I’m not certain if it’s a bit of a cosmic joke or not… but I’ve been awarded a Coursera Certificate in Warhol from Glyn Davis, University of Edinburgh!
So much happened in those fast 5 weeks! To say it was bittersweet is the understatement of the year! So many great memories. So many painful ones. Remembering it all, reliving it all was, well, Bitter… and Sweet.
I’ve come to believe that life is a lot about pain. We can anesthetize the pain away with drugs and alcohol – television probably being the most dangerous drug ever – but if you’re really experiencing life, its going to have its challenges. I don’t love the pain, but I’ve come to feel that you shouldn’t be defined by it. That if you’re really alive, even for a little while, that it’s the most unlikely miracle and you just have to really savor and celebrate it.
Andy was Gay!
I’m still thinking about Glyn Davis’ statement that Warhol was gay… but Art Historians conveniently ignored that fact for a couple of decades! What’s so amazing about this is that Andy’s sexual orientation wasn’t a secret to anyone! Andy was never in the closet! He may not have emphasized it to Julia (who would have been so happy if Andy had married me, or Viva), but anyone paying any attention whatsoever wouldn’t be surprised. Yet Art History didn’t bother. The most prolific artist of the 20th or probably any century leaves this enormous body of homoerotic work, and Art History just sort of forgets about his sexual orientation.
We know that History is always written from a biased point of view. But history is about war and stuff. Somehow Art History seems like it’s supposed to be refined and above that. It’s no different. Art History is a story told from the POV of the storyteller. We perceive what we want to perceive. We change or leave out what we don’t understand or don’t want to acknowledge.
Love & Hate; Factory & MOOC
Warhol MOOC was probably the best experience I’ve ever been happy to have end! Yes, I’m back on the bittersweet thing again. It’s hard not to dwell on all the pain and all the loss. It really tied my karma into pretzels to have to live those days again.
Aside from Factory love and hate, another amazing thing about Warhol MOOC was MOOC love and hate! For me this was a great MOOC. Dr. Davis resisted being The Doc on a Laptop and instead of giving “full” lectures as one might in a freshman lecture course, he gave intros and let the real learning be active learning in the Forums and Activities. More a graduate seminar than a freshman lecture. Of course our EDU system has inured so many of us to passive learning that this can be a shock. In the first week or so some unhappy students tried to start a petition to Coursera to cancel the course because it obviously wasn’t ready to be offered!
OMG! So Andy!
You just can’t miss the resonance of that with the brilliant Robert Hughes quotation stupidest person I’ve ever met!
Coursera Certificate Warhol
Anyway, I’m now the proud recipient of a Coursera certificate in Warhol! 😀
If I got to meet you during Warhol MOOC, wow! It was so nice to meet you! If I didn’t – duh! – say Hi! already!