Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Makonde Tree of Life: Update #3

UPDATE #3: Questions, questions


We frequently host classes from School Without Walls high school nearby.  Known for their energetic and inquisitive students I thought they would be a great fit to help me with our Makonde research project.  

Using the Project Zero Thinking Routine “See, Think, Wonder” we explored the Makonde Tree of Life.  Each student had a Post-it for each category and we put them up on the cases at the end to discuss.  I saved all of the “Wonder” Post-its to guide my inquiries.  This photo includes just a few of them.  As you can see, we’ve got a lot to do!


Some of the questions that came up over and over:

  • What does it mean?  
  • What does it represent?  
  • Is there a message?  
  • What is the story it’s telling?
  • When was it made?  
  • Who made it?  
  • How many people did it take to make?  
  • How did they make it?
  • Why was it left?
  • Is it completed?
  • Why was it created?
  • What is the inspiration?
  • Who was the intended audience?


Here’s hoping we can find out the answers to some of our questions!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Makonde Tree of Life: Update #3

UPDATE #3: Questions, questions


We frequently host classes from School Without Walls high school nearby.  Known for their energetic and inquisitive students I thought they would be a great fit to help me with our Makonde research project.  

Using the Project Zero Thinking Routine “See, Think, Wonder” we explored the Makonde Tree of Life.  Each student had a Post-it for each category and we put them up on the cases at the end to discuss.  I saved all of the “Wonder” Post-its to guide my inquiries.  This photo includes just a few of them.  As you can see, we’ve got a lot to do!


Some of the questions that came up over and over:

  • What does it mean?  
  • What does it represent?  
  • Is there a message?  
  • What is the story it’s telling?
  • When was it made?  
  • Who made it?  
  • How many people did it take to make?  
  • How did they make it?
  • Why was it left?
  • Is it completed?
  • Why was it created?
  • What is the inspiration?
  • Who was the intended audience?


Here’s hoping we can find out the answers to some of our questions!

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"Found In Collection" or simply "FIC" is the way many museums classify the more mysterious items in their possession that have little or no documentation. Here at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery of the George Washington University, we do keep extensive records of our collection, but some of the items we come across in academic buildings or our own storage can leave us wondering. This blog is an effort to showcase some of the more curious examples and their stories, and to provide a glimpse of the great variety of art pieces within the collection. To learn more about the Brady Gallery's history, recent exhibitions, or the George Washington University, take a look at the links below.

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