ARTH 1111 Northeastern University National Museum of the American Indians Paper


Please read the instructions in the attached documents and finish one journal and one 1000 words research paper.

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Guide to Research Paper on the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.
Course ARTH 1111 Renaissance – Modern
Due date: April 21, 2020
Length of paper: approximately 1000 words
Please prepare a simple Word document.
Put your name, course number and date on the first page.
No particular format is required; MLA or Chicago are popular; be consistent.
Footnotes may be in the text, at the bottom of the page or at the end of the paper.
Please type in 14pt font and double space.
Illustrations not necessary. Simply identify illustrations by title, name of artist, date.
E-mail Word document to
Research the founding and development of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Consult the following links to begin your project:
Additional sources:
Your paper must include these topics:
Discuss how the concept and design of the building itself as well as the original landscaping of
the site relate to Indian cultures and spirituality.
Discuss ways in which the museum fosters more informed understanding of Native people.
Find and describe one example of Native arts (for example, Navajo rug weaving) or an
architectural site (for example, Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico or Mesa Verde in Colorado).
Find a contemporary Native American artist whose work expresses concern for environmental
issues (examples: the black ash basket makers or artist Peter Boome) and describe their work.
Journal – Renaissance to Modern
Your assignment for the remainder of the semester consists of two parts. The first part is a
journal for which you will search the web and respond to questions on a variety of topics. The
completed journal (no illustrations required) should be a simple Word document typed in 14pt
font and e-mailed to the instructor on or before April 10.
The second part is a research paper on Native American art. The prompt is on Blackboard under
Syllabus and will be due on Tuesday, April 21 (via e-mail).
Friday, March 20
American architecture. Learn about the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Focus on the following
projects: Prairie House, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Falling Water in Pennsylvania and
the Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.
Describe the design elements and/or philosophy that you think they have in common.
Tuesday, March 24
Study the life and work of the French artist Manet. Focus on two paintings: Olympia and
Luncheon on the Grass, both of 1863. What were the shocking features of these two works when
they were exhibited in Paris? Discuss the subject matter as well as the artist’s technique.
Friday, March 27
Read “Eugene Boudin. The Man Who Inspired Monet,” NPR
How did Boudin change Monet’s attitude toward nature? Look at several You Tubes for
Impressionism. Each one contains somewhat different information.
Read about Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Gauguin’s Vision after the Sermon. What are the most
common interpretations of these two images in the critical literature? How does each of these
paintings encapsulate the style of the artists?
Tuesday, March 31
Google and read the article by Anna C. Chave, “New Encounters with Les Demoiselles
d’Avignon: Gender, Race, and the Origins of Cubism,” The Art Bulletin, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Dec.
1994), pp. 596-611.
Summarize the author’s argument/theme concisely and evaluate its success. Do you find Chave
convincing and in what way?
Friday, April 3
Art with Social Messages
Read about Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party, 1974-79.
Read about Harlem Renaissance.
Choose two place settings from The Dinner Party to describe in detail. Choose two artists or
writers from the Harlem Renaissance to describe in detail.
What do you take away as the purpose of socially concerned art? Under what circumstances did
it emerge and what were its targets? How did social consciousness and art integrate? Do you see
any remnants of these movements in contemporary art?
Tuesday, April 7
Read about Happening from the 1970s.
Create a Happening of your own and share it with your family and friends.
Friday, April 10
Journals due. Email your word documents (no illustrations) to
Tuesday, April 21
Final research papers on Native American topics due via e-mail to
See prompt on Blackboard.

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