Today in class we drew sketches of the pieces we are presenting. It helped us analyze and better understand our art. It will help us when it’s time to present because we will see things in the panting we’ve never seen before. Also we got to watch the teacher, TDP intern Laura, present and that helped us get some tips on what to do and say while presenting.
Today was the introduction to giving tours at the museum. Guided by Nicole, we went upstairs to the Willem van Genk exhibition. The first piece of art we looked at was van Genk’s collection of raincoats. As we came to this exhibit, we were to take notes on how Nicole gave us a “tour.” Some things that I took into account for were: giving history about the artist, giving eye contact with the person you’re listening to and the people you’re talking to, internalizing the art work, asking questions about what the piece of art might mean to your audience, and lastly, projecting my voice. These are some things that I’ll keep in mind for when I give a tour in the future.
Today was a fine day at school, but school wasn’t anything compared to what AFAM had in store for me. We learned how to start a tour and how to keep the conversation going for a while: clutching together, asking questions, projecting the voice, making connections, and having some or a lot of background about: the artist, the drawing, and history of the drawing.
This week in class we had the honor of having Ralph Fasanella’s son Marc Fasanella to talk about his art, explain more of the small details and answer our questions. We looked at three of Ralph Fasanella’s paintings. We got to talk about how poverty was big in his life, as was family and politics. All of Fasanella’s paintings have symbolism all over them and each one of them leads to more questions and debates between different opinions. Most of Fasanella’s paintings would take from 6 months to a year but some of the biggest ones took him 3 years, and all with no assistant. Marc Fasanella also told us that it was kind of hard growing up being the son of a Communist because people would think you were crazy. Marc didn’t care, though, and would still speak his mind. To me, Ralph Fasanella’s work fascinates me in many ways because it is much different than other artists’. You don’t have to be an artist to understand the paintings and make connections to today.
This week, son of the folk artist Ralph Fasanella came in to discuss his father’s work. It was a great learning opportunity because Marc was our primary source. As we delved deeper into conversation, we learned how his father would incorporate multiple objects into all of his paintings. One of these objects was ice tongs. Ralph’s father sold ice from a cart when they immigrated to New York from Italy. Other depictions of his family were included as well.