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Select several works of art that reflect cultural evolution and progress and cultural regression and degeneration It has been said that many forms of art from poetry to music contribute to the way we feel think and see and helps us to discover the hidden beauty of art Oftentimes art provides a historical connection to social and secular ideas The messages in these ideas serve many purposes whether it is rhetorically visually or politically saying something about the way a particular artist feels or the issues the artist is trying to address The focus of this brief paper is on the works of performance artists theatrical artists and blackface minstrels and how their art helped draw attention to the inequities in America during their time period Music- Considered Gayes most unusual yet successful album by critics Gayes album is generally thought of as his rebellion from Motown Through his music he talked to an entire generation and his music continues to touch most who hear it So movingly in fact those few who hear it ever forget it The strength of Gayes critique is manifested in Whats Going On The song highlights the effect of the conflict on the most basic unit within the American community the nuclear family Rather than a collection of politicized rhetorical strategies put to music Gaye chose to personalize the conflict as a consideration of his brothers presence in Southeast Asia Comparing the family unit with an example of a broader national community Gaye links the escalating war effort to the role of ruling patriarch in the traditional nuclear family and by extension the ruling patriarchy of the nation Gayes critique is amplified by his own well-documented relationship with his father and the manifestations of patriarchy and power that his father wielded over him As a result Marvin Gayes critique of patriarchy and its social functions counters popular expressions of black patriarchy during the Civil Rights era and foreshadows the
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