Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 at NAEA 2009


Art21 @ NAEA Convention, Minneapolis
April 18 & 19, 2009

img_07302Once again Art21 is bringing contemporary art to this year’s National Art Education Association Annual Convention. Season Four artist Mark Bradford will be joining us to present a keynote on Sunday at 12:00pm, a panel discussion with educators Olivia Gude (University of Illinois at Chicago), Joe Fusaro (Nyack, NY Public Schools), and William Crow (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) on Saturday at 4:00 pm, and a book signing + Q&A on Saturday at 5:00pm. In addition, we’ll be presenting several workshops in collaboration with SPARK (from KQED in San Francisco – Saturday at 11am) and the Walker Art Center (Saturday at 1pm at the Walker). If you’ll be at the conference we hope you’ll join us and say hello!

Sunday, April 19
Art21 Artist Keynote
Mark Bradford: Paper, Language, and Layers
12 p.m., Auditorium,
Minneapolis Convention Center

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 artist talk Bradford will share several bodies of work and talk about connections between a childhood steeped in craft and creativity to his current practice as an artist.


Saturday, April 18
Media-Savvy Students: Introducing Contemporary Art through Documentary Film & Web-based Resources
11 a.m., M100C/Center

Based on Art21 film and web-based resources and Spark, the Bay Area-focused arts television show, educators from Art21 and KQED will present a media-savvy approach to exploring the art and ideas of living artists with students.

Contemporary Art in Context: Teaching with Objects, Teaching with Film
1–3 p.m., The Walker Art Center

This workshop introduces 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 will emphasize inquiry-based strategies for looking at and discussing works of art and teaching with video, web, and print resources.

Super Session: “Art Practice, Teaching Practice”
A Conversation with Mark Bradford, Olivia Gude, William Crow, and Joe Fusaro
4 p.m., 200E/Center

This panel presents 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.

Q & A and Book Signing with Artist Mark Bradford
5 p.m., M100B/Center

Art21 Keynote Artist Mark Bradford will answer questions and discuss his artwork, process, and ideas with a small, intimate group. Mark will also sign copies of Season 4 DVD and the companion book of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century. These materials are available for purchase at the NAEA Store during the convention.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a special interview with Mark Bradford!