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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 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

How do I cite a museum image that I viewed in person or online?

Page 49 of the MLA Handbook demonstrates how to create a works-cited-list entry for an artwork viewed firsthand at a museum. Include the name of the artist, the title of the work, the date of composition, and the name of the museum along with the city in which the museum is located:

Bearden, Romare. The Train. 1975, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The medium of publication and materials of composition, if important to your discussion, could be included at the end of the entry as optional elements.
If you viewed the same painting on the museum’s Web site, . . .

Published 29 September 2016

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