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Essay 3: Write about Seeing Art (Museum or Gallery Visits)

Third Essay Question *This Assignment deadline is FIRM. If you have a good reason to request and extension, please contact me HERE in BLACKBOARD via  Please answer the following essay question. *Copy and PASTE here into "ASSIGNMENTS" section (if you MUST, attach a 2-page, double-spaced Word.doc).  NOTE: You MUST cite your sources. When you quote the textbook or any other source YOU MUST use “quotes” around the text you use when NOT WRITING IN YOUR OWN WORDS. (Include the author’s last name & pg. no. in parenthesis immediately following the quote.) 

Ordinarily, this assignment requires a museum visit. Unfortunately, under the circumstances, the reality is that no one will be able to visit a museum in person. Therefore, this assignment requires a 'virtual tour' of an art museum. The Metropolitan Museum in NYC has an especially good website with virtual tours available ( But you could also visit the Museum of Modern Art (, or even the Louvre in Paris ( 

You should choose between 3-5 works to discuss. Get creative, learn about other museums in the world and what they have to offer. It will really help your paper if you're able to identify a theme, and assemble works that support this theme. Think of yourself as a curator of a small exhibition.

*This essay is meant to give you freedom to use the skills you have developed in this course to select and discuss any work you like.  You should try to unify the works you choose with some kind of theme. This could relate to either subject matter, form, or both.  The ***Introduction to the text book*** identified and defined several ***terms for discussing art*** Discuss two works *in these terms*. Where possible, please be sure to include a link to the museum’s website.

If you wish, I would also encourage you to explore the the following theme: How has Euro-centrism influenced the "Story of Art" that we have been telling for the past several hundred years in the West? What evidence do you find for the construction and perpetuation of white supremacism within the discipline of "Art History?"

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