Articles by Joe Fusaro

Glenn Ligon, "Rückenfigur", 2009, Whitney Museum of American Art

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Glenn Ligon, Ai Weiwei and The Art Cops

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Glenn Ligon, Ai Weiwei and The Art Cops

Three things this week… Maika Pollack recently wrote a wonderful review in The New York Observer about the current Glenn Ligon show at the Whitney Museum. As I visited the …

Nathan Oliveira, "Standing Man with Hands on Belt", 1960

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Under the Influence

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Under the Influence

Now if anyone happened to dial up the title of this post hoping to see me (or anyone, for that matter) reach down deep and start talking about making art …

Work by Laura Siragusa, Nyack High School, New York

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Ending in Catharsis, or A New Original

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ending in Catharsis, or A New Original

Work by Laura Siragusa, Nyack High School, New York Spring is in the air. The end of the school year is upon us, or for those who bob and weave …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art: The First Three Years

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art: The First Three Years

This week Teaching with Contemporary Art here on the blog turns 3. Frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this column for three years. At the same time, it …

Laurie Simmons, "Woman/ Red Couch/ Newspaper", 1978  courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater Gallery

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Catching Up

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Catching Up

This week I’d like to share a quick update on some recent Art21 Education news and highlights …. First of all, we are all set to announce our new group …

Rochelle Feinstein, "The Estate of Rochelle F.", 2009   Image: On Stellar Rays

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Teaching with Rochelle Feinstein

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Rochelle Feinstein

This week’s post should really be titled “Rochelle Feinstein Teaching Me” but I’m trying to be consistent… Prior to May 1st, please treat yourself and check out The Estate of …

Work by Ida Applebroog. Art21 production still, 2005

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Rethinking “The Critique”: Possibilities

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rethinking “The Critique”: Possibilities

As promised in last week’s column I want to share some possibilities when it comes to facilitating in-progress critiques with students. Critiques that take place as an idea is taking …

Illustration by Miguel Gonzalez Enamorado

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Rethinking “The Critique”

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rethinking “The Critique”

Like many art students, I couldn’t stand critiques when I was in high school and especially college. I even had a professor in grad school that would survey the finished …

Mark Dion gets set to give the keynote at the NAEA annual conference in Seattle. Over 3,000 people were in attendance!

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Wrapping Up Art21 at NAEA 2011

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wrapping Up Art21 at NAEA 2011

It was suggested that perhaps the TWCA column could provide a a wrap-up of the National Art Education Association’s annual conference in pictures this year, and while I would like …

Roy McMakin's "Love and Loss" at Olympic Sculpture Park. Image: pamdora.com

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Lots of Questions and Lots of Coffee: NAEA 2011

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Lots of Questions and Lots of Coffee: NAEA 2011

As I mentioned last week, Art21’s Education and Public Programs team recently took to Seattle for the National Art Education Association’s annual conference. Over 3,000 educators from across the country …

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See You in Seattle

Teaching with Contemporary Art

See You in Seattle

The Art21 Education and Public Programs team is flying to Seattle this Thursday for the annual National Art Education Association conference March 17-20. We will be bringing season 4 artist …

David Kramer, "Untitled (Stop Me)", 2010  Image: artnet.com

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What I Learned at the Armory Show

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What I Learned at the Armory Show

A long stroll and purposefully slow visit to the Armory Show last week opened my eyes to quite a bit. In addition to being exposed to new artists (my main …

Those were the days.... Image: zeegees.ca

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Absolutely Uncertain

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Absolutely Uncertain

Since you can’t swing a cat without hitting a picture of Charlie Sheen at this point, I thought I’d choose a classic for today’s column. I mean, Art21 shouldn’t be …

The Witness AWR NASA, photo by Jaime Rojo

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Graffiti in the Classroom

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Graffiti in the Classroom

Students often have lots of interest and questions about graffiti, graffiti art and street art. My response usually includes the fact that I love graffiti art and street art, especially …

Ellsworth Kelly, "Blue Panel", 1977  Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Blue

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Blue

A few friends and colleagues have suggested that I share some of the stories I tell in class here on the blog. I sometimes forget as I write the column …

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Follow-Up (and, To Sir Ken With Love)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Follow-Up (and, To Sir Ken With Love)

Two comments from the recent When One Day is Not Enough post inspired me to write a little bit more. Plus, I want to pass along a superb video link …

Nancy Spero, "Azur," detail 2002  courtesy Galerie Lelong

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Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith

It seems like a good time for Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith. Artists whose work incorporate storytelling, pointed statements and using the female body to do so, Nancy Spero and …

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When One Day Is Not Enough

Teaching with Contemporary Art

When One Day Is Not Enough

With all of the mandatory testing that students must be put through it’s no wonder that most kids, especially in elementary grades, receive classes in visual and performing arts one …

