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Read “Black Art: A Cultural History” by Richard J. Powell. In one short sentence, state what this reading is about. Do not restate the title. In one short sentence, state what is the main idea of the reading? Considering the whole reading, which part of the reading did you like the most? Why did you like this more than anything else in the reading? What do you understand better after having read the material?

The reading explores changes in black art amidst different social contexts, including the Great Depression, the rise of social activism, and the shift to art depicting common folk. Black art witnessed an increase in the images with the working-class narrative, the representation of the black culture in modernistic and folkloric...

Based on the opening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” what can we expect for the rest of the film in terms of the world, characters and our protagonist? Please discuss using at least two specific examples and their page numbers from the screenplay.

The opening of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” draws an overall mood for the whole motion picture. The portrayal of the main character, the setting, and the premises of the adventures portrayed in the first scene of the movie provide viewers with a hint of what they should expect....

From “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” break down Act 1 into the three critical components. Please discuss the: status quo, inciting incident, course of action. Please use specific examples, scenes, page numbers when discussing each component.

When analyzing the first act of a movie script, one might identify several pivotal elements that play a decisive role in character unfolding and plot development. In particular, these elements are status quo, inciting incident, and course of action. In the “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the first act introduces...

What did you think of the Emma Kirkby version of the “Dido’s Lament” aria? Did using baroque period instruments enhance the performance?

“When I am laid in earth (Dido’s Lament)” performed by Emma Kirkby using baroque instruments certainly lends authenticity to the sound of the orchestra. The use of old-fashioned acoustic stringed instruments gives Purcell’s opera a natural feel. The subdued sound of baroque string arrangements, compared to a powerful string orchestra,...

What was your opinion of Jessye Norman’s version of the “Dido’s Lament” aria? Do you think this version captured Dido’s intense pain and suffering?

Jesse Norman’s version was clearly aimed at conveying the emotional tension potentially inherent in “Dido’s Lament.” This version has a great sense of grandeur conveyed not only by the stunning modernist design but also by the dramatic string arrangements. The performers’ attention to the most emotionally lyrical moments of the...

What are the two famous arias in “Dido” and “Aeneas” that use the groundbass technique? Briefly describe this technique. Name at least two other popular songs that employ a ground bass.

“Ah! Belinda” and “When I am laid in earth” are arias using ground bass as a harmonic technique. The logic of this technique consists in placing a constantly repeating melody in the bass register, on top of which additional chords and harmonies are already superimposed. This technique is often used...

What significance did Purcell attach to major and minor keys? Do you think his handling of keys makes sense and would be effective? Why?

Purcell’s tradition of dramatic coloration of chords seems to be quite classicistic. By using minor tones to characterize discouragement and a major scale to express joy, Purcell achieves a recognizable and straightforward effect. Purcell’s major melodies are distinguished by clarity and solemnity, while the lamentations in the minor key have...

Listen to Charpentier’s “Te Deum.” Please identify the following: meter, tempo, instruments. There are two different melodies, clearly. Let’s call them Melody A and Melody B. How are they different? Pay attention to instruments and dynamics, those two are different in each melody. How many times does Melody A sound? How many times does Melody B sound?

The meter of “Te Deum” is a simple duple, as it is devisable by two and characterized by the time signature of 2/2 (two notes in each measure). The tempo of the piece is allegro, which may be described as fast and constituting a BPM of approximately 110-130. The instruments...

Listen Johan Sebastian Bach’s “Toccata for organ in D minor” up to 2’ 50.” What is dramatic (i.e.,“Baroque”) in this piece? Give three examples.

Arguably, the first thing that draws the listeners’ attention in this piece is Bach’s ornamental use of arpeggio, a music device that presupposes notes in the chord being played sequentially rather than simultaneously. Hence, such a device allows the composer freedom in the note arrangement and moves him further from...

Comment on the “Valor, Grievance and Woman” by Ana Caro. What were, according to the critical bibliography, the main characteristics of theater written by women during the Golden Age? In this context, what was the significance of the work of Ana Caro de Mallén?

