Pacific art research paper

citations must be footnoted

Final Paper Instruction:

Choose one or two works of Pacific art from the museum, books, exhibition catalogues, and or internet. Conduct research and find out what it is. Why did you choose this image? What made you interested in this work? Who produced it? For whom and for what purpose? Is there any political or social message beyond visual representation? Any reference to the particular ritual or ceremony? Or tribute to any particular person or event?

Please make sure to consider the issues that we covered throughout the course. Choose one issue and incorporate in your thesis sentence.

>Identity construction

>Strategic Essentialism


Repatriation movement

>Curio trade and dealer’s lore

Please refer to How to write about ART below.

This assignment requires: 3 pages text (Times New Roman, 12 font, double-spaced), images of your chosen subjectand related materials, bibliography on a separated page. Use “Footnote” under “References” of Microsoft Word.

At least 3 bibliographies to be consulted. It can be a monograph, anthology, academic journal, newspaper, exhibition catalogue, etc. Internet source can be used as long as the article with its author’s name appears. Do NOTuse Wikipedia as your source since it often conveys erroneous information. Do NOT use the survey textbook either for the same reason.

How to write about ART:


Description of the work (Title of work, Name of artist, if known, Production of origin, Date, Media) Thesis/Issue (Why did you chooseto write about this particular work? Why do you think this work is a work of“art”?)Example: “I propose that this work is produced and utilize by the (group of tribal people) to strategically essentialize themselves to survive their cultural identitysince its style, iconography, and underline message conveysuch and such.”

Supporting point 1

A brief background of the work (who is the artist [Do notwrite too much biography of artist], what type of social background the artist belonged to, under what kind of circumstance the work was produced, what is the purpose of production,etc.)Be sure to cite your sourcesusing the Microsoft Words, References tag and Insert Footnote.1

Supporting point 2

Its sourceliteratures, mythology, legends,pose, facial expression, scale, etc.2Is there any functions? Was this work used for the ritual performance? What type of ceremony this work was involved? Use at least three references. Be sure to use the footnote to cite your references. If you use the internet source, be sure to indicate the date that you retrieved the information. Use the internet source with the name of author is posted.

Supporting point 3

History of provenances. How this work was obtained by the museum? Who is the patron or clientsof this work?Who owned this work before getting into the museum?


It should be related to your thesis sentence, but include what you have gone through in your supporting points, rather than simply repeating the thesis.

1Sylvan Barnet, A short guide to writing about Art, Fifth edition.(New York: Longman, 1997), 166.

2More information on facial expression, see on December 7, 2011.

3David Pearson, Provenance Research in Book History: a Handbook. (London: British Library, 1998), 132.

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