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CLASSICS 320/WMST 320, FALL 1995

This time everyone will be reviewing the same exhibit: Pandora's Box at the Walters Gallery of Art in Baltimore. 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? (Be sure to take notes to refresh your memory as you write the review. 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 in or 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, social or political convictions, 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: Are the people in a painted or sculpted scene looking toward or away from the artist (and the viewer)? Do their expressions engage or challenge the viewer, or do they suggest that the people portrayed are in a world of their own? Use the information presented in class about the uses of different artistic media (including different groups of vases) to help you evaluate point of view in visual images.

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?67:Who might be the intended audience for these images?

To encourage students to attend some of the lectures and workshops associated with the exhibit, I will give extra credit for reports on these events. The reports should be no shorter than three pages and should consist of a brief summary of important points made by the lecturer or presenter, plus an essay on how the lecture or workshop contributed to your experience of the exhibit. (In the case of a film, briefly summarize the plot.) How did the lecture/workshop/film enhance or change (or even detract from) your understanding and enjoyment of the objects in the exhibit?