This was a big week for the world of art, including a bidding war over an Andy Warhol painting and the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in the Garden, which raised $4 million for the museum, thanks in part to a performance by Kanye West and Jay-Z. When was the last time you went to an art museum? Why do you think people go to look at works of art? What are your favorite works of art, even if you’ve never seen them in person?
In “Kanye West Turns Melodious and Moody at MoMA,” Jon Caramanica writes:
After a roaring take on “Runaway,” during which he pounded on his MPC, he began addressing, well, everyone. “Thank you for loving me when they told you not to love me,” he half-sang, through an Auto-Tunelike effect, rendering him an emotional cyborg. “I’m sorry about anybody out there that had to fight for me. Do you know what it feels like to be hated, do you know what it feels like to be degraded?” There was more, about his alleged racism, about branding and marketing, about his late mother: “I know she’s smiling down.”
It’s likely that the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden had never seen such twisted pain. It was filled with a crowd of more than 1,000 — largely men in expensive suits and women in more expensive dresses — and some of its more delicate pieces were roped off, for their own safety. A smattering of well-known faces worked the room: Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; the actor Aziz Ansari in a slim suit, cutting through the crowd at warp speed, trailed by a similarly outfitted entourage.
Students: Tell us about your favorite works of art, even if you’ve never seen them in person. What about them appeals to you? What works of art that you’ve never seen in person would you most like to visit? Why? How often do you go to art museums or galleries in general?
Teachers: Here is our 2010 lesson on considering and creating artistic works.
Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older.
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Michael Jackson is one of my favorite singers. He is very famous, so most of all people in the world know him, at least his name. I began to listen to his songs because I was recommended them by my friend, and I was really attracted by them. I have two reasons why I like him.
One of my reasons is that I like his voice and performance as well as his songs, as both "Michael Jackson" and "Jackson Five". Michael Jackson sings songs very well in his particular high-pitched tone as it can be proved by the big hits of his songs, for example, "THRILLER", " BILLIE JEAN" and "MOTOWN 25" etc, and by the many prizes he got, for instance, the first prize of male pop vocalists, of records and of R&B singers on Grammy in 1984. Besides, he entertains us with his sharp dance great performance like " moonwalk". When I listen to his songs in the morning before I go out, I can feel cheerful and powerful. I am a fan of Jackson Five as well. Before he began to sing by himself, he was the main vocalist of Jackson Five. When Michael was eleven years old, their first single CD, "I Want You Back", was released, and it was a very big hit all over the world. Michael was still little and cute, but his voice was very vigorous and rhythmical. His songs make me happy and energetic.
Another reasons why I like him is that I am interested in his behaviors. There are always some topics around him. For example, he was under suspicion he treated a little boy cruelly, who was ten years old and Michael's best friend. Michael insisted on his innocence, but he paid 26 million dollars for reconciliation finally. Though he asserted he paid just to settle the commotion, people said he admitted he was guilty. Moreover, it is said that Michael has the longing to be a white, though he said in a TV program he suffered from the disease that pigment in his skin decolorized. When I saw these news, I considered the problems about child-abuse and human race. How does child-abuse hurt the child's heart? His or her hurt will not disappear forever. Which human race is inferior or superior?
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It is not impossible to judge a man by his or her appearance and race. When a famous person such as Michael Jackson has a problem or an event, people all over the world consider it. He always has a topic, which is sometimes worth to think over, so I am very interested in him.
In conclusion, I like him because he entertains me with his voice, dance and performance. Besides, he gives me topics to consider, so I am interested in him. Let's enjoy his songs and think of his problems.