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Philadelphia Arts and Culture: AMST 0801

This guide will help students perform research in order to complete their PEX Lab Reports.


This guide is designed to help you complete your PEX Reports in the Philadelphia Arts and Culture (AMST 0801) course. On the Context page you will find information about doing background research on your object, and on the Analysis page you will find information about scholarly sources that help you perform analysis.

Notes on Researching & Writing About Art Objects

Researching and writing about art objects:

  • Requires contextualizing your object within the history of art, and the artist’s body of work.

  • Requires connecting the dots between the stylistic and artistic influences of your object.

  • Requires researching beyond your specific object.

  • is NOT merely summarizing several sources you’ve read that explain your object.