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Wednesday, April 24

  1. page Final Project edited {TBA.jpg} Art Humanities: Spring 2013 Final Project: Exhibition Due MONDAY, MAY 13th, by 5P…
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    Art Humanities: Spring 2013
    Final Project: Exhibition
    Due MONDAY, MAY 13th, by 5PM via e-mail (prc2101@columbia.edu). I WILL NOT accept any late projects.
    It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to address any technical difficulties BEFORE our last day of class (Monday, May 6th). No exceptions.
    Tip: Your file will most likely be too large to send via conventional e-mail (Cubmail, Gmail, etc.). Instead, send it via WETRANSFER.COM (a site that allows you to send large files for free). PLEASE USE ONLY THIS SITE, as it helps me keep all of your submissions organized.
    25% of final grade.
    Design your own exhibition. You will come up with a central theme under which a small number of works (no fewer than 4, but no greater than 6) will be organized. Be creative! You may choose from ANY OF THE WORKS SHOWN IN THE POWERPOINT LECTURES FROM THIS COURSE (all of which are at your disposal here on the wiki), OR ANYTHING IN THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. Your exhibition will consist of two main components:
    1) A short précis (1 page), either written in Word or designed as a brochure, that includes and describes:
    the organizing theme or principle behind the exhibition
    the goal of the exhibition
    the names of the works you've chosen and how they are relevant to the exhibition
    2) A PowerPoint file (it seems from class that many of you already have this in Microsoft Office, but the software is also available in all university computer labs), which MUST consist of the following:
    the works you have chosen, either shown singly or in a comparison (to do this, simply go to the top of the screen while in the program and click "insert" and then "new slide")
    you must have at least one comparison in your slide presentation (e.g. you can have three comparisons of 2 images each, one comparison and two single images, etc.)
    the name of the artist, the work, and the date for each image in your presentation (to enter this information, go to the top of the screen while in the program and click "insert" and then "text box" and click anywhere in the slide to enter the box)
    an AUDIO component: pretend that you are giving me an audio guided tour of your exhibition (to do this, once again go to the top of the screen while in the program and click "insert" and then "audio" and then "record audio" after that; an icon, whose size you can manipulate, will appear that can be entered directly into the slide). This should not be a simple reading from any part of your text, and should include more than a simple mention of the basic information you include in the text box. You should discuss both formal criteria AND subject matter to the extent that it pertains to the central theme of your exhibition. Remember that this is not a research assignment. I am not expecting you to give me any biographical information about the artists other than perhaps the little bit we've discussed in class. Finally, the audio should be of a reasonable length (i.e. of the kind you would expect to hear in an actual museum; it provides more than just the name, date, and title, but strives to be concise), although I have no set minimum or maximum.
    The main idea is that your PowerPoint presentation will elaborate upon the brief summary of the exhibition that is provided in the précis. Make sure to provide a kind of narrative that demonstrates how all of these works tie together in some kind of meaningful and interesting way.
    N.B. RECORD YOUR AUDIO IN POWERPOINT ONLY. Do not use GarageBand, your phone, or any other device to record the audio, since those audio files may be playable on your own computer, but will not necessarily work on another computer (i.e. mine, which is the one that counts!). I strongly recommend that you attempt to open your completed PowerPoint and play back the audio on another computer before you submit it.
    Have FUN!!

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Wednesday, April 10

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    P.S. The cost of a student admission at the Frick is $10. I am keenly aware that this may pose a slight financial burden for some of you, so bear in mind that on Sundays the Frick offers a “pay what you wish” option from 11AM-1PM. The Frick Collection is located at 1 East 70th Street.
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Wednesday, April 3

  1. page Assignment 2 edited {TBA.jpg} Due Wednesday, April 17, at the beginning of class. All papers submitted after class …
    {TBA.jpg} Due Wednesday, April 17, at the beginning of class. All papers submitted after class begins or later will be marked as late and graded according to course policy.
    20% of final grade.
    Choose two DRAWN OR PAINTED PORTRAITS (i.e., not sculpture) at the Frick Collection to compare against one another. These pieces can, but do not have to be contemporaneous with one another. Likewise, they can, but do not have to be executed by the same artist. If you choose a self-portrait, you can, but do not have to compare it to another self-portrait. Do your best to choose examples that conform to the ways in which we have defined portraiture in class. To make things simpler, try to select portraits of sitters that the artist him- or herself would have seen/known, rather than imagined portraits of historical personages from centuries past. For reasons that should be obvious, avoid images of mythological figures (unless, of course, the sitter is dressed up in the guise of such a figure). I hope this is clear, but if you have any doubts about the pieces you’ve chosen, please contact me or see me in my office hours. Bear in mind that some temporary exhibitions at the Frick contain several portraits that you might like to use.
    Compare and contrast your two portraits in FOUR typed pages (double-spaced) using the same kinds of formal criteria you considered in your first assignment (e.g. line, color, composition, etc.). You may wish to refer back to the link I sent you in the first assignment about outlines these points in greater detail. These formal criteria should be used to advance a THESIS or argument (i.e., they are not to be described as ends in themselves). It may be helpful to think of your thesis as an argument for why a comparison of these two portraits can be fruitful in the first place. What does a comparison of them show us that an analysis of each one considered individually might not? Again, be sure to provide specific visual evidence for your statements and assertions.
    Remember, this is NOT a research paper. You simply need to examine the works you have chosen carefully and relate them to one another in a meaningful way with a clear and well-developed thesis. There is no need to talk about the history of the works themselves or give me biographies of the artists, sitters, etc. Obviously, the paper will entail much more than an elaboration of the didactic plaques in the museum. Just LOOK at the works as we have been doing in class.
    Finally, you MUST staple your admission ticket to your paper in order to receive full credit for the assignment (no exceptions). I also ask that you attach images of your two portraits to the end of your paper. The Frick does not allow photography, so try to find the image of your portrait on their website, which is quite extensive and complete (www.frick.org).
    Good luck, and have fun!
    P.S. The cost of a student admission at the Frick is $10. I am keenly aware that this may pose a slight financial burden for some of you, so bear in mind that on Sundays the Frick offers a “pay what you wish” option from 11AM-1PM. The Frick Collection is located at 1 East 70th Street.
    www.frick.org

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Monday, March 4

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Thursday, February 14

  1. page Assignment 1 edited ... museum. Just LOOK at the works as we have been doing in class. Good luck, and have fun! For…
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    museum. Just LOOK at the works as we have been doing in class.
    Good luck, and have fun!
    For your reference, follow the link to the Getty's nice introduction to
    some of the terms of formal analysis. Some of them will be more
    applicable than others for the sculpture assignment. Use this as a
    set of flexible guidelines, rather than a checklist.
    http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/building_lessons/formal_analysis.html

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Monday, February 11

  1. page Assignment 1 edited ... Her expression? What about them? It is important to be specific in the description of your o…
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    Her expression? What about them? It is important to be specific in the
    description of your observations. However, be careful not to let the
    description become andan end unto
    to say that it should help to clarify your thesis at every stage of the
    argument.
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