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ART HIST 4X03 INTRO TO GALLERY&MUSEUM

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Angela Sheng

Email: shenga@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 425

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23156

Website

Office Hours: Mondays, 12:30- 13:30 pm or by appointment



Course Objectives:

This seminar aims to familiarize students with critical readings on aspects of collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts and art works in both the private and public contexts and related issues of funding, accountability, and public engagement. Topics include the development of the field as a discipline, cultural heritage, and engendered identities, spatial organization, media and communications, the practice and profession. The seminar also aims to empower students to work collaboratively in small groups, undertake independent projects, and make presentations with confidence.

 

 

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Macdonald, Sharon. 2006. A companion to museum studies (Blackwell Publishing). Mills ONLINE: AM7.C59 2006 EB

O’Neill, Paul. 2012. The culture of curating and the curating of cultures (MIT Press).

Phillips, Ruth (ed.) 2011. Museum pieces, toward the indigenization of Canadian museums (McGill-Queen’s University Press).

Thornton, Sarah. 2008. Seven Days in the Art World  (W.W. Norton and Co.)

Additional required readings will be further assigned when appropriate. 


Method of Assessment:

  1. Contribution to class discussion (including full attendance), 10%
  2. Written reports on readings, due according to the reading schedule, 40%

On January 7, 2015 students will sign up for topics for which they will lead discussions. Each student will lead on at least four topics and maybe more--details in class.

  1. Final presentation on April 1 and 8, written report due April 10, 2015, 40%

On January 7, 2015 students will divide into small groups to work on a virtual exhibit design, with each student assuming one of five key roles for this project. The grade of this project consists of the title, bibliography, hypothesis/central theme, methodology, and the final exhibit, at pre-determined dates—details in class.

  1. Peer group evaluations, due April 10, 2015, 10%

Students will work in small groups throughout the semester and self-evaluate on Group Performance Tasks, Group Maintenance Tasks, and Self-Centered Tasks, based on a detailed guideline from the McMaster Centre for Leadership Learning that will be given out in class. 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

 

Missed work and late penalties: The course is designed so that all students must read and work on schedule. Handing in anything late does not help the progress of the ongoing discussion and group project. If a student misses the class for which the student has signed up to lead the discussion, the student will not get any marks for that opportunity.

 

If for a valid reason (if sick, with medical note) a student must be absent for the class when the student has signed up to lead the discussion, it is the student’s responsibility to 1) email the instructor the written report on the reading before class and to another student for the latter to read in class, or 2) switch the reading material and date with another student and inform the instructor in advance by email.

No extensions for the final written report without a timely medical certificate. 

To get A+ requires correct spelling and grammar on all written work.

 

Grading Scale:

 

A+ 90-100      B+  77-79        C+  67-69        D+       57-59

A   85-89         B    73-76        C    63-66        D         53-56

A-  80-84        B-   70-72        C-   60-62        D-       50-52

                                                                         F           0-49

 

 


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Topics basically follow chapter headings of the four textbooks. We will work through the discourse on museums and cultural theories (Macdonald) in tandem with the historical evolution of exhibiting indigenous works in Canada (Phillips), and then switch to examine curating contemporary art in galleries (O’Neill and Thornton).

 

Week 1, January 7, 2015        Introduction, students sign up for groups and for readings.

 

James Adams, “The Canadian Museum of Human Rights: In the Labyrinth of Conscience,” The Globe and Mail (Saturday September 30, 2014. Globe Focus, F6-F7.

Adele Weder, “Faulty Tower: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights as tourist trap, failed memorial, and white elephant,” The Walrus (November 2014), 67-69.

“Temples of Delight: Special Report on Museums,” The Economist (December 21, 2013)

 

Week 2, January 14, 2015

Macdonald (ed.), A companion to museum studies

Chapter 1: Expanding Museum Studies: an Introduction

Part 1, Perspectives, Disciplines, Concepts: Introduction, Chapters 2-7.

 

Phillips, Museum pieces, toward the indigenization of Canadian museums

A Preface—by Way of an Introduction, pp. 3-22.

 

 

 

Week 3, January 21, 2015      Project Title Due

Macdonald (ed.), A companion to museum studies

Part II, Histories, Heritage, Identities: Introduction, Chapters 8-13.

 

Phillips, Museum pieces

Part One, Confrontation and Contestation, pp. 24-89.

 

Week 4, January 28, 2015

Macdonald (ed.), A companion to museum studies

Part III, Architecture, Space, and Media, Introduction, Chapters 14-18.

