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Title:Integrations and disintegrations: a proposal for an educational exhibition with selected works of Lee Bul
Author(s):Ha, Jihyung
Advisor(s):Parsons, Michael J.
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):museum art education
exhibition design
Lee Bul
Abstract:The purpose of this research and proposed exhibition is to help university students, undergraduate and graduate, develop their understanding and interpretation skills regarding contemporary art. The theme of the exhibition is “Integrations and Disintegrations,” and it should lead viewers to more easily approach art pieces that look difficult/complicated by identifying the elements of pieces and the movement of their significant ideas. The exhibition features selected works of the Korean contemporary artist, Lee Bul. These pieces are ideal because they call into contrast features such as beauty and grotesqueness, human and machine, and help viewers develop the theme and their own visions. The educational supports for the exhibition provide contextual knowledge, including the artist’s life as a human, descriptions to help viewers take a close look at the details that make up contrasting elements, interpretations to show how the background knowledge and visual elements are connected to the meaning of a piece, and the artist’s intentions. Probing questions will help viewers explore the piece with the theme. Potential assignments are suggested that can lead to deeper understandings and facilitate connecting the understandings to the viewers’ own art making. Events/activities can give the opportunity to understand the piece from a wider perspective with additional knowledge. The Krannert Art Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois is presented as an appropriate venue for this exhibition, because of the connection to the main target audience, university students. There are spaces for the exhibition and related exercises that will serve a large number of visitors. This exhibition would serve the interests of the museum itself by drawing visitors to the Asian gallery. This thesis includes research about the selected artist and her work, the design of the exhibition including layout, materials and educational programming/events, and evaluation using visitor studies.
Issue Date:2014-09-16
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Jihyung Ha
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-16
Date Deposited:2014-08

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