During the times when many moralists condemned the participation of females in the public spheres, these females violated traditional gender ideologies by the creation of plays for secular stages. Women characters portrayed the discrepancies in their society’s expectancies regarding the role of a female in life. These characters demonstrated the...

Listen to “Gregorian chant”. Is this chant monophonic or polyphonic?

This Gregorian chant is monophonic because all men are singing the same melody at the same time. Monophony refers to a single unaccompanied vocal melody and is one of the distinct features of plainchants that were common in the first half of the Middle Ages. These songs were sung in...

Listen to the piece “Léonin Pascha Nostrum Organum Duplum Partitura Interpretación”. How many different melodies are sung at the same time? How are they different? What is a melisma? Are there any melismas in this piece?

In this piece, two different melodies are sung at the same time. The part performed by the duplum is in a higher pitch than the part sung by the tenor. Furthermore, the higher-pitched melody is faster, and in the lower-pitched melody, the singer dwells on the same note for several...

Write about the book Directors Tell the Story by Bethany Rooney.

Reading the book “Directors Tell the Story” by Bethany Rooney was a fantastic experience for me. I have discovered various matters about the structure of movies and series that I had noticed myself but could not give a particular name to. Namely, the explicit breaking down of the script corresponds...

Watch the film The Hunting Ground. Share some of the statistics reported throughout the film regarding how common sexual assault and rape is believed to be happening at colleges versus how often it is reported versus what percentage of perpetrators are actually found guilty or held accountable for their crimes.

The Hunting Ground movie exposes grim realities about sexual assault against women on campuses across the United States. Statistically, more than 16% of women attending colleges become victims of sexual assaults at least once during their time on campus. Unfortunately, 88% of sexual assault victims do not report it. Between...

Watch the film The Hunting Ground. Identify at least one of the stories from a victim that you were particularly compelled by and share your reactions to what this individual endured, using specifics of the case as evidence of having watched the film.

I was particularly compelled by Annie Clark’s story in the film. Clark got drunk while at a party and collided with a wall injuring her head. Amidst her pain in the head, she got raped, an incident that left her confused, shaken, and traumatized. Classes were yet to start at...

Watch the film The Hunting Ground. Offer your general impression after seeing the film, and how you would relate the content to in class discussions regarding constructions of masculinity and femininity, rape culture in America, and/or institutionalized discrimination and/or violence.

While sexual assault is a disturbing issue in universities and colleges across the United States, my general impression is that the film, Hunting Ground, did not capture it as it should have done. There is no strong legal grounding upon which the conversions can be anchored. However, in-class discussions, masculinity...

Watch the film “Do the Right Thing.” Spike Lee never tells his audience what “the right thing” is. What is “the right thing”? Why? Based on your sense from the film, which psychological explanation of prejudice does Spike Lee seem to favor? Why? Trace a few of the significant events that occur throughout the film and explain how they illustrate the particular theory you choose. Using any of the theories, discuss the ultimate conflict at the end. In general, does Spike Lee seem optimistic or pessimistic about the future of race relations? Could this film be of use in the battle against racial prejudice? Explain.

It has been thirty years since the release of Spike Lees’ movie Do the Right Thing, with many questions unanswered until today. This cinematographic phenomenon revives in modern-day American society and acquires a radically different meaning to racial and class tensions in the United States. The ultimate conflict at the...

Write a reflection on “My Dinner with Andre” by Andre Gregory.

After watching My Dinner with Andre on YouTube, I find it ironic that I use my laptop to watch it. The ideas presented by Andre make logical sense, especially when he talks about the Swedish man. The Swedish man reasons that; watching television and reading magazines and newspapers contribute to...

Write a reflection on the play “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov.

One of the themes I noticed while watching The Cherry Orchard is the change in Russian society with the introduction of the second class. The development of the second class resulted from the freedom of the serfs. I enjoyed watching this film as I was able to learn the benefits...

Do you believe that the “Crash” film has lessons within the storyline that could positively influence society or mankind? Give three or more specific examples from the film.

Personally, I believe that this film has the potential to influence the perceptions of viewers on the issues stemming from racial stereotypes and the inequalities in modern society. The way Daniel Ruiz consoles his daughter made me realize the reality some people have to cope with. Toxicity breeds ignorance, which...

