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Select an artwork above and spend some time with it. Click on the image to read more about the piece and zoom in on particular parts of the image.
Ask yourself: What are some things you notice about the form of the image? What shapes and objects can you spot. What themes do you think the artist intends to engage with their work? If you just came across this image and had no way of knowing who made it or why, what kind of meanings might it conjure for you?
Now, do some research into the work. Type the artwork’s name into Google. Is there information you can find that isn’t provided on UMMA’s website? Explore the artist, their background and career, and where this particular work fits in the arc of their work. Can you find out anything specifically about this work and what their intentions were in making it?
After looking into the piece, what is your analysis of the work? Does looking at the art from the perspective of this class help to unlock its meaning? Think about how the work of art helps us to understand an issue or question it is addressing in different or deeper ways.
Eickmeyer writes in his assignment to his students:
“A good mental exercise for thinking through all of this is to ask yourself first, what is the broader issue or question that this work seems to be saying something about. Then, try to find multiple and even opposing things that the artwork could be saying about that issue. For instance, Buky Schwartz’s Relax is clearly saying something about pharmaceutical treatments for stress, but is it just saying one thing about that topic or multiple things? It’s in the multiple meanings generated by ambiguity and resonance that an artwork becomes especially effective at saying many things about a complex issue.”
The assignment is due at the end of the week, at 11:59PM (EST), but you can take all the time in the world. Wander through our virtual exhibition gallery for Curriculum / Collection, and visualize yourself at UMMA – give yourself the art-museum day you deserve.