Posts tagged pedagogy
Game Over: Articulating the Hidden Curriculum by Jaymee Martin
In my years as a student at a top-tier LA art school, now more than a decade ago, we only spent a single class period openly discussing the practicalities, logistics, and pressures of what a “real” career as a contemporary artist actually looked like. I remember my classmates clamoring for honest advice in an academic environment that seemed designed to hide its internal mechanics behind an Oz-like shroud, pointing us instead to abstract, decoy concerns like semiotics and psychoanalysis. As if Freud or de Saussure could save you when you couldn’t pay your student loans back.
Henry Lovins and the Lost Hollywood Art Center School by Elizabeth Lovins
Established in 1912, the Hollywood Art Center School was LA’s first independent art school and one of its best-kept secrets for decades. Tucked away within a serene four-acre 1920s Spanish garden and estate along Highland Avenue near the Hollywood Bowl, the school ceased operations in 2000. In its final years, the school was in a severe state of disrepair, the buildings and grounds beautifully decaying within the picturesque setting of the Hollywood Hills.
Reframing the House of Dust: An Interview with Janet Sarbanes and Ken Ehrlich by Thomas Aguila
The House of Dust by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles was an extensive project of many parts: a hybrid of computer-generated poetry, sculpture, happening, and pedagogical experiment. On the fiftieth anniversary of House of Dust, writer Janet Sarbanes and artist Ken Ehrlich of the CalArts School of Critical Studies led the creation of a new house—the House of Glass—designed and built on campus by CalArts students.
A Community of Artists: Radical Pedagogy at CalArts, 1969-72 by Janet Sarbanes
A painter, a composer, a drama scholar, two directors, and two radical social scientists sat down at a table in 1969 to plot the future of the California Institute of the Arts. These were CalArts’ first administrators, and the challenge before them—and before the faculty they’d recruited for each of their departments or “schools” of art, film, theater/dance, music, design, and critical studies—was to actualize Walt Disney’s vision of bringing all of the arts together in one institution of higher learning, resulting in “a kind of cross-pollination that [would] bring out the best in its students.”
At the End of Tipton Way: On the More Love Hours Memorial to Mike Kelley by Jennifer Krasinski
Following Mike Kelley's death in 2012, a spontaneous memorial sprung up in an abandoned carport in his Los Angeles neighborhood: a makeshift altar heaped with tattered stuffed animals, dripping candles, homemade afghans, and handwritten notes, a public yearning to capture Kelley's spirit and share in a grievous loss.