Body Paper

Representing the Body: Paper Assignment

Professor Lonergan

 

Assignment

Write a paper on a contemporary sculptor of your choice who works with the figure. Keep in mind that there is a broad range of figurative work (realistic, fragmented to implying the figure by its’ absence).

  • The person should be alive and the work should be no older than ten years.
  • You should find two significant articles on the sculptor, who
  • Has been making sculpture in the last ten years.
  • Both articles must be from Art in America, Sculpture or Art News, and be more than short reviews of a show; choose a different sculptor if you cannot locate two articles in these sources.
  • You may not use ceramic journals, news papers or web sites for this paper. The paper should be approximately 50% research-oriented and 50% your own opinions and interpretations.
  • You must attached copies of the articles.

If you don’t know of a sculptor, browse print copies of Sculpture, Art in America, and/or ARTnews until you find an image of a sculpture that interests you. Print copies of these journals are all on the periodical shelves on the Main Level, in alphabetical order by TITLE. The latest single issue of each is on the slanted Current Periodicals shelves. When you have chosen a sculptor and wish to find additional articles in one of the 3 assigned journals, you can search the Art Full Text database (connect by clicking the “Databases” link at the left of the Library Home Page).

See the Reference Librarian if you have any questions about how to search the journals.

 

Sample Outline: A sample outline for a paper on Donna Lewis might look something like this:

 

  1. Introduction (1 paragraph)
    1. Attention-grabber
    2. Thesis
    3. Preview of Paper

 

  1. Descriptions of a piece or two—be specific about both concept and physical properties (1/2 page)
  1. What is significant about her work (1/4 page)
  2. Your opinion about the methods and meaning of her work (3/4 page)
  3. Conclusion (1 paragraph)

 

General Notes: READ THIS

Your paper should have a title, page numbers, respectable margins, and 12 point font. Your statements should be backed up with examples of specific sculptures. The paper should be at least 2 pages long. Again, if you can’t find enough information to write a two page paper, choose a different sculptor. You must attach copies of the two articles that you use. No papers will be accepted without attached copies of the articles.

 

Citing Sources

Be sure to cite all of your sources using MLA or Chicago style (visit the library if you need more info on citing sources). MLA style, for example, works like this. In the body of your paper, you use a quote or info from a source:

Jack Smith calls Donna Lewis’ work “innovative and arresting” (Smith 24).

 

Then, in your attached bibliography, you’d have a citation for Smith’s article:

Smith, Jack. “Donna Lewis’ Newest Work.” Journal Title 2 (100): 242-267.

See me if you need help! And feel free to use the Writing Center, too!

 

 

 

 

Paper Rubric

 

Intro

 

 

10 points: interesting, catchy, focused, a good predictor of the rest of the paper  
Overall Organization

 

10 points: each paragraph has a topic sentence; all paragraphs relate to topic; smooth transitions between paragraphs  
Conclusion

 

 

10 points: summarizes and synthesizes arguments; is interesting and makes your reader think  
Description 20 points: clearly describes specific pieces, trends in career of artist, and/or life of artist  
Critique 20 points: clearly articulates your opinion about the work and your interpretation of one or more sculptures  
Grammar 10 points: no fragments, run-ons, or punctuation errors; spelling is correct, and sentences are clear  

 

 

Quotes/Citing 10 points: quotes formatted correctly; MLA style used correctly to cite all sources; articles are attached  

 

 

Research

 

 

10 points: uses a minimum of two sources from art journals; sources are integrated effectively into the paper  
Total Points    

 

 

Paper Grade

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS FOR SCULPTURE ASSIGNMENT

FOR PROF. LONERGAN

 

 

For the assignment, students are asked to find 2 articles on a given sculptor. There are these limitations:

  1. work must be ”figurative” or relate to the body
  2. work of sculpture must be no older than 10 years (made in the last 10 years)
  3. articles must be “significant” (i.e. more than short reviews of a show)
  4. articles are limited to those from ARTnews or Art in America or Sculpture.

 

NOTE: Prof. Lonergan suggests that students browse through the print issues of these 3 journals for recent years. He also says to tell any student having difficulty to contact him.

 

PLAN A: Browse print copies of Sculpture, Art in America, and/or ARTnews. Print copies of these journals are all on the periodical shelves on the Main Level, in alphabetical order by TITLE. The latest single issue of each is on the slanted Current Periodicals shelves. When you have chosen a sculptor and wish to find additional articles in one of the 3 assigned journals, you can search the Art Full Text database (connect by clicking the “Databases” link at the left of the Library Home Page).

 

Sample Search of Art Full Text by artist name (limited to the 3 assigned journals):

 

lastname, firstname [in] Artist and Work

[and]    “art in america” or artnews or sculpture [in] Journal Name

 

 

PLAN B: Search Art Full Text database by topic, limiting results to the three required journals.

 

Here is a sample search:

 

sculpture, twentieth century or sculpture, twenty-first century [in] Subject(s)

[and]    “figure sculpture” or “figurative art” [in] Subject(s)

[and]    “art in america” or artnews or sculpture [in] Journal Name

 

This search will get you about 34 results. (Note: Some of these are in Sculpture Review, not Sculpture)

 

 

HOLDINGS OF JOURNALS

 

Art in America is indexed and available in Full Text (FT) on Art Full Text (2002-present), and in FT on Academic Search Premier (2002-present). Lamson owns this in paper from 1971 – present.

 

ARTnews [one word] is indexed on Art Full Text and on Academic Search Premier, but it is NOT available in Full Text on either database. Lamson has paper from 1956 – present.

 

Sculpture is indexed and available in Full Text on Art Full Text (1999-present). It is NOT indexed on Academic Search Premier. Lamson owns paper from 1987 – present. You can do some searching on the Website for Sculpture magazine, but articles are NOT available there in Full Text. Journal Website is at: www.sculpture.org

 

Compiled by Gary McCool, revised by Phil Lonergan F13