"I would just like to point out that there is a man sticking a flower into this manâ€™s anusâ€¦donâ€™t say we never had any fun in Art Hum.â€
-Chiong on Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights
God, I love this woman. She clearly loves what she does and her enthusiasm translates into her being impressively prepared, well-versed, and so so knowledgeable. Sheâ€™s beyond eloquent, passionate, and NICE (such a nice person). At first she may seem intimidating and too serious, like a real hard-ass, but fear not- sheâ€™s truly a wonderful lecturer and professor and sometimes spontaneously hilarious (see above quote).
This isnâ€™t to say sheâ€™s an easy grader or gives out easy tests. Far from that, her tests are fairly challenging, and the papers graded with substantial expectation. However, the tests are always fair in that they come from the slides (except maybe one in which you have to analyze on spot, but you can do it) and she does a thorough and captivating job in presenting the works and relevant concepts.
There are readings, but you donâ€™t have to do them. There was one pop quiz though so if she hints at reading something, read it, duh. Go to class, pay attention, take notes, and mind what she says. She summarizes the readings for you and you can use this in your midterm/final answers and pretend you read it. Class is a blast anyway. She has a way with making things easily understandable for someone who has no art history background at all. And donâ€™t forget to participate at least once. Sheâ€™s so supportive and open so donâ€™t be afraid to say what youâ€™re thinking or wondering.
If you want to raise your paper grade, definitely go to office hours. Paper topics are a visual analysis on one painting or a comparison of two and requires a museum trip. I always thought it was fun. Brainstorm something and go talk to her. She loves art so much she canâ€™t help but spew you some answers. If you donâ€™t have time, send her your thesis. Sheâ€™ll give you feedback. Also, sheâ€™s mentioned you could argue anything as long as itâ€™s well argued so sheâ€™s pretty open-minded and awesomely progressive like that. You just have to back up your argument with objective points and not things like calling the works â€œbeautifulâ€ â€œgorgeousâ€ etc. without support.
Definitely my favorite professor, definitely my favorite Core class. Challenging but absolutely rewarding. Dramatic to say but Professor Chiong has restored my faith in the Core.
Oh exact dates are asked for each work shown on the tests. Eeeek but she's still an art history rockstar.