Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Revised Activity

1) What is the revised activity?
My revised activity is a curatorial blog project. In this scenario, students are hired as Junior Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and they must curate a themed, online exhibition of artwork from the Met's vast art collection. In previous semesters, students wrote an accompanying curatorial statement that describes the content of their exhibition, and why they selected certain artworks. They posted their statements, along with images of the artworks, to their class blog sites. Then they orally presented their blogs to the rest of the class.

What would then be interesting to add, is if students had the opportunity to peer-evaluate these projects. Students can comment on each others blog postings, and provide links to further suggestions of artwork from the Met's collection that may fit within the curator's vision.

2) What are its goals?
* Create a curatorial theme based on work that interests you at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

* Select 15 images from the Met's online database that best describe your curatorial theme.

* Compose a curatorial statement that explains your theme as well as your decisions for including specific works.

* Design your blog post and arrange artworks in a thoughtful presentation.

* Describe your project through an oral presentation.

* Analyze the effectiveness of a peer's curation, and research further examples of artwork that would fit within the curator's theme.

3) What types of connections are being made?
The connections would tentatively be between students in the same class. However, there is the possibility for students to comment on postings between classes. I will be teaching two sections of Intro to Art next semester, so this may be the easiest way to connect classes together. The only issue would be that students in different classes would not be able to see each others oral presentations, unless we film and webcast them.

4) How are these connections meaningful?
In my studio art classes, I foster the skill of critique. Analyzing the work of others is the best way for an artist to learn how to analyze his/her own practice. Curation is its own art form, which can be as subjective as any art-making practice. Peer-evaluation requires critical thinking, and gives constructive insight into the creative process.


  1. Ari, you are going to love the activity we are going to do using Google Forms during the face-to-face meeting! It is great to give quick and useful feedback.

  2. I really like this, Ari, and I hope you will do this in our cluster in the fall, because it goes right to the questions of Aesthetics, namely the value criteria for works of art.

  3. It would be great to connect with Vera's class(es) at some point. Also, if you can pull off the video, I think it would add a lot to the project, both in terms of enabling a more comprehensive connection with the other class, and in terms of providing a more dynamic and thorough representation of the students' "voices". So I would really encourage you to go for making the video happen. Even low-tech cell-phone or flip cam would be helpful.