Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading Part 1

Allora and Calzadilla- production still (2007).

Allora and Calzadilla- production still (2007).

As we get closer to rounding out another academic year, it’s probably a good time to think about some of the books that might make it onto our summer reading lists. While many might take detective or romance novels onto the beach, I am happy and at the same time embarrassed that I can’t get away from non-fiction. I find myself reading a lot about things that connect to teaching and art in general. I’m helpless… I love my work.

If you haven’t already got some good books on the radar, here are a few to consider as you begin getting ready for those first few sniffs of summer air… wherever you are…

Arthur Danto’s Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life (2005).

Jessica Hoffman Davis’ Framing Education As Art: The Octopus Has a Good Day (2005).

Maxine Greene’s Releasing the Imagination (1995).

Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind (2005).

Judith Olch Richards’ edited collection, Inside the Studio: Two Decades of Talks with Artists in New York (2004).

Kirk Varnedoe’s Pictures of Nothing (2006)

Please feel free to share your recommendations for inspiring reading related to teaching and contemporary art. More to come as we get closer to the official start of summer.