1st Edition

Art Education as a Radical Act Untold Histories of Education at MoMA

Edited By Sara Torres-Vega, Wendy Woon Copyright 2024
    272 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive volume highlights and centres untold histories of education at MoMA from 1937-2020, using the critical voices of artists, scholars, designers, and educators. Exploring these histories as transformative and paradigm-shifting in museum education, it elevates MoMA educators as vocal advocates for harnessing the educational power that museums inherently possess.

    Divided into three interlinked parts, the first sheds light on the early educational endeavors of the museum while analyzing the context of art education in the United States. The second part focuses on the tenures of Victor D’Amico and Betty Blayton-Taylor, utilizing the MoMA archives as a primary resource. The third part presents the perspectives of William Burback, Philip Yenawine, Patterson Sims, Deborah F. Schwartz and Wendy Woon as former MoMA Directors of Education in their own words and considers the forces that shaped their work. This timely and unique exploration ultimately aims to trace and understand the fundamental and evolving concerns of a seemingly underexamined profession constantly striving to maintain relevance in an environment marked by institutional, social, and political uncertainty. Exploring the radical acts undertaken to keep the museum true to its original promise, it delineates the paradox whereby education is both central and invisible to the identity of MoMA and museums more broadly and re-centres the conception of the museum as an educational institution.

    It is designed for scholars, researchers, and post-graduate students interested in arts education, visual literacy, museum studies, and communication studies.

    Foreword

    Wendy Woon

     

    Introduction

    Sara Torres-Vega

     

    PART 1 ROOT: A BEGINNING, A PEDAGOGY, A TERRAIN, A SPIRAL Sara Torres-Vega

    Chapter 1 MASS FRUSTRATION: On the historical hunger for cultural openings and inclusion Sara Torres-Vega

    1.1   What Victor D’Amico Got Right About Art Education

    Ellen Winner

    1.2   Inclusive Exclusions

    Sara Torres-Vega

     

    Chapter 2 DISSIDENT ELITES: on the need for powerful allies Sara Torres-Vega

    2.1 The Museum, Is Not A School?

    Luis Camnitzer

    2.2 Art for Democracy: The Young People’s Gallery

    Susan E. Cahan

    2.3 The Principles Of Modern Architecture Are ____

    Michelle Millar Fisher

    2.4 Spaceboxing

    Hector (Jae Shin + Damon Rich)

     

    PART 2 ARCA: A SHELL, A BOX, AN ARK, A BARGE Sara Torres-Vega

     

    Chapter 3 A WORLD IN CRISIS: on art education in times of war Sara Torres-Vega

    3.1 The Archive We Don’t See: Mining a Speculative Counter-Narrative within MoMA’s Victor D’Amico Papers

    Gregory Sholette

    3.2 Art-Class Democracy

    Carol Duncan 

     

    Chapter 4 A PERMISSIVE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT: on the globality of art Sara Torres-Vega

    4.1 Italy: Archiving Il Paradiso

    Sara Torres-Vega

    4.2 Spain: A Foundlings’ Carnival

    Moreen Maser

    4.3 Belgium: Index to an Image

    Nana Adusei-Poku + Carmen Mörsch

    4.4 India: Three Breakfasts With Indira Gandhi

    Sara Torres-Vega

     

    Chapter 5 DISCONTINUANCE

    Rika Burnham

     

    Chapter 6 AFTERLIFE: on leading a new beginning Betty Blayton-Taylor

    6.1 Finding the Children’s Art Carnival: An International Treasure

    Donna M. Jones

    6.2 Intro To A Life In The Arts

    José Ortiz

     

    PART III. REMANENCE: a practice, a voice, a story, a force Sara Torres-Vega

    Charter 7. DEMOCRATIZING THE ARTS

    William Burback

    Chapter 8. VISUAL THINKING AND POLITICAL ACTION

    Philip Yenawine

    Chapter 9. BROADENING THE AUDIENCE: more technology and internationalization

    Patterson Sims

    Chapter 10. AN EXPANDING MUSEUM COMMUNITY

    Deborah F. Schwartz

    Chapter 11. THE MUSEUM AS A LABORATORY

    Wendy Woon

    Biography

    Sara Torres-Vega is Professor New York University, USA, and Complutense University, Spain.

    Wendy Woon is on New York University’s Steinhardt School faculty and was the former Deputy Director for Education at MoMA.