October 24, 2017
Arts and Culture
In pairs select three of the video clips from the following site and write a paragraph explaining the cultural significance of the art presented in each. You may need to do additional research on the topic presented.
Video #1: What Makes This Canadian Train So Special?
This video talks about the Canadian passenger train which goes all the way back to the 1930s. This train is a very important part of the Canadian culture and many people come from many different parts of Canada to ride this train. In the 1930s to 1950s, The Canadian was popular and unique streamline design and basically, everyone wanted to ride it. The train made transportation much easier which made it a popular mean of transportation which led to more trade as well. Being able to communicate and trade with other cultures helped the economy thrive. Furthermore, being on a train full of people from different parts of Canada, helped Canadians come together and brought Canada closer together. This led to an advance in Canadian identity. Moreover, since the train is still running today makes it even more special. Therefore, making small replicas of this train is culturally significant for Canadians since it gives them a small keepsake of this popular and important train which reminds them of their country and how it thrived over the years because of this train.
Video #2: Jackie Kennedy Was the Undisputed Style Icon of her Era
Jackie Kennedy always portrayed herself as a perfect young woman with a happy lifestyle despite having a troubled childhood and having problems in her marriage. She did not let that come in the way of her image as the first lady. Once Jackie Kennedy arrived at the white house, she began redecorating it by bringing back paintings and furniture from the past. She wanted the house to contain history in it. This helped bring a sense of nationalism in the White House. She expressed her political passion through this furniture and art. By bringing all these artifacts from the past, she showed her national pride to all the Americans. She wanted to show everyone the American history and its accomplishments using these artifacts and furniture.
Video #3: Where the Nazis Hid $3.5 Billion of Stolen Art
Hitler loved art so, in the 1930s he began collecting art. By the end of the war, he collected 8500 paintings. They were art collects on an industrial scale. So whenever they liked something, they just took it. Hitler even paid for the paintings he wanted, there was no direct proof of him stealing any paintings. They hid their art in a sealed salt mine. This is culturally significant for the Europeans because the art could be used as primary evidence to learn about the cultural history. Salt was very important during the Nazi era. They got the idea to hide their paintings underground from a miner’s chapel deep below the ground. In this chapel, they had art for many years and it was preserved well. Which is why the Nazis decided that the salt mine would be a good place to hide the paintings. The paintings Hitler decided to steal revealed what his taste in art was. Since most of the paintings he stole had a similar theme to them, it revealed that Hitler liked a lighter form of art. Although the German commander did tell his troops to blow up the tunnels after Hitler’s dead, none of the treasures were ruined. The Americans sent in art specialists to collect the treasures from the tunnel and examine them.
I did this assignment with Gursimar.
The link to the assignment is below:
Expressions of Culture Project
Project Proposal: Due at the End of Class today /20
Working Title: (your motto or mission statement /Can be changed for your presentation)
Different rituals shape cultural behavior, actions, and traditions. Significant rituals in one culture may seem completely insignificant and random in another culture. Our mission for this project is to compare two different cultures and show how rituals influence cultural lifestyles and shape them to be completely different from one another.
Type of Presentation you group has decided upon: The type of presentation is up to your group. However you will be marked the reason that you provide for your type of presentation. Meaning you need to explain why the type of presentation you choose fits the topic you are presenting.
Outline how you are going to present your cultural expression below:
Possible resources and research you are undertaking.
The Birth Ritual
Outline what each member of your group is going to be INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR in your project:
Group Members: Raman, Ravneet, and Sonia
We presented 4 posters in class and the slideshow.
I have attached the link for the document with our information and our slideshow; the posters were left with you in class:
MILITIAS – Rav, Raman, Harleen, Harry, Harmanjot
“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”
Group members: Ravneet, Ramandeep, Harleen, Harinder, Harmanjot
Below is the link for the document we did our research on:
Below is the link for the pictures we used during our debate:
Banksy, a renowned street artist began his journey in New York City in October 2013 when he took over the city streets and displayed a new unique piece of art every day for a month. It became a scavenger hunt and soon people were running down the streets looking for the new piece before it was destroyed. I really liked this about the documentary because it was not just about journalists trying to capture the painting, it was normal, average human beings. It did a really good job recording the chaos because it showed different people struggling to get to the painting before it was ruined and them sharing their opinions. This documentary not only showed the people that liked the Banksy art, it also showed people that disapproved of it such as the other street artists that would tag them to send Banksy a message that this is their city and he should leave. Some also tagged his art so that when people would visit his pieces, people would see theirs as well. But there were some people that would come back and try to fix the ruined piece so the public could enjoy it. This documentary did a very good job capturing the different views about the Banksy art. Furthermore, some people even began taking his street art and selling it to the public. However, I believe this was inappropriate because Banksy made that art for the public to shine light on events that were taking place in the community that no one discussed. They were not made for people to sell just to make some extra money. Moreover, Banksy also made his pieces in destitute areas of New York to show the privileged the struggles that people face in their community. Through his art, he expressed his view about political and social concerns that were often overlooked. For example, that truck with the puppet animal heads sticking out from the openings was used to bring awareness to factory farming and to show people that he was against consuming meat. Ultimately, “Banksy Does New York” documentary was a great way to portray the Banksy art and people’s views about it.