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American Art Paper
Choose to write the paper as one of the following:
You are an art curator publishing an excerpt about an exhibition of American art that you are curating
You are an art critic writing your impression of an American art exhibition.
The structure of your essay:
Top left: your name Top Right: the date
Middle top: Title
Explain what American art is (in a wide, like “created by an American Artist” and then narrow sense, like the different aspects that we spoke on in class)
Which of the multiple aspects of American Art (narrow sense) does this show touch on? And why did you choose these aspects?
In general, how has art changed over time to include different mediums and materials that are not traditional (painting and sculpture: marble and bronze)? This is another focus of the exhibition, not just the different aspects, but also the changes that occurred over time in the art.
Concluding sentence that leads this paragraph into the next
Aspect one: Location
Why is this aspect an important part of American Art/Culture in depth
Add an image of the artwork with its detailed information under (artist, title, year, materials)
Description of artwork 1 (what you see, in your own words)
Why is it a good example of American Art (if it’s an event or location, address its importance, if it’s an Identity, how is it part of American culture – identity can include different ethnicities, and political views)
Artwork 2 follow the same bulleted steps as Artwork 1, but this one should be from a different time and different medium + materials
Artwork 3 must be an example of contemporary artwork, and should follow the same process (bullet-points) as artworks 1 and 2
Add a discussion: how art has changed over time based on your examples (content=message and/or mediums…) to conclude the aspect that you researched.
Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Paragraphs:
Repeat Paragraphs 2,3, and 4 for a Second Aspect. Second Aspect is Historical events
Follow the same structural guidelines as Aspect 1 (explanation about the aspect in depth and its connection to American Culture, 3 artworks from different periods and of different mediums with their images, details under the images, and descriptions, discuss how each one is a good example of American Art according to your second aspect, and end with a conclusion about how art has changed over time).
Why it is an important exhibition to attend? Address the questions it touches, the changes in the culture that it reveals, and the different messages within the aspects
Wrap up the paper with a few sentences.
General Paper Information/Guidelines:
You have a choice. In total you will be discussing 6 artworks. You can do it either 2 aspects of American Art with 3 artworks for each, at least one of which is contemporary (maximum 2 contemporary) for each of the 2 aspects,
3 aspects of American Art with 2 artworks for each, at least one of which is contemporary for each of the 3 aspects.
Contemporary is from the 60’s onward, preferably later, with different mediums/techniques and materials (not only 2 dimensional art). You cannot choose only 2-D art as your artworks for each aspect. Examples for different contemporary mediums in the art include performance, land-art, video-art, installation, 3-D art (made of non-traditional materials).
Some of the Aspects of American Art to choose from: History/Events, Life-style, Unique Locations, Identity, Unique Values/Views, Certain Symbols, Art-Style.
Plagiarism will result in an F. Cite your sources (in-text citation), you can also include quotes, but always explain the material using your own words.
In-text citation is written in a short form (F.E.: author’s family name, followed by a page number) at the end of the sentence/paragraph of your quoted/rephrased information. For your Bibliography list, at the end, collects all your in-text citation sources, write their full information this time (although no need for page number), and organize it in alphabetical order.