Art and Identity Research

Art & Identity Research Project For this final project you will research two modern/contemporary artists who deal with the theme of identity. In addition, you will reflect upon and propose an imagined artwork that relates to your own concept of identity. (Do not worry if you are not artistically inclined! You are not expected to create an actual finished art piece; it is merely a proposal.).You will create your project as a PowerPoint presentation. When saving for submission, please save/convert to a PDF for easier viewing. instructions is attached

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ARH2000 Art & Culture
Art & Identity Research Project
DUE: April 25
Submit via the link provided in Canvas.
12 points / 12% of final grade
For this final project you will research two (2) contemporary artists who deal with the theme of
identity. In addition, you will reflect upon and propose an imagined artwork that relates to your own
concept of identity. (Do not worry if you are not artistically inclined, you are NOT expected to create an
actual finished art piece; it is merely a proposal for something you imagine.). The final project will be
presented as a well-researched PowerPoint presentation (converted/saved and submitted as a
PDF). Scholarly research and a Works Cited page/slide are important components of this project.
1. Engage with the presentation: “Art & Identity”
2. Read/review the following from the textbook: Chapter 4.9 (The Body in Art) and 4.10 (Identity, Race, &
Gender in Art); pp. 189 (grey box); 357-359
1. Choose two (2) artists from the list on page three of these instructions. Research your
chosen artists in relation to their interest in a theme of “Identity”.
2. You must use at least three different types of sources in your research project: The artwork
itself will be one source – the most important primary source. Therefore, you must research and
find at least two (2) other types of sources (interview with the artists, scholarly articles, books,
museum website etc.) to use in your study. See page 189 of your textbook for a list of possible
primary and secondary sources. Further resources on how to get started are found in the
subheading “Resources” below. You will find many sources in the library or in one of the library’s
3. Your selection of artists should be intentional and surround a specific sub-topic of identity.
Your research should not focus on identity in only a broad and general way. Clearly identify the subtopic that relates to your artists. For example, you may find artists that are similarly interested in
any of the following sub-topics below:
? the fluidity of identity
? deconstructing cultural, social, or political difference
? feminist critique
? diversity or artists who create work that explores related cultures, groups, or societies
? You may consider choosing artists that work in the same medium (for example, performance
art, painting, or installation) and how that material choice imparts meaning to their work.
4. After selecting your sub-topic and artists, you must decide on a title for your research project.
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5. Your research into the artists should include biographical information and an examination of the
artists’ approaches. In a PowerPoint presentation of your research, include the following:
a. Biographies of each artist:
i. Image of the artist (photo, sketch, etc.)
ii. Brief biography: name, date of birth/death, where she/he was trained, and a broad
statement about their working process, critical interests and concerns as an artist
b. Three artworks by each artist: Find and select three artworks by each artist. Your artist
may explore many concepts and ideas, but for this project you must find how their work
relates to your chosen sub-topic related to identity. Be selective about which artworks you
choose. Each artwork should have two slides minimum:
i. An image slide which includes a high quality image of the artwork and its basic
identifying information (artist name, title, date, medium, dimensions, and location if
known). You may include detail images or alternative views.
ii. A separate slide should include a researched statement about the artwork. How
does the work relate to your chosen topic? How is this artist’s choice of materials
and/or processes relevant or meaningful?
c. Final Statement (minimum 400 words): In a final written statement you will compare
and contrast the artists and explain how they relate to your chosen sub-topic. Identify and
explain the artist’s values, attitudes and approaches. Support your claims with informed
examples and ideas, and draw upon concepts, terms, and approaches learned in class.
ART PROPOSAL: Your Experience
After conducting your research, consider how the artists/artworks chosen do or do not relate to your
personal experience. Think about the following: How does your concept of identity relate to the artists you
researched? The question of identity may lead to other questions such as: What values are important to me?
What else is important to me? Why? Do I identify with any groups or collectives? What “values” do these
groups have? Who am I as an individual? How might you communicate your own experience in an artwork?
Now, write a statement that proposes an imagined artwork directly related to your own experience.
What concepts are important to convey? What materials/medium would you use? Consider scale, location,
subject matter? Would it be a figurative self-portrait or would you represent yourself through other ways?
