Today’s class was the day for presentations. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to illness. I was disappointed to miss the chance to see the presentations by my peers, as it has been very interesting to see all of their projects develop. However, I look forward to making up my presentation. My plan for my presentation begins with me sharing the theme of my exhibition and explaining the categories under which the included works fall. A key phrase from this section of the presentation is: “In modern and contemporary art, cathedrals provide both subjects and spaces for works of art as artists explore themes like space, height, time, aspiration, and community.”
Next, I discuss each of the works in my exhibition, sharing the same ideas that I discuss in the written portion of the project. This includes my own visual analysis of each image, plus context from my research. It also includes images that help to contextualize the works within the artists’ careers. I also highlight similarities between the six works in my exhibition. This section of the presentation reminds me of the gallery talks we did earlier in the semester. It feels rewarding to apply those skills here, with the addition of comparing the works in the exhibition to each other.
After this, I share details about the exhibition. I begin this section of the presentation by showing my poster. I then discuss the location for the exhibition: the chapter house at Wells Cathedral. I share my maquette and, using it as an aide, explain the layout for my exhibition, which is both chronological and categorical. Then, I explain about the programming, which can be read about in more detail here: https://hplankart260.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/class-26-december-2nd-workday/. Finally I conclude my presentation by stating that: “The cathedral is an architectural form that inspires artists to depict it as a subject, as well as a form that invites artists to create within it. It is a generative structure, something that encourages thought, reflection, and reuse.”
This presentation offers practice with a variety of skills that could be applied elsewhere. Being able to discuss works of art and their relationship to one another would be helpful in situations like writing scholarship or giving museum tours. Pitching ideas about programming and locations is also a helpful skill because it is often necessary to share ideas in a compelling and convincing way. This is helpful not only in planning art exhibitions, but in other situations, such as a faculty member proposing a new course or a businessperson sharing an idea for a new product. Thus, this exercise practices wide-ranging skills.
On Wednesday, I gave my make up presentation, which followed the above description. It was nice to be able to present my project and receive feedback on it. Speaking all of my ideas out loud made me realize how much work I have accomplished on this project. It seemed daunting at times, but uniting all my work into one presentation was very rewarding. In giving this presentation, I also received helpful feedback from Katherine, Donna, and Nell. One comment was that discussing the images in my exhibition in terms of others in the artists’ careers was effective. Another comment was that a connection I made to the Whitespace field trip seemed meaningful. I plan to highlight this connection in my process paper. Another idea to think about was that of the series, which many of the artists in my exhibition used. One particularly helpful observation was about Viola and Perov’s work. It is at the end of a transept, so it is framed within a frame. These comments are helpful because they suggest areas of strength that I can highlight in my final paper, as well as additional ideas I can explore.