Propagate: Art Pedagogies Retreat Teach-in

Liz Linden, heteronyms (Spiritual America), 2016. Diptych, archival inkjet prints on paper
Liz Linden, heteronyms (Spiritual America), 2016. Diptych, archival inkjet prints on paper
Monday, August 14, 2017 to Thursday, August 17, 2017

Conventional art pedagogies have long been subject to critical intervention by artists and academics seeking to question the canon and broaden the focus of art's histories and practices. Propagate will convene a small working group of artists, critics and scholars to take up questions of critical pedagogy both inside and outside the university to exchange ideas, tactics, and insights about teaching art practice and theory today. 

Universities as sites of knowledge production are currently under economic attack. Fields and disciplines are increasingly assessed by an economic bottom line rather than through a consideration of their long-term cultural worth. In this environment the arts are particularly at risk. Methods of pedagogy are also affected by these conditions as artists and scholars seek ways to survive both inside and outside traditional institutions of training and education. This summer intensive will emphasize creative strategies for teaching in the arts across and beyond institutions, and focus on the importance of inspiring both traditional and non-traditional students.

The retreat will have three components: 

August 14-15: Closed workshops for invited participants, providing an opportunity for meaningful exchange between colleagues at varying stages of their teaching careers. Topics will include ways faculty can move forward with critical pedagogies inside their current institutions, and the articulation of alternative spaces and forms for critical pedagogy in the current political, economic and social situation.

August 16: Public workshop, 2-4pm, Digital Arts Research Center 306. 

August 17: Public workshop, 10:30- 2pm, Koret Education Center, SFMOMA. 

Organized by Trista Mallory and Jennifer Gonzalez, and presented by the IAS and SFMOMA.

Organizer bios: 

Trista E. Mallory is a writer and art historian based in Santa Cruz, California. She holds a PhD in Art and Visual Culture from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and served as Faculty and Instructor for Curatorial Studies at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York from 2014-17. She was a Critical Studies Fellow at the ISP in 2011-12. She is editor of an experimental section of Women&Performance: a journal of feminist theory called "&" (Ampersand) which consists of short provocative works online and in print. She has published in Afterimage and is co-editing “A Gun For Every Girl: Girlhood in Contemporary Visual Culture” a double special issue of the Journal of Feminist Scholarship forthcoming fall 2017. 

Jennifer A. González is Professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has published in Frieze, Bomb, Diacritics, Camera Obscura, Open Space and Art Journal. Her first book Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art (MIT Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award. Her second book, Pepón Osorio was published by University of Minnesota Press (2013). 

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