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Summer Session – Teaching While Black

Lorna Simpson. Five Day Forecast, 1991; five photographs, gelatin silver print on paper and fifteen engraved plaques, 24.5 x 97 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Salon 94, New York.

Back to School is the theme of our final 2016 Summer Session, and in addition to exploring the relationship between the arts and education, we are also providing resources for those working within the academy. Today we bring you the series “Teaching While Black” from Patricia A. Matthew’s blog Written/Unwritten. In Part 1 Matthew highlights specific essays about dealing with student reactions from Robyn Magalit Rodriguez’s “Resources for Women[…..]

Summer Session – Too Cool for the Cool School

Craig Kauffman, "Untitled," 2009. Drape-formed plastic with acrylic lacquer & glitter.

This Summer Session we’re going Back to School, and in addition to providing pedagogical resources and investigating the state of arts education, we are also looking at work that is informed by the idea of “school.” Today we bring you a review from Catherine Wagley’s column L.A. Expanded, wherein Wagley reviews separate gallery exhibitions by Craig Kauffman and Liz Craft. Wagley’s analysis pivots around the[…..]

Summer Session – Five Tips for Teaching with Works of Art

For our countdown to September we’re going Back to School, which means examining works concerned with teaching and learning, revisiting the state of education in the arts, and providing pedagogical resources for teachers and students. Today we bring you a video from our friends at the Museum of Modern Art that offers strategies for teaching with works of art. While the video is geared toward teaching younger children, the tips[…..]

Summer Session – Syllabus: Black Lives (Don’t) Matter

Left: WWI propoganda poster. Right: LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen on the April 2008 cover of Vogue Magazine.

In addition to examining pedagogy and learning in the arts as part of this Summer Session’s topic of Back to School, we are excited to provide resources for both teachers and students alike that could inform and enrich their art and pedagogical practices. Today we bring you a syllabus by scholar M. Shadee Malaklou from her Jesus Fucking Christ Blog. An assistant professor and Mellon Faculty Fellow[…..]

Summer Session – Sole Student in USC Roski School’s Struggling MFA Program Drops Out

University of Southern California's Roski School campus.

Today for this Summer Session’s topic Back to School we bring you an article from our friends at artnet News, where Brian Boucher reports on USC Roski School’s dwindling admissions. With the notoriously high tuition of MFA programs and their insecure guarantee of success in the art world, the accusations of mismanagement levied against the Roski School by its sole MFA student highlight the political and[…..]

Summer Session: How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine—Part 1

Catherine Wagner. Beloved, Toni Morrison from the series trans/literate, 2011; archival pigment print with braille; edition of five; 21.75 in. x 49.13 in. diptych. Courtesy of the Artist and Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco.

As part of our Back to School Summer Session we are exploring pedagogy and the state of learning in the arts. Today we bring you an article from our sister publication Art Practical by cultural scholar and author of How We Became Posthuman N. Katherine Hayles. Considering national studies observing a decline in general reading abilities across the United States, Hayles differentiates between key reading techniques employed by print versus digital texts.[…..]

Summer Session – Help Desk: Group Crit

Beatriz Milhazes. Sinfonia Nordestina, 2008; Acrylic on canvas, 96 7/8 X 144 7/8 inches

This Summer Session we’re going Back to School, and today we bring you a question from our arts-advice column Help Desk about how to get the most out of an MFA program. Group crits can be the most nerve-wracking and rewarding aspects of an MFA, and here Bean Gilsdorf, Whitney Lynn, and Rhonda Holberton weigh in on the best ways to make sure yours are both[…..]