Assignment 3: Cultural Activity Report
Due Week 9 and worth 100 points
Asa way of experiencing the humanities beyond your classroom, computer,and textbook, you are asked to do a certain type of "cultural activity"that fits well with our course and then report on your experience. Yourinstructor will require you to propose an activity and get instructorapproval before you do it and report on it (students should look for anyinstructions in that respect). Every effort should be made to ensurethat this is a hands-on experience (not a virtual one), that thisactivity fits the HUM 112 class well, and that the activity is ofsufficient quality for this university course. The two (2) key types ofactivities are a museum visit or a performance. Note:This must not be a report on the same activity (and certainly not thesame report) as done for another class, like HUM 111. For instance, onemight go to the same museum as done for HUM 111, but this HUM 112 reportwill focus on entirely different works and displays.
- Visit a museum or art gallerybefore the end of Week 9. If you are unable to get to a museum orgallery within your area, then a "create your own museum" assignment canbe completed in its place (see Option 2 details below). The museum orgallery should have content that fits our course well. Have fun doingthis.
- Write a two to three (2-3) page report (500-750 words) that describes your experience.
- Clearly identify the eventlocation, date attended, the attendees, and your initial reaction uponarriving at the museum or gallery.
- Provide specific information and a description of at least ten (10) pieces by a minimum of five (5) different artists.
- Provide a summary of the pieces and describe your overall reaction after viewing them.
- Use the class text as areference (additional sources are fine, but not necessary unlessrequired by your content). Your report should include connections youmake between things observed in your activity and things learned in thecourse and text.
Note: Submit yourmuseum or art gallery choice to the instructor for approval before theend of Week 5 (earlier is even better). Look for guidance from theinstructor for how or where to make your proposal. You may also seekadvice from your instructor (provide your town/state or zip code) for a good activity in your general area.
Option 1: Visiting a Museum
- It makes sense to approach a museumthe way a seasoned traveler approaches visiting a city for the firsttime. Find out what is available to see. In the museum, find out whatsort of exhibitions are currently housed in the museum and start withthe exhibits that interest you.
- If there is a travelingexhibition, it's always a good idea to see it while you have the chance.Then, if you have time, you can look at other things in the museum.
- Every effort should be madeahead of time to identify a museum that has items and works one caneasily connect to our HUM 112 class and book. Since HUM 112 covers from1600 AD to the present, it makes more sense to focus on items from thistime frame. In general, museums with fine arts work better than historymuseums.
- Any questions about whether amuseum-visit activity fits the course and assignment well enough will bedecided by the instructor when the student seeks approval for theactivity. Any alternative activity outside the normal ones listed here,such as for those limited by disability or distance, will be determinedby the instructor. Generally, we do not expect students to travel overan hour to get to an approved activity.
- Make notes as you go throughthe museum and accept any handouts or pamphlets that the museum staffgives you. While you should not quote anything from the printed materialwhen you do your report, the handouts may help to refresh your memorylater.
- The quality of your experienceis not measured by the amount of time you spend in the galleries or thenumber of works of art that you actually see. The most rewardingexperiences can come from finding ten (10) works of art by five (5)different artists who intrigue youand then considering those works in leisurely contemplation. Mostmuseums have benches where you can sit and study a particular piece.
- If you are having a difficulttime deciding which pieces to write about, ask yourself these questions:(1) If the museum you are visiting suddenly caught fire, which two (2)pieces of art or exhibits would you most want to see saved from thefire? (2) Why would you choose those two (2) particular pieces?
Option 2: Create and Curate Your Own Art Museum
For this paper, you will select andcurate ten (10) works of art to include in your own Art Museum. Use thetext and online sources to help you find these works of art. Thisassignment is an alternative option for visiting a museum or art gallery.
After researching, answer thefollowing questions by writing a two to three (2-3) page report,(750-800 words) that describes your experience.
- Select ten (10) works of art fromat least five (5) artists from different time periods discussed in thetext, 18th century to modern times.
- Provide a brief description of each piece and a picture if possible, explaining why you chose each piece.
- Describe where and how you would display each piece, whether individually or grouped together.
- Describe the museum attendees,the admission charges, the advertising programs, and your role asmuseum founder and curator. Give your museum a name and a location.