Your proposal can include a sketch or diagram, or you may choose to keep it entirely written. If you choose
to use a written statement only, be as vividly descriptive as possible. A fun part of this proposal is that since
you are not actually expected to complete the work, you are not constricted by location, scale, or cost of
In addition to using the artwork as primary source, the use of at least two (2) different types of secondary
sources is required. Avoid simple Internet searches. Include a Works Cited page (slide) at the end of your
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Library Resources: The best place to start is in the “Library Resources” menu item found in our
Canvas home menu. There you will find library databases related to art and art history. You can also
find that information at this link: See page 189 of your
textbook for examples of effective secondary sources. They include: reference books, books by
scholars, scholarly journal articles, book reviews, and museum websites.
Choose any two artists from this list. Most of the artists on the list are contemporary artists, meaning
that they are living and working today. You will find examples by most of them in your textbook. I’ve
grouped them by working process which may prove helpful in identifying artists of interest:
(Photography/Video and/or Performance) Nancy Burson, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Robert
Mapplethorpe, Nikki S. Lee, Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta, Shirin Neshat, Jillian Mayer, Carrie Mae Weems,
Pipilotti Rist, Rineke Dijkstra, Lorna Simpson, Matthew Barney, Guerrila Girls, Orlan, Janine Antoni
(Painting/Drawing) Judith Baca, Barry McGee, Kerry James Marshall, Elizabeth Peyton, Mickaline Thomas,
Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Zhang Chun Hong, Hung Liu, Faith Ringgold, Jenny Saville
(Installations and Sculpture) Yinka Shonibare, Spencer Tunick, Kara Walker, Doris Salcedo, Judy Chicago,
Xenobia Bailey, Do Ho Suh, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Ron Mueck, Marc Quinn, Louise Bourgeois, Rachel
Whiteread, Betye Saar, Magdelena Abakanowicz, Mona Hatoum
Your final presentation should include the following. You may organize and design your presentation for
optimal viewing, however, keep in mind you must include all components.
? Topic slide including your name and the title of your research project
? Artist #1
Image of the artist and brief bio
Artwork image slides (x3)
Artwork information slides (x3)
? Artist #2
Image of the artist and brief bio
Artwork image slides (x3)
Artwork information slides (x3)
? Final Statement (you may break this up into multiple slides due to min. word length)
? Artwork Proposal
? Works Cited (References)
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? Submit your project via the submission link in Canvas.
? Create your project as a PowerPoint presentation. When saving your document for submission,
please convert to a PDF for easier viewing. Corrupt files or incorrect documents will result in a zero
(0). After uploading, go back to ensure it went through correctly.
? All sources must be cited. This includes direct quotations, paraphrases, and images. In-text and
reference citations are expected. Here is a helpful resource:
? Use clear and complete sentences throughout your presentation. Proofread before submission.
You must use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
The rubric below is a general guide. A rubric with points and specific grading criteria is attached to the
assignment in Canvas and will be used in evaluation.
12 points
D, F
Followed all directions.
Presents a thorough and well
thought out project. Displays
evidence of effort and
originality. Idea effectively
addresses all the problems
presented by the assignment.
Answers all required
questions thoroughly and
displays a full understanding
of the topics and how they
relate to this project.
Followed most but not
all directions.
Shows evidence of
effort. Some elements
required further
Project lacks full
evidence of effort
and/or is unfinished.
Did not follow
directions closely.
Did not follow
The idea doesn’t
address the
problems presented
by the assignment.
Shows a good
understanding of the
topic or parts of the
topic, however, missed
select concepts and/or
did not fully answer
the questions
Does not seem to
understand the topics
very well or how they
relate to this project.
Did not answer all
questions asked.
Did not answer
many of the
questions asked;
does not a have an
understanding of
the topics discussed
or how they relate
to this project.
Points are developed
logically, coherently and
extensively with convincing,
specific supporting details
and researched examples.
Strong evidence of critical
Presents a plan of
development that is
carried out. Uses
specific supporting
details and researched
examples. Some
evidence of critical
Word choice accurate,
varied. Occasional
errors in sentence
structure, usage and
mechanics do not
hinder writer’s ability
to communicate
purpose. Citations
complete but may be
incorrectly formatted.
Development of ideas
and points evident but
supported by a
mixture of
generalizations and
specific detail.
Ideas and points are
evident but support
is very general
Word choice correct
but simple/ without
variety. Errors in
mechanics and/ or
usage may partially
obscure content of
Incomplete and
incorrectly formatted
Frequent errors in
word choice.
Sentence structure
and mechanics
seriously affect
clarity. Minimal or
no citations
Late? -20%
Focus and
Clarity (Art
Focus and
Clarity (Written
Support for
Choice of language
consistently precise,
purposeful. Nearly flawless
sentence structure, usage,
mechanics contribute to
writer’s ability to
communicate purpose.
Citations are complete and
properly formatted citations.
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