This review style is
particularly useful if you have chosen to focus on an event that adheres to the
concept of Culture supported by the dominant culture—opera, play, symphony,
musical, poetry reading, concert. In this part of the world, Shindig On the
Green would also fall into this category. Following the event, you will compose
your reaction to the event using the considerations for critical feedback
below. You need not address all twenty questions, but you will be expected to
write clearly, using your own voice, and present a coherent description (likely
involving some comparison and contrast among works shown in the program),
substantiating your point of view with reference to personal experience and
outside sources. Two-three typed
pages to develop your ideas in depth.
Considerations for Critical Feedback
The following questions
were developed by Linda Burnham, Founder of High Performance Magazine,
Co-Director of Art in the Public Interest, Saxaphaw, NC.
- What was the piece
- Who is it coming
from—out of what community?
- What is the artist
trying to do? Teach? Tell a story? Create a feeling? Change your mind?
Change your vision?
- At what point did
you realize that? Should that have come earlier?
- How did the
structure of the piece reveal itself to you?
- Was the form
suitable for the content?
- What part did
language, visual elements, sound elements play in the piece, and how did
- Was the artist in
control of the medium?
- Did the artist push
the subject matter or rely on available stereotypes and media clichés?
- Was the piece lazy?
- Where did the
artist go in deep and take a chance?
- Did the artist try
to take cliché and stereotypes and turn them inside out?
- Whose experience
informs this piece—the artist’s own?
- Did the artist
attempt to make art outside of the artist’s culture?
- Did the artist show
us workable ways to draw on the experience of others?
- What cultural
symbols were used, and how were they treated—thoughtfully or casually?
- Were they loaded
symbols—highly significant to one or more cultures?
- Did you learn
something about the world that you did not know before?
- Did it show us how
we can share each other’s experiences without losing individual identities
and making a bland mush of the culture? How?
- If you go away from
this piece with just one image, what will it be and how will you feel about