Asian Art Museum paper



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Museum Paper

This writing assignment will discuss an original artwork that you have seen in person. Follow the instructions below to see what you need to include in your Museum Paper. Allow at least 45 minutes to look at your artwork. Bring a notebook and this handout to the museum, so you can take notes.

Follow these 10 points to get a good grade on this assignment.

  1. Choose one museum from the list of museums, visit it and choose one work of art from our area (Asian Art) for your paper. Keep the ticket for later.

List of Approved Museums for this Assignment

San Diego Museum of Art (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. phone: 619-232-7931. This museum is closed on Wednesdays.

Norton Simon Museum of Art (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. phone: 626-449-6840

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. phone: 323-857-6000

The Getty Museum (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. phone: (310) 440-7300. This museum is free! Call for parking.

  1. Your artwork should be from the area covered in this class. Most of the artworks can be viewed on the respective museum websites. This will give you a first glimpse and facilitate your choice. It will NOT, however, replace the actual museum visit. Do NOT touch any of the artworks in the museum!
  1. While you are in the museum, describe the artwork briefly on a piece of paper. Identify the artwork and give the medium (painting, oil on canvas, sculpture, etc.) and dimensions. Try to conquer space with your words. If you give information about objects or people depicted in your picture, try and locate them in the picture space.
  1. Analyze the artwork as you are standing in front of it. These ideas might help:

Are there elements to this artwork that seem unusual, odd, or otherwise noteworthy? If so, this is the path to research. Why are these questions coming up? Where will you find answers? It is not enough just to ask the questions. You have to do research to try to find answers.

Some questions might be similar to these: If there are people represented, what are their expressions, relations to each other? What is the story? What colors does the artist use? How does the artist use light in this work? Is there three-dimensional perspective shown in the work? For sculpture: How much space does the work occupy? What does the frame or display case look like? Does the way this work is displayed have an effect on its appearance? Where is the best place to stand to see your artwork? Are you at eye-level, higher or lower?

What is depicted in your artwork? Is there a story or an event? The title may help you here, but you may need to do further research to get all the details of the subject. How is the work represented? Is it realistic or abstract? What kind of texture does the work of art have? Does it look rough, smooth, etc. (Do NOT actually touch the artwork!) Can you see brushstrokes? These and other questions might come up.

  1. Take these questions home and to the library and start your research. Try and find answers to these questions. Consult academic sources to find answers to your questions. You might find e-books and articles via the college library website but in general a visit to the college library is the way to go.
  1. What are admissible sources for this assignment, and how do you quote them in your paper?

I would like students to use CHICAGO-TURABIAN-STYLE FOOTNOTES. This is what they will look like.

Admissible Sources for this assignment:


Author [or editor], Title [underlined] (City of publication [include state or country if not commonly known]: publisher, date of publication), page numbers.


  1. Michael Hays, ed., Architecture Theory since 1968 (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998), 83-86.

Journal Article

Author, “Title of article [in quotation marks],” Journal Title [underlined] volume #, issue # (month of publication, year of publication), page numbers. example:

Jennifer Hock, “Jane Jacobs and the West Village: The Neighborhood against Urban Renewal,” JSAH 66, no. 1 (Mar. 2007), 16-19.

Essay in a Collection

Author, “Title of article [in quotation marks],” in Title of Collection [underlined], Name of editor (City: publisher, date), page numbers. example:

Frank Lloyd Wright, “The Art and Craft of the Machine,” in America Builds, ed. Leland Roth (New York: Harper & Row, 1983), 364-76.

Electronic Sources

You can only use peer-reviewed sources (books, journal articles) that are available online.

Provide all of the relevant information mentioned above for the media type (books, articles, etc.). Also provide the complete URL and date accessed. example:

Alison McQueen, “Empress Eugénie’s Quest for a Napoleonic Mausoleum,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 2, no. 1 (Feb. 2003), (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (accessed 5 Apr. 2007).

Short Form

Short forms of citation may be used for repeated sources. For short form, include author’s last name, title, and page number.

Sources that are NOT ALLOWED for this assignment:

Newspaper articles, articles from non-art-related periodicals (Time Magazine, Newsweek, San Diego Reader), generic online sources such as museum websites, google searches, Wikipedia, encyclopedias, dictionaries (online or print), etc.

  1. After you have done some research you will start to write your paper.

Formal Appearance:

Length: 1100 words (minimum) of TEXT, double spaced, font 12 pt, Times New Roman or Courier.[1] TEXT does not include the cover sheet, bibliography, or any other attachments. Please, attach a cover sheet indicating your name, my name, the name of our course, course meeting times, the artist and name of the work of art you picked, as well as the museum where this work is located. Proof of your museum visit must be attached to your paper! If you visit a museum on a free day, ask for a date-stamped receipt; you can also buy a small item in the gift shop, or use a selfie in front of your artwork and use this as a receipt. The paper must be written in a flowing essay style. Have somebody read your paper for language mistakes. Consult the writing lab for proof-reading. Grammar mistakes, major errors in sentence structure, nonsensical expressions, or typing mistakes have no place in a college level research paper. Papers with more than 5 language errors will be severely graded down.

