~ Topic Discussion ~ 103 ~ Modern Art, Jazz, and Culture ~

Adapted from Wikipedia


Modern art includes artistic works produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s.


Modern art begins with the heritage of painters like Vincent van GoghPaul CézannePaul Gauguin. They represent great artists moving forward in a time of technological, social, and political change. In a way, these artists mirror the complexity of their times. Yet, they  remain embedded in the 19th century.


PicassoHenri Matisseand Marcel Duchamp are regarded as the three artists who most defined the revolutionary developments in the opening decades of the 20th century. They can be seen as the avant-garde of their times.

103Set ~ 1

1) Do you like to paint? Do you know anyone who likes to paint?

2) Do you like to go to galleries or museums? Why or why not?

3) Do you have any art at home (including calendars, pictures, or prints)?

4) Is it possible to be a financially secure artist in the 21st century? How? In which format?

5) Is computer coding or creating content on the web an art? Why or why not?


103Set ~ 2

1) Do you have a favorite artist? What do you know about this person? Why do you like this artist?

2) Are successful artists positive or negative role models? Give examples and describe...

3) What is the role of art in society? Is it necessary? Can we live without it?

4) What is the future of art (in relation to technology)? Can it be interesting/relevant? How?

5) Will technology eventually make traditional (manual) methods obsolete or irrelevant? Explain.

~ Brian Eno ~ The Long Now Foundation ~ 77 Million Paintings ~

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Adapted from Wikipedia


Jazz is a genre of music that originated in African American communities during the late 19th and early 20th century. It emerged in many parts of the United States in the form of independent popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical traditions.


Jazz spans a period of over 100 years and encompasses a range of music from ragtime to cool jazz to the present day. As jazz spread around the world, it drew on different national, regional, and local musical cultures, giving rise to many distinctive styles.


103Set ~ 3

1) Do you listen to jazz or know anyone who listens to jazz? What makes a person like (or not like) jazz?

2) Do you like to go to concerts or listen to street performances (buskers)? Why or why not?

3) Do you listen to music at home? What kind? Tell about a favorite singer/musician/group/band you like.

4) Is it possible to be a financially secure musician in the 21st century? How? In which format?

5) Is computer music an art? Why or why not? Do you listen to it? Why or why not?


103Set ~ 4

1) Is music always positive? Are there examples of music as a negative influence on society? Explain.

2) Do you consider the sounds of nature (birds, wind, rain) a form of music? Why or why not?

3) How can/does nature affect art/artists? Does art mimic nature? Explain.

4) What is the future of music (in relation to technology)? What are the potential positive/negative influences?

5) Will technology (electronic music) eventually make traditional music obsolete or irrelevant? Explain.

~ Jazz Legends in Their Own Words ~

Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding art/painting and culture.

Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding music and culture.

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