Art History 56A [Paper 1]

Art History 56A [Paper 1] - Syal 1 Amar Syal TA Elena...

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Syal 1 Amar Syal TA, Elena Shtromberg Art History 56A 15 November 2004 Art History 56A Displaying art objects and artifacts of South Asian and Southeast Asian art in a display case, as a tool for learning, is an ineffective way of exhibiting the art. Along with a constrained paragraph of information, it contributes to a minimal understanding of what the art piece is distinctly about, its associated dates, its geographical location, and its religious background, if any. In my opinion, there are more effective ways of displaying the art to convey a stronger historical and cultural value for each piece of artwork. From adding such things as informative videos to actual appearances of art scholars, the museum exhibit can contribute to a more successful teaching of these expensive pieces of artwork and their historical backgrounds. I am sure an artifact cannot be summarized, yet understood to its full extent primarily by looking through its surrounding glass case. The informative paragraphs provided in the display cases are historically and culturally insufficient based on associated dates, geographical location, and possible religious background. The insufficiency is partially due to museum criteria and their limits to the lengths of the descriptions. For maximum learning capability on an item, a limitless description should be provided. This was a dilemma I faced for an art piece called the Fertility Demigod or Yaksha , found in west Bengal, India and dated 1 st century B.C. The Yaksha was displayed in the bottom case on LACMA’s South Asian and Southeast Asian art floor. The associated dates were limited to when the piece was created, and should have reveled the objects date of discovery and the objects date of induction into the museum. Its geographical location was also limited to the
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Syal 2 extent that it was created in west Bengal. The full geographical history of the piece should have been given from its place of creation to its journey to the museum, whether it being one location or more than one hundred locations. The religious aspect of the piece is obviously the hardest thing to communicate through a limited display tag on the art piece. For example, the description
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2008 for the course LIFESCI ls 2 eng 3 taught by Professor All during the Spring '04 term at UCLA.

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