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  • Bauhaus Dances

    Feb 07| Screening
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    Bauhaus Dances, 1986 presented by Debra McCall
    Sunday, February 7, 4pm, Otis Forum, Free

  • Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in South Florida. Her video works and performances have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, the Contemporary Museum of Montreal with the Montreal Biennial (2014) and film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured in Art Papers, ArtNews and Art Forum discussing identity, Internet and her artistic practices and influences.
  • York Chang (b. 1973, St. Louis, MO) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses forensic and archival information systems as supports for poetic gestures and alternate histories, in order to interrogate the aesthetic conventions of authority which often serve to blur the line between fiction and reality. He earned both his BFA (1996) and Juris Doctorate (2001) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). York Chang lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and is represented by Greene Exhibitions. 
     
  • Presidents' Day Holiday

    Feb 15| Academic Dates
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    Otis offices are closed for the Holiday.

  • Oliver Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His recent work has focused on the psychosocial effects of climate change, cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees to landscape damaged by industrial logging and cataloging the ecology of brownfield ecologies. He currently works as a lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons in New York City.
     
  • In this performance I try to summarize In search of past time with my own words, as a story of another time which reveals itself contemporary. I deliver my own intimate and personal perception of this book which radiates in my life. Each performance is another opportunity to explore different zones of the book, proceeding at random, inspired by an aleatory and fickle memory. 
     
  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.4 by IÑAKI ÁBALOS

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Introduction to Visual Culture

This assignment is no longer in use. (7/15/14)


 

Step 1:

This is the first Otis course where you will be required to learn and use research skills. The Librarian recommends that you the investigate the tutorials located on the Information Literacy Tutorials page.

Step 2:

Pick an artist/designer/maker and work from the following list. List of Artists/Designers

Step 3:

Read each assignment carefully. Understand what's expected. You will be creating an Annotated Bibliography to cite and evaluate each source you use. Take notes as you do your research. Use a citation formatter such as Easybib.com for the actual citation. Sample Annotations.

Step 4:

Learn how to use the Library's OPAC or online catalog. Find at least one book that includes information about your artist/designer/maker. Do a keyword search first to get an overview of what's available in the Otis Library. Remember, there will probably be more than one student researching each artist/maker and the number of books is limited. Start early with your research and be considerate of others.

In a few cases, you may be lucky enough to find an entire chapter or book about one work, but more likely you will not. Your goal for this step should be to find substantial information about your artist/maker and the context in which they worked.

Step 5:

Find two or more periodical articles. Start with EBSCO Art Source available through the databases link. (It searches 2 different databases at the same time--Art Source and Omni.) Try a key word search. If you get too many hits, limit searching to subject only. That way you'll exclude smaller mentions of your artist/maker. Some of the citations will be to the full-text of the article and some will lead you to the actual magazine.

Other good possible databases with full-text articles are ProQuest, JSTOR and eLibrary. Each database interface is different and you'll need time to familiarize yourself with how they work. It's good practice for future research.

For those articles which are not "full-text," please check the Otis Library Magazine Holding List to see if we carry it. We have back issues of many art/design periodicals, so many will be available to you in print form. In either case, it will be helpful to look at the actual publication because writing the required annotation requires finding out more about the writer, editor, or magazine. Anyway, as art and design students, you will want to become familiar with as many of the periodicals as you can.

Warning! Don't try to do this step using a search engine on the free web. For this assignment, you are required to use the Otis subscription databases. We require it because we want you to become familiar with them. From experience, we know that a great deal of reliable information will be found there.

Step 6:

If you also want to use the free web, you may. If you do, search for a content-rich academic/educational websites about your artist/designer/maker. Searching the web can be overwhelming. Too much information may, in fact, be more trouble than not enough.

Pages ending in .org or .edu may be good ones, but make sure the author is not a student doing a class assignment or just a syllabus. Undergraduate college students are not considered "experts" in the field of art history. Try to find something written by a curator, museum professional, professional editor, or faculty member. It may be difficult to find the author's credentials. There are some tricks to this and we are happy to help you with this step. If you want to refine your skills or you are having trouble, go to the Library and talk with Sue Maberry, the Librarian. Finding information is her expertise.

Step 7:

Once you've found everything and read it, you're ready to type up your Annotated Bibliography. Use the categories described in Types of Information for your annotations. Remember to use MLA style for the citation portion. Many of the databases have a Cite button where they will provide the citation to the article in whatever style you need.

Step 8:

The librarians and the library staff are your friends. Ask for reference or computer troubleshooting assistance any time. You're not bothering us. Really.

The SRC has tutors available to assist you with the writing and word processing. Start early so that you will have time to avail yourself of these services. We are all committed to supporting your learning experience.

Helpful Links

List of Artists/Designers

Library Visit Worksheet

Citing Sources

Sample Annotations

ORE Form Helpful when preparing annotations

Types of Information

CRAAP Detection



 

Resources

Art History Tutoring Schedule

Student Resource Center

Art History Tutoring

Jeanne S. M. Willette in the SRC

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Student-Recommended Citation Formatters

Easybib.com

Citation Machine

KnightCite from Calvin College

Online Writing Help

Grammarly

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