MHC Seminar 1, Professor Casey Henry

Author: vgrossman (Page 1 of 2)

Victor grossman Wu Tang Clan

I will start by saying I am not at all a phan of rap. With that in mind, I find the vulgarity of the lyrics excessive and unnecessary, although at times funny.

For example in “Shame On A Nigga”:”I react so thick, I’m phat, and YO!”

I think it is funny that he calls himself fat. In most situations that would not be considered beneficial to ones “name” or “face”. However, in this context, it seems to serve as a sort of elevated adjective label.

I can appreciate how sometimes they just use words however they want. That is really effective and I like to do that too in every day to make a point. For example sometimes I will tell my dad “Stop being such a triumphant tortoise”

This is very similar to when he said: “So I can get fzza-funky for yah”.  It doesn’t mean much in or out of context, but it creates a mood and a response. From my dad in the former example its “What??”

And from me in the ladder, it is “What??”

Stettheimer exhibit Victor

Stettheimer displays her wealthy lifestyle in the subjects of her painting. Although not intentionally about wealth or class, it is still brought to light by the amount of free time she has to paint the subjects. The colors are bright and lively like  a wealthy party. She creates a sense of harmony in her compositions which balances with the idea that she may be a person who values things differently from someone in a different social standing.

Victor Ohara

Ohara uses the city as a means of inspiration to draw the reader into their world as a means of expression. He brings out moments in time and makes them last as though frozen allowing for one to experience what he did. In this way he draws to the readers attention the idea that a moment lasts only once, but a feeling from that moment can interact with future moments to create a sense of memory which is then influenced by one’s life choices and emotional maturity to produce a result.

This perfectly encapsulates the New York City feel of “The Past” which allows for a broader understanding of the culture which we are submerged in every day but have little time to adapt to.

The video I link to is another means of a similar expression which conveys, I feel, a very similar emotional expression to the poetry in that it allows the viewer to step out of their own shoes and see New York with no reference point but that of a cultural lens in the distant way.


Victor mean Streets

The rap uses strong words to display his discontent with the system and he is very mad about how he can’t get what he needs for no good reason. He uses a lot of curse words because it makes him sound tough and that is good. He is saving face with his word choice. That is a very powerful tool in rap. He is quite loud which creates a connection to the listener. He draws from his life experience which also creates a strong sense of comradery with the listener. He is difficult to understand when he raps but that draws one to check and read his lyrics, should they feel compelled.”Fast pace of a CREAM chasing team” Shows Raekwon roots of New York and New York rap in the fact that he appreciates and draws inspiration from Wu Tang and his production.

Victor Studio Musuem

The Studio Museum has many powerful influences that have shaped the world of Harlem art. Kenneth wiley is a very skilled painter who depicts people in a new light which allows for social commentary. His skill in the compositions is shown by his ability to balance the frame with contrast of light and dark and well placed colors which bring out the subjects and their place. The subjects always have a very powerful expression and the composition usually features a lot of vibrant saturated  colors. The compositions draw from history to show social commentary.


Through the experiences gathered from art throughout New York City, as well as the scenery of China Town , a horizontaly shot
film was made. It became extremely popular in Poland, and even warranted an interview with its director.  Upon being interviewed, the film seems to make less sense that did at the start…

Is this even something worth watching?

“Trouble in Hong Kong is a piece which leaves its viewer feeling mugged.
Much like the time spent in a New York City Art Museum, or a continental
train trip.” – Zealot Lart

It presents a film which is from a fictional director. This director is actually a hack who contradicts himself constantly.

I thank Z M, Bill Haye + friend, Oisin Horner, and my Father

Victor Commerce

Through the vast ravines of time, art and commerce have always been intertwined in a “dance of the dragons” which has escaped only the most wealthy of emperors and politicians. The end result is, of course, that which can be surmised from the froth of the history books – and that is thusly: “Those who sell their art receive a pension based upon the amount which their patron deem it worth”.

When presented in this way, we can see that art is often viewed as a form of “business exchange”. Andy Warhol could be said to have called this a gilded age of consumerism in which those in charge dictate to others what is more valuable and worth pursuing.

(In the above image we see how the same message can be brought forth and push outward despite it sharing similarities to other images)

Plays are another example.

Rodin and Michaelangelo

It was interesting to see  Michelangelo’s work in real life. He is very good at drawing. Sometimes his sketches appeared to have a different style to them (when compared to each other). This was strange to see. I did not know that Michaelangelo copied his one painting of devils holding a man up in the sky from another man’s work. That was interesting. I thought the color from the painted version added a lot but I also felt that the detail and light was actually better on the original drawing. I did not know that Rodin made so many smaller copies of sculptures he already made once before.


It was interesting to see the way the dancing and the music worked together as a whole. Sometimes it really timed exactly with the moves and other times I felt that the music overshadowed the movement. The performance where the shadows

The performance where the shadows were lit up behind was very visually impressive and I appreciated how much planning went into making the whole visual experience look like that. It was very special to see the 2d projection of the choreographed dance.

Kara Walker

Kara Walker’s work is interesting in that it combines a bunch of extremely powerful and simple conflicting images to create a jarring effect on the viewer. The subjects never seem to have any self-awareness as to whats going on so that is really left to the viewer to do. This contributes to the feeling of how wrong things are. You are not told what’s wrong but showed what is wrong which is even more effective. My making the grotesque normal, it makes it harder to stomach.

This can be very effective and also extremely dangerous because it leads to incorrect assumptions or powerful misdirected emotional responses. For example, if you miss use a strong image with another extremely emotionally loaded image, it may cause someone to miss the intent of your work. In the case of Kara Walker, this does not seem to be true. She has very effectively used powerful visual cues with each other to make your brain hurt.

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