Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education

Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education

New Museum

May 11, 2011
Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education

For over a decade, the New Museum’s preeminent publication Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education has served as the guide to multicultural art education, connecting everyday experience, social critique, and creative expression with classroom learning. The much-anticipated Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education continues to provide an accessible and practical tool for teachers, while offering new art, essays, and content to account for transitions and changes in both the fields of art and education. A beautifully illustrated collaboration of over 100 artists, writers, curators, and educators from in and around the contemporary art world, this volume offers thoughtful and innovative materials that challenge the normative practices of arts education and traditional art history. Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education builds upon the pedagogy of the original publication to present new possibilities and modes of understanding art and culture, and their relationships to students and ourselves. This fully revised second edition, published by the New Museum and Routledge, provides new theoretical and practical resources for educators and students everywhere, including:
Educators’ perspectives on contemporary art, multicultural education, and teaching in today’s classroom
Full-color reproductions and writings on over fifty contemporary artists and their works, plus an additional 150 black-and-white images throughout
Lesson plans for using art to explore topical issues such as activism and democracy, local and global conflict, and history and historicism
A companion website offering over 250 color reproductions of artwork from the book, a glossary of terms, and links to the New Museum and G:Class websites

Artists included in the book: Shaina Anand, Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Center for Land Use Reinterpretation, Nikhil Chopra, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Hasan Elahi, Cao Fei, Urs Fischer, Carlos Garaicoa, Shilpa Gupta, Daniel Guzmán, Rachel Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Susan Hefuna, Jonathan Hernández, Leslie Hewitt, Huang Yong Ping, Runa Islam, Emily Jacir, Michael Joo, Lauren Kelley, Margaret Kilgallen, An-My Lê, Glenn Ligon, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Barry McGee, Dave McKenzie, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Rivane Neuenschwander, Noguchi Rika, Catherine Opie, Clifford Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, Annie Pootoogook, Walid Raad, Michael Rakowitz, Pedro Reyes, Rigo 23, Lara Schnitger, Lisa Sigal, Taryn Simon, Lorna Simpson, Jeff Sonhouse, SUPERFLEX, Sarah Sze, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Danh Vo, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Kehinde Wiley, Haegue Yang, Yin Xiuzhen, and Artur Żmijewski.


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Publication Support


Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.


The publication is also made possible by a generous grant from Agnes Gund. Generous endowment support is provided by The Keith Haring Foundation School and Youth Programs Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum. Additional endowment support provided by the JPMorgan Chase Professional Development Workshop Program for Teachers. Additional program support is made possible by The Bloomingdale’s Fund of the Macy’s Foundation, Con Edison, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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