Did the “Crash” film meet the first Criteria of a Successful Drama Film: “Did the film allow you to suspend disbelief, was the film realistic?” Give three or more specific examples from the film and state how you think the film was or was not realistic.

The movie has a broad collection of moments that are dramatic without crossing the line towards unrealistic completely. The film has a complex structure and follows several different characters over the course of a few days, as the events eventually link them together. These people are not painted as black...

Did the “Crash” film meet the second Criteria of a Successful Drama Film: “Did the film portray realistic characters in realistic settings, with realistic situations of heightened life (heightened life are things that do not happen every day)?” Give three or more specific examples from the film of this criteria.

The unfortunate chain of events that happen with the characters of the movie, despite being unlikely, is believable. The depiction of conflicts inside a selected group is realistic as well, as their struggle with the outside world is easily linked with their everyday lives, which leads them to acceptance of...

Did the “Crash” film meet the third Criteria of a Successful Drama Film: “Did the film have plots with extreme emotion and conflict that audiences can associate with?” Give three or more specific examples from the film of this emotion and conflict and why you can associate with such.

Despite being released in 2004, the film reflects on several issues that remain highly common in modern society. Racism appears to be the primary topic that permeates the entire plot, and it is the core that lies at the heart of every conflict that is shown in the movie. The...

Define G-Funk.

G-Funk is also called Gansta-Funk, is a hip-hop music subgenre that originated from West Coast Gansta rap in the early 1990s and was highly influenced by well-known artists Parliament-Funkadelic and Snoop Dogg. The originator of the G-Funk subgenre is Dr. Dre, who utilized live performers to reply to the original...

Define Hardcore Rap.

Hardcore Rap is a hip-hop subgenre that originates from the East Coast hip-hop scene in the 1980s and uses aggressive, confrontational rapping derived from various stages, including ciphers, battling, and freestyles. The pioneers of Hardcore Rap include Run-DMC and Shoolly D with their famous songs, including “It’s Like That” and...

Define Message Rap or Conscious Rap.

Conscious or Message Rap is a hip-hop subgenre that addresses social issues and calls for political or social actions to solve the problems. For instance, “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5’s is a Message or Conscious Rap that addresses the stress of inner-city poverty, including a child...

Define crunk.

Crunk is a hip-hop subgenre that originated in Memphis in the early 1990s but gained popularity in the 2000s, characterized by up-tempo, hype, and club-based music. For instance, “Get Low” by Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz and “Getting Crunk” by Tommy Wright III.

Compare and contrast female rappers from two different periods (e.g., the late 80s and late 90s). How do their messages or styles differ? Reference at least two specific examples.

1980s hip-hop female rappers were characterized by diversity, innovation, and influence that solely focused on addressing issues in the society. During this period, social-political music lyrics mainly addressed racism and economic inequality. Female rappers of the 1980s struggled to gain popularity because it was not easy the society to accept...

Discuss the connection between religion and hip-hop.

The opposition that exists between religion and hip-hop can be addressed in their fundamental levels and objectives. Religion and hip-hop focus on providing relatable ideas or information that connects local society to global perspectives. Most hip-hop artists base their thoughts on a religious view providing social commentary through which the...

Compare and contrast the two depictions of Aboriginal Australians. What similarities and differences do you notice? What does this reveal about the artists and culture that produced them? What do you think the purpose of each picture is and how successful were they?

There are two particular aspects of Australian art – the aboriginal art and the art of the first settlers who depicted the locals as they saw them. The art of the latter is usually superficial and fails to present the aborigines as human beings but reduces them to savages guided...

Early pictures of Aboriginal people by Europeans really seemed to get it wrong. Using examples, why do you think this occurred?

Europeans, who actively settled on new continents, starting from the end of the 15th century, eventually reached Australia’s shores and founded the first settlements there in the 18-19th century. Suddenly, white people discovered that the continent was already inhabited by aborigines, instinctively perceived as a threat. Probably, white people also...

How does the article “The Living Dead” by Behuniak specifically relate to what Moreman writes in Chapter 3 of Dharma of the Dead? Give two specific examples.

