Past Workshops and Presentations

The following events reflect the diversity of educational programs, presentations, and workshops that Art21 has facilitated over the years.

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

 

2012

Art21 at the 2012 National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual conference
March 2–4, 2012: Hilton New York Hotel and Sheraton New York Hotel, New York, NY

General Session
Art21 Presents: Janine Antoni "Circuitous Path"

Janine Antoni employs a variety of mediums including performance, sculpture, photography and video. Her primary tool for making has always been her own body. She is known for using extreme processes and unusual materials. Antoni's work takes on a physicality that speaks directly to the viewers’ body, unleashing a deeply felt empathetic response. As an educator, Antoni is interested in teaching people ways to develop their individual creative process. Antoni discusses her own making as an example of the circuitous journey that one travels to arrive at an artwork.

Art21 in Context: Teaching with Contemporary Art on Film and in the Museum Gallery
Off-Site Workshop, Museum of Art and Design

What are different approaches for looking at and talking about contemporary art in the classroom and in a museum setting? How can we engage educators and students in conversations about why a work of art exists and how it relates to ideas about the world around us? Contemporary art is introducing new materials, media and technologies, as well as new ways of considering what art is and how it is defined.

In partnership with the Museum of Art and Design, this interactive workshop emphasizes inquiry-based learning and connections to thematic strands that support the integration of contemporary art and artists into a variety of curriculum areas.

Participants will explore the work and processes of contemporary visual artists by viewing short films from the PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century, and through a guided tour by Museum of Art and Design education staff. Combining documentary film with in-gallery investigation, educators will discuss and develop dynamic strategies to incorporate contemporary art in their teaching practice. All participants will receive a copy of a DVD of Art in the Twenty-First Century and the accompanying Educators' Guide.

Super Session
"Sown Within": A Performative Workshop with Janine Antoni

Springing from her use of the body in her artwork, Antoni will lead a workshop that focuses on the body as a tool for exploration. It is her belief that to know oneself intimately opens up the possibility of using one’s strengths and weaknesses in the service of art. Be prepared for an inner investigation. Dress comfortably to move.

Film Salon
Art21 Season 6 Preview Screening: 'History' featuring artists Marina Abramović, Mary Reid Kelley, and Glenn Ligon
*Open to the general public

Get a sneak peek of one of our new thematic hours from Season 6 of the Art in the Twenty-First Century series, which premieres April 2012 on PBS. Get a behind the scenes view of Art21 from concept to broadcast during a Q&A with Art21 staff following the screening.

A Year with Art21 Educators: Case Studies and Conversations

This conversation, moderated by Lois Hetland, will explore changes in teaching practice, student learning, and classroom culture as a result of integrating contemporary visual art, artists, and media resources in the classroom through participation in the Art21 Educators program.

TASK Party with Oliver Herring
Co-sponsored by SchoolArts Magazine
*Open to the general public

Share photos from this event on Flickr.

Join artist Oliver Herring and fellow educators for an unprecedented collaborative art experience. TASK is an improvisational, open-ended, participatory event with a simple structure and very few rules. TASK creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another and their environment. Task parties have been held throughout the world at museums, galleries, and schools but this will be the first TASK event at the NAEA conference. Join in and collaborate with friends, colleagues, and strangers in this extraordinary creative event! See more at:

oliverherringtask.wordpress.com
taskparty.org

What is TASK and what can you do with it? A conversation with Oliver Herring and guests
Co-sponsored by SchoolArts Magazine

After implementing a conference-wide TASK, Herring will participate in a group conversation that considers extensions into teaching and learning. This discussion will include teachers sharing their experiences with TASK in the classroom.

Artist Series
LaToya Ruby Frazier

In her nine-year collaboration with her family, LaToya Ruby Frazier's position and role as daughter, photographer and filmmaker transcends the objective practice in classic documentary. Frazier is a featured artist in Art21's new documentary film series, New York Close Up. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtForum, Artnet, Art Papers, ARTINFO, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Village Voice.

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2011

Art21 at the 2011 National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual conference
March 18–20: Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA

Art21 Keynote: Mark Dion
"The job of the artist," Mark Dion says, "is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention." Dion's work engages with formats as diverse as archeological digs, installations, collections, and publications to examine the ways in which influential ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The artist appropriates specific methods from many fields—ranging from ecology to oceanography, museology to historiography—and creates works that question the distinctions between "objective" scientific methods and "subjective" influences.

