Prompt No. 5

1) NYT Article

I think the New York Times article is attempting to highlight that mixed-race cultural figures are becoming increasingly recognized as a commodity—and that attention has instigated problematic issues such as exotification, but has also facilitated a dialogue for improving racial tensions.

But side note regarding Maya Rudolph’s marriage to a white man not being mentioned in “Bridesmaids”:

“For instance, multiracial writers and themes are not much in evidence on the big screen, even when multiracial actors are. (One high-profile biracial actress is Maya Rudolph in “Bridesmaids,” in which she plays a biracial bride marrying a white man, and race is never discussed.)”

At some point, isn’t it a step forward that race was not mentioned in the film, and that race was not a contentious issue? At the same time, the friendship Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig had since childhood is strained because Maya has moved up on the social ladder, (embodied in the act of bleaching her private parts), a shift upwards that could possibly be related to her marriage with a white man. Or Rudoph’s bougieness could not even be connected to her white husband at all. The fact that race wasn’t mentioned leaves it up for the audience to project their assumptions.

2) Yes, the multi-racial baby craze is problematic.

3) http://tinyurl.com/67abx52

I really enjoyed the paintings at the Rubin, and I like how the “red fearsome deity” is controlling the six realms of existence. In light of how the Rubin adapts its public programming, I can see how this painting could be used to discuss existentialism.

-Audrey Tse

Prompt No.4: Museum Talk

1) Different Angles

This internship has definitely made me think critically of museums as institutions that reflect socioeconomic, racial, and cultural tendencies and biases. The diversity of NYC museum mission statements equally reflects the varying experiences that New Yorkers have in our urban metropolis.

From the administrative knowledge I gained through participating in different museum programs, I would come to the conclusion that there is no one function of museums in society, and it should be that way. That said, museums should still serve the communities they inhabit without enforcing any standards of beauty or artistic worth, but that seems currently impossible—evident in the current state of NYC museums (Folk Art vs. MoMA, or the funding that the Met gets in comparison to the Bronx Museum of Art). To eliminate the inherent value system, I can potentially see the US adopting the European museum system, with government funding.

2) Cooper Hewitt

I visited the Whitney Museum, but I didn’t really have enough time to explore, so I’ll just discuss about the p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } Van Cleef & Arpels collection. Walking around, I initially thought of the history of jewelery design, and how revolutionary the company was. Its easy to look at the face value of the collection as something beautiful but frivolous, but upon further thought, the jewelery that Van Cleef & Arpels designed mirrored popular sentiments at the time, and made jewelery a part of cultural identity through celebrities. 

Its also amazing to me that they invented Art Deco before it was even created.

-Audrey Tse