The two sources share several ideas, and one of them is Romero’s films as the starting point for discussing the image of zombies. However, they take different approaches and emphasize the relevant aspects of the underlining discussion. Moreman highlights various interpretations of the films, such as consumerism and a Christian...

Compare and contrast the following portraits. You can identify them as Left, Middle, Right. Describe each one by using sensory details, the tone or mood the portraits present. Imagine who one of these men are and write a brief biography.

Each of the three paintings is an example of three different styles. The middle picture is absurd; the person looks cartoonish, with hypertrophied facial features. The right one is hyper-realistic, almost like a photograph. The left is somewhat of a balance of previous styles, and it uses both realistic and...

Describe how Mozart improvises on Salieri’s “Welcome March.” How is Mozart’s version improved? You can be subjective but your discussion must contain some musical analysis.

Mozart says, “I have composed a set of variations on a melody of yours.” Mozart develops and improves upon Salieri’s “Welcome March” by ensuring that he plays a scale or even two scales high by combining with a loud dynamic. This gives march more advanced energy and an upbeat feeling...

In Mozart’s variations on “Twinkle, twinkle, little star,” there are many ways the original tune is varied and changed in each variation. What does Mozart change in the 11th variation (5’28”) with respect to the original tune?

In the 11th variation (5″ 28″), with respect to the original tune played, Mozart changes the first version. This happens by first introducing more notes and creating more beats in the play offbeat. Mozart makes more rests, giving a natural pause and dynamic to the tune. In the first version...

Discuss the “Egmont” by Ludwig van Beethoven. What was the genre of the piece? What was the instrumentation? What was the style period, and who may have been the original intended audience? For your response, consider the social or cultural use of the work.

Egmont, composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1787, presents a set of incidental music for the play of the same title. There are several sections in it: an overture, nine parts for soprano, and a full symphony orchestra. Therefore, the work is performed by a full orchestra. As for the...

Discuss the “Speak No Evil” Music Album by Wayne Shorter. What was the genre of the piece? What was the instrumentation? What was the style period, and who may have been the original intended audience? For your response, consider the social or cultural use of the work.

Speak No Evil is a music album created by Wayne Shorter in a manner that includes three genres: post-bob, hard bob, and modal jazz. It is performed in a band, which instruments include trumpets, trombones, saxophone, drums, piano, and cello. As the album was released in 1966, it refers to...

Discuss the “Piano Trio in D Minor” by Fanny Mendelssohn. What was the genre of the piece? What was the instrumentation? What was the style period and who may have been the original intended audience? For your response, consider the social or cultural use of the work.

Piano Trio in D minor, op. 11, was created by Fanny Mendelssohn, whose professional activity refers to the Romantic era. One of the characteristic features of this period, which is used in this work, implies adherence to a significant tonal range. The pianist plays the lowest and the highest notes...

Listen to the video “Bernstein: Symphony No. 1: “Jeremiah” – II. Profanation / Bernstein: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra” and “Bernstein: Symphony No. 1: “Jeremiah” – II. Profanation / Bernstein: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra” on YouTube and write a reflection. Include descriptions that are thoughtful and well written but may be brief to receive full credit. Include a personal response – your honest opinions of the work for each as well.

Profanation is the second and middle part of the three-part Jeremiah symphony, with the other two, chronologically, being Prophecy and Lamentation. It acts as a transition bit between the others, holding them together rhythmically and melodically. On itself it depicts the chaotic and destructive consequence of pagan corruption identified within...

Listen to the video “Philip Glass: Concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra Mvmt. 4” on YouTube and write a reflection. Include descriptions that are thoughtful and well written but may be brief to receive full credit. Include a personal response – your (honest) opinions of the work for each as well.

A somewhat contradictory piece that appears to successfully combine the incompatible stylistic elements and approaches. Written for the four saxophones, it features pieces designed specifically for each of them: a tenor, an alto, a soprano, and a baritone. Yet the parts are integrated into a multilayered complete image by the...

Listen to the video “GRAB IT! 2012 (Jacob TV)” on YouTube and write a reflection. Include descriptions that are thoughtful and well written but may be brief to receive full credit. Include a personal response – your honest opinions of the work for each as well.

