A ED 813: Contemporary Art and Public Pedagogy
Inquiry into the public pedagogy of contemporary visual culture for relevancy to museum and K-12 art education contexts. (3 credits)
This course prepares art teachers to become producers of a socially just world by becoming critical public art pedagogues who extend their teaching environment. As defined in the course, critical public pedagogy of art, as an educational and artistic practice, is a critical stance concerning socio-pervasive artifacts, processes, and interfaces that acculturate and assimilate values, beliefs, and sensitivities.
Public pedagogy is the use of a public medium and/or space such as the Internet, films, television, magazines, shopping malls, and sports arenas to influence behaviors and beliefs. Public pedagogy enacts societal curricula that are easily consumed because of its ubiquitous nature. Awareness of consumption of public pedagogy is important because of its global reach. Educators need to be versed in how to facilitate investigations of public pedagogy and how to guide students to develop critical public pedagogical practices.
From spheres of influence radiating from art to a multidirectional layered matrix of sensibility, this course explores contemporary art that addresses and enacts public pedagogy through (inter)actions of cultural interfaces such as humans, technologies, localities, and politics. Such artworks are performed networks of relations. Contemporary artists’ praxis involving intertextuality, palimpsest, remix, code-switching, double-coding, subversion, and hypersignification is explored through video, installation, performance, and other contemporary art forms.
Objectives of the course include understanding processes of consumption and production of public pedagogy, and understanding contemporary art practices. By the end of the course, participants should be able to develop and implement units of instruction related to contemporary art and public pedagogy, and reflect on their own and others’ teaching practices in schools and museums.
This is one of the required courses for the M.P.S. in Art Education. It is offered every other spring semester with a maximum enrollment of 15 students.
By the end of the course, participants in the course should:
Evaluation Methods--Achievement of the objectives described above will be assessed through:
Assignments will be weighted in proportion to the amount of time spent on major topics in the course. (See the outline of major topics above.) Participants’ units of instruction, reflections on their own teaching, and feedback on others’ pedagogical research—i.e., the final project, completed during the last 4 weeks—will be worth 25–30% of the final grade in the course.