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Reimagining art
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Reimagining art

Group 1: The Problem we all live with?

Dream Act

The Problem We All Live With, Norman Rockwell, 1964.

Group 2: Maggie Meiners' art

Group 2: Maggie Meiners' art

In 1964, Norman Rockwell’s Civil Rightsera painting The Problem We All Live With1 depicted Ruby Bridges, the 6-year-old black girl who entered an all-white school in 1960, walking between deputy U.S. marshals with volleyed tomatoes and a racial slur staining the wall behind her.

In 2015, artist Maggie Meiners reimagined the famous composition to explore the plight of another youth: this time, a Dreamer — a child of undocumented immigrants given temporary protection under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In the photo, which she titled Dream Act (2015)2, Meiners directed actors and models to depict the scene of a young immigrant girl, standing alone and surrounded by a squadron of U.S. border-patrol agents. While Meiners created the image three years ago, it found new relevance under the current U.S. administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy, enacted this spring, which resulted in immigrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S. border.

Dream Act wasn’t Meiners’s first Rockwell-inspired work. The artist has long been fascinated by the painter’s depictions of 20th-century American life, which charmed and shocked millions in the mid-1900s, and their power to adeptly illustrate an entire era.

‘This Photographer is reimagining Norman Rockwell for the 21st Century’, Alexxa Gotthardt,, 2018.

1. / 2. See paintings above

Group 3: The Four Freedoms

Group 3: The Four Freedoms

In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, ICP’s new exhibition For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? explores the role of art and visual representation in American civic life through the work of the For Freedoms collective. [...]

For Freedoms’ stylized scenes of the everyday reference Rockwell’s iconic style while bringing new, more inclusive representations of the country to the discussion of our core values.

[...] For Freedoms’ exhibitions, installations, and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation.

“Icp Museum Presents For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here?”,, 2018.

Freedom of Worship, Norman Rockwell, 1943.

Freedom of Worship, Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur in collaboration with Eric Gottesman and Wyatt Gallery of For Freedoms, 2018.

Voir les réponses

You are in charge of one document.

Workbook p. 85

a. What is the role of each character? What are they doing?

b. What is different or similar in the painting and its remake?

c. What does the artist change when revisiting Rockwell’s art?

a. What is the artist’s message? What does the artist denounce?

b. Do you find it effective?

Useful vocabulary: The first thing that comes to mind is…
As soon as I saw these paintings I thought…
What’s really different between the two is…

Let's talk this out!

Share your findings and learn about the other documents.

Compare the message in the different paintings.

There are more than fifty years between these paintings. What has changed for artists?

How does each of these documents make you feel? Which one do you prefer? Why?

In your own words, summarise the artist’s reason for revisiting art.

Useful vocabulary: Compared to Rockwell’s intention...
For the last fifty years… He / she would like people to…
A half century separates the two paintings…
Her / his reason for revisiting another artist is…

Language in progress

Les adjectifs composés

• Observez les formes soulignées dans le texte.
• Quelle est la nature des mots qui composent ces formes ? Que remarquez‑vous ?

Précis grammatical p. 262 Exercices p. 9

Let's learn!

Spot the differences!

In pairs, choose two paintings. Tell each other the differences you find between the two artworks (differences you see or differences you feel). The last one to find a difference wins!

Over to you!

Tweet it!

Let’s use what you have learnt in !

Choose one painting revisiting Rockwell’s art and write a tweet about how you feel about the artist’s message. Compare your tweet with your classmates’ and be ready to react to theirs.

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