Sculpture: Ronald Young, The Prevalence of Ritual
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: In “The Prevalence of Ritual,” Ronald Young uses found materials with deep histories to create sculptures rich in ambiguity. He creates power objects from these materials to “embody the collective consciousness of generations of African Americans.” The exhibit also includes photographic works.

Type of Video: Tour*
Unique Video ID: AndA-RYoung**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • For Discussion: Near the beginning of the video, the artist says, “I’m not here to tell anyone what to think of this work. I just want them to look at the work and decide for themselves.” Have students view the artist’s work through that lens. What do they think of the work?
  • Activity Idea: Have students use recycled materials to create their own “power object” art works as described the artist regarding what he does.


*Tours take students to laboratories, studios, workspaces, museums and other diverse “in the field” and community locations related to the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.