Honors 1000 City I Fall 2008 Study GuideBerger
VII.If we saw the art of the past, we would situate ourselves in history. When we are prevented from seeing it, we are being deprived of the history which belongs to us. Who benefits from the deprivation? A privileged minority is striving to invent a history which can
IX.A people or a class which is cut off from its own past is far less free to choose and to act as a people or class than one that has been able to situate itself in history. That is why- and this is the only reason why- the entire art of the past has now become a political issue. a.Berger really getting at post-modernisma.i.But he wrote this in 1972 and the concept of post-modernism didn’t exist. Lyotard, a French writer, introduced it in 6 years. Also feminism wasn’t heard of. b.What is he saying?b.i.Photographer, artist…has way of seeing. The viewer, onlooker, has way of seeing heavily based on assumptions. Historical, Economic context influences it too. Assumptions go into context. Someone in 1800 will view painting different than us.b.ii.As our assumptions change, our ways of seeing obscures past b.ii.1.View page 37 and 38b.ii.2.We see beauty differently today than we did years ago. X.