  1. Outline


Your first paragraph will be entitled INTRODUCTION. It will be about one paragraph. Identify the museum, exhibit title, and content and scope of the exhibit. Describe the gallery(ies). What color are the walls? How is the lighting? Is the physical space intimate or airy? How are the artworks displayed (frames, pedestals, single wall, partitions?)


Your second paragraph will be entitled: DESCRIPTION. You will give a brief description of the artwork, NEVER longer than a page, ideally shorter.


Your third paragraph will be entitled PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH. You might need more paragraphs to present your research. Use a separate paragraph for the individual ideas you are presenting (example: biography, color, composition, materials, etc.). Try to find literature (books, peer-reviewed articles, etc., NOT a generic website such as Wikipedia!) that mention your artist/artwork. Access GALE or EBSCO Host for peer-reviewed articles through the College Library site. Your research must be based on the work of art used in your Museum Paper. The research discusses a number of aspects of the work of art, such as the time period, style or related ideas. Give the authors’ opinions and quote them correctly as follows. ATTENTION: You will lose a substantial amount of points if you quote inadmissible sources. Sources that are admissible and those that are NOT allowed are listed on pages 1 and 2 of this handout.

Quote your sources using Chicago-Turabian-style footnotes. If you don’t know what Chicago-Turabian-style footnotes look like consult The Chicago Manual of Style. Basic formats, however, are shown under ad 6) on page 1 and 2 of this handout.

This website might help you format your footnotes: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


Your last paragraph will be entitled: SUMMARY. Now you may express and opinion weighing all the written sources you consulted previously. You CANNOT have a qualified opinion if you only do a google search or use inadmissible material!


As a separate page, your paper will include a BIBLIOGRAPHY. It will bear the headline BIBLIOGRAPHY. The bibliography must have at least THREE sources. It is important for you to visit a library and learn how to use it correctly. List your sources in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name. You will display this information like you did in your footnotes. Be advised that you CANNOT put sources in your bibliography when you don’t quote them in your text.

Be sure to use peer-reviewed, academic sources! General information from websites (even museum websites!) or the public domain are NOT APPROPRIATE for an academic research paper. You will lose a substantial amount of points if you use inadequate literature for this assignment! Peer-reviewed publications provide a stringent editorial process that has a quality control function. The internet does not provide this. There is a lot of wrong or irrelevant information out there. We want to consult experts in their field and find out what they have to say about a subject matter.

  1. Your paper has to be submitted electronically via Canvas by the deadline. Paper copies are not accepted. Access Canvas, go to the “HOME” page and find the link to the “MUSEUM PAPER”, and follow the directions for submitting your paper. Please, scan in your photograph, your ticket stub and the museum setting page and submit everything together AS ONE DOCUMENT at the same time. Late submissions or submissions of parts of your paper via email or other channels are not accepted.
  1. Some general thoughts to bear in mind:

You are writing this assignment so you learn how to think. Logical thought is best learned through writing. This is not just an assignment to keep you busy. Writing forces you to organize your thought process.

Avoid first or second person speech in academic writing. This paper is about an artwork, not about you. The most important person in this project is YOUR READER. The objective is to help your reader understand an artwork. Use fact-based, detached, and objective language.

Avoid overly emotional expressions. Your reader does not want to learn about your rich inner world. S/He wants to learn objective information about an artwork.

Don’t wait until the last minute to write this paper. The act of writing gives you a chance to learn about your subject matter. Learning takes time. When I read your paper, I am looking for an AHA-moment, a light bulb that goes on in the writer’s head. Since this is an undergraduate writing assignment, I am not yet looking for original thought. This will come in grad-school. What I am trying to do is give you a chance to learn the craft of academic writing with a short and easy assignment. Take this assignment seriously. Writing in academia is NOT like writing an essay in high school. Professors in graduate school will assume that you know how to write in an academic setting. This is your chance to learn how it is done.



□ 1 Cover sheet with your name, name of class, name of school, name of art work,

□ 1100 words of text with at least 3 footnotes using Turabian style at the bottom of the page,

□ 1 Photograph of your art work,

□ 1 Bibliography with at least 3 peer-reviewed literary sources,

□ 1 Museum Setting Paper,

□ Proof of museum visit (ticket stub).

□ Put ALL THESE ELEMENTS into ONE pdf file and upload only ONE file to Canvas. The system will not let you upload multiple files.

Have fun with this assignment!

[1] Please note that I will deduct points if your paper is longer or shorter than the required 1100 words of text!