Choose an object that has not come up during class time, but you believe deserves a place in the art history survey. Then explain where does your chosen object fit within the history of art as we have studied it in this class?

ART WORK

Select a work of art/architecture made between 1400 CE and the present that you believe is particularly significant but has Does it represent a geographical area or a culture we did not study explicitly? Is it a type of object, or made of a material, that we have not studied in great depth? Is it exceptional in form and/or content for its period or style, or is it typical in some way?not appeared in our class. Argue for its inclusion in the ART 102 course in a 1-2 page paper.

A standard feature of an art historical education, the art history survey class attempts to provide both depth and breadth in an introduction to the field of art history over a huge chronological span. This necessarily involves skipping many important works of art.

In this assignment, you will think about the omissions involved in constructing an art history survey.

Choose an object that has not come up during class time, but you believe deserves a place in the art history survey.

Consider:

Where does your chosen object fit within the history of art as we have studied it in this class?

Does it represent a geographical area or a culture we did not study explicitly?

Is it a type of object, or made of a material, that we have not studied in great depth?

Is it exceptional in form and/or content for its period or style, or is it typical in some way?

Note: A museum visit is not required for this paper, but it is welcome. You may choose an object you have previously written about in the class, that you have prior knowledge of, or that was mentioned in a reading but not discussed in In any case, you will still be expected to make a compelling argument on its behalf. Alternatively, you might choose your work from an online museum collection, an exhibition, or an article.

Finding your object: One way to find an object is by browsing online museum collections and information produced by the See, for example: the Met collection. Museums often have active blogs or social media accounts that can provide another way of finding new objects or Instagram accounts like @metmuseum; @themuseumofmodernart; @whitneymuseum. Museums may make interpretive materials like audio guides available online. Alternatively, reading arts news can spotlight interesting objects and ideas.

 

Choose an object that has not come up during class time, but you believe deserves a place in the art history survey. Then explain where does your chosen object fit within the history of art as we have studied it in this class?