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Is it art?
What makes something a work of art?

The Biennial 2017 exhibition features the work of contemporary artists who explore different ways of experiencing and interpreting the world around them. Some artists experiment with materials and approaches, other artists draw our attention to important social and political issues, others ask us to pause and reflect, and many challenge our ideas about what art can be.

a. What makes something a work of art? What characteristics does a work of art have? Who decides? Ask your students to spend time thinking and writing about their personal definitions of art. Share and discuss students’ writing and ask them to save it for further discussion after their Biennial visit.


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Sunrise

Sunset

A 30-second online art project:
Sara Ludy, Tumbleweeds

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Learn more about Sunrise/Sunset on whitney.org