Diversity is represented through art in a variety of ways. Over the past semester, students in Mr. McLean’s Art of Diversity class looked at the many ways artists communicate diversity. This served as a basis for developing their own exhibits, individually or in a group. The resulting exhibits showcased below illustrate the many ways artists understand and express diversity. While students originally intended for these to be shown in different spaces on the APH campus, COVID-19 required shifting their strategy to developing virtual exhibits. Research into online platforms and actual online galleries allowed students to select from a variety of virtual formats. Each exhibit showcases one idea that encompasses a particular aspect of diversity.
As students developed their projects, they were lucky to get feedback via Zoom from a museum expert in Florence, Italy — Valentina Zucchi, curator of the Museo delle Terre Nuove in San Giovanni Valdarno and head of cultural mediation for MUS.E Firenze. Doctoressa Zucchi encouraged students’ exploration of building relations with viewers through art by highlighting emotion and provided tips on how to structure exhibits that include a narrative logic leading viewers through the works.
The following student themes explore ways that art expresses diversity formally (through composition, color, etc.), through content (subject matter i.e., ethnicity, gender, etc.), or both. Exhibit topics include: the Art of Dance, The Diversity of Emotion, People of the World, The Art of Emotion: Color, and Diversity in the Abstract, Nature through Society, Nature vs. Technology, Nature Prevailing Over the New World, Diversity of the Girl, and Light in Darkness. Through these lenses, students have showcased their own work as well as work by classmates, APH art students, and other artists connected to or outside the APH community. Students invite you to explore this art, to come up with your own understanding of diversity, and to share it with us via social media using the #APHArtDiversity.