Basic Requirements for the Research Project:
"For your final project in this class you will each select a contemporary artist, present the artist to the class and write a short research paper which analyzes the artist’s work in the context of a contemporary issue such as sexual or racial equality, environmental concerns, consumerism, censorship, political activism, surveillance, immigration, etc....
After you select your artist, you will research your artist, briefly present your artist to the class, and write a 3-4 page paper plus images, citations and a work cited list (or endnotes and bibliography).
Please do not write a biography of the artist. Artist biographies can be found easily on the internet. Your paper should be a critical analysis of the artist’s work in relation to contemporary issues. Use this as an opportunity to relate contemporary art to other fields of knowledge and issues that interest you! " --From Dr. Kavky's assignment
Sources by Art Historians and Art Critics
Sources by the Artist
Which of these sources are acceptable, and which are not acceptable?
Search for the name of the artist along with a relevant contemporary issue:
Georgia O'Keeffe and feminism
Power Tip: You can enclose the author's name in quotation marks to perform an exact phrase search.
What if this search strategy doesn't find enough good sources?
1. Try slightly different search words:
Georgia O'Keeffe and women's issues
Georgia O'Keeffe and women's rights
2. Switch to another database. If JSTOR does not find enough, try Art Full Text instead.
3. Consider changing the topic slightly, maybe changing the artist or changing the contemporary issue.
If I can't find enough on Georgia O'Keeffe and feminism:
--I could try changing the contemporary issue. I could search for Georgia O'Keeffe and environmentalism
--I could try changing the artist. I could search for Cindy Sherman and feminism instead.
The CAT is the main search tool for finding books at all Penn State Libraries.
--Look over the list of books in Canvas and your textbook. Search for those books in the CAT by changing the drop-down box to Title.
--Look for books on movements or trends in contemporary art that may include a discussion of your artist. For example, if I can't find books solely on Andy Warhol, I could type in pop art and look through books on pop art for mentions of Andy Warhol.