ou are asked to write a paper that is 5 pages long double-spaced, in 12-point, Times New Roman font (approximately 1800 words). Choose one of the following two prompts on which to base your paper. The paper must be accompanied by images of all the artworks you discuss, and must include the final word count at the end of the text.
1) Throughout the class we have discussed different ways in which artists have sought to intervene in public space. This paper will focus specifically on artists’ engagements with architecture, and how those engagements help them reimagine the spaces in which we live. Focusing on the work of Andrea Zittel and Rachel Whiteread, discuss how each artist approaches the relationship between architecture, space and dwelling (or habitation). What are the similarities and differences between their practices? What kinds of individual or collective life does each practice imagine? In short, what does it mean, for these artists, to dwell? Your paper must discuss a minimum of two works by each artist.
2) The past decade has seen a flourishing of contemporary art from and about Israel/Palestine that reflects on questions of nationhood, territory, and belonging. The artists Larissa Sansour and Yael Bartana both use video, photography, and performance to play creatively with ideas about what constitutes the nation. Compare and contrast how these artists approach the question of nationhood. In particular, how do they invoke the future or the past as ways of imagining different configurations of the nation? How do they address the question of which people a nation includes, and which people it excludes? Your paper must discuss a minimum of two works by each artist.
Draw on the commentary received on your previous paper in order to strengthen your writing on this second assignment. Papers that fall below the length limit will be graded down.