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Agency in the Classroom: Who Makes the Decisions?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Agency in the Classroom: Who Makes the Decisions?

“One of my big teaching objectives is to give as much control over decisions to my students as I can, ” says Art21 Educator Alisa Rodny of her approach in the classroom. In this article, Rodny shares anecdotes of two students who drew inspiration from their recent immigration from Cape Verde, using mixed media and mural art techniques in their creative expression.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Important Choices

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Important Choices

Educator Joe Fusaro folds Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century into this year’s curriculum. Using Creative Growth Art Center, Olafur Elliason and Robin Rhode as examples, Fusaro cites how these artists and organizations force students to think critically about how the arts can demystify stereotypes and contribute to social change. Our newest feature of “Teaching with Contemporary Art.”

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching as a Collaborator

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching as a Collaborator

Art21 Educator, Alisa Rodny, shares an assignment she developed where students ‘partner’ with an artist from the Art21 archive and collaborate on a piece using their style as model. A process that results in Rodny learning as much about her students as they are from the artists!

Letter from the Editor

How to Choose

Letter from the Editor

How to Choose

Art 21 Executive Director, Tina Kukielski introduces the Fall 2018 Issue, “Choice” and the release of Art21’s newest publication, “Being an Artist,” which features previously unpublished interviews across the three video series, and 18-year tenure in letting artists share their experience and process in their own words.

This Week in Art

Baltimore Children Get Silk-Screening Lesson from Mark Bradford, Mary Mattingly Takes Over BRIC & More

This Week in Art

Baltimore Children Get Silk-Screening Lesson from Mark Bradford, Mary Mattingly Takes Over BRIC & More

A look at this this week’s art news, including Mark Bradford’s new community-centered project in Baltimore.

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“Art in the Twenty-First Century” Premieres Next Week, Laleh Khorramian Gets Mad at Art & More

This Week in Art

“Art in the Twenty-First Century” Premieres Next Week, Laleh Khorramian Gets Mad at Art & More

A look at this week’s art news, including the latest season of the Art21 broadcast series “Art in the Twenty-First Century” premiering on PBS next week.

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The Power of Words

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Power of Words

Educator-in-Residence Jeannine Bardo shares her unit plan on language, in which students investigate the power of text through art.

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Martin Puryear to Represent the U.S. in Venice, Cuban Artists Speak Out & Doris Salcedo’s “Counter-Monument”

This Week in Art

Martin Puryear to Represent the U.S. in Venice, Cuban Artists Speak Out & Doris Salcedo’s “Counter-Monument”

A look at this week’s art news, including the recent announcement of Martin Puryear as the artist selected to represent the United States in the upcoming 2019 Venice Biennale.

Strategies & Resources

Finding Room in the Classroom for Every Voice

Strategies & Resources

Finding Room in the Classroom for Every Voice

Educator-in-Residence Jeannine Bardo introduces lessons from her third-grade unit on “Home,” in which students’ research is centered on facets of their community: themselves, their family, and their friends.

Letter from the Editor

Figures of Speech

Letter from the Editor

Figures of Speech

Art21 executive director and chief curator Tina Kukielski introduces the new issue, “Figures of Speech,” examining the capacity of art for self-expression, community building, and political activism in 2018.

This Week in Art

Ai Weiwei’s Studio Demolished by Chinese Authorities, El Anatsui to Drape the Carnegie Museum, & More

This Week in Art

Ai Weiwei’s Studio Demolished by Chinese Authorities, El Anatsui to Drape the Carnegie Museum, & More

A look at this week’s art news, including Ai Weiwei’s studio being demolished by Chinese authorities and El Anatsui’s new installation for the 57th Carnegie International.

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Jeannine Bardo

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Jeannine Bardo

Meet Art21 Educator Jeannine Bardo, and learn how she’s creating a platform that amplifies the voices of fellow artists through her artist-run community initiative Stand4 Gallery.