 

Phillips, Museum pieces

Part Two, Re-Disciplining the Museum: pp. 92-131.

 

Week 5, February 4, 2015

Macdonald (ed.), A companion to museum studies

Part IV, Visitors, Learning, Interacting, Introduction, Chapters 19-22.

 

Phillips, Museum pieces

Part Three, Indigenizing Exhibits, pp. 156-226.

 

Week 6, February 11, 2015

Macdonald (ed.), A companion to museum studies

Part V, Globalization, Profession, Practice: Introduction, Chapters 23-28.

 

Phillips, Museum pieces

Part Four, The Second Museum Age, pp. 228-316.

 

Reading Week February 16-21, 2015

 

Week 7, February 25, 2015

Macdonald (ed.), A companion to museum studies

Part VI, Culture Wars, Transformations, Futures, Introduction, Chapters 29-33.

 

Week 8, March 4, 2015 Project Outline and Flowchart Due

In-class discussion

 

Week 9, March 11, 2014

Thornton, Seven Days in the Art World

 

Week 10, March 18, 2015

Calvin Tomkins, “The Modern Man. How the Tate Gallery’s Nicholas Serota is Reinventing the Museum,” The New Yorker (July 2, 2012), 54-63.

D.T. Max, “The Art of Conversation, profile on Hans Ulrich Obrist,” The New Yorker (December 8, 2014), 64-73.

 

O’Neill, The culture of curating and the curating of cultures, Chapter 1

 

Week 11, March 25, 2015

O’Neill, The culture of curating and the curating of cultures, Chapters 2 an 3

 

Week 12, April 1, 2015 Presentations

 

Week 13, April 8, 2015 Presentations

 


Other Course Information:

RECOMMENDED READING:

Danziger, Danny. 2007. Museum behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Penguin).

Gillam, Robyn. 2001. Hall of mirrors, museums and the Canadian public (The Banff Centre Press). Mills: AM21.A2 G55 2001

Herstatt, Claudia. 2008. Women Gallerists in the 20th and 21st Centuries (Hatje Canz).

OECD.Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. 2001. Managing University Museums. Mills ONLINE XX(1770416.1)

Sherman, Daniel J. and Irit Rogoff (eds.). 1994. Museum culture: histories, discourses, spectacles. (Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis). Mills: N430.M78 1994

 

REFERENCE:

Muse, the Canadian Museums Association’s bimonthly magazine.[1]

Canada. Canadian Heritage, & N.L. Hushion and Associates. (2005). Towards a new museum policy: Report on the Round Table Discussions, June 28-29, 2005. (Ottawa, Ont.): N.L. Hushion and Associates. Mills ONLINE: AM21.A2 T692 2005 EB

Canadian Museums Association: http://www.museums.ca/

American Alliance of Museums: http://www.aam-us.org/

The International Council of Museums: http://icom.museum/

http://www.canadianheritage.org/index2.htm

For all citations in the written reports, please consult Chicago Manual of Style

Mills ONLINE Z253 .C53.

 

Please also consult http://library.mcmaster.ca/guides/art-history

 

All written work is to be typed in font-size 12, double-spaced with a header that includes the student’s family name, number, and pagination.

 

January 5, 2015          Classes begin

January 13, 2015        Last day for registration, adding or dropping courses

February 16-21, 2015 Mid-term recess

March 13, 2015          Last day for cancelling courses without failure by default

April 1-9, 2015           Test and Examination Ban

April 8, 2015              Classes end

April 10, 2015                        Final examinations start

 

Communication by Emails

It is the policy of the School of the Arts that all email communication
between students and instructors (including TAs) must originate from
their official McMaster University email accounts. This policy protects
the confidentiality and sensitivity of information and confirms the
identities of both the student and instructor. The School of the Arts'
instructors will delete messages that do not originate from McMaster
email accounts.

Academic Integrity Policy

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process.  Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage.  This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads:  "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty:
For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/univsec/policy/AcademicIntegrity.pdf

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained.
2.  Improper collaboration in group work.
3.  Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

PLEASE NOTE:

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term.  The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances.  If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the
opportunity to comment on changes.  It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

When necessary, additional information and references will be posted on Avenue to Learn.

 

 


[1] Mills Library AM21.A1M8, / v.1: no.1 (1983)-v.11: no.3 (1993). Subscription cancelled. Interlending can obtain articles from later issues at no cost to authorized McMaster users.