Twenty-five visual art students traveled to northwestern Massachusetts to visit both The Clark Institute and MASS MoCA on Jan. 25. In their humanities curriculum, students are studying the social and political realities of the slave trade, by reading the work of various enlightenment thinkers, and Charles Johnson's Middle Passage. In the studio, they have focused on portraiture and self-portraiture, exploring a number of Baroque era painters while developing conceptual themes around notions of identity, power and authority. At The Clark, students focused on more traditional portraiture across six centuries, honing observational skills through drawing and writing. At MASS MoCA, they dove into the conceptual worlds of contemporary image making, engaging with works by James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, and Jenny Holzer.
A Visit to the Clark Institute and Mass MoCA, Exploring Art