Bernicia Guercio Capstone


I have always had a strong love for poetry and an admiration for art. I was never very “good” at drawing, painting or sketching but I find beauty in art and those who excel at it. I feel that even when things get hard to deal with different types of art can be an outlet for many people to express themselves. Even when a lot is going on, a piece of art can make everyone stop for a minute or even a few seconds to admire it. That to me is powerful and I feel that art is an important part of everyone’s life no matter what form of art. Art is an important of community and can really shape a community. This capstone was to be created by art pieces that were submitted by SLA students, these sketches, paintings or poems were made in their teenage years and reflect something about themselves hence the theme; Ode to Teenagehood. Isabella & I worked together to transform the third floor ball room into a space for art.

Annotated Bibliography:

The Art Book. London: Phaidon, 1996. Print.

This book is filled with some of the most influential and brilliant piece of artwork over time. This book ha explanations of the artwork itself and also the artist and time period the art piece was created. This book is going to be key in my research and studies. The book is filled with information of different types of art and the time period they were created. The book also explores why the piece of artwork was influential to other pieces of art and also how it was influential to other artists and the time period. The book also talks about the artist, this will serve as a resource in finding out about artist I have never heard of so i can expand my knowledge about artist also.

Gooch, Brad. City Poet: The Life of Times of Frank O'Hara. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. Print.

This book discusses the life of a man named Frank O’Hara. Frank o’Hara was a poet and an artist, he is famous for his work. Much of this book talks about how his life contributed to his poetry writing. A poem can stem from any type of feeling, emotions or thoughts. Being able to look at such an icon in the poetry world like Frank O’hara will give prospective of how he went about writing and studying poetry. The most interesting thing about poetry is that you do not necessarily know where the poems comes from and reading about poets life will help to give insight on his poetry writing.

Pope, Deborah. Falling Out of the Sky: Poems. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1999. Print.

This source is a collection of poems that Deborah Pope wrote. Reading other poetry is key in understanding and studying poetry. Every poet has a different style of writing and looking at different styles helps form a unique one for another poet. I also like that the poems are in an umbrella of the same theme. Writing poetry can be all over the place and about so many different things and to be able to umbrella a theme is an interesting thing to do. Reading poetry from other people allows me to mimic different styles then tweak those styles to make them my own.

Meyer, Michael. Poetry: An Introduction. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. Print.

This is sort of a poetry textbook for intro classes for poetry. This book is stock piled with resources within for me to study the art of poetry. This book has a number of poems from different time periods, cultures, themes and people. This diverse group of poems will open my eyes to different types of poetry and also expose me to poets I have never heard of. This book has a huge mix of traditional poems/poets to the most recent contemporary poems/poets. This source will help me along with me studying poetry as a subject as well as helping me writing and channel my inner poet.

Brophy, Maria. "Six Tips on How to Put on a Memorable Art Exhibit." N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

I have never put on any type of show/festival. This source is going to serve as a guide for me to make sure I put this show in successfully. The source has key information that I should be aware of before actually putting the show on. This source has explanations of six key tips and insight I should consider when putting the event on for my capstone. This source has suggestions for things to add to the event to make it better and that is very useful because I am trying to have success at this.

"Creating an Art Exhibition." (n.d.): n. pag. Office of the Arts: Brandeis University. Web. <>.

This is also another guide for me to reference so I can have a successful event. This source is from a College of the Arts and art majors and people who have had shows made the source. This will give me more information and suggestion on how to have a successful event. This also talks about stating the purpose and reason for the show during the show, like for me it is my capstone but I would explain why I chose this as my capstone. This source gives me step by step instructions to reference when I am stuck and do not know what to do.

Frazier, Nancy. The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History. New York: Penguin Reference, 2000. Print.

This book explores art and the history of art. This book will help me understand and expand my knowledge of how art can to be and how it transformed over time. This book has over 1500 entries of terms, discussions, and facts. This book is a mix literature, history, economics, and artistic advances to go through the different time periods of time. This book explores women’s art, American artist, poets, architects instead of being Eurocentric. I will use this source to find the historical roots of art in the United States. This book does more than just talk about different historical event/people that have occurred but offers an analysis of key times in art history. This source will help expand my knowledge of art history and be my main study tool for this project.

Shiner, Larry. The Invention of Art: A Cultural History. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2003. Print.

This book is goes in depth about the roots of art in different cultures. The book's central theme is that art is an invention and first came about in the west in the eighteenth century. The book explains the systems of art and talks about how the culture created this system and how it work. The system is that the artist is a skilled worker and a work of art was a product that was useful that was considered skilled work. I will use this book as a resource to study up on how art started and how it changed and stayed the same over the years.

Johnson, Ken. "Don’t Call the Cleaning Crew. That Yellow Spill Is Art." NY Times. N.p., 31 Jan. 2013. Web. <>.

This article talks about an art piece that is not very tradition and is abstract. This article goes into how unique are can be and how unique this piece is. If you take a look at it one might not think that it is special but the meaning behind the artwork is insightful. This article talks about how the inspiration behind the art piece should never go unheard. I like this article because art starts off with inspiration and art can tell stories and emotions and that is what makes art so special. The article makes a good point about the materials that are used in making different art pieces. They are a very important aspects to creating an art piece and can be overlooked by the viewer.

Schwendener, Martha. "Don’t Call the Cleaning Crew. That Yellow Spill Is Art." NY Times. N.p., 31 Jan. 2013. Web. <>.

This article is about a women’s art exhibit of contemporary art. It talks about how art museums are not all about the traditional art like before. This art show was very unique and different. The art show dealt with photography which is something I really want in my show. I think photography can be so powerful, one image can say a lot and I find beauty in having images of real life people, things and object is really shows how beauty can be so simple. This article is a good way for me to read up on different ways to hold the art show and different ways to set up the art show so it has flow.

Robertson, Jean, and Craig McDaniel. Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980. New York: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.

This book talks about contemporary art after the 1980s. The book discusses more modern art and how it is different from the tradition art that we all know. The book talks about how art is not just painting and picture but a canvas with paint can have meaning and purpose. It talks about the different angles of contemporary art which are techniques and materials, historical circumstances, aesthetic qualities, theoretical issues, and an artist's ideas and intentions. This is useful to me because I will be able to read this book and compare it back to the books about more traditional. Doing this will allow me to compare art now to art back then.

Bhuyan, Rimlee. "Different Forms of Art." Weblog post. Buzzle. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2012. <>.

This post talks about all the different types of art. In my art show I want all different types of art to be celebrated and showed. I feel their are so many different types of art and art is not limited. This source lists different types of art and small explanations with those types. This will allow me to learn about arts that I did not think about before so I can welcome that type of art in the show also.

Haberman, Clyde. "CITY ROOM; A Second Act for Poetry in the Subways." NY Times. N.p., 28 Mar. 2012. Web. <>.

This article is about poetry and poets. It has interview with different people about poetry and some different famous poets. This is an article about poetry in motion and the new things people are to express themselves through poetry. I will use this source because it explores the different things you can do with poetry. It talks about performing different poetic pieces and how the performances can be very powerful. I want poetry to be a part of the art show and I want people to perform also.