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Field project In the first week of class, students will be assigned one of seven relevant galleries at the Art Institute. On the last day of class, students will turn in a written evaluation of their assigned gallery. This should contain:

  • 1.

    An overview of the gallery’s organizing theme.

  • 2.

    A discussion of the way in which the gallery is hung. What is the narrative that this gallery is telling its viewers?

  • 3.

    An analysis of what is included and excluded in the gallery.

  • 4.

    A discussion of how viewers utilize the gallery, based on discussions with museum visitors.

The written project will be 1500 words with standard citations for any references. One class session will be made available for observation of the galleries and interviews with museum visitors. Students will be expected to demonstrate basic knowledge about the paintings in their gallery, for which general research is required. Guidebooks to the Impressionist collections have been put on reserve at the Flaxman Library to aid in preliminary research.


Graduate Students Graduate students from the following programs must submit an expanded version of the field project:

  • a.

    Art History, Theory, and Criticism (MAAH)

  • b.

    Arts Administration and Policy (MAAAP)

  • c.

    Visual and Critical Studies (MAVCS)

  • d.

    Art Education (MAAE)

  • e.

    Art Therapy (MAAT)

These students should prepare a paper of 2500 words that expands upon the

requirements for the field project above.

Most importantly, these papers should

present a coherent argument (rather than overview) about the gallery and its relation to

the context of the museum and to the narratives of art history. While this is a position paper rather than a standard research paper, students should still demonstrate their research into relevant topics. Papers are due on the last day of class.

Differently-abled students Any students with exceptional needs or concerns (including 'invisible' difficulties such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, or psychiatric complications) are encouraged to make an appointment with the professor to discuss these issues by the end of the first week of the term so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged. Any student in need of academic adjustments or accommodations should first contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). SSD can be reached by phone at 312.345.9478 or by sending an email to Sara Baum, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (sbaum@artic.edu).

Laptop usage Students are allowed to use their laptops in class for note-taking only. Wireless connections should not be made during class time, and any student discovered to be using laptops for any other purpose than note-taking will not be allowed to use their laptop for the rest of the term.

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