Final project, ART 106 Modern and Contemporary Art
Curate an exhibition
Imagine you are a curator and organize an exhibition of Contemporary Art using 5-6 artworks chosen from some of the art exhibitions listed below. The topic of the exhibition is designed by you, the curator. You will conceive the topic for the show, its title, select the artworks, write a curatorial statement about the exhibition and write individual labels for the artworks, doing a short formal analysis and explaining the importance of the artwork, using your own words. A curator also decides how to place the exhibition in the space.
The exhibition you curate must have:
1.- a title related to the topic of the exhibition
2.- an exhibition statement (2-3 paragraphs) on the topic that will guide the exhibition, including its relevance and a thesis statement on the goal of the exhibition. The exhibition statement written by the student, using their own words.
3.- 5-6 artworks selected from the exhibitions listed below that will support your statement.
[5 or 6 is the minimum, and must come from the exhibitions listed below. However, you can include additional artworks or images from other sources of your choice, but they must be additional to the 5-6]
4.- individual labels for each artwork:
The labels must be 2 paragraphs long and make evident how the artwork relates to your exhibition’s topic (how it expands on it, treats it), as well as a short formal analysis of important aspects the curator/you want the viewers to notice. For example, a label often refers to formal aspects that advance the argument/topic and are particular to the artwork. Labels must be written by the student using their own words. If you want to include quotes, then quotation marks must be used and the sources must be acknowledged in footnotes on the labels. Any instance of plagiarism will receive a 40 point deduction.
5.- a diagram, draft, or plan as to how the artworks will be placed in the exhibition. [the simplest way to imagine an exhibition space is to use a simple rectangle to act as the exhibition room using one or more walls and/or the space in-between, or you can imagine something entirely different in terms of space]. Think about how you will organize the objects in your exhibition: it could have subtopics, it could tell a narrative, it could be chronological, thematic, by color, size, etc.
IMPORTANT: NO PLAGIARISM, using words of others and passing them as your own; also, avoid paraphrasing others.
You can turn in the assignment through Blackboard as:
PDF file (you can scan it or turn a doc into pdf)
PowerPoint/google slide share (provide a link in the submission and make sure the professor can open it)
A word doc (if it is a booklet, for instance)
Uploading photographs of the assignment (check quality/resolution of image to make it legible).
What is the criteria for evaluation? (Rubric for this assignment)
Is there a clear title for the exhibition that relates to its topic?
Exhibition statement (2-3 paragraphs):________________________________________________________________________/25
Is there a clear opening sentence that begins the curatorial statement well? Is there a clear topic guiding the whole? Is there a thesis statement related to the topic and the artworks selected, and is it clear? Does the writer manage to summarize the main ideas of the exhibition in the 2-3 paragraphs? Is there a “final sentence” that completes the curatorial statement satisfactorily, rather than leaving it mid-thought?
Individual Labels –basic information__________________________________________________________________________/5
Is the artwork presented clearly (author’s name if any, title of artwork, date, medium)?
Individual Labels –artwork observation & connection to exhibit’s topic________________________________/50
Has the writer thoughtfully engaged with the artwork, referring to the formal aspects of the object (formal analysis)? Has the writer connected each object/artwork to the main topic of the exhibition, explaining how it is specifically related to it?
Are the ideas expressed well-developed? (does the label read like a series of connected ideas or is it just a list of statements of fact?)
Following of instructions: ____________________________________________________________________________/15
Does the description follow the instructions set out in the assignment handout and in class? (no plagiarism, title, number of paragraphs for curatorial statement, number of individual labels, diagram/draft of the space)
Give yourself time to browse the links below, if you want to see some exhibitions in person specially. Not all are available in an online format.
List of exhibitions to choose 5-6 artworks from
You can chose artworks by artists from any of these art exhibitions, for instance, one artist from A, two others from C, two artworks from the same artist in G, one from H. Keep in mind that you are not curating a solo show of a single artist or replicating an existing show.
For in person visit only:
Options in NYC Museums:
“This Longing Vessel,” artists in residence from the Studio Museum Harlem, through March 14, through March 13 at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City. MoMA PS1 has suggested admission (you can pay what you wish)
B. Another option at the same MoMA PS1 is “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”
Whitney Museum of American Art: Two possible exhibitions to see at the Whitney Museum, advance ticketing, CUNY students get one free admission, go to “affiliate admission” in their website to get tickets: https://whitney.org/ticketing-info. Otherwise, the Whitney has pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, but advance ticketing is also needed.
“Working Together: Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop”, through March 28,
“Salman Toor,” paintings. Through April 4.
“Julie Mehretu,” opens March 25.
“Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented,” through April 9, advanced ticketing online, BMCC students can enter free but need to show BMCC ID, MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), 53rd Street, https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5072
Laura Aguilar, retrospective exhibition, “Show and Tell,” advanced ticketing online, suggested donation, at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, 26 Wooster Street, https://www.leslielohman.org/exhibitions/laura-aguilar-show-and-tell
“Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” collective exhibition, at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, the New Museum has pay-what-you- wish on Thursdays between 6pm-9pm only, but you also need to get advanced ticketing for this. Through June 6.
Lorraine O’Grady, “Both/And,” Brooklyn Museum, starts March 5th, advanced ticketing online, https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/lorraine_ogrady
KWAS, “What Party,” https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/kaws_what_party
Options in galleries and can also be seen online:
Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee through March 13 at the Flag Art Foundation (545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, Chelsea, Manhattan).
Reggie Burrows, through March 14 only, at Karma gallery, 188 & 172 East 2nd Street, https://karmakarma.org/exhibitions/reggie-burrows-hodges/works/
Guadalupe Maravilla, solo exhibition “Seven Ancestral Stomach,” can be visited in person at P.P.O.W., 392 Broadway, NYC, through March 27, https://www.ppowgallery.com/artist/guadalupe-maravilla/work
Can be seen online only
“50 artists: Art on the Grid”: https://www.publicartfund.org/exhibitions/view/art-on-the-grid-july27/#section_2
“Cruising the Horizon,” The LatinX Project in NY, online exhibition, https://www.latinxproject.nyu.edu/cruising-the-horizon
Uptown Triennial, till Feb 28. Wallach Gallery. Can be visited too.
“To Cast Too Bold a Shadow,” The 8th Floor: video with gallery tour. https://www.the8thfloor.org/to-cast
“ID: Formations of the Self,” Fiterman Gallery, BMCC, online exhibition, https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/sfac/id-formations-of-the-self-page/
Some general ideas for themes:
just ideas to get you started, in case you are finding this difficult, coming up with a topic
fantasy/futures-futurism/building new worlds
decolonizing history (changing concepts of the exotic, savage, racial types; colonial wounds)
ritual (music and dance)
medicine/healing/care/intimacy. For more information on A Modern and Contemporary Art visit this: https://www.britannica.com/art/modern-art
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