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Yinka Shonibare’s “American Library,” The Whitney Goes Outside its Comfort Zone & More

This Week in Art

Yinka Shonibare’s “American Library,” The Whitney Goes Outside its Comfort Zone & More

A look at this week’s art news, including Yinka Shonibare’s new installation for the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial, “The American Library.”

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Mel Chin Submerges Times Square, Collier Schorr Talks Fashion & More

This Week in Art

Mel Chin Submerges Times Square, Collier Schorr Talks Fashion & More

A look at this week’s art news, including Mel Chin’s new installation in Times Square, which uses augmented reality to submerge viewers underwater.

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Olafur Eliasson Partners with IKEA, Graciela Iturbide Works Acquired by MFA Boston, & Hayv Kahraman on Immigration

This Week in Art

Olafur Eliasson Partners with IKEA, Graciela Iturbide Works Acquired by MFA Boston, & Hayv Kahraman on Immigration

A look at this week’s art news, including Olafur Eliasson’s new sustainability partnership with IKEA, the 2018 winners of the Young Architects Program, and thirteen artists responding to the subject of immigration through their work.

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Theaster Gates’ “Black Madonna” in Basel, Pedro Reyes on Puppets, & Artists Raised on the Internet

This Week in Art

Theaster Gates’ “Black Madonna” in Basel, Pedro Reyes on Puppets, & Artists Raised on the Internet

A look at this week’s art news, including Theaster Gates’ new exhibition in Basel, in which the artist has transformed exhibition spaces into active sites of creative production.

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Rooted in the Home: Thoughts on Building Connections Between Students & Artists

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rooted in the Home: Thoughts on Building Connections Between Students & Artists

Educator-in-Residence Jocelyn Salaz offers insight into how incorporating familiar aesthetics can help students identify with artists.

This Week in Art

For Freedoms Launches the 50 State Initiative, Nick Cave Takes Over the Park Avenue Armory, & More

This Week in Art

For Freedoms Launches the 50 State Initiative, Nick Cave Takes Over the Park Avenue Armory, & More

A look at this week’s art news, including a new public art initiative launched by the artist-run Super PAC For Freedoms, and a new participatory performance series by Nick Cave.

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Havana’s #00Bienal, Contemporary Artists on Climate Change, & Tania Bruguera’s Artivism

This Week in Art

Havana’s #00Bienal, Contemporary Artists on Climate Change, & Tania Bruguera’s Artivism

A look at this week’s art news, including the successful closing of Cuba’s first independent art biennial, and a new exhibition at Storm King Art Center on climate change.

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New Season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Diana Al-Hadid’s First Public Art Project & More

This Week in Art

New Season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Diana Al-Hadid’s First Public Art Project & More

A look at this week’s art news, including the new season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” announced last week, Diana Al-Hadid’s upcoming public art project, and more.

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Caroline Woolard & Pedro Reyes Work with Refugee Communities, New Jack Whitten Exhibition in Baltimore & More

This Week in Art

Caroline Woolard & Pedro Reyes Work with Refugee Communities, New Jack Whitten Exhibition in Baltimore & More

A look at this week’s art news, including Caroline Woolard and Pedro Reyes’ recent contributions to the Cincinnati nonprofit Wave Pool, whose Welcome Editions project invites artists to design a limited edition art object and work with local refugee and immigrant women to fabricate the pieces.

Strategies & Resources

Who Am I, in Color?

Strategies & Resources

Who Am I, in Color?

Educator-in-Residence Jocelyn Salaz lays out the elements of her unit on color, in which students make their own paints, study color theory, and investigate the implications of skin tone.

Letter from the Editor

Rights of Passage

Letter from the Editor

Rights of Passage

Art21 executive director and chief curator Tina Kukielski introduces the spring issue, reflecting on the importance of access to culture and the power of art and artists to expand access to healthcare, education, and more.