This tenor saxophone and a soloist-oriented composition was referred to as a duel between these two components by its writer. Both the musical and the verbal parts of the piece are fast-paced and rhythmic, creating the dialogue effect. Background effects are enhanced by the real-life recordings of the American prisoners,...

Listen to the video “Attacca Quartet with Caroline Shaw: Lincoln Center Offstage” on YouTube and write a reflection. Include descriptions that are thoughtful and well written but may be brief to receive full credit. Include a personal response – your (honest) opinions of the work for each as well.

The piece is a lyrical song accompanied by the orchestra music, with the lyrics and the melody fusing together and challenging the existing boundaries between the genres. The composer uses her signature string textures to subvert the expectations a sophisticated audience might experience towards her musical pieces. With the slow...

Listen to the video “John Williams & Vienna Philharmonic – Williams: Imperial March (from “Star Wars”)” on YouTube and write a reflection. Include descriptions that are thoughtful and well written but may be brief to receive full credit. Include a personal response – your (honest) opinions of the work for each as well.

Imperial March is rhythmic, and set in a four-bit time. With every bit, the rhythm accelerates and intensifies, creating the impression of moving closer to the audience. That is achieved through the increasing structural complexity of every beat. The first one contains only a singular note, the second one adds...

The Oath of the Horatii by Jacques Louis David (1784) is an example of Neoclassical Art. Name two ways in which this painting refers to the Classical (Ancient Greek and Roman) period. How can this painting be related to the political events in France in 1789?

«The Oath of the Horatii» depicts a fictional scene, but it is based upon an episode from Titus Livius’ «History of Rome,» where two warriors came to ask for their father’s blessing before a battle. Additionally, it portrays the tragedy of two women: each of them awaits to lose either...

Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet (1863) is also an example of Realism. This painting was considered very controversial when it was first exhibited. What were the various reasons that critics gave at the time? In the creation of the image with paint, how was Manet breaking with the traditions of European art?

«Luncheon on the Grass» was considered very provocative due to its references to erotic love. The images of a naked woman and scattered fruit symbolized voluptuousness and were inappropriate for public demonstration at the time. Regarding the composition of the painting, Manet breaks the «rules» of traditional art by depicting...

Burial at Ornans by Gustave Courbet (1849-1850) is a painting from the period of realism. How is the painting “realistic” in terms of both its visual appearance and the way the subject is presented? What was Courbet’s philosophy when it came to representing the world in paint?

Features of realism in «Burial at Ornans» can be identified in the subject of the painting: it is a scene from the daily life of ordinary citizens, full of familiar worries and tragedies. The visual style supports this image, as the colors are bleak and dark, very similar to the...

Discuss the composition “Missa Papae Marcelli” by The Oxford Camerata

The Oxford Camerata performs the second iteration of Palestrina’s mass Gloria. The homophonic performance is highly harmonious, with several voices blending perfectly. It is easy to distinguish each part and understand every vocalist as the separate prolonged syllables and words are distinguishable. In addition, the quality of recordings helps to...

Discuss the composition “Missa Papae Marcelli (Gloria).”

This iteration of the mass Gloria is performed by a choir of Académie Vocale de Paris in Saint Merry Church, Paris. The mass has a homophonic structure that is successfully preserved by the choir, singing unaccompanied in unison. There are few instances of imitation in the piece of music, with...

Impression: Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet is a prime example of Impressionism. Name three characteristics of Impressionist painting seen in this work. How was the approach to making Impressionist paintings different from traditional approaches to making art previous to this era?

The most distinct features of impressionism in «Impression: Sunrise» are Monet’s signature brushstrokes, which are relatively large and visible, open composition, and the broken color technique. Impressionists emphasized the depiction of light and shadows in the exact moment and left the subject very bleak, ordinary, and unimportant, which contrasted with...

At The Moulin Rouge (189-1895) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is an example of Post-Impressionism. Name two characteristics of Post-Impressionist art seen in this painting. In this painting, we can see the influence of other artists/art traditions. What are they?

The common post-impressionist elements in «At The Moulin Rouge» are vivid, seemingly random colors and expressive, sometimes geometric forms. It is known that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s style was influenced by Japanese prints. The artist continued the tradition of skewed perspective and included multiple diagonal lines for more dramatic effect.

