MHC Seminar 1, Professor Casey Henry

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STEAM Project Posts

Hi Seminar 1,

You learned in class about the STEAM project category page where you’ll be posting your projects, and I can see that one group posted already. Just remember to categorize the post as “STEAM projects,” and you should be fine.

If a lot of people have videos to upload or other large files, we might need more space on the site for them. This is not a problem, but I do have to request more space from eportfolios. Just email me if you’re planning to post a video so I have a rough count. Alternatively, if you try to post and get a message that there’s not enough space, let me know and I will fix that as soon as I can.

Your ITF,


Prompt for November 22

What do you make of the intersection between art, commerce, advertising, and fashion as touched on in these articles? Feel free to bring in additional articles, images, or video, or write about a compelling ad (for a fashion brand or otherwise) you saw recently.

Prompt for November 20

Write about the common aspects of both sculptors’ (Michelangelo & Rodin) work, or what you felt was unique about each.Also feel free to contemplate the “sculptural” aspects of Mapplethorpe’s work, or the resonances between Mapplethorpe’s framing of subjects and Michelangelo/Rodin’s.

Prompt for November 13

Write a blog post about the world portrayed in the Mean Streets—the moral paradoxes of its characters, and the details of the world they inhabit, and so on. What makes it compelling? Alternately, discuss what is similar, or different, about the gritty reality portrayed in the Ghostface song, or how music and film present these experiences differently.

Prompt for November 6

Write about how these musical and literary texts (Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool,” Langston Hughes’s “Weary Blues,” and Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street”) express representations of physical space—Harlem in particular—and black experience. Or, you may address this topic through your experience visiting the Studio Museum.

Prompt for October 25

You were assigned Frank O’Hara and J.G. Ballard readings that collectively present either a utopian or dystopian view of New York City, or a city very much like it. Reflect on the text(s) by including a multimedia element in your post that interacts with or draws out an aspect of its subject matter, themes, or specific locations. Think about audio, video, imagery, interactive apps, film clips, or another piece of media. (Inclusion of this piece of media is mandatory.)

As the texts relate directly to NYC or a NYC-like city, consider using audio/video/apps/sound in the following ways (just as examples): using Google Earth to screenshot locations (or include a link to Google Earth’s view of locations) mentioned explicitly by O’Hara, and talk about the difference between your impression of its present-day status and O’Hara’s nostalgic view; including a link to music that relates in some way to the grandeur of O’Hara’s depicted metropolis or the claustrophobia of Ballard’s (The Ramones? Suicide (the band)? Television? Patti Smith?); a link to a film scene that reacts or interacts in some way with the texts and their almost unreal portrayal of city customs and locations (Minority ReportThe MatrixBladerunner?); images of the paintings and artworks O’Hara mentions and how the real-life version interacts with the themes in O’Hara’s poem; or, another media element that you find raises compelling overlaps/contrasts. Think creatively.

You must also comment on two other students’ projects. Please do your best to upload by Tuesday, Oct. 24, so that you each have time to view others’ projects, and to comment as needed.

You will be presenting your own project in front of the class (nothing painstakingly formal, but I’ll project your post and you can walk us through it), so please re-familiarize yourself with your thoughts before class.

As a reminder, the Frank O’Hara/J.G. Ballard texts (included in your course pack — except you’ll need to consult the digital version of “Having a Coke”) are as follows:
Frank O’Hara“Having a Coke with You” (view on full-screen to see proper line breaks)

“A Step Away From Them”
“Personal Poem”

J.G. Ballard: “Billennium”


Prompt for October 16

The selection of ballet pieces you saw last week hinged on contemporary, or new, music. (You probably noted the absence of the more formal, classical music you may’ve heard in previous ballet pieces.) Look up the music from one of the pieces, and write about how music and dance interacted. Or, how seeing the music away from dance allowed you to contemplate its sound differently.

Prompt for October 4



As I wrote in my email to you, here is the new prompt for the Kara Walker show, which has been substituted for the Ian Cheng PS1 show. (The Walker show, for those of you who didn’t receive my email, is located at Sikkema Jenkins & Co Gallery, at 530 WEST 22ND STREET NEW YORK NY 10011.)

Here is the prompt:

Instead of strictly obeying the Ian Cheng prompt that’s listed on your syllabus, I’d like you to think instead about the reappropriated use of symbols and stereotypes in Walker’s work (her use of nineteenth-century cowboys, slaves, and Confederate icons, for instance). Then, in a visual post (meaning you will copy and paste in an image, or include a link to an image), I want you to provide and write about an “icon” or “symbol” or “stereotypic depiction” of our modern day that you think is damaging, or in need of modification, or that can be employed in a new way. Describe why you feel this way, or, feel free to make an original (but simple) work of art that reappropriates or tampers with this icon. If you make a small visual piece, just include a short, few-sentence-long explanation, as well. This is meant to be open-ended, and creative, so feel free to write about, or comment artistically on, a subject, image, or concept that means something to you.


On a technical note, as it’s easier to embed images and media into a “post” rather than a “comment,” please feel free to respond via a “post” to the blog (as some students did before for the Doll’s House response). Just identify in the subject line that you’re responding to Walker.


Prompt for October 2

Write a short review of the play (A Doll’s House Part 2), focusing on specific aspects you thought were successful or unsuccessful. You might focus on: actors’ performances, stage design, direction, or the general interplay between the text and the live action you witnessed.

Prompt for September 25

Discuss an aspect of the Stettheimer exhibit through a perspective learned from John Berger (this can be a more abstract perspective—what Berger made you think about as you were in the exhibit, perhaps focusing on a single piece, or the layout/arrangement of the exhibit).
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