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Jocelyn Salaz

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Jocelyn Salaz

Meet Art21 Educator Jocelyn Salaz, and learn how she’s exposing her students to a diversity of thought and approach by incorporating contemporary art practices in the classroom.

This Week in Art

Mel Chin Takes Over New York City, Theaster Gates Talks Sculpture & More

This Week in Art

Mel Chin Takes Over New York City, Theaster Gates Talks Sculpture & More

A look at this week’s art news, including Mel Chin’s new retrospective at the Queens Museum, and thoughts from a recent talk by Theaster Gates on sculpture and art’s potential for the future.

Artist Introspectives

The Most Public of Private Spaces

Artist Introspectives

The Most Public of Private Spaces

Artist Ahmed Mater discusses the influence of the public and public space on his powerful portraits of the Islamic world.

This Week in Art

Rob Pruitt’s “The Church,” Trevor Paglen’s Flag, and Joan Jonas’s Tate Modern Retrospective

This Week in Art

Rob Pruitt’s “The Church,” Trevor Paglen’s Flag, and Joan Jonas’s Tate Modern Retrospective

A look at this week’s art news, including “Rob Pruitt: The Church,” a solo exhibition and space for ongoing community engagement investigating the intersection of religion and public spaces.

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Communicating en Masse: The Art of Activism

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Communicating en Masse: The Art of Activism

Educator-in-Residence Nick Kozak offers politically neutral ways of teaching on protest art and activism in the classroom.

This Week in Art

Yinka Shonibare’s Central Park Sculpture, “Word on the Street” in Times Square & LA’s Giant Neon Uterus

This Week in Art

Yinka Shonibare’s Central Park Sculpture, “Word on the Street” in Times Square & LA’s Giant Neon Uterus

A look at this week’s art news, including Yinka Shonibare’s new public installation, “Wind Sculpture (SG) I,” near the 59th Street entrance of Central Park.

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Doreen Garner at “Invisible Man Tattoo,” Diana Al-Hadid at Madison Square Park, & Tania Bruguera at Turbine Hall

This Week in Art

Doreen Garner at “Invisible Man Tattoo,” Diana Al-Hadid at Madison Square Park, & Tania Bruguera at Turbine Hall

A look at this week’s art news, including Doreen Garner’s tattoo project, “Invisible Man Tattoo,” Diana Al-Hadid’s upcoming public installation in Madison Square Park, and Tania Bruguera’s 2018 commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Doreen Garner Upends the Pedestal

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Doreen Garner Upends the Pedestal

In February, Art21 premiered two new films from the digital series “New York Close Up,” and published a new playlist in honor of Black History Month.

Strategies & Resources

Seeing These Streets: Analyzing the Visual Landscapes of Urban Spaces

Strategies & Resources

Seeing These Streets: Analyzing the Visual Landscapes of Urban Spaces

Educator-in-Residence Nick Kozak details his unit on street art, in which students critically examine the anonymous artists creating work in their neighborhoods.

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Nick Kozak

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Nick Kozak

Meet Art21 Educator Nick Kozak, and learn how he’s breaking down the barriers his students face by incorporating contemporary art practices in the classroom.

This Week in Art

“Art in the Age of the Internet” at ICA Boston, Laurie Anderson’s New Book & More

This Week in Art

“Art in the Age of the Internet” at ICA Boston, Laurie Anderson’s New Book & More

A look at this week’s art news, including the exhibition “Art in the Age of the Internet” at the ICA Boston which explores how the internet has shaped contemporary culture and artistic production.

Letter from the Editor

Whose Public?

Letter from the Editor

Whose Public?

Art21 Executive Director and Chief Curator Tina Kukielski introduces the new winter issue, stressing the need for contemporary art and artists in the current debates over public space, power, and ownership.

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Embarking on Our 21st Year with New Films

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Embarking on Our 21st Year with New Films

Art21 is starting off 2018—the year of our 21st anniversary—with a special series of five new film premieres featuring five artists.