On the occasion of the release of the publication of Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (New Museum/Routledge, 2011), please join featured contributors Susan Cahan, Eungie Joo, Lan Tuazon, and Kara Walker in a panel discussion about the state of and stakes in contemporary art education.

For over a decade the New Museum publication Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (1996) has served as the guide to multicultural art education, connecting everyday experience, social critique, and creative expression with classroom learning. The much-anticipated Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education continues to provide an accessible and practical tool for teachers, while offering new art, essays, and content to account for transitions and changes in both the fields of art and education. The book features full-color and black-and-white reproductions and writings on fifty-seven contemporary artists and their works; lesson plans exploring activism, history, and identity; and essays on technology, art, and teaching in today’s classroom.

Artists included in the book: Shaina Anand, Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Center for Land Use Reinterpretation, Nikhil Chopra, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Hasan Elahi, Cao Fei, Urs Fischer, Carlos Garaicoa, Shilpa Gupta, Daniel Guzmán, Rachel Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Susan Hefuna, Jonathan Hernández, Leslie Hewitt, Huang Yong Ping, Runa Islam, Emily Jacir, Michael Joo, Lauren Kelley, Margaret Kilgallen, An-My Lê, Glenn Ligon, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Barry McGee, Dave McKenzie, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Rivane Neuenschwander, Noguchi Rika, Catherine Opie, Clifford Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, Annie Pootoogook, Walid Raad, Michael Rakowitz, Pedro Reyes, Rigo 23, Lara Schnitger, Lisa Sigal, Taryn Simon, Lorna Simpson, Jeff Sonhouse, SUPERFLEX, Sarah Sze, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Danh Vo, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Kehinde Wiley, Haegue Yang, Yin Xiuzhen, Artur Zmijewski

A reception for the book, participating artists, and contributors immediately follows the discussion.

Susan E. Cahan is the associate dean for the arts in Yale College. She is an art historian, educator, and curator who specializes in contemporary art and the history of museums. Her broad range of experience also includes teaching at Bard College, UCLA, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as curatorial work and oversight of education programs at both the New Museum (as deputy director) and the Museum of Modern Art (as school programs coordinator). Prior to her transition to full-time teaching, she was senior curator for the art collection of Eileen and Peter Norton and director of arts programs at the Peter Norton Family Foundation in Santa Monica, California. She has written on the social roles of art and the history of museums, serving as editor of Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (Routledge, 1996) with Zoya Kocur.

Eungie Joo is Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum. From 2003 to 2007, she was Director and Curator at the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles. In 2009, Joo was commissioner for the Korean Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, where she presented “Condensation: Haegue Yang.” She is a board member of the William H. Johnson Foundation and has contributed to numerous contemporary art publications. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. Joo received her doctorate in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lan Tuazon graduated from the Cooper Union in 1999, received a MFA from Yale University in 2002, and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2003. She has exhibited internationally at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart in Germany; Floating IP and The Lowry Museum in London; and at the Ise Cultural Foundation, Artists Space, Canada Gallery, SculptureCenter, and Apex Art in New York. She has been a visiting artist professor at the Cooper Union and at Yale University. Tuazon, originally from Pacific Islands, currently lives and works in New York.

Kara Walkeris an artist based in New York. Using drawing, painting, colored-light projections, writing, shadow puppetry, film, and video, Walker confounds the historical narrative, depicting scenes haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation. She has exhibited at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Walker Art Center, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A 1997 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award, Walker was the United States representative to the 2002 São Paolo Bienal in Brazil. She teaches at the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Events at the New Museum

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