Posted: September 13th, 2022

HISTORY OF ART I

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ART 104 – HISTORY OF ART I
Department of Art, Southern Connecticut State University
Fall 2022
EXHIBITION PROJECT ASSIGNMENT
OVERVIEW
One of the ways that people today get to view and interact with works of art is when they are
put on display in an exhibition. Sometimes exhibitions are held in museums, and sometimes in
other kinds of public spaces like galleries, arenas, churches, community centers, or universities.
Exhibitions can be organized based on the art of a period or culture (for example, Medieval
Ethiopia), or the work of a specific artist (Phidias), patron (Emperor Augustus), material (bronze,
jade, ivory, etc.), or subject (animals in ancient art, the different avatars of the Buddha, death
and burial art in ancient cultures, etc.). They are never just a random group of things: there is
always a theme that guides the exhibition and its organization. Good exhibitions help their
viewers understand this theme because they include introductory panels and written labels
that describe and explain the works of art to the viewers and show them how they relate to the
theme.
THE ASSIGNMENT
Over the course of the semester, you will work on a project in four stages that will result in a
virtual exhibition of six works of art and/or architecture from this course (meaning from the
lectures or your textbook) organized around a theme of your choice. The artworks must also be
from at least three different cultures or periods. You will choose the theme, select the artworks,
write explanatory texts to help viewers understand your exhibition and the individual works of
art in it, and create a digital presentation of your exhibition.
This Exhibition Project will be completed in four stages and submitted to Blackboard:
1. Exhibition Review – due week 5 – 5% of your final grade in this course
2. Project Proposal – due week 8 – 5% of your final grade in this course
3. Progress Report – due week 13 – 15% of your final grade in this course
4. Final Project – due Final Exams Week – 20% of your final grade in this course

