Bell Hooks hit on some key points that are relevant in our world today. One thing that stuck out to me was “that desire to dehumanization, to the general willingness on the part of males globally to commit an unjust act that will lead them to the top” (Hooks, 345). This connects to the racial injustice in our world today still. Both for men and women. You see it in the political world especially. There needs to be a willingness to see this happening though. Especially in Basquit’s paintings, “one must be willing to accept the tragic dimensions of black life” (Hooks, 343).
I thought it was clever for Basquit to highlight black male jazz musicians because they both had a certain desire to push against the boundaries of conventional. Which Basquit addressed. He understood that doing his art he was taking a lot of risk and there was much sacrifice involved. He was willing to be “in your face.” It all goes back to the beginning and how the author was going around Basquit’s exhibition to see what people’s emotional responses were. Hooks said “if art moves us-touches our spirit-it is not easily forgotten,. Images will appear against our will” (Hooks, 341). I think that his work does just that. It’s jarring and unique. The “in your face” idea has the power to move people.
Hannah VanDyke, Hope College 2017
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