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Painters, Sculptors and Other Artsy Types

!. What painter known for Christina’s World and the Helga paintings died in 2009?

2. Thomas Kinkade, who has been dubbed “America’s most-collected living artist,” is known as the “Painter of” what?

3. James Whistler’s 1872 painting Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1 is better known my what name?

4. What great painter of Americana gained fame for his Saturday Evening Post covers?

5. What noted painter had to go to England to get his Birds of America published?

6. America’s largest art museum, with more that 3 million objects, is what Manhattan landmark?

7. Grant Wood’s famous painting American Gothic shows a farm couple, with the man holding a pitchfork. What relation are the man and woman?

8. The “Gibson girl” made famous by artist Charles Dana Gibson, was what woman?

9. California’s most famous cemetery has several large reproductions of famous religious paintings. What is the cemetery?

10. What redheaded comic is also famous for his paintings of clowns?

11. Florida’s Ringling Museum of Art was financed with money from what type of entertainment?

12. What president’s much visited statue in D.C. was sculpted by Daniel Chester French?

13. If you wanted to see the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings in America, where would you go?

14. Fulton, Missouri, has a thirty-two-foot sculpture titled Breakthrough. What Cold War relic does it commemorate?

15. If you wanted to see a lot of paintings of dogs, what midwestern city would you visit?

16. What noted Missouri artist’s home can be visited in Kansas City?

17. Sculptor Korzack Ziolkowski began work on the world’s largest statue, a memorial to Sioux chief Crazy Horse. In what state?

18. What great artist is known for his more than one hundred portraits of George Washington?

19. Many limners from the colonial era are known only be the names of the families who paid them. What were they?

20. The Wars of America, a forty-two-figure bronze sculpture in Newark, New Jersey, was sculpted by Gutzon Borglun. What huge outdoor sculpture is he more famous for?

21. What great French sculptor’s works are featured in a Philadelphia museum? (Hint: thinker)

22. What famous woman started painting because her fingers had become too stiff for embroidering?

Answers:

1. Andrew Wyeth
2. Light
3. “Whistler’s Mother”
4. Norman Rockwell
5. John James Audubon
6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
7. Father and daughter, according to the artist
8. Gibson’ wife
9. Forest Lawn, in Glendale
10. Red Skelton, who died in 1997
11. The circus
12. Lincoln’s, inside the Lincoln Memorial
13. The National Gallery of Art in D.C.
14. The Berlin Wall, which still existed when the sculpture was done
15. St. Louis; it’s Museum of the Dog is a center for dog-related art
16. Thomas Hart Benton
17. South Dakota; the statue was carved from the granite of Thunderhead Mountain.
18. Gilbert Stuart
19. Portrait painters
20. Mount Rushmore, the four presidents
21. Rodin, famous for The Thinker
22. Grandma Moses

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Culture Vultures – A Quiz

Art, Ballet, Classical Music

1. Where would you go to see Michelangelo the Pietà ?

2. The works of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms belong to what musical genre?

3. What Dadaist artist submitted an actual urinal, titled Fountain, to an art exhibit in 1917?

4. In what city is the Museo del Prado located?

5. What author of Dover Beach wrote that having culture means to “know the best that has been said and thought in the world”?

6. The Thinker is one of the most recognized sculptures in the world. Who was the sculptor?

7. What French artist is well known for his paintings of ballet dancers?

8. “Jaunty John joked about the jolly jack-o’-lantern.” Is that an example of assonance, alliteration, or onomatopoeia?

9. Who wrote The Rape of Lucrece?

10. Jacques Derrida founded (and coined the term for) what process in literary criticism and philosophy?

11. The Temple of Athena on the Acropolis of Athens is better known by what name?

12. Grand jeté is a part of what art form?

Answers:

1. St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City)
2. Classical music
3. Marcel Duchamp
4. Madrid
5. Matthew Arnold
6. Auguste Rodin
7. Edgar Degas
8. Alliteration
9. William Shakespeare
10. Deconstruction
11. The Parthenon
12. Classical ballet

 

Surrealism

Surrealism was an artistic movement of the early twentieth century that sought to translate the mysterious workings of the subconscious mind into bizarre, fantastical works of art and literature.

André Breton

Althought the Spanish painter Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was the best-known face of surrealism, the movement spanned many different genres and had a marked impact of twentieth-century art.

The surrealist movement’s de facto leader was a French psychoanalyst named André Breton (1896-1966). Breton was deeply influenced by the theories of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and began to experiment with techniques for tapping into the subconscious mind.

The first technique he tried was automatic writing – an effort to directly record the thoughts of the subconscious. To do so, surrealist practitioners had to ignore the normal requirements of “good” writing, including narrative structure and any standard of beauty.

