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Contemporary Artist Presentation and Handout
Worth 20% of your final grade.
Presented May 1st or 8th during class (see syllabus).
Sign up for a presentation topic on the Contemporary Artist Presentation Topic discussion board on MyClasses before class on March 6th. There will be fifteen presentations on fifteen different artists, so sign up earlier than later, as popular artists and topics tend to go quickly. When you sign up for a topic, make sure that the artist that you want to discuss hasn’t already been assigned to another student (two students cannot present the same topic).
You will prepare a 15-minute presentation (accompanied with a PowerPoint) plus a handout (in .pdf format) about an artist whose work we will see in the Biennale. You will be graded on your in-class presentation, plus the PowerPoint and handout that you will upload to this assignment (upload one .ppt file for the PowerPoint, one .pdf for the handout). Please note that not completing your presentation will result in a zero for the assignment grade and for attendance that day (even if the PowerPoint and handout are submitted).
Presentation: Your presentation and PowerPoint should introduce us to the artist and their work. DO NOT focus on their biography (you can put any pertinent biographical information on your handout).
Your presentation should address the following questions:
Handout: Prepare a 1-page handout on your artist and post it on MyClasses before your presentation. Think of this as a cheat-sheet for the rest of the class to follow along with your presentation, and so we can refer to it in Italy (I’ll compile all of the handouts into one travel-friendly PDF).
The handout should include:
On the day of your presentation, be prepared and organized, since you only have 15 minutes. Practice your presentation ahead of time to make sure it will fit within the time constraint, and make sure you proofread your PowerPoint and handout before sharing them with the class. Your presentation should provide the class with a thorough analysis of your artist, their work, and their possible output at the Biennale. Don’t just tell us what we could find out on Wikipedia!!! Save the handout for bibliographic details or tangential information, and focus your presentation on the key themes and ideas in your artist’s works. You need to provide your classmates with a substantial analysis of your artist so that we will all be familiar with the artist and their work when we see their contribution to the Biennale in Venice. After your presentation, there will be some time for questions, so be prepared!
An excellent presentation:
Contemporary Artist Topics:
(if you would like to present on an artist who is showing at the Biennale but is not on this list please talk to Dr. Kruglinski )