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Week 7 Discussion
National and Cultural Identity
In what way do contemporary artists consider issues of national and cultural identity?
What are their strategies for calling traditional divisions into question through their art?
Use at least two art examples to support your post.
The initial post should be a minimum of 150 words. If you use any source outside of your
own thoughts, you should reference that source. Include solid grammar, punctuation,
sentence structure, and spelling.
My Answer:
In the 1980s and 1990s, a heightened emphasis on multiculturalism was witnesses around
the country and especially in New York. This heightened multiculturalism sought to recognize
diverse ethnic, racial, sexual, and religious identities that characterized the country. The period
was characterized by high awareness of the multiculturalism of the country over the
monocultural exhibits which had dominated art in the previous years. One of the strategies used
by artists to call for traditional divisions into question through their art by coming up with
artworks that highlighted the national and cultural issues which were happening in the society.
One of the arts which highlighted traditional divisions was the Lick and Lather, 1993–1994 by
Janine Antoni. The piece of art was used to mimic compulsive behavior disorders and beliefs that
unclean female bodies require constant washing. The piece of art was also used to highlight the
perception that women are slaves to their biological cycles hence the chocolate cravings.
Through such works, Antoni was able to question the social constructions of female identity and
beauty. Helter Skelter (1992) also used art to highlight the era’s ‘diminished expectations’ and its
dysfunctional economic, social, and racial relationships.
Another Response: Tamishiea Mcintyre
The way contemporary artist consider issues of national and cultural identity is by
interpreting the issues through their artwork. They don’t just make assumptions about
cultural and national identities, they actually do research and then put that research into
their artwork. The strategies they use are they as the public for their opinion, they go to
town hall meetings and listen to what the community has to say then they incorporate that
into their artwork. There is a famous artist from India, Bharti Kher, She uses cultural
identity in her artwork that depicts misinterpretation, misconceptions, conflict and
contradiction about her culture and identity.
Another Response: Christopher DeCosta
In this week’s discussion Ill focus on what ways do contemporary artists consider issues of national
and cultural identity? From my perspective artists integrate national issues into the works of art
while understanding and respecting cultural differences. First things first what’s is contemporary
art, from my perspective it reflects recent past historical events such as the Vietnam memorial or
the World War II memorial in Washington DC. Both moments pay tribute to the fallen and the
freedom my fellow servicemen and women have provided through their sacrifice to our great
nation. I believe the memorials provide dramatic social and political reflections for each era. Both in
this case using the reflection as a tool to look at times of the present and remember our past. The
World War II memorial using the reflection pool as a mirror along with the types of materials used
in each piece. While the Vietnam memorial provides the mirror like highly polished granite as the
mirror of reflection. Both pieces are capturing a period in the countries history that left a
memorable scar.
Also this week’s discussion Ill provide the strategies for calling traditional divisions into question
through their art? Again, from my perspective the county uses the information age to gather public
opinion using surveys, public speaking seminars, workshops, town hall meetings all that provide
the public a voice in these matters and art pieces. I can tell you a great example was in Durham;
North Carolina the Confederate Soldier Monument was destroyed by protesters and was all over
the news. The below link is a list of Monuments that was removed and the Proposed monuments to
be removed.https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/16/us/confederate-monumentsremoved.html
From my point of view, I believe the protests are the wrong approach I believe each of the
monuments provide meaning bad or good. Our youth can reflect on these works of art and
hopefully learn from the outcome regardless of outcome. All these monuments represent our fallen
and recalling a dark time in our great nation’s history.
The three examples of art I have chosen are the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial
located in Washington D.C. and the 9/11 Memorial located in New York city. All the Memorials
provide a window to our nation’s past during the darkest hours in our nation’s history. All
monuments and Memorials are reflection of the time period, that our nations need to heal from.
Another Response: David Taylor
Contemporary artist like Barbra Kruger created cultural images that forced viewers to
consider her images, as well as the words that she chose. She married both to create a more
powerful image. Her design You Body is a Battleground, portrays an androgynous looking
person who could either be male or female and the design is split in two with a white half as
well as a black half. Culturally I believe see is saying that it is up the individual and how
they feel in the inside.
Carrie Mae Weems Mirror, Mirror, deals with race and the fairy tale, Snow White. The
words along with the image of a Black Women looking into a mirror has an enormous
impact on the viewer. A viewer may have never considered Snow White to be a racist movie,
but is now forced to rethink what they know about the film. Art like this can have huge
cultural impacts.
