MODERN ART WITH A NEW YORK VIEW.
During the last month of the course, we are focusing on modern art (Impressionism through Postmodernism.
For your writing assignment, you will use your assigned web-based resources, and the museum collections themselves to choose and write about five works of art with significant connections to New York City.
Each work must be Modern Art (the period covered 1879 through 1980) and from one of these groups:
• Part of the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the
Whitney Museum of American Art, or the Museum of Modern Art. (For example, paintings cited by the Met’s Timeline of Art History essay on Post-Impressionism that are in their collection.) These links let you search the collection.
• On view in New York between now and December 20. (For example, at the MoMA’s Picabia exhibition on view now.) Van Gogh’s Starry Night is at the MoMA. Degas’s Dance Class is at the Met.
• Part of the historic 1913 Armory show that introduced European Modernism to the New York public. Resources here. (Picabia was also in this exhibition.)
• Created in New York or taking New York as its subject. There are many of these by artists in your textbook, including Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in chapter 14, Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie-Woogie at the MoMA, and paintings by Edward Hopper at the Whitney and the Met.
• Certain movements that are identified especially closely with New York, such as the “New York School” of abstraction (Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, etc.) and Pop Art (Andy Warhol), both chapter 15, or graffiti art and related paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat (chapter 16).
• Part of the MoMA’s current exhibition “From the Collection: 1960-1969.” Use this
online exhibition checklist.
Choose five works of art for an imaginary exhibition along any theme you like, as long as the works are from the groups above. Be sure to space the works out to cover the entire period from the 1870s-1900 to the 1960s-80s and all the years in between.
You are going to write a paper about your exhibition that is seven paragraphs long. (1000 to 1200 words). In the first paragraph, give an overall description of your exhibition and its theme.
In the next five paragraphs, describe each of the five works you chose to examine closely, in chronological order (earliest work first, latest work last). Do not just rewrite what you found on the website or the label, but describe each work as completely as you can in your own words and why the work is in your exhibition. (How does it relate to your chosen theme?) Identify each work completely, including artist, title, date, and where you found it (museum).
To write your conclusion (last paragraph), you must refer to your textbook. Go to Chapter 16, “Contemporary Art Worldwide” in your book. Look at all of the pictures. Then, write a conclusion to your paper that is about the relationship of your five works of art to contemporary art. Do you see similarities in Chapter 16 to the kind of works that you chose? Argue for or against the idea that the art of the past has had an ongoing legacy based on pictures in Chapter 16. Give examples.
When you are done, proofread carefully. Do another draft. DO NOT TURN IN A ROUGH DRAFT.