Too bohemian for the establishment, too avant-garde for the academy, too anti-intellectual for school: the artist, in many popular conceptions, resists education. Yet from the Académie des Beaux-Arts, to the Bauhaus, to the MFA, the history of art is also a history of the institutions that have accredited its practitioners. These institutions have determined both how art is made and distributed, and what art is — defining art not only functionally, but also philosophically.
Art Education: A Study, is a panel discussion on the relationship between art and pedagogy developed in response to Cabinet Magazine’s Darcy Lange: Work Studies in Schools. Ad Hoc Vox, itself an educational context, will not only examine this history in light of current debates about the MFA and the professionalization of the arts, but also by considering alternatives offered to us by non-traditional methods of education, the history of the academy, and models for the future of art school. To do so, we have gathered together artists and art historians who have looked closely and critically at how art education has shaped artistic production. Colleen Asper moderates the panel, followed by an audience Q&A.
Featuring Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Colin Lang, Robert Linsley, Mira Schor, and Howard Singerman.
BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY is a purposively unaccredited free university of the arts founded September 11th, 2009 in TriBeCa by the Bruce High Quality Foundation. The school operates without teachers and promotes collaboration between artists as a critical learning model.
COLIN LANG is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art department at Yale University. He is currently finishing his dissertation entitled Room 19, 1966-1969, which examines the early work of Imi Knoebel, Blinky Palermo, Imi Giese, and Jörg Immendorff, all students of Joseph Beuys at the Düsseldorf State Art Academy. His writing has appeared in Artforum and Texte zur Kunst.
ROBERT LINSLEY is an artist living in Kitchener, Canada. He has shown in Europe, Canada, and the United States and is included in a group show at Acme in Los Angeles opening January 9th. His criticism and art historical writing is widely published.
MIRA SCHOR is a painter and writer. She is the author of A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics and Daily Life (Duke University Press, 2010) and Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture, and the editor of The Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov (Yale university Press, 2009) and M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. She is on the faculty of the MFA in Fine Arts Program at Parsons the New School for Design.
HOWARD SINGERMAN is the author of Art Subjects: Making Artists in the American University (1999) and the forthcoming Art History, After Sherrie Levine (2011), both from the University of California Press. He teaches art and art history at the University of Virginia.