Drew Mckenzie


This object was clear and square shaped. It was 3D . The thin side had a rugged side. This object opens up and can store a circular item. The outside of the object has a picture on it. The picture is one of an African American man. In the picture he is depicted with a black hat on the very front of the object. His eyes are closed, he has a beard, and he is facing sideways. On the back is the same exact man but he is wearing a white hat. The background is a light colored greenish and blue mixture on the front. And the background on the back is a darker mixture looking shade of greenish/blue. There is a list of words on the back with numbers in chronological order  next to them on the left side. There is another list of numbers on the right side. These numbers are not in chronological order. They tell how long the material inside the object will play. The purpose of the object is recognizable. When asked what the object meant to Drew, he stated that he enjoys jazz music and he is also a jazz player. When asked where he retrieved the item from he said that he bought it off of Amazon. The very last question I asked what emotions does this object make him feel like when it is in his presence and he said happiness and passion and he begins to feel the urge to play his instrument.

The Aids Quilt



The Aids Quilt displays names of the many people who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. It is meant to document the lives that many people feared would just be forgotten about. The main goal was to create a memorial for those lives that were lost. The Quilt was such a great unique and interesting way to create a memory. It is so unlike any other memorial due to the fact that it is like a moving and growing memorial. It continues to grow and grow and grow. It is honestly nothing I have seen before. I had never heard of such a thing. When I think of memorial I usually would think of a museum or statue or something of that nature. This idea of a quilt seemed preposterous to me at first, but as I read about it and watched videos, I began to understand and see how special this was. It is honestly such a beautiful idea with a beautiful purpose behind it. The different patches with the different images and the story behind each patch continues to draw me in. Hearing the stories from people who have lost friends and family really gave me a feeling of somber for them. That is no average quilt. It is full of emotion and art.

Haltman Material Culture reading

In the Haltman reading, it discussed something called the “Prownian Analysis”. This concept was very neat. It was like a breakdown of how to observe an object deeper. To find out its “material culture”. A quote that stuck out to me was “We have to seek its cultural significance”. I feel thinking about an object on a much deeper level and not only describing it in writing will make writing ten times better. It sounds difficult but it makes a lot of sense. If a person can give more than a description and actually connect to the object on an intense and intellectual level it adds more depth to the work done. “It is important to pay attention to all aspects, be attentive for detail but keep an eye on the big picture” was another quote that stuck out to me. Writing is about painting a picture for the readers. It needs to be more than just descriptive work. You have to dig deep and find the significance of its material culture. That adds that extra that a person needs when reading about an object. It allows for a person to picture the object in their mind and where the object came from and what time period the object came out of. Paying close attention when observing is key. The prown method is now the perfect analytic tool for “student learning”. More students should definitely learn about this method because it will take them a long way. This reading really made me think. It really informed me on a lot. I am super excited to apply these methods to my future endeavors. https://hyp.is/QI-jrAJdEeiDRneiQZO5eg/hypothes.is/users/dniyahhbook

50 years in photos blog

The article “50 years in photos”was extremely interesting! I am a fan of history. I love artifacts and looking at old pictures. The picture of the South Vietnamese General, chief of the national police, firing his pistol, and executing suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem on February 1, 1968, early in the Tet Offensive really pulled on my heart strings. There were so many emotions brought up from looking at that particular picture. Not only was the article full of sadness, there were some highly weird and interesting pictures as well. For example, the picture of the man in the leopard outfit was very strange yet very interesting at the same time, in my opinion. I find that the fashion in 1968 was very .. what is the word.. different than how things are now. As I continued to scroll through the images I came across a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and as I read the caption it said it was one of the last pictures of him. That made the picture more interesting. I recently went to visit MLK’s museums and church and that made me very emotional. It was so beautiful and a great honor to be able to visit where he once was or see the house where he lived. I also ran across a picture of his widow, Loretta Scott King, and it was her leading 10,000 people in a memorial march for her slain husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I love seeing people come together and become one with one purpose in mind. https://via.hypothes.is/https://hypothes.is/welcome/9f6ca43e73881ad2  https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/01/50-years-ago-in-photos-a-look-back-at-1968/550208/