December 1, 2014
Judy Chicago Dialogue Portal Part 2 launched Dec. 1
Penn State, 12/01/2014
Catherine Grigor

Judy Chicago Dialogue Portal Part 2 launched Dec. 1
Penn State, 12/01/2014
Catherine Grigor

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Academics, art professionals, artists and others are invited to participate in the Judy Chicago Dialogue Portal Part 2, "Difference in Studio Art Teaching: Applying Judy Chicago's Pedagogical Principles," that opens Dec. 1.

In a 2002 interview, Chicago described her methodology as "a model where the teacher helps to first make each student feel valued. Listening to what students have to say communicates that their experience is worthy of examination and that it offers potential content for art making. If you can turn your experience into art making, then it validates your experience."

The portal continues the discussion about the state of studio art education and its future, which was a centerpiece of the 2014 campus-wide, semester-long celebration of Chicago’s archive at Penn State that concluded with a weekend symposium at which Chicago delivered a timely, call-to-action lecture based on her new book, "Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education." The related projects add to the artist’s online art education archive in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library.

The Dialogue Portal Part 2 explores the provocative exhibition created by the participants in Professor Karen Keifer-Boyd’s and Artist-in-Residence Nancy Youdelman’s spring 2014 course that is archived at “Out of Here Participatory Art Performances.” The participatory art and performances demonstrate the utilization of Judy Chicago’s Art Education Archives and the application of her teaching methodology.

Part 2 of the portal includes other recorded talks from the 2014 April Judy Chicago Symposium, as well as interview footage by Chicago of Keifer-Boyd and of Youdelman, who was one of the original students in Chicago’s groundbreaking feminist art program in the 1970s. Among the videos are:

Vision for the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection at Penn State; "The Dinner Party" Curriculum Project as a Living Curriculum; Judy Chicago’s Art Pedagogy; Teaching Conversations — Issues in the Use of Artistic Representations of Historical Events, Judy Chicago’s Holocaust Project; An Open Invitation: Teaching Feminism with "The Dinner Party"; Feminism and Diversity Matters in Art Education; and Judy Chicago WebQuests.

The portal also includes suggested readings and additional discussion questions about the challenges and opportunities of applying Chicago’s teaching methods.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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