Installation view of the exhibition, "New Teaching Techniques:  Basic Design and Foundation Courses." April 25, 1947–May 14, 1947. Photographic Archive. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. IN349.1. Photograph by Soichi Sunami.

New Teaching Techniques: Basic Design and Foundation Courses

April 25–May 14, 1947 The Museum of Modern Art

Education has been central to MoMA from its beginning. For founding director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the Museum’s mission was “educational in the broadest, least academic sense.” MoMA’s first director of education, Victor D’Amico, established a wide range of series and programs to foster art education and creativity. One of these, the Committee on Art Education, was launched to create ongoing dialogue on issues relevant to teaching. From 1942 to 1957, the Committee held annual symposia on the philosophy and practice of art education. The 1947 conference brought together luminaries such as Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. New Teaching Techniques: Basic Design and Foundation Courses, which documented the efforts of members of the Committee to create experimental courses at the secondary, college, and art school levels, was installed to coincide with the conference.


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