In our FCWR 151: Foundations of Research Writing: Writing New York class, we held a virtual Warhol Pop Up Exhibition, in which students critiqued each other's digital artifacts interpreting our world in the style of Andy Warhol. For their group projects, students created artifacts and composed written rationales addressing their artifact's design, its use of Warhol's techniques, and its response to at least one of the French theorist Roland Barthes's short essays in Mythologies. Preparing for the project, students selected from Barthes’s prose responses to playful and everyday subjects, drawing perceptive connections between his pieces on “The World of Wrestling,“ “Plastics,” and “Toys,” and topics today ranging from esports to hand sanitizer.
Holding our exhibition virtually, we used a Google Doc, with each group pasting their artifact onto it. As we were also on Zoom, students introduced their artifact, the inspiration behind it, and the meaning it makes. Instead of walking around the room as we had in the past, students answered a series of questions on the Google Doc (What does this project teach us about art? What does this project teach us about Warhol? What does this project teach us about Barthes?), and we were able to discuss their responses as they were posted.
Using Piktochart or Canva, you will each make an infographic poster analyzing at least one Harlem Renaissance poem and introducing it to the NYIT community. We will print and post these infographics around campus.
Select one at least one poem, such as those by Langston Hughes (““The Negro Speaks of Rivers” or “The Weary Blues,” ) or Claude McKay (“If We Must Die,” “America,” “Subway Wind,” “On Broadway,” or “The Tropics in New York”). For context, quote or paraphrase from at least one prose text we read (“When the Negro Was in Vogue,” or “Harlem Literati in the Twenties”), citing it according to MLA style. You are also welcome to select a poem that we did not read or address a theme in more than one poem.
You can choose how to design your infographic, giving it a theme and focus. Make sure to analyze the way the poem makes meaning, including its word choice, form, and style. Your poster can include portions of the poem that you discuss.
While you are not required to consult additional sources, you must cite all sources that you consult, including webpages. Use parenthetical citations to acknowledge when you are quoting or citing others’ ideas. It is plagiarism to use others’ words or ideas without citing them.
Before printing, consult a peer for feedback and the instructor for approval.
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