During the course of this class, we have discussed more than 250 works—those determined by the College Board to be the “canon” of global Art History. Your project, which will serve as your final exam, is to select, research, justify, and present the addition of THREE new works to the canon. That is, you will make a case to add three works which are NOT currently part of our curriculum, and you will do so in the form of a seven to ten minute presentation by the date of the final exam.
Here are your guidelines:
- Your selected works may NOT be the same as those selected by any other student. I will share a sign-up sheet through Google docs on Monday, May 8th at 7:30 AM and you will be able to see which works your colleagues have chosen. Sign-ups are first come, first served.
- Your works must come from AT LEAST two different art historical periods. That is, you cannot have all three works from the global contemporary period. You may have TWO from that period, but the third must be from another art historical period.
- One of your works MUST be non-Western. This is not negotiable.
- Your presentation must do the following:
- Fully contextualize each work. What is its historical background and context? Who is the artist? Materials?
- Provide a fully formal analysis of each work.
- Connect each work you have chosen to AT LEAST one existing work in the College Board image set. What is it similar to? Different from? Why?
- Justify WHY each work should be included in the College Board image set. Why is this something which should be a part of the canon? Why is it wrong to leave this work out?
The manner of your presentation is up to you. You may make a PowerPoint, a video– maybe a commercial or campaign ad?– or any other means of presenting the required material—the only limitation is the time, which is a strict seven to ten minutes. Being short on time or going over will result in a deduction of points in your final grade. You should strive to be creative, informative, and polished in your presentation.
Final Presentation Dates:
Wednesday, May 17th
Thursday, May 18th [ALL SENIORS MUST PRESENT BY THIS DATE]
Friday, May 19th
Monday, May 22nd
(You will note that our final day of class– Wednesday, May 24th– does not have any presentations associated with it. This is deliberate, in case of absences, or in case we need to push some presentations back for the purpose of time.)