Visit one of the following exhibitions at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino (near Pasadena)

More American Art
Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War
Highlights of American Drawings and Watercolors from The Huntington’s Art Collections

Check for museum hours, address, etc. by going to the website The Museum is closed on Tuesdays and is free on the first Thursday of the month with advance tickets (October 2nd) . Tickets for students with full-time ID are $12 on weekdays and $13 on the weekend.
Visit Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913-1915 at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Check for museum hours, address, etc. by going to the website The Museum is closed on Wednesdays. Admission is $10 for students with ID and free after 3 p.m. for all Los Angeles County residents. It’s also free on the second Tuesday of each month (September 9th & October 13).

As confirmation that you visited the museum (NOT the website) you must attach a jpeg of the admission or parking ticket to your paper.

You should plan to go to the museum and spend a significant amount of time ‘looking’ before you select two works on which to write. This is a project that will require some thought and possibly a second trip to the museum. Therefore, I recommend that you plan your trip to the museum well in advance of the due date.

Begin your critique by giving the title of the show and stating the name of the museum where you saw the exhibition. Your critique should describe the artworks on view and the theme of the exhibition. You must specifically analyze and discuss at least two works, which exemplify the theme of the show. Be sure to include your own observations and ideas about each work. Although the museum’s literature and gallery wall labels may help you to understand each work, do not rephrase or quote excessively from their literature. If you must quote or you chose to use key information taken from the gallery wall label be sure to cite it correctly (see below)! Most importantly, relate the artist/s or artworks to other American artists or movements that have been studied over the course of the semester. Lastly, give your opinion of the exhibition. How successful is the artist’s work in addressing a theme? How was it installed? How might it have been improved upon?

The paper should be three- pages in length and must be typed and double-spaced. Papers with more than one-inch margins or a font size less or greater than 12 points will not be accepted. Please note that titles of artworks should be italicized or underlined.

Proofreading is also essential as spell check does not catch everything (i.e. their/there, peace/piece). The essay needs a thesis sentence, proper agreement of nouns and verbs, verb tense agreement, correct spelling, correct punctuation, and a conclusion. You also should demonstrate your ability to use specific art history terms when necessary. If you need help expressing your ideas you can go to the Tutoring Center for technical advice on grammar, format, etc. Needless to say, any plagiarism from printed texts or the internet will result hi an “F” on the assignment. Any two essays that are significantly similar also will receive an “F”.

You must use proper Chicago Manual of Style footnote citation format for all of your sources (see the paper citation guidelines) and include a bibliography that lists at least two sources in addition to your textbook.

What to footnote? Historical facts, definitions of terms or anything that can be considered common knowledge does not need to be cited. For example, Columbus landed in the Bahamas in 1492 is a known fact and does not need a footnote. However, an interpretation that is not fact but one person’s opinion must be cited. Since an interpretation is debatable and not a provable fact you must cite the author as the originator of this idea. Give credit where credit is due. Observations, IDEAS, opinions or interpretations that are taken from another source EVEN if you put those ideas into your own words MUST be footnoted in the same way as a direct quote. Footnotes should appear at the end of the sentence (not the paragraph) that includes the cited information.[1] For subsequent footnotes that draw from the same source, the author’s name and page number will suffice.[2] If the subsequent footnote is a reference to the same author and the same page number as the one that came immediately before then the term ibid is used.[3]


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