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Su Baker / Bruce Barber / Mikkel Bogh / Juli Carson and Bruce Yonemoto / Edward Colless / Jay Coogan / Luc Courchesne / Sara Diamond / Lauren Ewing / Gary Pearson / Bill Seaman / Jeremy Welsh
Softcover, 234 pages, 6 x 9"
Publication Date: Fall 2009
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Like any good anthology about the teaching of art, this one is far from homogeneous in its tone. With reports from Australia, Canada, Norway, Denmark and the United States, the editors offer a lively conversation amongst an international array of contributors. Cover to cover, it’s a lot like a spirited—and often fractious—CAA panel, with the “chair” (in this case the editors), offering a strong point of view without squelching the other voices. Rethinking the Contemporary Art School goes to the heart of the debates and discussions about what it means to teach art in the 21st century.
– Lisa Steele, artist, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Art, University of Toronto and Graduate Programme Director, Masters of Visual Studies, University of Toronto.
Rethinking the Contemporary Art School examines the reasons for the art school and its continued existence, its role in society and what should be taught and learned in the context of what is now a globalised art world. The book considers different art school models—innovative graduate programs, independent stand-alone schools and art schools which are departments or schools of major research universities and the problems they face operating in what James Elkins describes as “marginalized in university life.” Rethinking the Contemporary Art School sheds light on the debates surrounding the appropriate terminal degree for university-level teaching in the arts and concludes with essays on new media, examining whether the contemporary art school offers the right context for this discipline. The anthology includes contributions from Su Baker, Bruce Barber, Mikkel Bogh, Juli Carson and Bruce Yonemoto, Edward Colless, Jay Coogan, Luc Courchesne, Sara Diamond, Lauren Ewing, Gary Pearson, Bill Seaman, and Jeremy Welsh.