Post your response to your assigned Group in Canvas.
Note: Groups will be formed as quickly as possible at the start of the semester.
If you have not been assigned a group within the first few days of class, please email the instructor.
How to prepare for this assignment
1. View the presentation: “What is Art?”
2. Review pages 26-41 and read pages 570-573 and 646-647
3. Learn more about the following artwork: Richard Serra, Tilted Arc, 1981
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4. Research a public artwork in your community or online
Answer all of the following
(Create a single post to answer Part #1 and #2. Respond to at least one classmate). Copy/paste or type your response directly into the discussion thread rather than uploading a word document.
1) Richard Serra created one of the most controversial artworks of the 1980s in his public artwork Tilted Arc. Investigate his work and answer the questions below. Your research into the artist/artwork must be clearly evident in your response; within your answer, make specific reference to the assigned material.
a) After learning more about this work, in your opinion, what makes Serra’s Tilted Arc art?
b) Do you think that Serra’s Tilted Arc should have been removed? Why or why not?
2) Now, research a different public artwork that interests you. Consider a piece of public art that is beloved by a wide audience, a controversial example, and/or select an artwork located in your own community (think about art on USF’s campus, in parks, or public buildings, etc.). To avoid unnecessary repetition, please try to choose something that has not already been discussed in your group.
a) Identify the work (artist name, title, material/media, dimensions, date, and location) and attach, embed, or link an image of the chosen work in your post. If you choose to embed a large image, please re-size it first so that it fits the screen. Ensure that your image is not password protected (e.g. linked or copied from a social media site or private email).
b) Which of the five “purposes of art” detailed in the presentation would you say the work could be categorized? Explain.
c) What was the intent or purpose of the public work chosen? What does it communicate to you? Do you believe the artist(s) effectively conveyed their ideas and concepts? Why or why not?
d) How was the work funded? Was it publicly funded? Whether or not your chosen work received public funding, are you in favor of such works receiving such funding? Explain your position.
e) Briefly compare your chosen artwork to Serra’s Tilted Arc. In your comparison, include a discussion of site-specificity. Some public artworks, such as Tilted Arc, are considered site specific. Did the artist(s) of your chosen work take into account the site/location or community?
3) Respond thoughtfully to one other group-mate’s post.
Format and Submission Guidelines:
400 word minimum (main post). Do not bullet point, or otherwise separate, your information. Although you must answer the questions found in the instructions, do not number your paragraphs.
Remember to cite any sources used. Here is a helpful resource: http://guides.lib.usf.edu/citingsources.
Proofread before submission. You must use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Utilize the resources provided by the Writing Studio at USF. They offer online resources in addition to in-person appointments. Another good online resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
The rubric below is a general guide. A rubric with points and specific grading criteria is attached to the assignment in Canvas and will be used in evaluation.
Focus and Clarity
A. Stays on topic all of the time. Shows a full understanding of the topic. Answers all required questions thoroughly. Communicates ideas and purpose clearly and with sophistication. Beyond understanding of issues, shows insight.
B. Stays on topic most of the time. Shows a good understanding of the topic or parts of the topic, however, missed select concepts and/or did not fully answer the questions assigned. Shows full understanding of issues.
C. Stays on topic some of the time. Central ideas are evident but lack clarity. Does not seem to understand the topics very well. Adheres to purpose, fulfills assignment, shows adequate understanding of key issues.
D. Incompletely addresses assigned topic or directions, shows need for more study of issues. Loose focus on central idea, contains some repetition and digression, does not fully understand key issues.
A. Paragraph structure consistently and effectively supports content.Clear logic and effective transitions.
B. Paragraph structure uniformly supports content. Consistency, logic and transitions well managed.
C. Paragraph structure sometimes supports content. Consistency, logic and transitions show some weaknesses.
D. Paragraph structure weak.Consistency, logic and transitions show major weaknesses. Style uneven.
Support for Ideas
A. Points are developed logically, coherently and extensively with convincing, specific supporting details and researched examples. Strong evidence of critical thinking. No factual errors.
B. Presents a plan of development that is carried out. Uses specific supporting details and researched examples. No factual errors.
C. Development of ideas and points evident but supported by a mixture of generalizations and specific detail.Some factual errors.
D. Ideas and points are evident but support is very general and/or inconsistent.Several factual errors.
A. Choice of language consistently precise, purposeful.Nearly flawless sentence structure, usage, mechanics contribute to writer’s ability to communicate purpose.
B. Word choice accurate, varied. Occasional errors in sentence structure, usage and mechanics do not hinder writer’s ability to communicate purpose.
C. Word choice correct but simple/ without variety. Errors in mechanics and/ or usage may partially obscure content of assignment.
D. Frequent errors in word choice.Sentence structure and mechanics seriously affect clarity.