After the first five weeks of class we’ll have a short paper due where you will research and select an artwork from one of the selected artists listed. You will then select from one of two prompts and discuss how their work engages with, disrupts, and/or perpetuates the selected theme. Narrow your argument to focus on a specific vantage point (i.e. gender, race, etc.) when discussing what the artist is engaging with via the work.
Selected Artists: Betye Saar, Judy Chicago, Mónica Mayer, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Sandra Eleta
1. How does this artwork function against (in accordance with) historically misogynistic conceptions of (white) male ‘genius’? Does the work convey the artistic intent engendered to it? How?
2. How does this artwork function engage with issues of representation (that is, representation of whatever it is that the artwork is eliciting, be it gender, race, etc.)? What identity politics are at play here and how does that charge (or hinder) the work?
The short paper should be exactly 3-4 pages in length and comprised of the following:
1. An Introduction (avoid generalizations/blanket statements such as ‘since the beginning of time..’ ‘art is different to everyone..’ etc. etc. – this is also where you will state your thesis) 2. Body (this is where you will discuss both the formal (if applicable) aspects of the work as well as the conceptual aspects – what is the artistic intent and how is it inevitably received? How do these things operate against/in accordance with the chosen theme?) 3. Conclusion
Please also be sure to use at LEAST 2-5 academic/scholarly sources (you may use the articles we’ve read in class, or, any other relevant scholarly AND peer-reviewed sources