Write an essay analyzing one artwork, or a small group of works by one artist, in the collection of the Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP) at the Stamp Student Union. The essay should be approximately five-to-six pages long (double-spaced), and the language should be thoroughly revised and highly polished.
Your task is threefold:
(1)offer a close, deep description of your chosen work, including particular attention to selected details of importance;
(2) discuss the work’s place in the history of art since 1945, comparing its forms and purposes to those of relevant movements, artists, and criticism; and
(3) offer a supported interpretation of the work’s meanings. (In support of the second of these tasks, you should quote meaningfully from one or two of our assigned readings, and you should make a detailed comparison to at least one work of art we have studied in class, attending to visual/formal details as well as content.)
In addition, write a one-page catalogue entry (approximately 250 words) introducing the work, its context, and its meanings, for a general audience. This will likely be a kind of short summary of your essay. The best of these catalogue entries may be selected for publication in the online catalogue of the collection.
Be sure to devote your essay to work that you find rich and complicated (not something you think has a one-liner meaning), so that you can happily and successfully write about it.
If you want some hints on writing a good catalogue entry, be sure to look at the short selection from Beverly Serrell’s Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach. These few pages, posted in our course reserves on ELMS, are about a slightly different task—label writing—but they should be helpful.
Be sure to use full, proper footnote citations per MLA handbook or Chicago Manual of Style. Illustrations of the works you discuss will be appreciated but are not necessary, so long as these are in the collection or in our lecture image files on ELMS.
(The abstract should state the topic of your paper and what you expect to argue; a sample, from another type of assignment, is attached.)