Věra Chytilová’s film Daisies (1966)

  1. With reference to Ch. 4 of But is it art?, please explain Pierre Bourdieu’s statement, “Taste classifies, and it classifies the classifier” (94). Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  2. The final scene of Daisies shows the two Maries feasting and then destroying a banquet hall. The end of the film is ambiguous. Describe the film’s final moments and explain how they contribute to the film’s message. (Some ideas to get you started: Is the film a tragedy? Or is it an anarchic celebration? Are the Maries dead? If they are dead, is that a punishment for their behavior or are they now finally free?)
  3. Explain the argument of Linda Nochlin’s 1971 essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” as summarized in Ch. 5 of But is it Art?
  4. Please describe the work of one artist from Ch. 4 of But is it Art? who fought the will of the market by making art which couldn’t be sold.

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