For this response, you will analyze examples of Prehistoric sculpture. Compare the Venus of Willendorf, an example of Paleolithic art, with the Cernavoda Figures, examples of Neolithic art. How are these representations of human figures similar and how are they different? Explain. Your response must include a discussion of at least two of the elements and principles of design.

The given comparative analysis will primarily focus on the Venus of Willendorf, an example of Paleolithic art, with the Cernavoda Figures, examples of Neolithic art. The emphasis will be put on elements of design, which are texture and shape/volume, and principles of design, which are scale/proportion and balance. In the...

Prehistoric people built this megalithic work on the Salisbury plain as a commemorative public monument. Compare Stonehenge and its probable function with a contemporary commemorative monument you are familiar with today. How are these two monuments similar in purpose and meaning? Be sure to include the name of your comparison monument and add an image of your selection so I can better understand the connections you are trying to make.

The given comparison will focus on Stonehenge and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. It is important to note that it is not evident whether or not Stonehenge had a specific or a multitude of functions. It is stated that “there is strong archaeological evidence that Stonehenge was used as a...

Discuss the composition “Kalenda maya.”

Stringed instruments open the piece, gradually increasing the dynamics and general musical background. A string instrument enters, striking like a guitar on the strings, and immediately sets a vigorous tempo to the entire piece. Then the occasional beat of the drums comes into play, after which, finally, a voice sounds....

Discuss the composition “Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone.”

The next step in choral performance is when the independence of each part moves to a new dialogue level, which dictates the structure of the piece. Here, both the duration of the notes and the dynamics play a role, which creates the illusion of a percussive rhythm created by the...

Discuss the composition “Ave Maria … Virgo Serena.”

“Ave Maria … Virgo Serena” is a short piece of sacred choral music performed unaccompanied by a choir. There are four distinct parts in the composition: the soprano, the alto, tenor, and bass. The motet begins with the soprano part and is followed by the alto, tenor, and bass, with...

Focus on one particular figure in the image below; provide the number of your selected figure, and describe how it is stylized – meaning I want you to discuss specific aspects of the figure to illustrate your points. Be sure you define the term stylized as part of your answer.

The figures in the image represent The Tell Asmar sculpture hoard, a collection of 12 human statues discovered in the Diyala plain of Iraq in 1934. The excavators found the statues buried in a single deposit, and the smaller statues laid on top of the larger ones. The construction of...

Discuss the composition “Ma Fin Est Mon Commencement.”

The choir’s vocal singing already offers much more interesting melodic moves. Each voice is independent of the other – the parts differ both in the rhythmic pattern and in the course of the melody, creating only harmonious intervals in the whole piece. The work is written in the rondo style,...

How did these votive figures function? Explain.

The votive figures functioned as religious symbols that reminded the Mesopotamian people of their ways of worship. The dressing of each of the figures is long clothing that covers most parts of the body, and some statues have headgears, whereas others lack. Each of them has their hands clasped below...

What do you think about bringing anatomy into the realm of popular culture?

I think the primary goal of making anatomy into a public spectacle is to attract attention to the subject through scandalous images. I believe that bringing anatomy into the realm of popular culture can be advantageous if it is not done with exploitative motives. Such drawings can remind people of...

What do you know about Hippocrates and Galen?

I have heard of Hippocrates and the fours Humors before starting this course, but not of Galen. I learned about Hippocrates the humoral theory in school, where an overview of the idea was given in a science lesson. In addition, the name Hippocrates is familiar due to his association with...

What themes are present in the play American Son?

Racism is the American Son movie’s central theme. Various stereotypes and biases are apparent in almost every scene. For example, when officer Paul Larkin writes down the signs of the missing boy, he asks his mother: “Does he have any distinguishing scars, tattoos, gold teeth?” At this point, it is...

What social issues are addressed on the American Son play or movie?

A social issue discussed in the American Son movie is teenage drug availability and abuse. At the end of the film, it appears that a black police officer accidentally killed Jamal after he caught the boy and two of his friends purchasing a nickel bag of marijuana. What is more,...

