New Vision of Native American

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln held a contest-exhibit called “Contemporary Native American Art.” In this contest-exhibit transculturation can be seen in two pieces of work done by Mrs. Colleen Friday. Friday’s piece called “Business Chiefs series: Yellowcalf, Sharpnose, Black Coal” is quite interesting. This artwork can be described as three pictures side by side of three different Native American men dressed in modern American business suites from the neck down, but with vintage Native American features on their faces. One of the three men even has a Native American chief’s head piece made of bird feathers, which adds to the vintage Native American theme. This picture represents transculturation because the artist mixes the cultures of the modern American business man with the vintage Native American. Friday’s next piece is called “Traversation.” This artwork also toys with the mixing of two cultures. It is an oil painting of two different parents pulling their children in two different means of transportation. One parent has the theme of the modern American parent. The man is pulling his child in a seat that straps on to the back of his bicycle. In contrast, the other parent has the theme of the vintage Native American parent. The woman is on horseback and uses two long branches strapped to the back of the horse as a seat for her child. This painting represents transculturation because it mixes the two cultures of vintage Native American and modern American just as Friday’s “Business Chiefs series: Yellowcalf, Sharpnose, Black Coal” art piece does.

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“We’re the Millers'” Moral Choices

Throughout the comedy film “We’re the Millers”, recommended moral choices are made for the viewer. The film contains the typical family blueprint of a middle aged man and women as parents with a teenage boy and girl as their children. The film is not about your stereotypical family vacation. The family is assembled by the middle-aged man of the film, or the fake father, who actually happens to be a small time drug dealer. In the film he falls into debt to his supplier and must become a big-time smuggler by bringing a shipment of drugs to his supplier from Mexico to pay off his debt. His idea is to assemble a fake family, rent an RV, and make the trip to Mexico undercover and disguised. He convinces his neighbor, who happens to be a stripper, to be his fake wife, a nerdy teenage boy in his building to be his fake son, and a run-away streetwise teen as his fake daughter. The first moral choice the movie makes for the viewer is that drugs are socially acceptable. The main character is a drug dealer and the entire plot of the movie revolves around smuggling drugs. The next moral choice made in the movie has to do with sexuality. The fake wife of the film works as a stripper and is involved in many morally questionable scenes. One of these is a scene where the fake daughter and fake mom try to teach the fake son how to kiss because he is unexperienced. They do this by taking turns making out with him, which toys with the moral judgement of sexuality and incest even though they are a fake, assembled family. Because this is a comedy film, these moral choices made by the director are not seen as convincing, but as wild, exaggerations used to provoke laughter for the viewers.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The largest and most visited art museum in the United States is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The museum holds seventeen curatorial departments with art from genres such as Ancient Egyptian, European, American, Modern, African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, Indian and Islamic art. This art comes in the form of paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, costumes, accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a multitude of businessmen, financiers, artists, and thinkers from that time period. The museum first originally opened on February 20, 1872 at 681 Fifth Avenue in New York City. The architecture of the museum is quite unique. From the outside, the museum has a Gothic style to it with tall ceilings and stone structures. The museum has many stone steps and pillars that give the museum its unique style as well. The Museum’s newest exhibit is titled “Unfinished Thoughts Left Visible.” This exhibit addresses the long standing question of when is a work of art finished. Works of the exhibit include many works left incomplete by their makers. A look into the eyes of some of the Renaissance masters. Just as the founder’s intended, the museum affects its surrounding community by bringing art and art education to the many American people who visit the museum daily.

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