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We have covered a lot of ground throughout the class! We’ve looked at artistic expressions created by the earliest humans seeking to understand and to comment on their world, to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries that reflects techniques and traditions from the past while expressing more contemporary contexts and cultures.
For your out-of-class written final exam, you will need to analyze and to make connections between a contemporary artwork and a past artwork that might have influenced it.
The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in this course:
think creatively about a text, concept, or unit
synthesize varied pieces of a text, concept or unit
articulate your thinking in new ways
Assignment Prompt with Tasks
The Final Exam consists of three parts. Please be sure to fully address all three parts of the assignment.
Choose one specific artwork from one of the artists listed below from the Civilizations video series(the artwork can be one of that was showcased in an episode or it could be artwork that was not in any of the episodes):
>Kehinde Wiley (Episode 2: How Do We Look?)
>Sangeeta Abhay (Episode 3: God and Art)
>Bill Viola and Kira Perov (Episode 3: God and Art)
>Olivia Frazier (Episode 4: Encounters)
>Kara Walker (Episode 9: What Is Art Good For?)
>El Anatsui (Episode 9: What Is Art Good For?)
>Cai Guo-Qiang (Episode 9: What Is Art Good For?)
> Michal Rovner (Episode 9: What Is Art Good For?)
Insert the image into your Final Exam Document
In 400 words or more, describe what specific qualities and features of that artwork relate to the context in which the work was created. Also, describe what specific qualities and features of each artistic work relate to the purpose behind its thematic content. (The narrators in the Civilizations series basically do this with every artwork that they discuss—you need to do something similar here in writing.)
What is the context in which the art was created?
What thematic content is the focus?
Use one of the free, online resources below to research and identify an artwork from a previous time period that either has influenced or informed the artwork identified in Part 1 above.
Potential sources for images include:
Google Arts and Culture:
The National Gallery of Art:
The ArtStor database available through the HCC Library:
Insert the image into your Final Exam Document
In a minimum of 400 words, critically analyze and consider connections between the artworks. What qualities and what commentary on the world are the same? What qualities and what commentary on the world are different? Compare, contrast, and explain in depth and detail.
Episode 9: What Is Art Good For? of the Civilizations video series turns on two central questions:
–Should art create a realm separate from the modern world, a place where we can escape and pull the ladder up after us?
–Or should it plunge headlong into the chaos and dissonance while transforming the way we see it and live in it?
In a well-organized and appropriately detailed response of a minimum of 300 words, provide your own thoughtful answers to these questions based on what you’ve learned in this course throughout the semester.
Format & Requirements:
Length: MLA format for short papers (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font)
MLA Style Works Cited page should be included that lists the artwork and research/reference sources used.
This must be submitted either as a Word document or PDF
Please remember that this assignment will be submitted to Unicheck – it is important that you submit your own, honest work
Please remember that Howard Community College expects Academic Honesty from students on every assignment:
HCC maintains the following expectations for each student. Students will:
submit work that represents the individual’s own achievements, investigations, and study;
craft original work and acknowledge collaborators, even in collaborative learning opportunities; and
present data that is a result of the student’s own research, laboratory results, observations, and investigations, when reporting investigated results.
Students are expected to give full credit for the borrowing of others’ words, ideas, or other works. Intentional or unintentional use of another’s words, ideas, or other works without giving credit constitutes plagiarism. There are four common forms of plagiarism:
duplication of an author’s words without accurate citation and documentation;
duplication of an author’s words or phrases with accurate citation and documentation, but without proper use of quotation marks or block indentation, as required;
use of an author’s ideas in paraphrase without accurate citation and documentation; or
submission of a paper in which exact words are merely rearranged even though footnoted.
Every student is expected to submit work for a course or for any other academic purpose that has been done solely for that course or for that purpose. If a student wishes to submit the same or similar work for any other course or for any other academic purpose within the college, prior written permission of the instructor of the course in which the assignment is being submitted must be obtained.