Teaching & Learning with Museum Exhibitions: Innovations Across the Disciplines
Conference Day 2

A large panel sits on state with slides projected on the wall behind them
Teaching & Learning with Museum Exhibitions—Innovations across the Disciplines, Tang Teaching Museum, June 22, 2019, photo by Dan Lubbers

Join us Saturday, June 22 for the second day of a two-day conference on exhibition-based pedagogy sponsored by The Teagle Foundation. It is the culmination of a three-year collaboration by faculty members and museum staff at Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, and the University at Albany, State University of New York. Open to the public, it will feature various opportunities to discuss the educational potential of museum objects for teaching and learning in all disciplines, and to explore the vital role of museums at both liberal arts colleges and research universities.

Attendance is free but registration is required. Registration has closed. Learn more about the full conference schedule here.

See the Friday, June 21 conference schedule here.

Saturday, June 22 Schedule

8:00am Continental Breakfast in the Tang Museum atrium (complimentary)

9:00–10:15am Roundtables: Promising Practices in Exhibition-Based Teaching & Learning
Concurrent discussions of different topics, moderated by project participants. The topics include:

  • Writing in the Museum
  • Exhibition interventions (projects that alter or are presented in the exhibition)
  • Curating for interdisciplinary teaching & learning
  • STEM in the museum
  • Exhibiting & teaching challenging material

10:30am–12:00pm Object Lessons
Eight short presentations on the goals, methods and outcomes of specific exhibition-based assignments, moderated by Elizabeth Marlowe, Colgate University

12:15–1:15pm Lunch (complimentary)

1:30–3:00pm Keynote Discussion
The keynote speakers are Angel Abreu and Rick Savinon, who were both part of Tim Rollins and K.O.S. and are part of the group continuing Rollins’s legacy as Studio K.O.S., in conversation with Susan E. Cahan, the Dean of the Tyler School of Art

3:00–3:30pm Coffee break

3:30–5:00pm Panel: Exhibitions as Multidisciplinary Learning Spaces
Museum directors from the four partner schools discuss the vital role that campus museums can play in supporting educational goals across the disciplines. Moderated by Tom Shapiro, Founder of Cultural Strategy Partners, the panel includes:

  • Tracy L. Adler, Johnson-Pote Director, Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College
  • Ian Berry, Dayton Director, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College
  • Anja Chávez, Director of University Museums, Longyear Museum of Anthropology/Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University
  • Corinna Ripps Schaming, Interim Director/Curator, University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York

5:00–6:30pm Closing reception

About the Keynote Speakers

Angel Abreu is an artist, writer, and educator. He was the youngest member of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival (K.O.S.) when he joined the South Bronx-based artist collaborative in 1986. He has been a member ever since, working on all major projects, works, and exhibitions. Abreu continues his work with Tim Rollins and K.O.S. as the project is in the process of reinventing itself as Studio K.O.S. under Abreu’s leadership. In addition, he continues his own painting practice at his Hoboken studio, based on a study of American Pragmatism and American literature. Abreu is also on the faculty of the BFA Fine Arts and MFA Art Practice departments of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Nelson Ricardo Savinon studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He joined Tim Rollins and K.O.S. in 1985. Savinon is an interior designer/art installer for various fashion and private clients such as Levi’s, Ferragamo, Zegna, Nike, Bottega Veneta, Serendipity 3, and Stance, among others. He also works as a videographer, painter, and sculptor, and in fine art photography. In addition, Savinon has had several curatorial projects, including the 2018 exhibition Dialogues: Tim Rollins & K.O.S. and Glenn Ligon, co-curated with Antonio Sergio Bessa and dedicated to Tim Rollins, at the Bronx Museum of Art.

Susan Cahan is an art historian, curator, and educator specializing in contemporary art and the history of museums. She is currently Dean of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Before joining Tyler, Cahan spent eight years at Yale University, where she was responsible for the Yale undergraduate arts experience across all disciplines. Prior to Yale, she served as the Des Lee Endowed Professor in Contemporary Art at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and has taught at Bard College and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has directed programs at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Peter Norton Family Foundation. Her book, Mounting Frustration: the Art Museum in the Age of Black Power (Duke University Press, 2016), examines the impact of the civil rights movement on art museums in New York City.

About the Teagle Collaborative Project

Beginning in fall 2016, the Teagle Collaborative Project, “Teaching and Learning with Museum Exhibitions”, supported by a grant from The Teagle Foundation, has allowed faculty members and museum staff at Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, and the University at Albany to collaborate in developing, documenting, and assessing innovative approaches to museum-based teaching and learning. Faculty in more than one hundred courses across almost thirty departments have taught with numerous exhibitions at their campus museums. Many of the curricular innovations were based on This Place, an exhibition of photographs by artists working in Israel and the West Bank that was shared among the four museums in Spring 2018.

The wide range of disciplines represented in this project includes mathematics, environmental studies, gender studies, political science, history, anthropology, religious studies, languages and literatures, theater, dance, and studio art, among others.

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