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Now that you have a more in depth understanding of the art museum, prepare to gi
Now that you have a more in depth understanding of the art museum, prepare to give a virtual tour of an art museum of your choice. Assume the role of a docent (volunteer interpreter) and develop a tour which would include looking at works in no more than two galleries at an art museum. An example might be the Impressionist and Cubist collections at the Art Institute of Chicago. A partial list of museums are included at the end of this assignment. You need not confine your tour to just painting galleries. Feel free to investigate sculpture, fiber, non-western art and decorative arts as well. Consider several things while developing your tour. First, you don’t want to lead the group all over the museum looking at one piece in this gallery and on piece in that gallery. Instead, you want to present an overview of each of the two galleries you have selected including: the background of the art movement represented by works in each of the galleries. a few of the leading artists from those movements. key works in the collection of that movement which are shown in each gallery a brief history of the artist and the works you have selected Try to include at least six works from each of the two galleries you have selected. Information on the works can be found on the museum’s website or on the internet. All works selected must from that museum. Remember this is your tour and you should not simply look up a tour that has already been scheduled at the art museum. This tour MUST be original and include works you have selected. The works need not just come from that museum. Art museums often borrow from other institutions. Perhaps develop your tour around a theme such as portraits of famous leaders or works that address nature or still lifes. Now that you have made your selections and planned the tour of the works you want you group to visit, put together narrative for your tour. Include the following as a basic plan; Welcome and Introduction (a brief history of the museum should be inserted here) Museum Protocol (don’t touch the artwork, no use of flash, etc.) Background on the movements that are represented in the gallery’s you guests will be touring. Eight selected works from each of the gallery’s with each work having a narrative that is at least 1-2 paragraphs long (information about the work of art including title, name of the artist, date the work was completed, media (What the art work was created with such as oil paint, marble, etc.)a brief biography of the artist who created it and significant information about the work of art itself. Prepare closing remarks and suggestions for other galleries to visit. Mention other amenities which the museum offers such as a gift/book store, restaurants, etc. or other special exhibits which may be going on. Invite your guests to return to the museum with your closing remarks. Finally, imagine that you are taking this tour. Would you find it engaging? Was it well-organized? Educational? Would you want to come back to the museum as a result of this tour experience? Submit your narrative in writing using a format similar to notecard which many tour guides use on their tours. Suggestions for Art Museums to use for this project: The Art Institute of Chicago The Cleveland Museum of Art The Getty Museum in Los Angeles The High Museum, Atlanta The National Gallery of Art, Washington The Detroit Art Institute The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The Milwaukee Museum of Art The Museum of Modern Art, New York If you want to select a museum not on list, please just send me an email for approval. Remember, it must be an art museum Assessment Criteria for your Final Project It is important that your final paper: Demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired as a result of this course and your ability to: Synthesize that knowledge in your final project. Shows significant effort on the part of the student. Includes a bibliography of sources investigated outside of the website. Has been appropriately documented using the APA Style for in-text references. Has been checked for correct spelling. Where appropriate, includes visuals including reproductions of the works included in your tour. Is reflective of college level writing.

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