Carolyn Dean professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California Santa Cruz in her essay attempts to "provoke and promote conversation" about redefining what art is especially in terms of non-Western culture. Her essay opens 'in medias res' in the very first sentence: “much of what is today called art was not made as art." When she writes that she means what westerners would routinely call 'primitive ‘cultures. Dean identifies the root cause of this difficulty to properly impossible. But deep down it is the intention of the maker that makes something into art. Dean claims that majority of art objects in so called primitive cultures had different purpose to begin with. There is never any rich patron to commission an artist to paint a portrait of him or create a piece of music. Art in non-western cultures is more rudimentary and less aesthetic. As she is spot on in her article the question arises: Who are we to judge that? [...]
ARTICLES: Students will analyze the following article: "The Trouble with (the Term) Art", by Carol Dean (pages 24-32) www.bucknell.edu DIRECTIONS: The assignment consists of two sections: a summary of the assigned reading(s) and your analysis of the author’s primary arguments. In the summary, identify and describe the thesis or main idea made by the author(s) and the supporting arguments, and evidence presented. Include citations in CMS format for references to the readings and any specific art works mentioned within your summary. The analysis should provide a comprehensive critique and exploration of the presented material. In your response, you should address assumptions and implications, identify intent, attitude, tone and bias, and, finally, analyze the argument(s) made by the author. You should analyze, contextualize, relate, and reveal what and how the readings reveal the art historical, historical, and cultural context. You may refer to course content, lectures/presentations, as well as the textbook within your response. Include citations in CMS format for references to any readings, lectures/presentations, and any specific art works mentioned within your response. Even paraphrased information should be cited! REQUIREMENTS: Citation style: The paper must be written in correct Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) formatting as stipulated in the Liberal Arts Writing Guide for formatting, citations, and style. You must include footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography page. Failure to cite your sources will result in an automatic grade of zero. Specific works of art referenced within the paper need to be included with appropriate CMS image labels, credit lines, and in-text figure references. Ideas, concepts and specific quotes from the readings, textbook, lectures/presentation, and any outside resources must be cited. Essay style: paper must be organized and include an introduction, thesis statement, supporting arguments and a conclusion and written in complete Standard English sentences. Length: approximately 2 to 3 pages of text.