International Museum Education Institute: Focus Brazil—Pedagogy, Art, Participation

A reception follows

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

MoMA's International Program and Department of Education collaborated with the Brazil-based education team Instituto MESA (Jessica Gogan and Guilherme Vergara) to organize MoMA's second International Museum Education Institute. This two-day event will explore the legacies of the pedagogical theories of such figures as Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal in artistic practices and museum education in Brazil and the United States since the 1960s.

By bringing together artists, art historians, museum and art educators, and theorists, the symposium will approach this subject in a cross-disciplinary manner through a series of conversations, presentations, and debates centering on such questions as: In what ways can participatory art practices from the 1960s and onwards be paralleled with the pedagogical ideas and practices of such figures as Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal? How can we relate the legacy of Paulo Freire to other Latin American educators and to those in the U.S., such as John Dewey? How can critical pedagogy contribute to the process of displaying historical participatory art projects, e.g. those of Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, in museums today? In what ways might critical pedagogy contribute to contemporary art and museum practices?

Participants will include Ricardo Basbaum, artist; Connie Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings, MoMA; Tom Finkelpearl, Director, Queens Museum of Art, New York; Jessica Gogan, Co-founder, Instituto Mesa, Brazil, independent curator/educator, and PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Pittsburgh; Pablo Helguera, Director, Adult and Academic Programs, MoMA; Shannon Jackson, Professor of Rhetoric and Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkley; Vik Muniz, artist; Adele Nelson, doctoral candidate at New York University; Yasmil Raymond, Curator, DIA Art Foundation; Danilo Streck, Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Universidade de Vale de Rio dos Sinos (UNISNOS), Brazil; Cristiana Tejo, General Coordinator of Education and Cultural Diffusion, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil; Luiz Guilherme Vergara, Professor of Art and co-founder of Instituto MESA, Brazil; Calder Zwicky, Associate Educator, Teen and Community Programs, MoMA; and many others.

Download the full symposium agenda in PDF format.

International Museum Education Institutes are made possible by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art and other generous donors. MoMA Academic Programs are made possible by an endowment established by Walter and Jeanne Thayer.