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"Dive Bomber and Tank" by Jose Clemente Orozco, 1940 | MoMA Education

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- We are standing in front of Jose Clemente Orozco's Dive Bomber and Tank, painted in 1940. And my name is Lauren Adelman. We're right by the escalators right now, and the kids, when they come into the museum, they kinda like come up the escalator and see this, whether we're gonna look at it or not, and I would say nine times out of 10 kids are drawn to it, all ages. Probably starting with like fourth grade and up, they're like, "What is that? "I love that, it looks likes graffiti. "Is that graffiti?" So students at first are really interested, in like the first point of entry are these faces. And what does it mean that one of these faces has chains in its mouth? Does that mean that it's losing the right to speak? And then they often talk about this one here that has nails going into the eyes. A lot of students connect that to losing the ability to see the truth. And then they talk about like, this feeling of weight that's underneath everything, and then as we start to discuss the top and how there's actually a lot more space, a lot of students aren't interested in saying, "Oh, that orange thing is this." It's like what do they feel is bearing down? What do they feel is keeping this group of people down? You know, they talk about slavery, they talk about oppression. And then often, like these legs are brought up and people are like, "Is someone getting sucked into it," or, "Is someone getting crushed?" I had a group of students who I was working with and they just were so drawn to the symbolism. They would talk about how you could almost like, feel it. Like, it's one of those paintings that you could almost feel this weight, and you could almost feel like, these chains in you as you look at it.