Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Hope Hippos Head to NAEA

Allora and Calzadilla, "Hope Hippo", 2005

Allora and Calzadilla, "Hope Hippo," 2005

Beginning this Friday morning, I will be joined by my equally energetic and optimistic colleagues, Jessica Hamlin and Marc Mayer, as we descend on the National Art Education Association’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. What a conference it’s going to be! Between Mark Bradford joining us for special workshops this weekend, his keynote on Sunday, and the variety of presentations we have planned, this is going to be quite a weekend. Please join us for one or ALL of these events!

Saturday, April 18

Media-Savvy Students: Introducing Contemporary Art through Documentary Film & Web-based Resources with Marc Mayer and Kristin Farr
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  with Joe Fusaro and Courtney Gerber

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.

Sunday, April 19

Art21 Artist Keynote
Mark Bradford: Paper, Language, and Layers
12 p.m., Auditorium

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.