AA.4: Each student curator is required to produce a formal research paper for their particular “room.” This is much like a museum catalog paper or chapter providing a specific research argument about the exhibition to add to a catalogue (I suggest that you look at a recent museum exhibition catalogue for writing samples). These individual research papers must form specific arguments connecting the choice of artworks to the theme utilizing academic research to support all arguments made. The research paper also stands alone from the exhibition allowing the exhibition to emphasize the points developed in the paper but without direct reference between the two elements.
The paper should begin with an introduction to the theme being considered and rationale for selecting works. A strong thesis statement will lead the paper into discussing works of art, analyzing them in connection with the theme that you have chosen comparing, contrasting, and supporting your argument. The paper must then include a conclusion and must have proper citations throughout in MLA format.
The paper should be between 5-7 pages. This paper may be incorporated into the exhibition, but you must consider the method of delivery as 5-7 pages of text is unlikely to be read by the average museum-goer. If you wish to combine this with your museum project, consider cutting out bits of useful information to display with the works that you have chosen.
A draft will be due during week 5 and the final will be due on the last day of the term. It is important to have an initial draft early as it will inform the exhibition, and allow time for feedback from the instructor and your peers before your final submission.
- This is an argumentative paper under the umbrella of your group's theme. The concept is a funneling down to a narrow theme about a topic (the topic that your group had chosen).
- Example: Your group chooses Religion. Your room might be devoted to the Mesopotamian Period. You would then compile artifacts that discuss the topic of religion and demonstrate unique aspects of that relgion and culture through their formal characteristics relating to the context.
- Section headers are unnecessary for such a short paper. Section headers also force you to write about each piece independent of the others and not in conversation with them in the context of the "room" that they will be displayed in in the show. The paper is your chance to compare and contrast these artifacts and to support your argument. Leave the separate informational listing of artifacts to your presentation where each image may end up being viewed independently.
- Images in-text are distracting, especially when I make some comments and it quickly ruins all the work you did to put the images where you thought the text flowed. Place the images at the end with a full MLA caption and reference to them parenthetically in-text (Figure #).
- Why do students include spaces between paragraphs or no indenting to the first line of a paragraph?! These are writing issues that I shouldn't have to cover in art history and take time away from my commenting on your content. I will honestly say that I am less a stickler for length than I am for depth of answer.
- Write as if I am a blind man. Describe the pieces and don't assume anything of me. For instance, "You will see..." The more formal detail you can describe, the richer the paper and the more connections you might find to support your argument or connect formally with the theme or context.
- TONE! We are in an academic setting and you are an undergraduate student. First person is out of the question as you are currently "interns" in my gallery. Once you are published curators, then I might care about your personal opinions. Until then, please support all your arguments with researched academic articles.
- Research: Make sure you get beyond the encyclopedic resources and that there are authors attributed to the work.
These presentations can take many forms and instruction will be given by the “Director” of how to produce digital museum experiences using Prezi, Google Open Gallery, Art Steps, or Google Sites (Please no PowerPoint) though students may choose another method for digital display with approval by the “Director.” The exhibition must display a “room." Each room must have six or more artworks demonstrating a single theme. The goal of the exhibition is to form a viewing flow that takes a viewer through the theme in a connected and seamless manner. Consider how you may present information for the viewer to gain a more formal understanding of the theme and the argument presented in the research paper (much like the signage in the museum or the audio tours provided).
Please be aware of proper citations and referencing as you create your presentations. MLA format extends to presentations in various ways. In slides, you must still provide paranthetical citations referencing where ideas come from (author page). In dialogue, you should state, "According to_____...." as you speak. Your presentations should also include a slide of all works cited in the presentation in full MLA citation format. Any disregard of these guidelines can result in accusations of plaigarism.
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||03/12/2016 12:00 am