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ARTH 310 (Anderson)

ARTH 310 (Anderson)


Research Paper - Information

Paper Requirements:

  • 5-7 pages  
  • work of ONE artist (late eighteenth century through today)
  • investigate a theme in his or her work (clearly stated in a thesis statement in your introduction)
  • include images of the main artworks discussed in your paper (1 min. - 4 max)
  • at least 3 scholarly sources beyond your textbook (not including your chosen images)
  • MLA or Chicago style Citations 
  • Works Cited or Bibliography page

Preliminary topic statement and bibliography due: October 23
Complete paper draft due: November 20
Final draft due: December 11


Recommended Artists & Themes

Artists who use the land itself as their medium:
Andy Goldsworthy
Robert Smithson
Nancy Holt
Michael Heizer
Robert Morris
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Maya Lin
James Turrell
Richard Long

Nineteenth-century African American artists whose work relates to race and representation:
Edmonia Lewis (sculptor)
Robert S. Duncanson (mainly a landscape painter, but some places he depicted are related to
racial concerns of the time)
Henry Ossawa Tanner (genre scenes and religious subjects)

Harlem Renaissance artists:
James Van Der Zee (photographer)
Aaron Douglas (one of his paintings is in the De Young Museum, SF)
Archibald J. Motley, Jr.
Palmer Hayden
Hale Woodruff
Augusta Savage (sculptor)
Jacob Lawrence

Mid-20th century to contemporary artists whose work relates to race and representation:
Romare Bearden (collage and other two-dimensional media)
Hung Liu (one of her paintings is at the Crocker)
Kara Walker (controversial, sometimes shocking images that draw on racial stereotypes)
Michael Ray Charles (also works with uncomfortable stereotypes)
Faith Ringgold (fiber arts and other media)
Betye Saar (assemblage; her most famous sculpture, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, is at the UC Berkeley Art Museum—but it might currently be out on loan)
Robert Colescott (one of his paintings is at the Crocker)
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Emma Amos
Lorna Simpson (photographer)
Rina Banerjee
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Judith (Judy) Baca
Shirin Neshat
Yinka Shonibare (British-Nigerian artist who works in many media; often focuses on colonialism)

Feminist artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, whose work deals with gender:
Ana Mendieta
Barbara Kruger
Cindy Sherman
Judy Chicago
Janine Antoni
Adrian Piper (installations, performance art, and other types of art that deal with race and gender)