Art Education: A Study

Sunday 01-10-10 7 pm
Cabinet, 300 Nevins St, Brooklyn
Art Education: A Study

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.