Please review and complete the instructions thoroughly. See attachment for the past work that I did for this project for teacher’s comments.
Each student curator is required to produce a formal research paper for their particular “room.” This is much like a museum catalog paper or chapter providing a specific research argument about the exhibition to add to a catalogue (I suggest that you look at a recent museum exhibition catalogue for writing samples). These individual research papers must form specific arguments connecting the choice of artworks to the theme utilizing academic research to support all arguments made. The research paper also stands alone from the exhibition allowing the exhibition to emphasize the points developed in the paper but without direct reference between the two elements.
The paper should begin with an introduction to the theme being considered and rationale for selecting works. A strong thesis statement will lead the paper into discussing works of art, analyzing them in connection with the theme that you have chosen comparing, contrasting, and supporting your argument. The paper must then include a conclusion and must have proper citations throughout in MLA format.
The paper should be between 5-7 pages. This paper may be incorporated into the exhibition, but you must consider the method of delivery as 5-7 pages of text is unlikely to be read by the average museum-goer. If you wish to combine this with your museum project, consider cutting out bits of useful information to display with the works that you have chosen.
A draft will be due during week 5 and the final will be due on the last day of the term. It is important to have an initial draft early as it will inform the exhibition, and allow time for feedback from the instructor and your peers before your final submission.
This is an argumentative paper. Your “exhibition” needs to be a narrow theme about a topic.
Example: You want to discuss Religion. Your “room” might be devoted to the Mesopotamian Period. You would then compile artifacts that discuss the topic of religion and demonstrate unique aspects of religion within Mesopotamian culture.
Section headers are unnecessary for such a short paper. Section headers force you to write about each piece independent of the others and not in conversation with them in the context of the “room.” Instead, use this paper to compare and contrast artifacts and to support your argument. Leave the separate informational listing of artifacts to your Exhibition presentation where each image may end up being viewed independently.
Images in-text are distracting, especially when I make some comments and it quickly ruins all the work you did to put the images where you thought the text flowed. Place the images at the end with a full MLA caption and reference to them parenthetically in-text (Figure #).
Write as if I am blind. Describe the pieces and don’t assume anything of me. The more formal detail you can describe, the richer the paper and the more connections you might find to support your argument or connect formally with the theme or context.
TONE! We are in an academic setting and you are an undergraduate student. First person is rarely appropriate for “gallery interns.” Once you are published curators, then using “I” is ok. Until then, please support all your arguments with researched academic articles.
Research: Make sure you get beyond the encyclopaedic resources and that all sources you use have clearly labelled authors. If you cannot check their authority, do not use them as an “authoritative source.”