“The most relevant response to the tensions at the intersection of race and art and design education is replacing race-neutral, diversity initiatives with race-literate initiatives and paths for curricular and cultural disruption in art and design education.
Disruption in this context means amplifying the ideas, scholarship, and work of underexposed, non-white, and non-male, thought-leaders while also comparing, contrasting, and contradicting the overexposed beliefs of white males and white-identified others. Building literacy on the invention of race and the invention of white people, the role of art and design in undergirding the project of white supremacy in the world should be additional features of disruption in art and design education.”
~ Bill Gaskins, The Graduate Program in Photography + Media & Society, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
Broad in scope, Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy, and Purpose presents an overview of the different paths taken by artists and artist collectives as they navigate their way from formative experiences into pedagogy. Focusing on the realms in- and outside the academy (the places and persons involved in post-secondary education) and the multiple forms and functions of pedagogy (practices of learning and instruction), the contributions in this volume engage individual and collective artistic practices as they adapt to meet the factors and historical conditions of the people and communities they serve through solidarity, equity, and creativity.
With this critically, historicist approach in mind, the contributions in Out of Place historicize, study, critique, revise, reframe, and question the academy, its operations and exclusions. The extensive range of contributions, emphasizing community-oriented projects both inside and outside the United States, is grouped into three overarching categories: artists who work in academic institutions but whose social and pedagogical engagement extends beyond the walls of the academy; artists who engage in pedagogical initiatives or forms of institutional critique that were established outside of an art school or university setting; and artist–scholars who are doing transformative and inter/transdisciplinary work within their respective institutions.
Collectives and projects represented in Out of Place comprise Art Practical, Axis Lab, BFAMFAPhD, Beta-Local, Black Lunch Table Project, The Black School, The Center for Undisciplined Research, Devening Projects, ds4si, Elsewhere, Ghana ThinkTank, Gudskul, The Icebox Project Space, Las Hermanas Iglesias, The Laundromat Project, Occupy Museums, Peebls, PlantBot Genetics, Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts, Related Tactics, Side by Side, ‘sindikit, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, and Tiger Strikes Asteriod.
Tim Doud received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions include Curator’s Office, Washington, DC, the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Kemper Contemporary Art Museum in Kansas City, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., PS1 Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Artists Space in New York City, the Frye Art Gallery in Seattle, Art Basel, Galerie Brusberg in Berlin, MC Magma in Milan, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Midwest), and The Pollock Krasner Art Foundation, DC. Commission for the Arts and Humanities. He participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Banff Centre in Alberta, the Sharpe/Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn, New York. Doud is currently a Professor at American University. Washington, DC and is co-founder of 'sindikit, a collaborative, research-centered, art initiative.
Zoë Charlton creates figure drawings, collages, installations, and animations that depict her subject’s relationship to culturally loaded objects and landscapes. Charlton received her MFA degree from the University of Texas, Austin and participated in residencies at Artpace Residency in Texas, McColl Center for Art + Innovation in North Carolina, and the Skowhegan School of Painting in Maine. Museum collections include The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City. Charlton is a Professor in the Department of Art at American University in Washington, DC. She holds a seat on the Maryland State Arts Council, is a board member at the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, DC, and is co-founder of 'sindikit, a collaborative, research-centered, art initiative.
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