Art Work Analysis

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November 5, 2019
Pearlman AH 3337 Instructions for Essay 1
November 5, 2019

Pearlman AH 3337 Instructions for Essay 1

1) Sometime during weeks 9 and 10, visit one of the following museums or galleries, and choose a work of art made anytime between 2000 and today.

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These institutions regularly feature contemporary art exhibitions of international stature, but check their websites before visiting to see if they have something relevant on view for the date of your visit:
-Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (;
-Los Angeles County Museum of Art (;
-UCLA Hammer Museum (;
-Getty Center (;
-Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (;
-Armory Center for the Arts (;
-LA><ART (;
-Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel (;
-Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (;
-Museum of Latin American Art (;
-California African American Museum (;
-The Broad Museum (

You may visit the Kellogg Art Gallery or the Huntley Art Gallery (both on campus) for the assignment, but, to give you credit for venturing out beyond the CPP campus, you will get an additional point for visiting one of the above institutions instead.

2) Choose a work of art that elicits a strong reaction from you (positive or negative).

3) Think about the work, taking notes that include a description of the work’s important features and any reactions you have to it. As you make notes, keep in mind what you will have to write about it in the next two weeks (preview item 4, below).

4) Take a picture of yourself in front of the work you choose to write about or save the ticket or receipt from your visit. (You will need to insert proof of your visit in your essay when uploading it later.) A picture of you in front of the museum will not suffice, unless you can somehow show the date of the picture.

5) Carefully, over weeks 11 and 12, do the following:

Pretending you are an art critic, write a review of the work that answers the following questions: Is the work worth your readers taking the time to see it, especially if they have to travel far? Why or why not? Also, explicitly state the criteria (grounds, principles) you are using to judge the work.

A wide range of concerns may factor into your judgment. Some examples: the quality of the work (assuming you define what quality means), the ethics of the work (assuming you consider what it means for an artwork to be ethical) and/or the work’s historical significance (assuming you define the historical context in which the work is or is not significant: the same artist’s past work? artworks of the same style or purpose? the same artist’s treatment of the same theme in other works?)

Text formatting: Double spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins.

Approximate length: There is no strict length requirement. Three to four pages should do the trick, but this is just a guideline.

Do not use quotations in place of your own words, only as evidence of something you explain in your own words.

Before deciding what to write, do the research necessary to inform yourself about any matters that give the work significance. A good review is a well-informed one. Relevant sources of information could be writings that support your definition of what makes a work technically strong or appealing, writings that inform you about the artist’s previous works, writings that inform you about the subject the artist’s work addresses, etc.

For those who choose to research the artist: keep in mind that artists who are prominent and have been working for a long time will have more information about them in library databases than those who are new to the art world. If you can’t find anything significant about the artist in a library database, you may have to do some smart Google searching instead. If you do research on the subject or theme of the artist’s work, you probably will find sources for that in library databases as well as via Google.

Your library research tutorial will have prepared you to do research in library databases. For tips on smart Google searching, review the PDF entitled “Research Skills” posted for you on Blackboard.

Cite your sources responsibly in footnotes or endnotes (your choice) as well as in a bibliography. Title the bibliography “Works Cited” (or “Work Cited” if there is just one) and place it at the bottom of your review. For footnotes or endnotes and for the bibliography, use proper citation format according to the Chicago Manual Style (CMS). (See for a quick reference guide).

Your review should cite at least one source. Any source cited must be considered in—and highly relevant to—your evaluation of the work.

Insert into your essay proof of your visit a picture of you in front of the artwork you chose to write about. A picture of your ticket or receipt is an acceptable alternative. (A picture of you in front of the museum will not, unless you can somehow show the date of the picture.)

When handing in your essay:

Upload it to Blackboard in the specified folder by 10:00 p.m. on the due date.
Make sure you get a message from TurnItIn that says your submission was successful. If you don’t receive that message, the paper did not upload. Try again until you get this message. If you continue to have no success, use a library computer and try again.

NOTE: Ultimately, it is your responsibility to make sure your work gets to me. If your paper won’t show up on Blackboard, you must immediately email it to me as a backup so that you get credit for on-time submission, and then continue to try to upload the paper on a library computer. If you do not hand in the paper by TurnItIn or by email, I must assume you have no plans to turn the assignment in and will accept 0 points. I will not pursue you to turn in your assignment.

Notes on grading for all written assignments:
The weight I give to each criterion in the Grading Rubric may vary. This is due to the fact that a student’s performance in any one area may be especially good or bad that it disproportionately affects the work’s overall quality.

I never grade you on your opinions or artistic value judgments. I grade you on the criteria in the Grading Rubric.

Note on feedback for all written assignments: Please refer to the document entitled “Key to Symbols Used for Feedback on Written Work” to decipher the abbreviations I use in the margins of your papers to alert you to specific types of errors. This document is posted on Blackboard, next to the Grading Rubric. For further feedback, make sure to sign up for the professor’s office hours.
To retrieve the feedback on your essay, go to the same place you uploaded it, and click on “View/Complete.”

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