Museum Field Trip

My professor told me to visit MENILE ART COLLECTION In Houston, Texas and answer the questions below in an OUTLINE form except the one which says, “Give your overall

opinion of the Menil Collection” and Give your opinion on the vandalized Picasso!  The latter two should be in a paragraph form. To answer the Vandalized Picasso, you

must watch the video or read whatever is there. I don’t know how you guys gonna do this paper because you must visit these art center to do this paper. Anyways you may

refer to google or something else. To answer the first question you must pick your art from Twombly Exhibit, Rothko Exhibit, or Flavin Exhibit and answer all those

questions in an outline form. It can be 2-D or 3-D BUT  The second one should be 3-D art work dated 1960 AD or after and all answers should be in an outline form. I

went to the museum and wrote down the title of some artworks I observed. It may help you! ( A)THERMOPYLAE[GAETA], 1991, BRONZE EDITION 3/3, CAST MEUDON 1992  (B)

VOLUBILUS, 1953, LEAD WHITE, HOUSE PAINT, AND OIL/WAX CRAYON ON CANVAS   (C) ROTALLA[GAETA], 1986 BRONZE EDITION 2/6, CAST PFAFFIKON 1990   (D) DAN FLAVIN fluorescent

light and color!  If you don’t know some terms, you can refer to this textbook, “A World of Art, 7th edition, Henry Sayre  ”    THE FULL DETAIL OF THE INSTRUCTION IS

GIVEN BELOW

Menil Collection Fieldtrip
http://www.menil.org/index.php
1515 Sul Ross Houston, Texas 77006
713-525-9400
(20 points)
At the reception desk, get a brochure of the museum, so you can locate the works. If reception does not have a brochure inquire where you can find the collections or

exhibitions required for this assignment. Ask the receptionist a map of the various buildings.
Check with the museum for days and times. Paper is due on Eagle Online, no emails or late work accepted (see schedule for date).
No late work accept under any circumstances. No emails, paper or late work accepted. This assignment must be submitted to Eagle Online 2.0 before the due date. Please

send in doc, docx, or pdf. attachment. No zips. If I cannot open it, I cannot grade it.
Assignment must be submitted before due date (see schedule). Paper due date is noted on schedule, failure to submit before due date will result in zero (0).
Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work or testing offered for credit. Use critical, independent thinking when

picking your works of art. It is not plausible that two people like the same pieces of art work.

To prove your attendance, you must take a ‘selfie’ outside of the front door of the Menil with the sculpture shown below. Submit your ‘selfie’ on Eagle Online 2.0

along with this assignment sheet. This is due on the assignment date you will receive a zero (0) for the assignment.

Michael Heizer, Charmstone, 1991
Visiting the Museum:
1.    Don’t touch the artwork.
2.    Turn off your cell phone.
3.    Read policy below about photographing the art. Menil has strict guidelines, please, observe them. The Menil kindly ask that no photography of any kind be taken

inside the museum. No submitted images are required for this assignment.
Assignment Requirements: Respond to the four different feedbacks.
If you complete all four (4) as outlined in the assignment section, you will receive full credit.
Fill out the following information: Number your works for clarity. You may number as follows:
PLEASE ANSWER ALL OF THE QUESTIONS BELOW IN OUTLINE FORM. DO NOT SKIP ANY DESCIPTORS TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT. Find at least two (2) works of art to discuss from the

Menil that you enjoy. This is based on your opinion/aesthetics. Do not bullet your responses. One-half of your total points deducted if your answers for the 1st and

2nd artwork are NOT in outline form.
I. First piece: Twombly Exhibit or Rothko Exhibit or Flavin Exhibit (5 points)
a) Title: (Italicize or underline the title of the piece. Some artwork is titled Untitled.)
b) Artist: (Non-western art or pieces from antiquity, normally, do not have an artist name. Make note of the culture instead. Also make note: Gift from donor is not

the artist’s name.)
c) Date: (When was the piece done? Some works of art have taken years to complete? Make note of that.)
d) Media: What materials did the artist use? (clay, wood, oil, acrylic, charcoal, marble, pastels, other). There may be multiple materials.
e) Painting, etc. (2-dimensional) or sculpture, etc. (3-dimensional): and approximate size of the piece.
f) Is the piece representational, abstract or nonobjective?
g) Role of Artist:  Pick one of the following only. What is the role of the artist?

Artist helps us to see the world in new or innovative ways?

Artist makes a visual record of the people, places, and events of their time and place?

Artist makes functional objects and structures (buildings) more pleasurable and elevates them or imbues them with meaning?

