Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The eye of the beholder: Interpreting art

"Art is not meant to be merely decorative or beautiful; instead, it can be a question, an argument, a proposal, a resolution." -- Hye Yeon Nam

Last weekend, I took some of my Psychology of Women students to see Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter at the National Portrait GalleryIt was an interesting and thought-provoking exhibit and we had a number of conversations about the potential meanings of the various works.  We were often left with many unanswered questions.  I was particularly struck by a four-part video self-portrait by Hye Yeon Nam, Walking, Eating, Drinking, and Sitting.  We stayed for some time in front of these pieces, talking about what we noticed, what feelings they evoked, and what they might mean.