The last explosive change in art education came nearly a century ago, when the German Bauhaus was formed. Today, dramatic changes in the art world—its increasing professionalization, the pervasive power of the art market, and fundamental shifts in art-making itself in our post-Duchampian era—combined with a revolution in information technology, raise fundamental questions about the education of today's artists. Art School(Propositions for the 21st Century) brings together more than thirty leading international artists and art educators to reconsider the practices of art education in academic, practical, ethical, and philosophical terms. The essays in the book range over continents, histories, traditions, experiments, and fantasies of education. Accompanying the essays are conversations with such prominent artist/educators as John Baldessari, Michael Craig-Martin, Hans Haacke, and Marina Abramovic, as well as questionnaire responses from a dozen important artists—among them Mike Kelley, Ann Hamilton, Guillermo Kuitca, and Shirin Neshat—about their own experiences as students. A fascinating analysis of the architecture of major historical art schools throughout the world looks at the relationship of the principles of their designs to the principles of the pedagogy practiced within their halls. And throughout the volume, attention is paid to new initiatives and proposals about what an art school can and should be in the twenty-first century—and what it shouldn't be. No other book on the subject covers more of the questions concerning art education today or offers more insight into the pressures, challenges, risks, and opportunities for artists and art educators in the years ahead.
Marina Abramovic, Dennis Adams, John Baldessari, Ute Meta Bauer, Daniel Birnbaum, Saskia Bos, Tania Bruguera, Luis Camnitzer, Michael Craig-Martin, Thierry de Duve, Clémentine Deliss, Charles Esche, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Hans Haacke, Ann Lauterbach, Ken Lum, Steven Henry Madoff, Brendan D. Moran, Ernesto Pujol, Raqs Media Collective, Charles Renfro, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Michael Shanks, Robert Storr, Anton Vidokle
Steven takes us with him step by step showing us the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. He recalls his experiences in the theatrical community and intersperses his original songs within his text that reflect the moment he describes. He is blunt with his language and assessments of what he experienced. He shares his pain as a man living with AIDS, and the successes and love that have been his.
We become voyeurs as we join Steven on his tumultuous odyssey.
Rabbi David Horowitz
Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel, Akron, OH, and VicePresident of PFLAG, National Board of Directors
As a fellow northeast Ohioan who made the trek through Orrville on my way to the College of Wooster in the mid 1980s, I am familiar with the physical space depicted in Steven's Memoir, and yet I can only begin to imagine the trauma he has had to endure in the past two decades. While his visceral words convey sadness, they also serve as a call to arms-a call to work tirelessly to create the kind of world I was fortunate to grow up in-one in which parents, siblings, spouses, and children love and respect one another for who they are, regardless of their skin color, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
West Chester University
Singer/Songwriter STEVEN HENRY GOLDRING
likes to play the piano, enjoys a glass of Merlot or a Stoli-martini, straight-up. He has opened for Joan Rivers, ruffled Barbra Streisand's feathers and is HIV-positive, but that is only the beginning of his story.