Friday, June 3, 2016

Event 5: UCLA Senior Discount - EXTRA CREDIT

I visited the UCLA Department of Art's Senior Exhibition: called Senior Discount. This is an end-of-the-year exhibition for UCLA undergraduate art students who are graduating seniors. It is displayed in the New Wight Gallery in the Broad Art Center on North Campus - there are many interesting pieces of art and I encourage those to attend who are interested! To the right is a picture of one of the rooms in the art gallery.

This particular exhibition reminded me of two concepts covered over the course in particular: the idea of CP Snow's Two Cultures and the ideas addressed in Ken Robinson's Changing Education Paradigms. For example, we can see how North Campus and South Campus are clearly divided in the studies that each building represents - the Broad Art Center is the location for this senior art exhibition, and it is just about as far North Campus as one can get! One exception to this division that I am aware of is the CNSI building. Although it is located on South Campus, it showcases many art events that I have been exposed to in this class, and it has been eye-opening to see the collaborations first hand.

Additionally, Ken Robinson's Changing Education Paradigms addresses the idea of Divergent Thinking. This is the idea that there are lots of possible ways to answer a question or think about a concept. There are many interpretations or solutions that one may come up with in order to figure out how to solve a problem. Similarly, divergent thinking can be applied to the artworks displayed at Senior Discount. Each person is entitled to his or her own interpretation of the art, and each person's experience will be different, just as each person's experience of life is different.

The image to the right reminds me of our discussion of Space + Art. It looks like a celestial image to me.


Changing Education Paradigms. Perf. Sir Ken Robinson. YouTube. Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, 14 Oct. 2010. Web. <>

"Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking." Edutopia. 2014. Web. 03 June 2016.

"Senior Discount." UCLA Department of Art. Web. 03 June 2016.

Snow, C. P. “Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution.” Reading. 1959. New York: Cambridge UP, 1961. Print.

Vesna, Victoria. “Toward a Third Culture: Being in Between.” Leonardo 34.2 (2001): 121-25. Web.

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