Short Answer

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Click here to see and reply to the short answer questions for the midterm. Each answer is worth 20 points and should be between 50-100 words in length (about a solid paragraph). The exam has been written so that it should not take more than 80 minutes to complete, combined essay and short answer (excluding prep time). There is no time limit. You may not seek help from anyone on this exam or share your answers with others.

1. YOU MAKE THE CALL! In 1989, the board of the Cincinnati Museum of Contemporary Art had to decide whether to proceed with the exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe’s career work, entitled “The Perfect Moment.” Unlike the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Cincinnati institution decided to let the show proceed. You are retroactively appointed to the board. How will you vote and what considerations do you consider to be most important?

2. Faith has played an important role in the culture wars. Pick either the essay by David Trend or the essay by Andrew Hartman and explain why that author believes religion has played such an instrumental role in the continuing culture wars.

3. In his chapter “Asking: Questioning Culture and Consumption” from Everyday Culture, David Trend lays out distinctions between high culture and low culture, describes an historical process by which art and artists became specialized practitioners distanced from everyday culture and then summarized three theories of art proffered by Stephen Davies—functionalism, proceduralism, and historicism. Consider the two images below. Which of Davies’ theories seems most applicable? Does your answer change or remain the same when the original statue was altered? Why? Finally, explain whether the placement of this statue on a public street makes the piece more of an example of high culture or low culture?

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