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Written for my sex and the family class the assingment was to visit the Hewitt African American Art Collection and write a review about the gender rolls portrayed in a particular painting of our choice I visited the Hewitt African American Art Collection on Tuesday February 23 after our class and have chosen to review the painting Jammin At The Savoy by Rompre Bearden Before I focus specifically on this painting I would like to make two observations about gender roles that were portrayed in almost all the paintings where either women were portrayed or both men and women were portrayed First I noticed that in all the painting with only women the womanwomens faces were either shrouded by a hat or some other piece of clothing on their head or they were looking down making their face barley visible other paintings such as the woman washing clothes in a tub showed the women in a almost defeated position all in all seeming to show them as being less than human Second the paintings that did portray both men and women usually showed the women in a sitting position with their backs to the audience us and again their faces always seemed hidden or obstructed while the men were usually in standing positions in full view and animated in some way seeming to portray that they had a sense of power and belonging in each painting As for the painting Jammin At The Savoy by Rompre Bearden my first observation of gender roles is that there are no females in the band Now I realize that there are such things as all male bands but I believe that in todays day and age this is somewhat rare since backup singers instrumentalists and co-lead singers are often women However in the time of this painting I am willing to bet that male members of a band were quite chauvinistic and didnt believe as was probably
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