In the nineteenth century, art often reflected and commented on critical questions of racial, cultural and gender identity. How do these issues come up in the readings for this Module? How do these issues come up in art and design in our present day?
Art reflects the daily activities and happenings in the world. As a result, the 19th-century art reflected on critical issues in the society like racial, gender and cultural identity. We can see the same issues in present-day art.
In George Caitlin’s “Doomed to Perish,” there are depictions of art through racial, gender and cultural identity. The reading identifies some of the paintings whose subjects include individuals from different racial groups. However, other paintings identify cultures, as seen in Edward Lewis’s work “Invoking and Inverting Autobiography,” the women race, is denied. The reading identifies that women as of the same race as other genders.
In the present day, the issues of gender, racial and cultural identity are equally reflected in art. Therefore, it is common to find a painting or sculpture that depicts individuals from different racial, cultural and gender identity. The unique characteristics that identify these individuals are created in today’s painting. The portrayal of the subjects also reflects the same issues of gender, race, and culture as it was in the 19th-century artwork.
In short, similar to 19th-century work, today’s artworks reflect the same issues of gender, culture, and race. The issues are reflected in the subjects and their portrayal in the artwork from both times. Therefore, despite being from different times, the work reflects similar issues.