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This essay project isn’t really an essay at all, it’s an art review. Using Carina Chocano, Hilton Als or Emily Nussbaum’s work as your “genre model,” your job is to re-evaluate the under-appreciated or over-appreciated artwork of your choosing. Be able to draw on the conventional take on this artwork, and argue for why it’s wrong using a “close reading” of the artwork, as well as a critique of the value system upon which those conventional critiques of the artwork rest. You may also use personal experiences, the way Als and Chocano do. The artwork that you choose is up to you. It should be something that you’ve thought about before, outside of class. Your review should be approximately 1,000 words. Since it’s not an academic paper, it doesn’t need MLA formatting.


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