Wooster School's Deep Learning Initiative (DLI) class Art and the Making of Meaning integrates local museums into the curriculum. These partnerships provide real-life opportunities for students to examine how artists/makers, curators, museum educators, historians, and museum visitors contribute to our understanding of the world through art.
As part of the tutorial experience, students have been collaborating with the Katonah Museum of Art to prepare for an upcoming exhibition titled Long Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Visual Tradition. After a series of meetings with the Museum's education department and the exhibition's curator, the class was invited to design the activities for the Museum's interactive Learning Center. Students studied Islamic Art, researched the artists in the exhibition, and developed interpretive materials and hands-on projects about the Islamic visual traditions of architecture, textiles, miniature painting, geometric design, and calligraphy. Visitors to the Katonah Museum of Art will have the opportunity to participate in the student-designed activities on any visit between February 25 and June 17!
In another collaboration with The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, students were invited to be part of a group of museum constituents who collaborated on a reinstallation of artist Anissa Mack's exhibition Junk Kaleidoscope. Along with curator Amy Smith-Stewart and the Museum's education department, students visited the artist's studio in Brooklyn, and participated in a day-long workshop with the artist at the Museum to rethink the exhibition and reinstall her artwork. This real world experience allowed students to examine questions about the value we place on objects and on what we define as art--questions central to the course. You can visit the installation at The Aldrich until April 22.
About The Katonah Museum of Art
The Katonah Museum of Art, through innovative exhibition and education programs, promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for diverse audiences. The Museum presents exhibitions that explore ideas about art, culture and society -- past and present.
Learn more at: http://www.katonahmuseum.org/.
About The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering innovative artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. The Aldrich, which served an audience of over 37,700 in 2011, is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art. It is one of only twenty museums in Connecticut and only 318 art museums in the country to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. In 2011, The Aldrich implemented a new programming strategy of semester-long solo and group exhibitions united under overarching themes that link their content; the acclaimed gallery-based education programs use the work on view to help adults, families, and over 7,000 students annually to connect to our world through contemporary art.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.aldrichart.org/ or contact the museum at (203) 438-4519.