"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
The resources in this section offer an orientation to visual art being produced today and a gateway for educators to explore some of the larger questions related to contemporary art, in anticipation of teaching with specific artists, themes, or lesson ideas. Through films, interpretive media, and examples of artworks, Art21 provides a rich multimedia experience to help navigate and construct new interpretations about art that is being made today.
Contemporary Art in Context
What do we mean when we say contemporary art?
Starting the Conversation
Facilitating discussions about contemporary art.
Contemporary Approaches to Teaching
Bringing contemporary art and artists into classroom and community learning.
Using Art21 Media in the Classroom
Using film and online resources.
Connections to National Standards
Addressing Visual Art, Language Arts, and Social Studies standards with Art21 and contemporary art.
Selections from the Art21 Blog
Selected writings from the Teaching With Contemporary Art column on the Art21 Blog.