Art for the End of the 20th Century
The Intersection of Art and Technology
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (CACV), September 19 through December 7, 1997, 2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Phone 757-425-0000
Students in Humanities 105, Technology and the Liberal Arts: Man, Woman, Machine, Tidewater Community College, Fall 1997, visited this exhibit at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. They e-mailed questions to the education director, Betsy DiJulio, who sent her answers by e-mail.
Students wrote reports about the exhibit and their own reflections on art and technology, illustrated their reports, and posted them to their Webfolios. This Forces Web site is a compilation of their illustrations and reports.
- You are invited to the Exhibition Opening, Friday, Sept. 19, 5:30-8 p.m. or you may visit the exhibition at your convenience between Sept. 20 and Oct. 5.
- Select one piece of art that you find particularly interesting. Draw it on paper, preferably using black ink or dark charcoal so that you can send me your drawing and I can scan it for the Web (unless you have that capacity yourself). Those of you who wish may draw it again with a computer program and e-mail it to me as a .gif or .jpg file. I will not grade you on your drawing skills, but will give you credit for your willingness to draw your own representation of what you see.
- Request at the front desk at the art center a copy of the label posted with the artwork you have chosen. This information will identify the artist, the media, the name of the work, and a context that may be helpful.
- By 11:59 p.m. Oct. 6, send to the discussion list (Subject CACV Questions) one or two questions you would like to ask the education director of CACV, Betsy DiJulio, either about the exhibit in general or about the work you have selected. I will forward them to her the next day and she will write a response that I will post to the list by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 17. You may use your classmates' comments and Ms. DiJulio's comments as resources in your own paper, crediting them correctly in MLA style.
- Write a formal essay with the following components, using clear transitions to show how you've integrated the elements. For a review of the elements of an essay, consult your college-level handbook and Guide for Major Papers.
- Write a description of the artwork, about 100 words, so that a reader who has not seen the work will be able to visualize it. Pretend you are writing to describe it to a friend. Be totally objective here: include shapes, colors, materials, textures, sounds--as many sensory appeals as apply
- Write a response to the work, another 300-500 words, that will tell your impressions of the work:
- An emotional response--what feelings the work evokes
- A critical response to the art as art--indicating clearly your criteria for art and how this work fits those criteria
- Your own understanding of the relationship between technology and art as suggested by the piece
- Any message or meaning that you think the work is suggesting
- How integral to that message is the technology through which it was communicated?
- Where have you seen similar messages conveyed elsewhere?