By completing this assignment, you will question and your past interactions with Native American artistic and cultural products. You will also develop a critical understanding of how settler institutions, particularly museums and galleries, exhibit, promote, and collect Native American art. This will allow to become more mindful of the curatorial practices and of ethnic/racial narratives in cultural spaces, a knowledge that you can extrapolate to the study of other artistic traditions.
Visit a cultural institution that has a show about Native American art and write a report about your experience in the museum/gallery.
The report must include the sections and address the questions indicated below:
a. What is the name and theme of this exhibit?
b. What is the goal of the exhibit?
c. Is this show a natural fit for this museum/gallery? How come?
d. Does this museum exhibit Native American art often?
e. Who curated the show? What is their ethnicity, educational training, and position?
f. Is this show a solo, group, generational, collection-based, loan-based, or survey exhibition?
a. How is the show structured? What was the show’s introduction, body, and conclusion? How would you describe the flow of the show?
b. Describe the physical experience of walking through the galleries. How did it feel to encounter the artwork on the walls, floors, etc.? Were there any placements or displays that impacted you? (If you have the instructor’s authorization to complete the visit virtually, describe the visual experience of scrolling, zooming in, and interacting with the show’s materials).
c. How did the visitors around you appear? How would you describe them?
d. What was your favorite area of the show and why? Which area did you dislike the most?
e. Did you find the argument that the exhibit makes convincing? How come?
a. What key words or issues discussed in class appeared in the show? Why are these important for this exhibit?
b. How does this show include Indigenous perspectives?
c. What is the strongest aspect of the show? What is a criticism that you have of the show? How come?
d. How could this show have a stronger message and impact?
3. Criteria for Success
This assignment is worth 10% of your final grade for the class.
To obtain a high score in this assignment, the report must:
§ Include the sections described above.
§ Include well-developed answers to every question posed above. The answers should be cohesive paragraphs, rather than as bullet points. For the “Facts”, write one paragraph addressing all the questions listed for that section. There is no need to include the questions on your report, dividing your report by section is preferred.
§ Have a critical and reflective tone.
§ In the “Experience” section feel free to base your response on your personal experiences. Feel free to be subjective.
§ In the “Reflection” section introduce an objective analysis of the show. Make use of the readings and lectures for this analysis.
§ Be 2 pages long.
§ B written using Times New Roman or Arial, font 12, and double spacing.
§ Have numbered pages and include student’s name.
§ Be submitted via Canvas.