Join New Museum staff and artist Charles Simonds on Tuesday November 6, 2012, for a professional development session for high school teachers focused on the exhibition “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989,” on view now through January 6, 2013.
“Come Closer” takes the Bowery as subject, site, and center for creative ingenuity in the 1970s and 1980s. Drawing upon the New Museum’s Bowery Artist Tribute archive and the online archive of Marc H. Miller, 98bowery.com, this exhibition features original artwork, ephemera, and performance documentation by twenty artists who lived and worked on or near the Bowery in New York. The exhibition is curated by Ethan Swan, Education Associate.
Through his site-specific creations of miniature buildings and landscapes, Charles Simonds (b. 1945) has publicly proposed the unification of land, body, self, and house. The foundation of his project “The Dwellings” began in Lower Manhattan, circa 1970. Working with a combination of unfired clay and miniature bricks, Simonds installed hundreds of dwellings, first on the Lower East Side and subsequently in Paris, Venice, Shanghai, and pre-unification Berlin.
Since 1975, Simonds has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. His work is included in the permanent collections of many public institutions, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
9 a.m. Registration and gallery visitation
10–11 a.m. Exhibition curator Ethan Swan will invite participants to “come closer” and reconsider the history and legacy of the Bowery as a dynamic site of creativity and exchange. Rooting his presentation in the artistic activity of the ’70s and ’80s, Swan will explore the pre-existing community in the neighborhood, the development of artist networks that included painters, photographers, performance artists, musicians, and filmmakers, and the exchanges between the two.
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Artist Charles Simonds will discuss his artistic practice and his relationship to the neighborhood. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the educational implications and practical applications for Simonds’s work with the artist directly.
1:30–3:30 p.m. New Museum educators will explore with teachers the ideas and concepts introduced in the morning session including Simonds’s “Dwellings.” Through a closer look at the featured exhibition and an interactive workshop, participants will consider how the concept of artistic interventions can be used by students to examine notions of place, memory, and documentation.
The New Museum welcomes educators of all disciplines, but this program is geared toward high school teachers. Reservations are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop space is limited.
G:Class professional development seminars are led by artists, curators, and education professionals to guide teachers in methods that activate contemporary art in the classroom. The seminars expose teachers to contemporary art history and offer tools to encourage critical thinking, focusing on the integration of new art and new ideas with school curricula.
Generous endowment support is provided by the Keith Haring Foundation School and Youth Programs Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum. Additional endowment support provided by the JPMorgan Chase Professional Development Workshop Program for Teachers.