Tom Horne makes his case. Image: azstarnet.com

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It Ain’t the Heat, It’s the Stupidity

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It Ain’t the Heat, It’s the Stupidity

As promised last week, let’s talk about the plight Mr. Curtis Acosta finds himself in. As a public school teacher in Arizona, obviously a state with its share of issues …

Student art: acrylic and ink on paper

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Working with Violent Images

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Working with Violent Images

Only a few days ago I was all set to write a post that highlighted the plight of Curtis Acosta, an Arizona teacher who finds himself in the position of …

Luis Camnitzer "The Instrument and Its Work", 1976  Image: MoMA.org

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Out of Line

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Out of Line

If you get the opportunity in the next month, take some time to see On Line: Drawing Through the 20th Century at the Museum of Modern Art. And if you …

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Ten for ’10

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ten for ’10

Looking back over the column this past year, I thought it might be worthwhile to pick the top ten questions generated in a year’s worth of posts. Below are some …

David Wojnarowicz, "Night Train Dream" 1983  P.P.O.W Gallery

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Teaching with David Wojnarowicz (and Not Teaching with the Smithsonian)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with David Wojnarowicz (and Not Teaching with the Smithsonian)

In light of the recent debacle at the Smithsonian involving the removal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly, I thought it might make sense to suggest some ways …

Mark Bradford, "Los Moscos", 2004  Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

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Mark Bradford: Painter

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mark Bradford: Painter

If you live, work, or happen to be traveling through Boston any time soon, make absolutely sure you see Mark Bradford‘s mid-career retrospective at the Institute for Contemporary Art. This …

James Turrell, "Afrum-Proto" 1996  Courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York

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Need-to-Know (Basics)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Need-to-Know (Basics)

On a recent visit to one of Lois Hetland’s classes at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Lois and I were engaged in a discussion about what teachers of …

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Teaching About a Day Without…

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching About a Day Without…

Today marks the observance of Day Without Art, a day when the arts community takes the time to remember and respond to the AIDS crisis and its impact worldwide. Day …

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Thankful

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thankful

Back on May 7, 2008 I wrote my first column for Art21’s blog. In that initial post I said, “Teaching with Contemporary Art is about the things that happen when …

First Haircut #4, 2009

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Art Education and Influence

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art Education and Influence

How is art influenced? What role does art education play in how artists form works of art later in their career? Recently, when I posed these questions to colleagues (both …

Fred Wilson, "Untitled" 2005  Courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York

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Hard Conversations (Exploring Inequality)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Hard Conversations (Exploring Inequality)

In the New York Times last week, Nicholas Kristof reported that the richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of the income, up from 9 percent …

Judy Pfaff, "Buckets of Rain" 2006  Courtesy the artist and Ameringer and Yohe Fine Art

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What More Can We Ask For?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What More Can We Ask For?

Students in my Advanced Placement class recently began a work for their portfolio inspired by the theme of loss. We spent a few days at the beginning of the unit …

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Skills Worth Teaching

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Skills Worth Teaching

This past April at the National Art Education Association’s annual conference in Baltimore, Craig Roland hosted and participated in a panel presentation called “What’s Worth Teaching in Art?” But before …

Charles Atlas, "The Hanged One" 1997 Video installation. Courtesy the Artist.

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Moving Pictures

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Moving Pictures

Chalkboards are disappearing everywhere and interactive whiteboards are taking their place (or, in some cases, chalkboards are disappearing as interactive whiteboards are simply being pasted, nailed and everything short of …

Ah, love... Avery and Brodeur during a quiet moment.  Image courtesy puckcentral.blogspot.com

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Anything Can Happen, Revisited

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Anything Can Happen, Revisited

Picking up on a previous column, and in honor of the recent start to a new hockey season, I’d like to continue writing for a moment about the ways that …

William Kentridge’s drawing from Stereoscope 1998–99. Courtesy of MoMA. Copyright 2010- William Kentridge

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Teaching with William Kentridge

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with William Kentridge

There are many reasons to teach with the art of William Kentridge, and as we get closer to the premiere of Art21′s new film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, airing …

Allan McCollum, The Shapes Project: Shapes From Maine (Shapes Rubber Stamps) 2005/2008   Courtesy Friedrich Petzel Gallery

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Enjoying the Steps

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Enjoying the Steps

Recently I have participated in a few discussions that relate to teaching students about slowing down and examining their process in order to create quality works of art- works that …

"Doormat: Welcome (Amber)," detail 1998, Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

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Developing Themes

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Developing Themes

“I have to say that my work actually started from my interest in the notion of space, particularly this notion of personal space or individual space. And that’s actually the …