Object-based teaching and the Met: Integrating art across the university curriculum

When: April 23, 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Charlotte Frank Classroom (1203 HE)

Presenter(s): Maggie Lind (Fellow in Museum Education and Public Practice, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Respondents: Rebecca Connor (English, Arts Across the Curriculum), Bernadette McCauley (History), Clay Williams, (Library)

With scholars embracing the “visual turn” across disciplines, interpreting visual material is becoming increasingly central to university teaching and learning. Art objects are inherently interdisciplinary and can serve to inspire deep critical inquiry and expansive student-driven discussion. But for our students who are constantly bombarded with visual media in their daily lives, how can we slow down their looking to unpack the multiple meanings in a work of art? What are some strategies for integrating art into our teaching and assignments, and how can museums like the Met support faculty in this endeavor? Maggie Lind, a visiting Fellow at the Met who collaborates with professors in this work at the Smith College Museum of Art, will engage faculty with these questions through lecture and discussion.


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