NAEA Film Salon: Art21's William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (2010)
This one-hour film is Art21's first extended investigation into the art and working methods of a single artist. William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and creative process of William Kentridge, the South African artist whose acclaimed charcoal drawings, animations, video installations, shadow plays, mechanical puppets, tapestries, sculptures, live performance pieces, and operas have made him one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary artists working today.

Art21 in Context: Teaching with Contemporary Art on Film and in the Museum Gallery
What are the different approaches for viewing and talking about contemporary art in the classroom and in a museum setting? How can we engage educators and students in conversations about why a work of art exists and how it relates to ideas about the world around us? Contemporary art is introducing new materials and technologies, as well as new ways of considering what art is and how it is defined. Participants explored the work and processes of contemporary visual artists by viewing short films from the PBS series, Art in the Twenty-First Century, and through a guided tour by Seattle Art Museum education staff. Combining documentary film with in-gallery investigation, educators discussed and developed dynamic strategies to incorporate contemporary art in their teaching practice.

NAEA Film Salon: Art21's Art in the Twenty-First Century, "Systems"
This episode from Season Five of the television series features artists John Baldessari, Kimsooja, Allan McCollum, and Julie Mehretu.

Mark Dion and the Neukom Vivarium: a three-part workshop series in collaboration with the Seattle Art Museum at the Olympic Sculpture Park
Part 1: An Introduction of Neukom Vivarium with Mark Dion
Borrowing archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Mark Dion creates works that straddle the boundaries of art and science. His work Neukom Vivarium is a hybrid work of sculpture, architecture, environmental education, and horticulture. During this session, the artist discussed the process of developing the work for the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park (OSP)—a nine-acre industrial site that has been transformed into an open and vibrant green space for art. Dion also discussed his ideas about how this artwork functions as an educational public installation.

Part 2: Experience Neukom Vivarium
After learning about Mark Dion's process and the history of the project, participants explored Neukom Vivarium, a sixty-foot-long "nurse log" in an eighty-foot-long custom-designed greenhouse. Set on a slab under the glass roof of the greenhouse, the log has been removed from the forest ecosystem and now inhabits an art system. Specially trained Olympic Sculpture Park (OSP) Ambassadors facilitated a discussion about the work.

Part 3: Super Session—A Conversation with Mark Dion
Mark Dion talked with education staff from the Seattle Art Museum, OSP Ambassadors, and teachers and students from Seattle-area schools about their experiences teaching and learning with the Neukom Vivarium at the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. Panelists discussed the connections between scientific method, artistic process, and visual inquiry. Jessica Hamlin, Director of Education and Public Programs at Art21, moderated this conversation.

Art21 Educators: Contemporary Artists, Films, And Flip Cameras In the Classroom
This session provided an overview of the Art21 Educators program, a yearlong professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K–12 art educators interested in bringing contemporary art into their classrooms. Based on an intensive summer session, distance-learning opportunities, networking forums, and the distribution of curricular resources, participating teachers design and implement curricula that integrate contemporary artists and themes. Art21 Educators utilize video, photographic, and written documentation to capture their experiences in the classroom. This session presented examples of participant curricula as well as the perspectives of current participants.

Art21 and MoMA Contemporary Art in Practice: "On Line: Exploring Contemporary Drawing"
February 19: The Museum of Modern Art, New York City NY; March 5: online session
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Art21 partnered to offer a workshop series exploring contemporary drawing, in connection with the exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century. In two online sessions and an on-site session at MoMA, participants explored how artists have interpreted the idea of drawing in diverse ways. The workshop also considered critical questions: What constitutes a drawing? Why do artists draw? What is important to teach students about drawing today, and what are strategies for teaching students how to draw, in light of contemporary artistic practice? This workshop also provided classroom strategies for utilizing Art21 films and online media, as well as MoMA online resources. Teachers had the opportunity to share classroom experiences and solicit feedback and ideas for workshop assignments online.

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2010

Art21 Workshop
November 19: Kendall College of Design, Grand Rapids, MI
This session focused on utilizing Art21 resources and teaching with contemporary art.

Contemporary Art and Contemporary Teaching
November 11: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
A presentation about Art21 resources and teaching from the contemporary {WHAT?} to graduate students in art education.

