Write a two-page (include a title, and no need for cited page) reflecting on art during the communist regime and the film, Making Mao. In doing so, you should combine your note from the film and reading. You can address issues derived from the film concerning the subject of art and the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), or any specific aspect of visual culture during the Mao’s communist regime (1949-76). In other words, take what you have learned and comment analytically and critically – do not just describe or make a summary. Ideally, you would place them within the issue of “art and polities,” the absolute factor and an unprecedented phenomenon on art production during Mao’s era. You are also welcome to challenge and pose inquires that intrigue or puzzle you resulting from the narratives of documentation and interviews presented in the film and your readings.

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