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My Viewpoint on the Southwest Pieta


Getting Started

Think back over what you've learned about the Southwest Pieta.

  • What surprised you the most?
  • What are you curious to learn more about?
  • How has your understanding of the sculpture changed?

Check out other art by Luis Jiménez. Read more about what Jiménez has to say about his art and what others think of it.

  • What are some similarities in most or all of Jiménez' sculptures? Prints?
  • Does everyone value the same things about Jiménez' work?
  • Can you find two or three viewpoints that are quite different?

Now imagine that you are living 20 years in the future, either in Albuquerque or in Tempe (or Phoenix), Arizona. The condition of the nearby Southwest Pieta has not been assessed for some time. You have been asked to serve on a committee to make recommendations for the future of the sculpture.

What to Report
Write an essay that expresses your well-informed viewpoint on the Southwest Pieta. Give your essay a title. Include all of the following somewhere in your essay:

  1. Description of the Southwest Pieta that points out important details (subject matter, symbols, colors, shapes, etc).
  2. Interpretation of what you think the work is about.
  3. Explanation of several different viewpoints about the Southwest Pieta. Identify some factors that might have caused people to form different opinions about its meaning or value.
  4. Questions you recommend that the committee pursue before reaching a final decision.
  5. Your own conclusion about whether/why to take care of the Southwest Pieta. Give reasons to support your conclusion.

Scoring Guide

PARTIAL I described the Southwest Pieta and expressed my own viewpoint on whether it is important to take care of it.
COMPETENT I described the most important details of the Southwest Pieta and interpreted what I think it is about. I presented at least one other viewpoint about the work and at least one question to pursue. I also gave reasons to support my own viewpoint on whether it is important to take care of it.
EXCEPTIONAL I described the most important details of the Southwest Pieta and interpreted what I think it is about. I presented several other viewpoints about the work and identified factors that might have affected those viewpoints. I included at least two questions to pursue. I also gave persuasive reasons to support my own viewpoint on whether it is important to take care of it.

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