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Art and Art Education

Conversations Across Cultures

During Fall and Spring session, the Art and Art Education Program, in conjunction with the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation, (CEO&I), sponsors a course titled Conversations Across Cultures (A&HG 4860). These courses provide an opportunity for students, faculty and the Teachers College community to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops that explore issues of cultural and educational significance from a particular indigenous perspective. Presenters usually include artists, educators and theorists of national and international stature. Each course includes a two-day weekend conference and coincides with an exhibition of indigenous art in the Macy Gallery.

Recent Conversations Across Cultures Courses include:

Tradition and Innovation In Contemporary Chinese Art and Art Education (Fall 2004)
This weekend workshop explored the network of conditions that influenced the interaction of tradition and innovation in Chinese art practice. The president of the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing offered the keynote address; other contributors included artists, writers, and critics working in China and the USA. A Macy Gallery exhibition accompanied the workshop.

Pacifika Ways of Knowing (Spring 2002)
This course concentrated on the cultural, social, political and generational shifts within the South Pacific and explored issues of indigenous knowledge, scholarship and cultural production.

The Native American as Educator (Fall 2001)
This course offered a dialogue with leading native American artists and educators that addressed traditional and alternative methods of educating youth.

Aboriginal Ways of Knowing: Indigenous Art from Australia (Spring 2001)
This course featured a prominent indigenous artist (Fiona Foley) and curator (Djon Mundine) from Australia along with Professor Fred Myers from NYU whose work with Central Desert Aboriginal communities is highly respected.

Sharing Histories: Artists of the Americas (Fall 2000)
This program brought prominent historians, scholars, curators, artists and educators who were leading authorities on the African diaspora to Teachers College.

The Rose and the Nightingale: The Art and Culture of Iran and Persia (Spring 2000)
This course investigated the art, culture and philosophy of Iran and featured presentations by several leading authorities on Persian history, Iranian cultural politics and Iranian art and literature. Several expatriate Iranian artists whose work was included in an exhibition in the Macy Gallery also made presentations.