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In recent years, critics and art historians have pointed to an ‘educational turn’, a rise in participatory pedagogical art projects and artist-led experimental schools. This essay considers artist-led projects and museum programmes that restage or reenact educational experiments from the past, analysing their limits and possibilities in the study and presentation of modern art history. Much like performance art, pedagogy is ephemeral and contingent, and yet it differs in that it does not establish a fixed spectatorial role. To be understood it must be participated in, for, as Josef Albers described his teaching, ‘we are gathering experience’.
Keywords: Pedagogy; Teaching; Museum Education
Title
‘We Are Gathering Experience’
Subtitle
Restaging the History of Art Education
Author(s)
Alethea Rockwell
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In recent years, critics and art historians have pointed to an ‘educational turn’, a rise in participatory pedagogical art projects and artist-led experimental schools. This essay considers artist-led projects and museum programmes that restage or reenact educational experiments from the past, analysing their limits and possibilities in the study and presentation of modern art history. Much like performance art, pedagogy is ephemeral and contingent, and yet it differs in that it does not establish a fixed spectatorial role. To be understood it must be participated in, for, as Josef Albers described his teaching, ‘we are gathering experience’.
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Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
January 4, 2022
Subject
Pedagogy
Teaching
Museum Education
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Except for images or otherwise noted, this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Language
en-GB
short title
Gathering Experience
page start
255
page end
260
Source
Over and Over and Over Again: Reenactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory, ed. by Cristina Baldacci, Clio Nicastro, and Arianna Sforzini, Cultural Inquiry, 21 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 255–60

References

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  • Albers, Josef, ‘On Education and Art Education’, online publication, website of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation <https://albersfoundation.org/teaching/josef-albers/lectures/#tab1> [accessed 14 November 2017]
  • Albers, Josef, ‘Creative Education’ (1928), in Hans Maria Wingler, The Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago, ed. by Joseph Stein, trans. by Wolfgang Jabs and Basil Gilbert (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1969), pp. 142–43
  • Bishop, Claire, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (London: Verso, 2012)
  • Horowitz, Frederick A., and Brenda Danilowitz, Josef Albers: To Open Eyes (London: Phaidon, 2006)
  • Rogoff, Irit, ‘Turning’, e-flux journal, 00 (November 2008) <http://www.e-flux.com/journal/00/68470/turning/> [accessed 14 November 2017]
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Cite as: Alethea Rockwell, ‘“We Are Gathering Experience”: Restaging the History of Art Education’, in Over and Over and Over Again: Reenactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory, ed. by Cristina Baldacci, Clio Nicastro, and Arianna Sforzini, Re-, 21 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 255-60 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-21_25>