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Museum Docents Library Basics: Question an art work

Library resources to assist in the basic research of museum objects in the Colby College Museum of Art.

Ai Weiwei. Colored Vases.

Ai Weiwei 
Colored Vases, 2006-2008
Neolithic Vases (5000-3000BC), industrial paint
15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
The Lunder Collection

Accession Number: 2017.004

Question this art work

  • What can we find out about the artist?
  • What can we find out about his artistic work?
  • How would formal elements of the piece translate into keyword terms for research?
  • Looking at the work, what critical questions arise?
  • What artistic, cultural, historical or political contexts inform this work?
  • What contextual keywords would apply to research on this work?
  • Who / what influenced his work. Who were his mentors, contemporaries, critics?
  • How is/was his work received? 
  • How do the artist's own statements or writings shed light on this piece? (e.g. primary sources)

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Margaret Ericson
Bixler Art and Music Library, Rm 136
Bixler Art/Music Building
Sabbatical, August 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019.
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