, top row: Robeson playing Othello; lynching in Indiana; detail of self-portrait by Frida Kahlo with Diego Rivera. Bottom row: Broken Column (self-portrait by Frida Kahlo); Paul Robeson at anti-lynching demonstration; detail from painting Vida la Vida by Kahlo.

The Last Class included a look back at Shannon Curfman’s concert and other key moments this semester. New material focused on two iconic artists of the 20th century: Paul Robeson and Frida Kahlo.

What are your reactions to learning about Paul Robeson – a ’20th Century Renaissance man’?  What feelings were evoked for you viewing Kahlo’s paintings and learning something about her life?

There are many online sources for information about Robeson and Kahlo. Here are two:

From American Masters (PBS): biography of Paul Robeson

For Frida Kahlo, an unusually good site with interactive features. Check it out.

Note: as announced, this post closed at about noon on Weds. April 21. You may still comment on the post DEARTS Spring 2010.

Shannon Curfman

April 14, 2010

What are your reactions to hearing Shannon’s music and story in class?
What are your anticipations for the concert?

…and of course:  How was the concert for you? What surprised you?
In what ways was the concert (sound, ambiance, etc.) different than the acoustic set she played in class?

Western Herald on Shannon and DEARTS, Thursday, April 15, 2010

Shannon on the Bob & Tom Radio Show

Current Topics: Walking Tour

April 12, 2010

From the Acropolis to the Pantheon . . .

Test.1.images.05.006What surprised you most? Why? Was this your first time in downtown Kalamazoo? What were your impressions? If you know Kalamazoo well, did you discover anything new?

arch tour

Can’t Get You Outta My Head

April 8, 2010

April 7/8 Class

Top Row: illustration from Black Hole by Charles Burns; detail of Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi; Dr. Manhattan from Alan Moore’s Watchmen. Bottom Row: Superman, DC Comics; painting Nude with Yellow Pillow by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein; sculpture The Abduction of Persephone by Baroque artist Bernini.

Sequential Art: Comics & Graphic Novels

March 31, 2010

Images, clockwise from top left: Mack White's Cindy the Tattooed Sunday School Teacher, Art Spiegelman's Maus, Frank Miller's Dark Knight, and Black Hole by Charles Burns.

Now’s your chance to contrast, compare and critique the entire spectrum of the comic world we’ve explored this week:
Do you find points of similarity between artists presented and/or with other artists you’ve learned about recently?
Of the artists whose work you’ve seen, what would you want to have on your bookshelf?
A lot of provocative work was presented in class, what is your reaction to these stories and art?

PLEASE READ: DEARTS encourages debate and argument. However the pre-requisite is courtesy and respect for one another. The debate about Mr. Bonesteel’s presentation demands that you put forth your point of view thoughtfully – and that you avoid making personal attacks. Many would benefit from re-reading the criteria for our grading of blogging, posted under Announcements. (You’ll have to scroll down pretty far.) One part of the criteria is under the heading: Factors that may increase the number of points awarded a comment and reads as follows:

• The blogger brings up a topic that requires some courage or bravery.

Examples: a) the writer disagrees with another writer and does an excellent job debating the point; b) the blogger brings up points of view that others might find difficult including aspects of race, gender, sexuality, etc; c) writer references his or her own personal life experiences in ways that illuminate the discussion. (Emphasis added!)

The Graphic Novel & Persepolis

March 29, 2010


What events or moments in Persepolis had an impact on you?
How did the unique style/art of the film affect the story?
Why do you think Satrapi chose to tell this story through animation rather than as a live action film?

Also, think about the film in the context of comics and graphic novels:
What similarities or differences do you see between this film and the comic works presented to us by Michael Bonesteel?

(Be as specific as you can.)