'This is an indispensable resource for all who believe in the importance of art in the wider educational realm. Framing international dialogue across diverse viewpoints and positions, these texts ask fundamental questions about art and education, addressing such issues as instrumentalism and control, liberation and equality, the production and the politics of culture. 

Artists surveyed include Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Pawel Althamer, Ricardo Basbaum, Joseph Beuys, Tania Bruguera, Lygia Clark, Luca Frei, Liam Gillick, Group Material, Thomas Hirschhorn, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Mike Kelley, Darcy Lange, Maria Pask, Lia Perjovschi, Bridget Riley, Paul Rooney, Martha Rosler, Edgar Schmitz, Judith Scott, Andreas Siekmann, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Carey Young and Artur Zmijewski.' (Back cover)

Education is one of the Documents of Contemporary Art series, co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press which document major themes and ideas in contemporary art. Other sourcebooks of the same series are also available in the Archive. For more details, please go to this page.
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Introduction - Felicity ALLEN


Post-Partum Document, 1973-79 - Mary KELLY

In Conversation with Nikki Henriques, 1988 - Bridget RILEY

British, Muslim, Writer, 1997 - Ziauddin SARDAR

Democracy and Education, 1916 - John DEWEY

Three Guineas, 1938 - Virginia WOOLF

Education through Art, 1943 - Herbert READ

Prospectus, 1952 - Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art, 2003 - Vincent KATZ

The Crisis in Education, 1954 - Hannah ARENDT

Constructivist Learning Theory, 1991 - George E. HEIN

Art Spaces and Social Contexts, 1976 - Tamara KRIKORIAN

Public Pedagogy as Cultural Politics, 2000 - Henry A. GIROUX

A Groundcourse for Art, 1964 - Roy ASCOTT

The Great American Art Machine, 1971 - Les LEVINE

Toward a Woman-Centred University, 1973-74 - Adrienne RICH

When Form Has Become Attitude - And Beyond, 1993 - Thierry DE DUVE

The Art of Crossing the Street, 1999 - Carol BECKER


Foreday Morning, 2002 - Paul DASH

Common Education and the Radical Tradition, 1992 - Caroline BENN

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968 - Paulo FREIRE

Success and Failure when Art Changes, 1994 - Allan KAPROW

Activism in Feminist Performance Art, 2006 - Suzanne LACY

The Love of Art, 1969 - Pierre BOURDIEU, Alain DARBEL

The Ignorant Schoolmaster, 1987 - Jacques RANCIERE

Amusing Personal Anecdote, 1988 - Jimmy DURHAM

Evaluation and Assessment: Conceptions in Search of Practice, 1996 - Elliot W EISNER

Art in Education: Identity and Practice, 2002 - Dennis ATKINSON

Pedagogy of the Event, 2009 - Dennis ATKINSON

On the Evolution of a Peer-Led Programme, 2008 - Rebecca SINKER

Take the Terror out of Error, 2009 - Carmen MORSCH

Art and Literacy, 2009 - Luis CAMNITZER

Opening the Box, 2010 - Henry WARD

Educating Art away from Life, 2010 - Michael ARCHER

Room 13 Art Studio, 2010 - Claire GIBB

School is a Factory, 1978-80 - Allan SEKULA

The Gendering of Art Education, 2001 - Pen DALTON

Youth in a Suspect Society, 2009 - Henry A. GIROUX

The Rehabilitative Role of Arts Education in Prison, 2004 - Paul CLEMENTS

Mike Kelley: Educational Complex Onwards, 2008 - Joanna FIDUCCIA

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Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity, 2003 - Eve KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK

Academy as Potentiality, 2006 - Irit ROGOFF

Consciousness-Raising Rules, 1972 - WEB

The Education of Women as Artists: Project Womanhouse, 1972 - Miriam SCHAPIRO

The First Feminist Art Programme: A View from the 1980s, 1985 - Paula HARPER

The Case for Polytechnics, 1967 - Elma ASKHAM and Harry THUBRON

Murder of the Art Schools, 1971 - Patrick HERON

Hornsey 1968: The Art School Revolution, 2008 - Lisa TICKNER

Thin Air: The Psycho-Vocalic Discoveries of Alan Smithson, 2009 - Annette GOMPERTS

Art, Art School, Culture, 1987 - Griselda POLLOCK

To Claim an Education, 1982 - Dinah DOSSOR

Something Old, Something New, Something Else, 2001 - Monica ROSS

Opened, Closed and Opening: Reflections on Feminist Pedagogy, 2010 - Griselda POLLOCK

(Only an Attitude of Orientation), 2010 - Stuart BAILEY

Art in the Knowledge-Based Polis, 2009 - Tom HOLERT

The Academy Is Back, 2009 - Dieter LESAGE

Education Aesthetics, 2010 - Andrea PHILLIPS

The University and the Plan, 2010 - Radical Philosophy Collective

From the Critique of Institutions to an Institution of Critique, 2005 - Andrea FRASER

Art Education, 2009 - Bruce W. FERGUSON

On the Ground, 2010 - Ernesto PUJOL

The Free University, 1975 - Caroline TISDALL

Pedagogy as Medium

The Avant-Garde, Again, 2002 - Alex FARQUHARSON

Professional Me, 1999 - STARK Frances

Darcy Lange: Work Studies in Schools (1976-77), 2008 - David ELLIOTT

Work Studies in Schools, 1976-77 - Darcy Lange

Exacting Reproduction, 2008 - Lawrence MCDONALD

Between a Pedagogical Turn and a Hard Place, 2010 - Janna GRAHAM

Resisting Institutionalisation, 2008 - Emily PETHICK

The New Masters of Liberal Arts: Artists Rewrite the Rules of Pedagogy, 2007 - Claire BISHOP

Multitude, 2004 - Michael HARDT, Antonio NEGRI

Luca Frei, 2006 - Lars Bang LARSEN

Border Crossing, 2009 - Felicity ALLEN

Mapping the Republic of Contemporary Art, 2007 - Pablo HELGUERA

In Conversation, 2010 - Julie Brook and Johnny Gailey - Julie BROOK and Johnny GAILEY

The Boss: On the Unresolved Question of Authority in Joseph Beuys' Oeuvre and Public Image, 2008 - Jan VERWOERT

Critical Materialities, 2006 - Jorella ANDREWS

Another Turn, 2006 - Grant H. KESTER

Response to Grant Kester, 2006 - Claire BISHOP

On Lygia Clark's Structuring the Self (1976-81), 2007 - Lars Bang LARSEN

Some Thoughts on Art and Education, 2009 - Harrell FLETCHER

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