Event Details

Apr 21, 2022
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Zoom meeting

Teachers of all disciplines and grade levels explore how art across cultures may confer power and prestige, facilitate trade and exchange, or effect bodily, social, or spiritual transformation through a new, experimental exhibition at the Johnson Museum, Powering Exchange: Teaching Objects in Transformation, curated by Andrea Murray, Lead Educator and Pre-K–12 Curriculum Development Specialist. Murray’s years of experience working with educators and in classrooms throughout the region informed her selections of artworks and thematic approach.

Andrea Murray and fellow Johnson Museum presenters Maryterese Pasquale-Bowen, Carol Hockett, and Elizabeth Yearsley host this free professional development series to experiment with approaches to teaching and learning with these artworks. Email Carol Hockett for more information.

In this session, Art of Transformation, highlighted artworks include a striking, black-and-white dynamic photograph by American conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas; a pre-Hispanic, Mesoamerican ceramic vessel in the form of a jaguar; and a fantastic beast fashioned from tires by the Korean sculptor Ji Yong-Ho. How can works of art change in front of our eyes? How have societies used art to represent or provoke supernatural transformations? What kinds of transformations can the creator, observer, or owner of an object undergo? Join us in exploring these questions and more.

Readings will be sent out on the Monday before the session to inform our discussion. This program will be held virtually and is free of charge. Participants from eligible school districts will earn one unit of CTLE credit. 

Click here to register via TST BOCES Professional Learning.