William Kentridge and Art21 in the Classroom
October 4: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
An introduction to Art21 and educational resources affiliated with the film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, presented to graduate and undergraduate students in art education.

Creating Content for Technology Platforms
May 26: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and American Association of Museums

Art21 participated in a think tank and panel presentation. Co-presenters included representatives from the Walker Art Center; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and San Fransicsco Museum of Modern Art. A summary is available on the Walker Art Center blog.

Art21 at the 2010 National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual conference

April 16–18: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD

Art21 in Context: Teaching with Contemporary Art on Film and in the Gallery
Working with contemporary art can suggest new materials and technologies for the classroom, as well as the opportunity to consider what art is and how it is defined in new ways. In partnership with the Baltimore Museum of Art, this interactive off-site workshop presented dynamic strategies for educators to incorporate contemporary art in their teaching practice, combining documentary film with in-gallery investigation.

Media-Savvy Teachers: Contemporary Art and New Media Tools in the Classroom
In collaboration with KQED, this presentation offered a media-savvy approach to teaching, providing a blueprint for incorporating contemporary art and new media tools into existing curricula.

Art21 Keynote: Carrie Mae Weems
Carrie Mae Weems's photographs and videos examine the relationship between power and aesthetics, scrutinize racist and sexist stereotypes, and use personal biography to articulate broader truths. Breathing new life into traditional narrative forms—social documentary, tableaux, self-portrait, and oral history—the artist traces an indirect history of the depiction of African Americans of more than a century. In her speech, Weems discussed issues of race, history, and memory through her work, making connections to current cultural and political events of our time. This general session was hosted by NAEA.

Book Signing with Carrie Mae Weems
Art21 featured artist Carrie Mae Weems answered questions and signed copies of the Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season Five DVD and companion book. These materials were available for purchase at the NAEA Store during the convention.

A Conversation with Carrie Mae Weems
A moderated discussion between Baltimore high-school students, pre-service teachers, and the artist Carrie Mae Weems about her work as a photographer, her interest in history and narrative, and connections to student experiences in school.

Art21 Educators: A Year of Contemporary Art in the Classroom
A summary of the pilot year of Art21 Educators, a unique professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K–12 art educators interested in bringing contemporary art into their classrooms. Pilot-year participants shared their classroom projects, student artwork, and experiences working with Art21.

Art21 and MoMA Contemporary Art in Practice: "William Kentridge: Five Themes"
February 28: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
This workshop introduced educators to a variety of strategies for engaging students with contemporary art. Drawing inspiration from the exhibition, William Kentridge: Five Themes (February 24–May 17, 2010), participants investigated how the artist suggests that the act of looking can serve as a "broad-based metaphor for how we understand the world."

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2009

Sino—U.S. Higher Art Education Conference
June 3–9: Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China
Art21 presented its work with K–12 teachers in the United States at this conference, hosted by the School of Fine Arts of Northeast Normal University in Changchun. The participants represented artists and educators from the United States and China, in the interest of sharing diverse perspectives, practices, and ideas about arts and education.

Art21 at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual conference
April 17–21: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN

Art21 Keynote: Mark Bradford
Mark Bradford transforms everyday materials scavenged from the urban landscape of Los Angeles—merchant posters, flyers, and advertisements—into looming wall-sized paintings and installations. Using collage, décollage, film, and photography in his work, Bradford describes himself as a maker and an excavator, a speculator and a developer, a demolisher and a builder. In his presentation, Bradford shared several bodies of work and talked about connections between a childhood steeped in craft and creativity to his current practice as an artist.

Art Practice/Teaching Practice (with Mark Bradford, Olivia Gude, William Crow, and Joe Fusaro)
This panel presented artist Mark Bradford in conversation with educators from museum, university, and public-school settings, to explore how the creative practice of the artist intersects with the pedagogical practice of teaching.

Media-Savvy Students: Introducing Contemporary Art and Documentary in the Classroom and Online
A workshop presented in collaboration with Spark/KQED, San Francisco. Based on the film and Web-based resources created in association with Art in the Twenty-First Century and Spark, the Bay Area-focused arts television show, educators from Art21 and KQED presented a media-savvy approach to exploring the art and ideas of living artists with students.