Artist gives form to the immaterial—hidden or universal truths, spiritual, personal feelings?

h) Line: (Direction of line, contour (mass) or outline (shape), implied lines, rough or smooth, describe quality of line, if applicable to your choice. Write N/A if

not applicable)
i) Space: (Is the piece3-dimensional? In-the-round? If 2-dimensional, is there a sense of space? How does the artist achieve a sense of space? Scientific perspective

or overlapping, scale, or positioning? Foreshortening, atmospheric perspective? Lack of depth? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
j) Color and Light: (What colors are predominately used? What are the color temperatures? What is the color scheme? Did the artist use color in an unconventional way

or for an emotional response? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
k) Texture: (Simulated or tactile?) Remember do not touch the art! How is the texture achieved? What did the artist do to create this texture? What is the texture? How

would you describe it? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
l) Pattern: (What is creating the pattern? What is the object or shape? Is it on a grid? Is there a repetition of color shape or any other art element? Is there a

sense of rhythm? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
m) Time and Motion: (Is there a sense of time passing or is motion a part of the piece? Or do you as a viewer need to move or does your eye constantly move because the

piece is afocal? How is this achieved by the artist? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
n) Balance: (Symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial? If symmetrical, is it an exact mirror image or just weighted to look symmetrical? If applicable to your choice. Write

N/A if not applicable)
o) Focal/ Afocal: (What is the focal point? If the piece is afocal, what is going on for you to say that? Is there a focal point of emphasis or is the piece afocal? If

there is a focal point, what is it? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
p) Scale/ Approximate Dimensions: (What is the scale of the piece compared to a human? Or is an object within the piece that shows a sense of scale? If applicable to

your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
q) Unity/ Variety: (Does the artist achieve unity and/or variety? How? What are the similarities in the piece and how did the artist change it up to give the piece

variety? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
r) Proportions: Are the proportions classical (the golden mean, golden ratio? Or did the artist exaggerate the proportions? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if

not applicable)
s) Why did you choose this piece?
II. Second Piece:  Any three-dimensional (3-D) artwork dated 1960 AD (CE) or after (5 points)
a) Title: (Italicize or underline the title of the piece. Some artwork is titled Untitled.)
b) Artist: (Non-western art or pieces from antiquity, normally, do not have an artist name. Make note of the culture instead. Also make note: Gift from donor is not

the artist’s name.)
c) Date: (When was the piece done? Some works of art have taken years to complete? Make note of that.)
d) Media: What materials did the artist use? (clay, wood, oil, acrylic, charcoal, marble, pastels, other). There may be multiple materials.
e) Painting, etc. (2-dimensional) or sculpture, etc. (3-dimensional): and approximate size of the piece.
f) Is the piece representational, abstract or nonobjective?
g) Role of Artist:  Pick one of the following only. What is the role of the artist?

Artist helps us to see the world in new or innovative ways?

Artist makes a visual record of the people, places, and events of their time and place?

Artist makes functional objects and structures (buildings) more pleasurable and elevates them or imbues them with meaning?

Artist gives form to the immaterial—hidden or universal truths, spiritual, personal feelings?

h) Line: (Direction of line, contour (mass) or outline (shape), implied lines, rough or smooth, describe quality of line, if applicable to your choice. Write N/A if

not applicable)
i) Space: (Is the piece3-dimensional? In-the-round? If 2-dimensional, is there a sense of space? How does the artist achieve a sense of space? Scientific perspective

or overlapping, scale, or positioning? Foreshortening, atmospheric perspective? Lack of depth? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
j) Color and Light: (What colors are predominately used? What are the color temperatures? What is the color scheme? Did the artist use color in an unconventional way

or for an emotional response? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
k) Texture: (Simulated or tactile?) Remember do not touch the art! How is the texture achieved? What did the artist do to create this texture? What is the texture? How

would you describe it? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
l) Pattern: (What is creating the pattern? What is the object or shape? Is it on a grid? Is there a repetition of color shape or any other art element? Is there a

sense of rhythm? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
m) Time and Motion: (Is there a sense of time passing or is motion a part of the piece? Or do you as a viewer need to move or does your eye constantly move because the

piece is afocal? How is this achieved by the artist? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
n) Balance: (Symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial? If symmetrical, is it an exact mirror image or just weighted to look symmetrical? If applicable to your choice. Write

N/A if not applicable)
o) Focal/ Afocal: (What is the focal point? If the piece is afocal, what is going on for you to say that? Is there a focal point of emphasis or is the piece afocal? If

there is a focal point, what is it? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
p) Scale/ Approximate Dimensions: (What is the scale of the piece compared to a human? Or is an object within the piece that shows a sense of scale? If applicable to

your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
q) Unity/ Variety: (Does the artist achieve unity and/or variety? How? What are the similarities in the piece and how did the artist change it up to give the piece

variety? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if not applicable)
r) Proportions: Are the proportions classical (the golden mean, golden ratio? Or did the artist exaggerate the proportions? If applicable to your choice. Write N/A if

not applicable)
s) Why did you choose this piece?
III. Give your overall opinion of the Menil Collection. Pay close attention to the building itself. What do you think of the floor plan? What do you think about the

layout of the art? What do you like about the building? What do you dislike about the Menil?  Describe the space. Answer all questions to receive
. credit. (5 points)
IV. Give your opinion on the vandalized Picasso
Watch a video http://www.click2houston.com/news/Man-charged-in-Picasso-vandalism/15209042 or read an article http://www.click2houston.com/news/Man-charged-in-

Picasso-vandalism/15209042 or ‘google” Vandalism and Picasso and Menil.
Discuss your thoughts and feelings of the vandalism.  Why is this wrong if you believe it is or why is this alright in your opinion? Give your thought and opinions in

paragraph format. (5 points)

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