You’ve thought long and hard about a work of art in New York City, and you have formulated an opinion (thesis statement) about its preservation or demolition. Now it’s time to convince others to agree with you. Imagine you are presenting your argument to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, either as a concerned citizen or governmental officer. Write a petition in the format of a persuasive essay that addresses whether or not the work is significant, and if it should be preserved or demolished. Remember to consider its place in New York City.
You will incorporate all of the work and research you have submitted for the previous assignments relating to this essay. This includes your thesis statement, formal analysis, and literature review of existing scholarship on the work. Below is a suggested outline for your essay. Except for the Introduction, Thesis Statement, and Conclusion, the arrangement of topics can be creative.
Look at your submission for Part 1. Introduce your chosen work to the reader by identifying its title/name, date of creation, name of the artist/architect, and location. You may provide your general impressions of the surrounding area in New York City in which the work is located. If it is inside of another structure, like a museum, consider the signification of this location as well, and describe how the work is situated in that space. To help your reader become acquainted with the artwork, relay the factual, descriptive aspects of its physical condition, and rationalize whether these aspects play a role in viewing the work. Your introduction should be the length of a long paragraph (about 2/3 page).
2. Thesis Statement:
Look at your Thesis Proposal for Part 2. Declare in a clear thesis statement whether the work you have chosen should be preserved or demolished, and then outline the type of evidence that you will use to support your argument. Remember to consider the work’s place in New York City. What value, if any, does it have in New York? While you will discuss the work’s original historical context in more detail later in the essay, you may wish to reference it here and suggest how societal changes warrant a reevaluation of the work’s significance. The thesis statement and plan of argument should be 1 paragraph in length.
3. Formal Analysis:
Look at your submission for Part 1. You already recorded your initial reactions to the work, and you produced a concise analysis of its elements of art and principles of design. Now employ your ideas in the support of your argument. Don’t just copy the text from your previous submission. Modify it to bolster your thesis statement. How do the work’s formal properties contribute to its meaning? If it’s a work of fine art, consider its degree of representation or abstraction. Describe the work’s style and how it conforms or reacts against stylistic conventions at the time of its creation. How do its formal properties allude to the work’s historical context, and do they have resonance with today’s viewer? You may broaden your scope and ask whether the artist succeeded making the art object. Artistic techniques can help address this issue. Consider detailing the necessary steps involved in the process and the ways the artist augmented it (did he/she make it better, different, or achieved a different result than expected?). This section should be about 2 pages in length.
4. Content analysis (if applicable):
Remember, content relates more to works of fine art (sculpture/painting) rather than architecture. A content analysis of a work of art should answer the question, who or what is depicted? You should have researched the work’s content in your submission for Part 2. Once again, rather than simply copying the text in your earlier submission, use your research to bolster your argument. For example, if your chosen work is a monument to an historical figure, inform the reader about that person. If the work is nonfigurative but rich in symbolism, explain the meaning behind the symbolism and what relevance it has to the work. If the work is abstract but expresses an idea, elaborate upon the idea (for example, Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings are abstract but understood to be an expression of the artist’s emotions). This section should be about 1 page in length.
5. Historical context:
In your literature review for Part 2, you should have come across information about the work’s historical context, which describes the factors that contributed to the work’s creation. Why was the work made? If you haven’t already, explain how your chosen work exemplifies or detracts from any stylistic conventions at the time of its creation. Consider any historical, political, social, economic, or religious events that factored into the work’s creation. For example, if you’re analyzing Rockefeller Center, you should consider the building’s relationship with the Great Depression. If you’re analyzing the Brooklyn Bridge, you should consider technological innovations and historical revivalism. It might help to elaborate on the biography of the artist or architect. If you discovered patrons or institutions involved in the work’s creation, discuss them in detail here. Depending on how you structure your essay, you may wish to discuss the work’s historical context before delving into analyses of its formal properties and content. Either way, this section should be about 2 pages in length.
Briefly paraphrase your Thesis Statement (as presented above). Justify the evidence you used. Emphasize why a reevaluation of the artwork is necessary, and why it should be preserved or demolished. Bring your thesis full circle, that is, reveal how your paper produces a new understanding of your subject or idea. Point to any broader implications your petition incites, or hypothesize a new project: if you want to preserve the work, how should it be done? If it should be demolished, what should replace it? Finally, think of including a provocative insight or a pithy quotation from your research that gives your reader a satisfying learning experience. The conclusion should be about 1 page in length.
Writing in a way that distinguishes your voice from your sources is important. Learn to give priority to your own ideas and reflections rather than relying on others. Paraphrasing information in your own words helps with the flow of the essay. Whenever you reference an idea or information that is not your own, you must cite its source. If you copy any text verbatim, you must use quotes and a citation. Do not quote more than 3 lines of text at a time.
Be mindful of spelling, grammar, and verb tense consistency. Italicize titles of fine works of art (architecture titles do not require italicization). First introductions to artists and architects should use their full names. Any later references can use their last names. Capitalize proper names. Use shortened titles when using repeatedly.
you are free to create your own thesis due to the professor wants me to do part 2 again and I’ll be doing base on yours. the file I upload is the the same thing as the description. the essay you will be doing is PART 3
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