Field trip 1 Art & Dialogue
The first assignment from the Elan interculturel ran as follows:
Select a section of the museum and assess the curation in line with the new paradigms studied in the course in reference to audiences of different cultural backgrounds that each participant deals with in their daily work environments and their likely responds
On entering le Louvre and acquiring a map, I set about deciding which section I should investigate. Immediately the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman section sprang out in Prussian blue. Room 17 Etruscan, as a theory of their origin, the Etruscans came from Asia Minor. Distinguished by their unique language, skills in metalwork , the Bucchero pottery and the status of the Etruscan women, who were incredibly independent, educated, and enjoyed great freedom, unlike their contemporaries in Athens or Rome. This civilization endured from 700 BC until its assimilation into the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC.
Earlier that morning in the presentation of the intercultural dialogue with Vera Varhegyi, we had discussed the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, which refers to worldview conditions, or orientations, that enable people to experience cultural difference in a certain way.
Milton Bennett’s framework describes 6 different ways in which people can react to cultural differences, with each step allowing an increasingly sophisticated experiences of other cultures.
As I stood in room 17 admiring the “Sarcophagus of the Spouses” a terracotta sculpture in accordance with a style that originated in Asia Minor, I could not help but think that the Etruscan had not integrated but were assimilated.