Dr. Michael Delahoyde
Washington State University -- Spring 2017
Questions will be drawn from the material after the first exam: that's Kitchen Sink Art, Jealousy, Minimalist Music, on through to the end of all other materials since. Check the online updated syllabus for an index, and Blackboard for all art movements and images, music tracks, and links to literature notes and quotations.
I. IDENTIFICATIONS. [Total 26 points.]
Maybe identify who is A... or the composer of the music of Koyaanisqatsi -- that kind of question. These questions will be inflicted individually during the first part of the exam: that's Wednesday, April 19th.
II. QUOTATIONS. [Total 50 points.]
A combination of identification and significance questions will follow quotations from the literature, art images, music excerpts, film clips, and the other relevant materials selected for their representativeness of our discussions on key points ever since the previous exam. In the spirit of 21st-century cooperation (?), or desperation, this section of the exam may be a collaborative effort: that is, you may work with other in the class. Just be wise in your establishment of boundaries; there is no reason you need to accept any teaming up at the last minute any knave who you're not sure you've even seen in class during most of the semester. You certainly may opt to work solo.
III. TAKE-HOME ESSAY. [Total 24 points.]
Answer the following question with brilliant critical thinking, originality, and superb writing skills. The essay should be a virtuoso piece of glory manifested in impressive eloquence, with facile reference to specifics from the materials, properly documented, to the tune of about three to four (3-4) pages or more, double-spaced. This take-home component of the exam must be submitted as hard-copy in class on the exam day.
- Washington State University's Museum of Fine Art is currently showing the contemporary works of Master of Fine Arts students. For this essay, visit the gallery and focus your close viewing and thinking on a piece or on a trend you see.
In a three-to-four-page double-spaced essay, discuss your chosen artwork(s) in terms of modern art movements perhaps having influenced the artist. What is this piece and what does it seem to be saying? Contextualizing the piece with reference to more than one art movement may be appropriate.
Please note -- and this is crucial: although considering this piece of art is the first stage in the process of planning and writing, this essay is not merely a Fine Arts analysis. This is the tricky part, but you need to associate the piece with other arts and humanities encountered in the course. Specifically, connect the message or the style of the piece with related trends in music and literature, perhaps film (or dance? or other?). Realize that the easiest, cheesiest way to accomplish this would be to declare the piece minimalist and drop a couple names like Philip Glass and Robbe-Grillet. The more successful essays will prove cleverer. This component does, it seems to me, require some creative and subtle critical thinking. But you do need to conceive of the essay as interdisciplinary.
You are welcome to cast this last writing as a somewhat personal essay. One of the objectives of this course has been "To increase intellectual maturation and clarification of our own values through examination of ideas and attitudes in literary/cultural contexts and through articulation of these." So what have you learned about yourself in relation to the arts and humanities of the last century?