For this exhibition, the Art History Association at USF has a two-fold plan. Throughout the week we intend to display a collection of works that have typically been deemed some of the “greatest” works of Art History from the beginning of time until today (for instance, the Mona Lisa, or a Pile a la Felix Gonzalez-Torres). What cannot be reconstructed will be projected on the wall, or actual film slides of the images will be mounted at eye-level onto the walls. By bringing attention to the fact that the images are digital projections and slides we hope to raise the question of what constitutes art and bring awareness to the true value of both the museum setting as well as art historical knowledge. We see this as especially relevant since a local museum is currently showing a projected image of a very well-known painting as part of the exhibition (and has even included it in the catalog)!
The highlight of the exhibition will be the closing reception, at which all attendees will be invited to dress or perform as their favorite work of art or artist. Most students of art and art history have their own ideas about who should be included in art history classes and are often disappointed to find that one of their favorite artists is excluded from the texts they read. The intent of the show is to encourage all attendees to interact with the art that is viewed in their classes, galleries, and museums, and to give them the power to participate in the creation of a show by allowing them to choose who should be included within The Greatest Art Show on Earth. We plan to advertise the show and reception well in advance to have maximum participation from attendees of the school and the community. We plan to award small prizes (and bragging rights) for the best costume, and also for the most obscure costume, further encouraging the participants to research an artist or work that is traditionally underrepresented.