Another Response: Amy Joyce
By integrating issues, contemporary artists use more emphasis and focus on national and
cultural identity. One way to celebrate efforts is to highlight their excellent work, for
example, creating paintings of human rights activists. The strategies used are questing
traditional divisions by reviewing the cultural differences, assessment of the cultural
identities, and for instance, pushing equality to improve cultural identity and national
Another Response: Delmar Tripp
Contemporary artists focus on issues of national and cultural identity by blending the issues in their
pieces. An example might be for an artist to paint a portrait of a football player kneeling in
Another Response: Katie Luaces
Contemporary artist considers issues of national and cultural identity by taking into
consideration the issues that we as a society, individuals or nation place an importance on.
The artist incorporates these issues into their artwork in order to connect with their
Barbara Kruger was an artist who’s work mainly consisted of black and white photographs
that were overlaid with text that highlighted cultural issues, such as sexuality and identity.
Her work, Your Body is a Battleground 1989, was created during the Woman’s March on
Washington and handed out as fliers to support the issue of reproductive rights.
Keith Haring used graffiti as his medium and created a piece in 1986 titled Crack is Whack.
Although he was arrested since the NYPD considered this vandalism, the media was made
aware of this and Haring was released. His mural was to bring awareness to the
drug epidemic that was sweeping the nation.
As mentioned in this weeks reading, modern artist would use appropriation in their work,
which consists of utilizing images that had already been produced then incorporating them
into their own work. As Kruger did in her work mentioned above. She used a photo and
altered it to show both the negative and positive. From this I think she was showing that
women, no matter what political or social stance they take are entitled to make their own
decisions about their body.
CO301 Intro to Communication Theory
Week 7
Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum.
Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you
should respond to two additional posts from your peers. If you have not done so lately, please
review the Rules of Discussion.
Group Experiences
View the Mariano Sigman video “How can groups make good decisions?”
Think about the groups you have been a part of. Which of the problems Sigman pointed out
were present in these groups? What could you, as a group member, have done differently to
improve the result for the group?
In replies to others, compare your group experiences with those in the initial response. Be
specific about problems and solutions you experienced.
View your discussion rubric.
My Answer:
Group discussions can often help teams reach agreements of contentious issues and
resolve conflicts that would otherwise be hard to deliberate on individually. However, group
engagements are not always smooth and involve disagreements and conflicts, especially when
participants hold opposing views. In one of the groups that I was a part of, one of the problems
which were evident was wide disagreements among participants who held opposing views
about the issues at hand. None of the group members was willing to give in and accept the
opinion of the other, with the session ending without a conclusion of the matter. As group
members, we could have improved the engagement by building consensus around each
member’s view rather than allowing two group members to sway the group discussion with
their opposing opinions.
Another Response: Patrick Ouellet
Hello everyone,
I am fortunate to work among a wonderful group of people that in most cases think alike
when it comes to solving problems related to reaching a goal. We did have difficulty with
some wanting to be individuals and try to solve all of the issues themselves. They quickly
learned that they had to reach out to others that had related to him that they had plenty to
offer whenever he was ready. Each individual has traits and talents that are valuable to
reaching our goals. Understanding these strengths and also the weaknesses within the
group members is a way to improve results. The group members must understand each
person’s strengths and weaknesses so that they know who they may be able to reach out to
for assistance. Also, when each person understands their own weaknesses and those of the
other group members, this may foster training among the group members to help get them
up to speed in a weak area. We do this quite often within our group and it has paid
Another Response: Victor Moran
Our work group consist of a lot of people from different states. So, the best way we have
discovered to solve issues for our company is to first send an email to all our managers to
put a group together to come up with ideas or solutions to the problem. After that stage of
the process each manger selects to representatives of their work group to represent them in
a meeting at the company headquarters to discuss the ideas or solutions to the problem
after this process is done we come up with a solution everyone agrees on. It is not always
easy because everyone thinks differently but with a discussion in this small group it always
works out. Before this process we always had issues because every manger had different
processes and solutions for different problems cause the company money because of the
processes that where not really working but slowing down productivity. It is always better to
solve a problem collectively than individually.
Another Response: Cindy Wulf
As the speaker in the video discussed robust average, I find that this has not always been the
case in some of the groups I’ve experienced. A jury, for example, may have someone who is
polarized in their opinion. While they have the right to deliberate their position, it cannot
be discounted and discarded. Their opinion and vote carries the same weight as that of all
of the other 11 jurors. Their position would be relative to their confidence level.
Another Response: Melinani Kopta
Think about the groups you have been a part of. Which of the problems Sigman
pointed out were present in these groups?
I have been in groups in the past where people have diverse opinions. The problem
with this is that it impacted the time frame we had available. Luckily The group I am
in now seems to be more or less with confident greys, so things go smoothly while we
are communicating with one another.
What could you, as a group member, have done differently to improve the result for
the group?
In my past groups I could have tried to be more of a Confident grey than a confidant
right, adding to the robust average.

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