Adios, Seniors.

Goodbye and congrats to our graduating seniors in Humanities! I know all of you will be frequenting the blog even after graduation, always yearning for one more snippet of knowledge before beginning your next endeavors.

On a practical note: Any seniors who would like to pick up their art projects for keeps are free to do so! Do me a favor, though, and email me to let me know – if I’m teaching, I can leave it out for you, and I’d also like to take some high-quality photos of them before they’re gone forever.

Feel free to email me with any and all questions you have before the final, too!


Best of luck, and don’t be strangers!

Love always, your friendly A & B block juniors and Ms. Perillo.


Juniors – Independent Reading

I’m posting the assignment sheet for your small group projects here, in case you need it in the future. Reading selections are as follows:

A Block: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Solzhenitsyn), The Metamorphosis (Kafka), No Exit (Sartre)

B Block: Being There (Kozinski), The Metamorphosis (Kafka), No Exit (Sartre)

Assignment Sheet – Independent Projects



Humanity in an Inhuman World?

To elaborate on the poem we read in class, here’s the video of celebrated scientist Richard Feynman (instrumental to our development of quantum mechanics and particle physics) explaining science in a nutshell:

Blogger and science commentator Robert Krulwich connects this idea – that the physical, inanimate world is indifferent to our attempts to define it scientifically – to Wislawa Szymborska’s poem. We focus so much on the human element in our course material, that both of these perspectives – the scientific and the literary – give us a view from the other side of things.

To reread the poem or view Robert Krulwich’s post in its entirety, click here.

And since we’re talking about science – here’s a little Neil Degrasse Tyson for your day.

Steve Martin on Art


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Thought Steve Martin just made comedies? Turns out he’s a novelist and art scholar, too! In the above video, Colbert pokes fun at some of the same works we’ve criticized in class – and for some of the same reasons.

Individual CItations

Here are some citations you asked me to provide for you individually. If you don’t see the one you need, be sure to see me in class with the book/article, and I’ll update this list.

Cavaliere, Barbara. “Chris Burden.” Contemporary Artists. 5th ed. 1st vol. 2002. 235-237.

Schaffner, Ingrid. “Chris Burden.”  Grand Street , No. 71, Danger (Spring, 2003), pp. 198-203.

Oliver, Clare. Jackson Pollock. New York: Franklin Watts, 2003.

Walther, Ingrid F. Pablo Picasso: Genius of the Century. New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 2001.

Courthion, Pierre. Edouard Manet. New York: Harry Abrams, Inc., 1984.

Marks, Claude. “Mark Rothko.” World Artists: 1950-1980. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1984.

Frazier, Nancy. “Entry Title.” The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History. New York: Penguin Reference, 2000.

Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Existentialism is a Humanism.” Existentialism and Human Emotions. Trans. Bernard Frechtman. Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Publishing Group, 1985.

Descharnes, Robert. Salvador Dali. New York: Harry Abrams, Inc., 1976.

Honnef, Klaus. Andy Warhol: Commerce into Art. Trans. Carol Fahy and I. Burns. Köln: Taschen, 2000.

Prelinger, Elizabeth. After the Scream: The Late Paintings of Edvard Munch. Atlanta: High Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2001.

Anderson, Robert. Salvador Dali. New York: Franklin Watts, 2002.

Hammacher, A.M. and Renilde. Van Gogh: A Documentary Biography. Trans. Mary Charles. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1982.

Works Cited – Art Paper

PLEASE BE SURE to fill in the missing information depending on the articles you are using from the given books! If you use multile articles from the same book, you need a separate citation on the Works Cited page for each one. Be sure to alphabetize your citations by first letter/word.

Weintraub, Linda, Arhur Danto, and Thomas McEvilley. “Article Title.” Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Society. Litchfield, CT: Art’s Insights, Inc., 1996.

Last name, First Name. “Article Title.” Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings. Ed. Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

Kleiner, Fred S. and Christin J. Mamiya. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: A Concise History. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2006.

Balzac, Honore de. The Unknown Masterpiece. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: New York Review of Books,  2001.

Wilde, Oscar. “Preface.” The Picture of Dorian Gray. [Handout]

From Picasso to Pollock: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Museum.  New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2003.

Fleming, William. Arts and Ideas. 9th Ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt, Inc., 1995.

MLA citation format for a painting or other work of art:

Last Name, First Name. Title of Painting. Year. Museum Name, City.

“The Scream” up for auction

Anyone have a spare $80 million hanging around? Maybe stuffed in a mattress somewhere? What better way to spend your riches than to purchase Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”; one of the four originals will soon be available at Sotheby’s in New York! It’d be a nice addition for our classroom walls, don’t you think?


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