December 1, 2014
Judy Chicago Dialogue Portal Part 2 launched Dec. 1

December 1, 2014
Penn State
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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