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ART 492: Exhibition Practice: Questions/Analysis

Object Analysis - Tips and Tricks from the Experts

MAKING SENSE OF EVIDENCE

This section helps students and teachers make effective use of primary sources. “Making Sense of Documents” provide strategies for analyzing online primary materials, with interactive exercises and a guide to traditional and online sources. “Scholars in Action” segments show how scholars puzzle out the meaning of different kinds of primary sources, allowing you to try to make sense of a document yourself then providing audio clips in which leading scholars interpret the document and discuss strategies for overall analysis. (Description from web site)

QUESTIONS TO ASK

What is it? (Object type, e.g. painting, photography, letter)

What is it made of? (Material)

Who made it? (Creator, author, artist)

Who was it made for? (Audience/consumer)

How was it made? (Mode of production/process)

When was it made? (Time period)