When Breton published the first Surrealist Manifesto in 1924, he defined surrealism as the attempt to transcribe thought “in the absence of all control exercised by the reason.”

René Magritte

In the years that followed, the movement gained prominence. What began as a group that occasionally met in Parisian cafés became an international movement that ranged from literature to film. Major figures included the Italian Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978), the Belgian René Magritte (1898-1967), and the Spanish painters Joan Miró (1893-1983) and Dali. The French writer Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) used surrealist techniques to revolutionize the theater. And the Spanish director Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) brought surrealism to the cinema.

Luis Buñuel

Though Buñuel was a somewhat obscure figure, he may have been the most influential. Surrealism has dwindled as an artistic and literary movement, but – from the twists in The Twilight Zone to the dreams in Dumbo – it has never faded from the screen.

In the 1930s, the surrealist movement was divided by politics.Breton and others left or were expelled from the Communist Party, while some of their colleagues remained loyal to Moscow.

Starry, Starry Quiz

1. What constellation of stars is named for a winged horse?

2. What’s the brightest star in the night sky?

3. Who painted The Starry Night?

4. What planet is the Evening Star when it’s in the west and the Morning Star when it’s in the east?

5. What candy bar is named after the galaxy that holds our solar system?

6. Within the constellation Orion, you can see a red giant that’s one of the largest stars known. What is its name?

7. In what science-fiction film saga is the Death Star capable of destroying a plant with a single shot?

8. Who said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”?

9. Falling stars or shooting stars are actually meteoroids burning up where?

10. The Earth’s sun is a middle-aged star and has about how many years left until it reaches old age and dies?

11. What color are the most frequent and inconspicuous stars in the universe?

12. In the animated Disney movie Pinocchio, what character sings “When You Wish Upon a Star”?

13. The first moon landing occurred in what year: 1959, 1969, or 1979?

Answer:

1. Pegasus
2. Sirius, or Dog Star
3. Vincent Van Gogh
4. Venus
5. Milky Way
6. Betelgeuse
7. Star Wars
8. Oscar Wilde
9. In the Earth’s atmosphere
10. 5 billion
11. Red
12. Jiminy Cricket
13. 1969

Cultural Knowledge Quiz

Cultural Knowledge Quiz


To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the new world, this city staged a massive world’s fair in 1893.
1
Although it remains this author’s only well-known work, Catch-22 (1961) holds a place among the greatest war novels of all time. 2
Born in 1802, this nurse and social reformer led numerous campaigns seeking humane treatment for the mentally ill in the 1840s and 1850s. 3
This dance, inspired by rock and roll music, became the first worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s. 4
The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. 5
This 15th President of the United States was the last president born in the 18th century. 6
Widely known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, the 1958 NFL Championship Game was played between these two teams on Dec. 28, 1958. 7
The Orrery by Joseph Wright of Derby, is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark; an example of an artistic technical term known as this. 8
Published in April of 1974, this philosophical novel by Robert M. Pirsig, is subtitled An Inquiry into Values. 9

Famous for filming the Kennedy assassination, he’s the man seen here.
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Answers
1. Chicago
2. Joseph Heller
3. Dorothea Dix
4. The Twist
5. Claude Monet
6. James Buchanan
7. Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17 (It was the first ever NFL playoff game to go into sudden death overtime)
8. Chiaroscuro
9. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
10. Abraham Zapruder

“Black” & “White” Movies Quiz

1. “She mates and she kills” is the tagline for what 1987 movie starring Debra Winger and Theresa Russell?

2. What 1991 family film, based on a Jack London novel, tells the story of a young Yukon gold miner and the dog he saves from its cruel owner?

3. Burt Reynolds is a moonshiner going after a bad cop who murdered his brother in this 1973 flick.

4. An Arab terrorist group plots to steal the Goodyear blimp, fill it with explosives, and set it off during the Super Bowl in what 1977 thriller?

5. In 1979 the Disney Studios tried their hands at sci-fi with this film about a huge collapsed star’s immense gravitational pull.

6. What classis 1949 gangster film ends with James Cagney shouting “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” before a burning oil tank explodes?

7. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson are two basketball hustlers in this 1992 film.

8. What 2001 movie re-creates the events of October 1993, when two U.S. Army helicopters crash-landed in Mogadishu, Somalia?

9. Two FBI agents (played by Marlon and Shawn Wayans) go undercover as women to find an heiress and her kidnappers in this 2004 movie.

10. A six-year-old quarterhorse is the star of this 1994 movie, based on Anna Sewell’s classic children’s story.

Answers:

1. Black Widow
2. White Fang
3. White Lightning
4. Black Sunday
5. The Black Hole
6. White Heat
7. White Men Can’t Jump
8. Black Hawk Down
9. White Chicks
10. Black Beauty