Conversations with works of art

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Situating oneself in the aesthetic space of a work of art makes transactions between the viewer and the work of art possible. In this conversation space, we can share with each other works of art we have come to know, and deepen our relationship with works of art we do not yet know. Please submit topics for conversations about works of art here, and together,  let us discover new pathways to new worlds.

"One of the most pleasurable experiences I have had as a thirty-year veteran teaching artist was taking students on guided tours through many of the great art museums in New York City. I guided students in viewing works of art and used a method MaxineGreene calls aesthetic education.

According to Greene, an aesthetic experience can be identified as finding meaning by piecing together, from multiple vantage points, separate elements in a work of art that combine to form a new whole. In aesthetic education, asking carefully constructed questions is a strategy designed to guide students to see new relationships within an artwork that they might not readily find.
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- John Toth, from The Virtual Teaching Artist: An Aesthetic Approach to Designing a Museum Podcast. 2001. TEACHING ARTIST JOURNAL 9(4), 213–225

 

The Amigos at PS 211X

 

 

"Works of art can invite us to think in new ways about old things. At Briarwood Family Shelter in NYC, students from St. John's University partnered with children at Briarwood to re-imagine Ophelia's life path, post-Elsinore. Dark castles, leaps of faith. Jean Taylor's Wild Hair performance about these things was met with great enthusiasm by all."

 

 



- teaching artist/educator Heidi Upton reports on work at Briarwood Family Shelter, Fall 2013
 

 


Greene Works

Rethinking Cezanne

July 07, 2015

Rethinking Cezanne

Rethinking Cezanne... through questions.

Why did Cezanne choose to abstract the images in his paintings using geometric shapes?
How does the transformed world that he paints make us think and feel differently about his world and the world in which we live?
How does Cezanne's transformation of color  (also a form of abstraction) change our perception of the world?
What cultural influences may have effected his choices?

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Encounters with works of art

January 20, 2015

Encounters with works of art

We invite you to join the conversation by adding your comments observations, questions and interpretations of this photo by Gordan Parks entitled "Emma Watson and her Grandchildren" (1934).

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aesthetic space, aesthetic experience

August 27, 2014

aesthetic space, aesthetic experience

 

We are concerned, as members of The Maxine Greene Center, with having aesthetic experiences, inhabiting aesthetic spaces. The excerpt here, from Variations on a Blue Guitar, reminds us how to approach the world aesthetically, and of the value of works of art created for this kind of noticing.

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