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Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education

2nd Edition

By New Museum


436 pages

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For over a decade, Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education 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. A beautifully-illustrated collaboration of over one hundred artists, writers, curators, and educators from in and around the contemporary art world, this volume offers thoughtful and innovative materials that challenge the normative practices of arts education and traditional art history. Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education builds upon the pedagogy of the original to present new possibilities and modes of understanding art, culture, and their relationships to students and ourselves.


The fully revised second edition provides new theoretical and practical resources for educators and students everywhere, including:    

  • Educators' perspectives on contemporary art, multicultural education, and teaching in today’s classroom
  • Full-color reproductions and writings on over 50 contemporary artists and their works, plus an additional 150 black-and-white images throughout
  • Lesson plans for using art to explore topical issues such as activism and democracy, conflict: local and global, and history and historicism   
  • A companion website offering over 250 color reproductions of artwork from the book, a glossary of terms, and links to the New Museum and G: Class

Table of Contents

Foreword, Lisa Phillips

Introduction, Eungie Joo

Part I: On Education

Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, Susan Cahan and Zoya Kocur

Futures for the American Classroom: Where Do We Go From Here? Chitra Ganesh

What’s in It for Me? Radical Common Sense in Art and Education, Lan Tuazon

Manuscript for A Proposition by Kara Walker: The object of Painting is the subjugated Body. The Painter is the colonizing entity. How do Paintings understand the concept of liberty? And who will teach them? with an introduction by Eungie Joo

Network Equality: Technology and Access

A discussion between Omar Wasow and Ethan Zuckerman moderated by Brian Sholis with an introduction by Lauren Cornell

Part II: On Artists

Part III: Artists’ Works

Part IV: Integrating Curriculum and Experience

Introduction, Jenny Ham-Roberts and Joseph Keehn II

Chapter 1: Negotiating Space/Negotiating Self, Lan Tuazon

Chapter 2: Activism and Democracy (Politics), Joseph Keehn II

Chapter 3: Commodities, Exchange, Waste and Obsolescence, Lan Tuazon

Chapter 4: Conflict: Local and Global, Yvonne Olivas

Chapter 5: History and Historicism, Avril Sergeon and Dina Weiss


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / Study & Teaching