The Life of Washington was painted by Depression-era artist Victor Arnautoff
What do you think should be done with the artwork (e.g., painted over, covered, destroyed, left as is in plain
view, etc.)? Why?
Should the context in which the artwork was created (the Great Depression of the 1930s in the case of the
Benton and Arnautoff murals) have an impact on the decision of what to do with the artwork?
Should the context in which people now view the artwork have an impact on the decision of what to do with it?
What message do you think the artwork conveys?
Do you think there is ambiguity in the message?
Do you think the message is vague?
Does the artistic value of the artwork require that it be saved regardless of message?
Does the historic value of the artwork require that it be saved regardless of message?
Do you think the message of the artwork is sufficiently important that the message alone requires that it be
Do you think the artists were biased or prejudiced? If yes, explain specifics about the artwork that support your
opinion. Do you think viewers might be bringing bias or prejudice to their opinions? Are you?