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On April 29th Terrell McFarlin-James, known as LI, died in a motorcycle accident on Dixwell Avenue. Shortly after his death graffiti artists painted the walls of a building near the location of LI’s death in his remembrance. This course will try to demonstrate how this graffiti tag writing is motivated by the same human need to preserve memory that inspired the Roman elite who commissioned sculptors to design and build sarcophagi, and how this human need can be traced through history and exemplified in contemporary works like Mia Lins’ Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Through a non-linear approach to presenting historical information, students will develop a critical vocabulary of the formal visual elements used by artists and architects in designing and building memorials. In turn students will use this vocabulary in their studio work. Students will be required to complete two design projects that function as a repository for a memory. The first project will require students to research and build models for a site-specific public memorial in New Haven concerning a topic of their choice; for the second project students will fabricate a temporal memorial. By presenting students with a parallel study of art historical and studio work this course will be based on the premise that one can see further when standing on the shoulders of a giant.
(Recommended for Visual Arts, Grades 9-12)
Memorials Monuments Architecture Mexican