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How do I cite ephemera from a museum?

To cite ephemera from a museum, follow the MLA format template. The works-cited-list entry below is for a nineteenth-century cigarette trading card shown on the Web site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. The Web site does not indicate the name of the card’s creator or its title, so the entry begins with a description. The company that issued the card, Kinney Brothers, is in the “Publisher” slot, followed by the date of issue. Then the name of the Web site and its publication details are provided in a second container:

Cigarette trading card depicting a French fifer.

Published 17 July 2018

How do I cite an artwork from an exhibition?

To cite an artwork from an exhibition, follow the MLA format template. Provide the name of the artist as the author and the title of the work. List the exhibition’s name as the title of the container, followed by the exhibition’s opening and closing dates. Then specify the place where the exhibition was held, including the city, as the location:

Turner, Joseph Mallord William. Dieppe: The Port from the Quai Henri IV. Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, 23 Feb. 2017- 14 May 2017, Frick Collection, New York. 

For more on citing exhibitions, see our previous post.

Published 1 May 2018

How do I cite an art catalog?

Cite an art catalog the way you would cite a book:

Bambach, Carmen C. Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer. Metropolitian Museum of Art, 2017.

If the catalog does not have an author or editor, begin the entry with the title:

American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life. High Museum of Art, 2014. 

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Published 12 February 2018

How do I cite clip art from a computer program like PowerPoint?

If you discuss clip art from PowerPoint or another software program in your paper and need to create a works-cited-list entry for it, provide a description of the art in place of a title and list the name of the software program (e.g., PowerPoint) as the container. Then provide the software’s version name and number, the name of the publisher (omitting words such as Company or Corporation), and the copyright date. You will most likely find this information in the About or Help section of the software.

Gray cat. PowerPoint, . . .

Published 20 October 2017

How do I cite a museum exhibition?

To cite a museum exhibition, follow the MLA format template.  Include the exhibition’s name as the title of your source, followed by the opening and closing dates of the exhibition and the museum and city as the location:
Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains. 12 Mar.-4 Dec. 2016, National Museum of the American Indian, New York.
If the exhibition features the work of a specific artist, begin your entry with the artist in the “author” element of the template:
Cave, Nick. Until. 15 Oct. 2016-Aug. 2017, Mass MOCA, North Adams.
To learn how to cite individual artworks from an exhibition, . . .

Published 24 July 2017

How do I cite wall text accompanying artwork at a museum?

To cite wall text, follow the MLA format template. Provide a description of the wall text as the title of the source. This may include the title of the artwork the wall text explains and the artist who created it. If the work was part of an exhibit, include the exhibit’s name as the title of the container, followed by the date (opening and closing), and the museum and city as the location:
Wall text for A Warrior’s Story, Honoring Grandpa Blue Bird, by Lauren Good Day Giago. Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains, 12 Mar.-4 Dec.

Published 17 November 2016

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