ASSIGNMENT SHEET - FIRST EXHIBIT REVIEW
DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 9
CLASSICS 320/WMST 320, FALL 1995
Your review should be from four to six pages in length, and should be typed (on a typewriter or word processor). It should include the following:
1) A brief (1-2 page) description of the content, layout, and appearance of the exhibit. What does it contain, and how are the objects displayed? How much written interpretation is offered to visitors on wall panels, labels, brochures, etc.? Are documentary or interpretive videos included? (If you have time, go to the museum gift shop and ask if there is a catalog for the exhibit. Look through the catalog and note any ways in which its content and perspective differ from those of the exhibit.)
2) An evaluation of the point(s) of view included inor omitted from!the exhibit. Obviously you will want to consider the gender of the artist(s), writers, and curators whose perspectives are included in the exhibit; but in addition to gender, consider other factors you find relevant to the subject matter, such as class status, ethnic, racial, or cultural background, educational background, age, etc. [remembering that a sensitive curator can include the viewpoints of groups to which (s)he does not belong]. Note that visual as well as written materials can includeor excludepoints of view: from what angle is a photograph taken? Are the people in a photograph (or painting) aware of the photographer (or artist)? Are they indifferent or receptive or hostile to the person recording their image?
3) Your own reactions to the experience of viewing the exhibit. What was it like to move through the exhibit? Which images or objects drew your special attention? What surprised, pleased, or bothered you?
4) An analysis and evaluation of the exhibit (including analysis of your own reactions). What did you find especially valuable about it? What faults did you find with it? What was omitted (in terms of subject matter, information, and design as well as viewpoint) that you think would have enhanced the exhibit?
EXHIBITS TO CHOOSE FROM:--
"Painted Prayers: Women's Art in Village India," at the Sackler Gallery (a part of the Smithsonian), open 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. daily.--
"Purpose and Perfection: Pottery as a Woman's Art in Central Africa," at the National Museum of African Art (a part of the Smithsonian), open 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. daily.--
67:"First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image," at the National Museum of American History, open 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. daily.