Assignment Two:

Curation: Understanding the Debate about Horror Comics of the 1950s


In this assignment you have been tasked to design an exhibition in a large glass case at the UCSD library.

You will produce an exhibition catalog that should be illustrated with 6-8 objects that will be on display. These objects can include layouts from significant horror comic books of the period, newspaper stories, photographs, images of artists' artwork, or three-dimensional artifacts that would provide interest to the viewer.

In your essay each object should be explained by pointing out key details and presenting analysis of those details and the historical context in which it was produced, and the sections you emphasize from fifties horror comics should come from throughout your reading rather than from a single section.

A successful assignment will do the following:

Looking Ahead

The ability to choose significant objects of study independently is a critical component of successful research. In your final research project in CAT 3, you must be able to select texts independently and develop original research questions. Using illustrations effectively will also beimportant in many types of academic writing that you will do at UCSD, particularly in the sciences, where poster presentations largely depend on images that communicate effectively.