What perspectives – social, cultural, ideological – did you hold prior reading the American Son play that is/are different afterwards? If none of your perspectives, as relevant to the play, were transformed, which of your perspectives were affirmed and in what way?

The American Son movie made me think about the fact that biracial kids are actually in a more challenging position than Hispanic, white, or African-American children. Their peers less accept them because they actually do not entirely belong to any race. Jamal often referred to himself as “the face of...

Most books about rock ‘n’ roll history portray the Beatle’s oeuvre as a progressive advancement for popular music, yet at least one prominent historian takes a different view. Elijah Wald’s book “How The Beatles Destroyed Rock and Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music” different take on the impact of the Beatles. After reading Wald’s article, summarize his position. Do you agree with Wald that if the Beatles are “going to get credit for their triumphs, they should also bear at least some of the responsibility for what was lost?” Do you agree with Wald’s assessment of today’s pop audience? Why do you think that 40 years after the Beatles broke up, the American popular music scene has become “so segregated that 40 years of rock would include barely a half-dozen successful black players, or that 30 years of hip-hop could attract a huge interracial audience without producing more than two or three white stars?” Is this changing? Why or why not?

Wald is unapologetic about the negative contribution that the Beatles had on rock music and culture. The introduction of twist and hybrid fusion of rock and urban pop music has created confusion among the two major races in America. Unfortunately, the white music community has not benefited from this shift...

Are there new museums planned in Sharjah?

Sharjah has 18 museums and 4 parks with rare archeological heritage. The Emirate of Sharjah is governed by the Supreme Council. Museum projects are approved and funded by the Supreme Council. The Supreme Council Board approved the construction of three museums and parks. However, federal and private institutions pledged their...

Are there any ongoing reforms regarding the decision-making process to create a museum in Sharjah?

There are ongoing reforms regarding the decision-making process of museum projects. Museum innovators brainstorm about the structural architecture of museums and exhibition centers. Factors that influence museum projects include population, economic status, political instability, evidence collection, and knowledge. Museum innovators combine resources to ensure the preservation of historical events. As...

How many museums are currently open and active in Sharjah?

There are 18 active museums and parks in Sharjah. The museums include Sharjah Arts area, Sharjah Art Center, Sharjah Art Museum & Contemporary Arab Art, Sharjah Heritage Area, Bait Al Naboodah, Majlis of Ibrahim Mohammed Al Midfa, Bait Al Gharbi, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, and Al Husn (Sharjah Fort)....

What are the most popular museums in Sharjah and why?

Popular museums in Sharjah include the Sharjah Arts Museum, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Natural History Museum, and Sharjah Maritime Museum. However, the most popular museum is the Sharjah Art Museum. The Sharjah Art Museum has a collection of antiques and artifacts that explain Islamic civilization. The museum has...

What are the most important exhibitions held in Sharjah?

The Islamic Art exhibition held in October 2014 was the most important event in the Emirate of Sharjah. The exhibition showcased artifacts and paintings of the Islamic heritage. The event focused on rare archeological collections of the Islamic era. Consequently, objects from the Berlin Wall were highlighted in the exhibition....

How do exhibitions or museums contribute to Sharjah’s economy?

Economic analysts showed that exhibitions and museums contribute to the development of the UAE. The analysis revealed that exhibitions and museums influence economic and social strata in Sharjah. Rare archeological collections in Sharjah museums provide a hub for tourist attractions. As a result, the industry provides hospitality and accommodation for...

How do curators or organizers source find the work of art or the information on objects presented in exhibitions or museums in Sharjah?

Event managers advertise exhibition dates to ensure full participation. Consequently, curators collect sample works from different ethnic backgrounds to improve the preservation of historical events. As a result, paintings from different cultural heritage add color to exhibitions and museum tours. Pledges, gifts, and donations are sources of rare artifacts and...

What are the links between museums and universities in Sharjah? Give examples.

The link between museums and universities facilitates learning. The collaboration between the museum management and university students supports knowledge acquisition. Student internship programs in museums contribute to the development of the education sector. Previous literature on the collaboration of museum management and university students showed that curators stimulated students’ interest...