Art21 in Context: Teaching with Contemporary Art on Film and in the Gallery
Presented in collaboration with the Walker Art Center, this workshop introduced participants to a variety of ways to engage students with contemporary art, through the study of objects in the Walker's galleries and the use of Art21 multimedia resources. Session activities emphasized inquiry-based strategies for looking at and discussing works of art and teaching with video, web, and print resources.

Q&A and Book Signing with Artist Mark Bradford
Art21 featured artist, Mark Bradford, answered questions and discussed his work, process, and ideas with an intimate group. Bradford also signed copies of the Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season Four DVD and companion book.

Teaching and Learning with Contemporary Art
March 25, April 24, May 17: CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
In this three-part workshop for Dutchess County, educators provided an introduction to contemporary art, to using Art21 educational materials with students, and to media-based learning strategies in the classroom. The May 17 workshop featured the artist Olafur Eliasson and his new permanent installation at Bard College.

Art21 in the Classroom
February 6: Clarkstown Central School District, Rockland County Schools, Rockland, NY
A workshop introduction to using Art21 educational materials in the classroom.

Distance Learning
February 6: Scranton Public Schools, Scranton, PA
A remote teacher presentation for the Scranton Intermediate District #19 Art Academy—in the virtual classroom, Elluminate Live!—which introduced Art21 resources for the classroom during professional development in-service.

Teaching and Learning with Contemporary Art (workshop)
September 28: Ottawa Public Schools, Ottawa, MI

Art21: Teaching and Learning with Contemporary Art (presentation)
November 9: Association of Independent Maryland Schools annual conference, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD

The Art of Teaching with Contemporary Art: Art21 in the Classroom (keynote presentation)
November 21: New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) annual conference, Rye, NY

Art21 and MoMA Contemporary Art in Practice (workshop)
January 29: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Regional educators attended this daylong workshop that explored Art21 films; discussions about how to talk about contemporary art with students; and strategies to view contemporary work in the galleries, to support teacher use of Art21 materials before and after museum visits.

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2008

Art21 Workshop
November 14: Graduate Art Education Program, New York University, New York, NY

Art21 as an Interdisciplinary Media Resource for World-Savvy Educators (workshop)
November 7: New York University, New York, NY

Art21 Overview (presentation)
October 15: Rockland Art Educators Association, Rockland, NY

Art21 in the Classroom (panel presentation)
September 25: Chicago Public Schools: Chicago, IL

Art Tools For High Schools (co-presenter, five-day workshop)
August 11–14: Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Quantifying Fun in the Museum Environment (panel discussion)
May 12: American Association of Museums Conference, Denver, CO

Using Art21 in the Classroom (presentation)
April 12: New York Art Teachers Association Symposium, New Paltz, NY

Art21 at the National Art Educators Association (NAEA) annual conference
March 26–29: New Orleans, LA

Art21 Keynote: Mel Chin
Art21 featured artist Mel Chin originated the Fundred Dollar Bill Project to draw attention to and develop solutions for environmentally responsible rebuilding of New Orleans from "below the ground up." As with much of Chin's work, he sees this project as a collaborative one, in which every contribution is valued and celebrated. Right now, students of all ages participated in a giant performance artwork and collective creative action.

Art21 and the Educator Workshop Model
This session shared findings from Art21's professional development work with teachers, to support the integration of contemporary art and artists into curricula using inquiry-based learning strategies and thematic connections.

Super Session with Mel Chin: "For Your Eyes Only: An Operation"
Mel Chin is a conceptual visual artist motivated largely by political, cultural, and social circumstances. He works in a variety of art mediums to calculate meaning in modern life—placing art in landscapes, in public spaces, in gallery and museum exhibitions, and more. Chin says, "Making objects and marks is also about making possibilities, making choices—and that is one of the last freedoms we have. To provide that is one of the functions of art."

Art21 and Spark Present the Contemporary Art Film Salon
Conference participants took a break from the workshops to view films from both the Art in the Twenty-First Century and Spark television series, as well as other acclaimed documentaries on contemporary art and artists. These films—produced by Art21; KQED/Spark; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Illuminations Media—are accessible and valuable resources for exploring the artists of today and their sources of inspiration. The films shown were each 10–30 minutes long, grouped in hour-long thematic programs.

2008 Leaders in Art Education
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Art21 Executive Director Susan Sollins delivered the keynote address at this symposium.

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