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ASSIGNMENT DETAILS
Exhibition Project Stage 1: Exhibition Review – due week 5 – 5% of your final grade
To understand the focus and presentation of an exhibition, it is important to experience one!
For this stage, you will review an online exhibition (or visit an exhibition in person) and reflect
on how this experience will shape and influence your own exhibition project.
You should first find an exhibition to review. You may choose from the list of online exhibitions
posted on Blackboard, or find an online or in-person exhibition on your own that is appropriate
to the course material. If you search for something on your own, please speak to me for
guidance before writing your review because it can be difficult to find a thematically organized
exhibition rather than an entire museum collection.
Then, you will need to analyze the exhibition you choose. As you explore the website or walk
through the galleries, think about these questions:
• What is the theme or main focus of the exhibit? How is the theme introduced and
explained?
• How is the site or space organized, or what is the layout? How do you move through the
website or galleries? Do you think it is successful and easy to follow, or unsuccessful and
difficult to navigate?
• How much written information is presented for each work of art? Is it enough for you to
understand how the work relates to the theme? Do you want to know more?
• Are there other details or tools that were particularly helpful or distracting?
• How did this exhibition experience help you think about your own exhibition? How
might this exhibition influence your own presentation? Think about organization,
amount of information, clarity of topic, etc.
• What do you want viewers to take away from your own exhibition, compared to the one
you are reviewing?
Finally, write a short review (1-2 pages, or 250-500 words), highlighting how it will be useful to
you. You should describe the exhibition, critically review it, and clearly explain how your
experience of it will help you develop your own ideas about your own project. Please also
include the title and URL of the exhibition.
Please submit your proposal as a Word Doc or PDF. Your proposal will be due on Blackboard at
the end of Week 5.
Exhibition Project Stage 2: Project Proposal – due Week 8 – 5% of your final grade
To begin your own project, you need to choose a theme that interests you. The goal of your
exhibition will be to show how works of art and/or architecture covered in the class (so ranging
from the earliest human efforts to make art to about 1400 CE) can communicate ideas and
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values that are still relevant today, and in particular that are important to you. Some possible
themes include: changing gender conventions, the depiction of children, the importance of the
natural environment (trees, or plants, or water), tools of religious ritual or worship, the dignity
of animals, rituals around death and dying, or depictions of power or race or some other
dimension of personal or shared identity.
For this second stage of the project, you will write a proposal (1-2 pages, or 250-500 words)
describing your topic and explaining why it is important to share. You should identify at least
two works of art from the course (meaning from the lectures or your textbook) that are
connected to your theme. Provide artist (if known), title, date, culture or period, medium, and
current location. These artworks must be from different periods or cultures. You should also
identify the format you will use for your exhibition, and why. You may use PowerPoint or
another slide presentation program, you may create a website or video, or you may submit a
well-formatted Word Doc or PDF. If you wish to use another format, please check with your
professor.
Please submit your proposal as a Word Doc or PDF. Your proposal will be due on Blackboard at
the end of Week 8.
Exhibition Project Stage 3: Progress Report – due Week 13 – 15% of your final grade
The third stage of the project is a draft of your exhibition in which you will demonstrate the
research you have done and the progress you have made.
You will need to write the introductory text for your exhibition, explaining your chosen theme,
how it can be seen in the works of art you have chosen, and its contemporary relevance. This
text must be 3-4 paragraphs (1 paragraph = 100-200 words).
You should also include the labels for three of the artworks from class (meaning from the
lectures or your textbook) you have chosen for your exhibition. For each work of art, you will
need to provide an image with an identifying caption, a brief description of the object’s form,
theme, and context, and a discussion of its relationship to your theme. You should also connect
the artwork to other artworks in your exhibition, so that it is clear that the artworks you have
chosen are related, and related to your theme. The text of each label must be 2-3 paragraphs (1
paragraph = 100-200 words). Identifying captions should provide the following information:
artist (if known), title, date, culture or period, medium, and current location.
To ensure that you are on track with your exhibition, you will need to include a list of the six
works of art that you plan to include in your final exhibition. This list can be tentative. These
artworks should be from at least three different cultures or periods.
Since you will be doing some research while writing your labels, you will need to include a list
of resources at the end of your progress report. You can draw on your textbook and lectures,
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but you also need to do some further research about the works. You do not need to use actual
citations, but you do need to provide the title and URL for at least 3 different sites that you
have consulted.
There are many reliable sources of information where you can turn, but please note that you
cannot use Wikipedia or other online encyclopedias. Instead, use Smarthistory, the Heilbrunn
Timeline of Art History, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Oxford Art Online (available
through Buley Library databases), or museum websites such as The Getty, the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, or the British Museum. Buley Library also provides a helpful guide
Please attach your draft as a Word Doc or PDF. Your progress report will be due on Blackboard
at the start of week 13.
Exhibition Project Stage 4: Final Project – due Final Exams Week – 20% of your final grade
Your final project should include six works of art from the course (meaning from the lectures or
your textbook) connected to a theme of your choosing.
You may use PowerPoint or another slide presentation program, you may create a website or
video, or you may submit a well-formatted Word Doc or PDF. No format is any better than
another, but all should show some effort.
Your final exhibition must include:
• A brief introductory panel explaining your chosen theme (3-4 paragraphs, 1 paragraph =
100-200 words)
• Images of your six works of art, from three different cultures or periods. Each image
must include an identifying caption with: artist (if known), title, date, culture or period,
medium, and current location.
• For each work of art, write a brief description (6 total) describing the object’s form,
theme, and context and connecting it to your exhibition’s theme. You should also
connect the artwork to other artworks in your exhibition. Use your own words and
ideas, do not copy and paste from the internet! This exhibition is about you and your
values, so don’t let someone else speak for you. The text of each label must be 2-3
paragraphs (1 paragraph = 100-200 words).
• Finally, a list of at least 6 sources that you used for research on the works in your
exhibition or for your introductory text. You should include the title of the website and
the URL.
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You will be evaluated on the clarity and coherence of your theme (does everything make sense
together?), on the quality of your labels (do you describe your chosen artworks well and clearly
connect them to your theme and each other?), and on the quality of your presentation (does
the design of your final project demonstrate some effort?). See the rubric for details.
Your final project will be due on Blackboard at the start of Final Exams Week.
Extra Credit
For extra credit, you can add two additional items to your exhibition that connect it to the
present day (the past 50 years). For example, you could include a still from a movie, a TV show,
a video game, a piece of music, a book, a fictional character, or a work of art or architecture.
These extra credit slides must include all the same basic information in a caption, and you must
connect them to your theme in a few sentences. This will be worth up to 5 additional points to
your total score for the final project.

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