Event Date/Time: Sep 20, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 26, 2009
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The Stone Summer Theory Institute is week-long school in contemporary art theory. It is held in Chicago, in September, at the School of the Art Institute. It will result in a series of books involving over 300 scholars.

Public events include evening lectures and roundtable discussions. Materials are also available for teachers, and school groups are welcome.

During the week, the faculty lead 27 hours of seminars. The seminars are closed to the public but open to 15 Fellows; the deadline for applications is May 5.

THEME - 2009

What Do Artists Know?

Co-organized with Frances Whitehead

During the 1960s, the Master’s degree in art became the standard terminal degree for artists; in the 1980s it was augmented, in English-speaking countries outside the US, by the PhD in art practice. An enormous literature has grown up justifying the PhD degree, which is now poised to enter the US market. Meanwhile, conversations on the future of introductory courses in studio art continue to be bogged down by conflicting agendas and insufficiently clear allegiances to formalisms and modernisms. Thinking on the education of artists is divided in an unpromising way among teachers avid for practical tips, administrators interested in the bottom line, educators invested in philosophies of teaching, and artists proposing idiosyncratic solutions.
The 2009 SSTI will focus on three themes: the pertinent histories of art education (what is still taught, what remains in current curricula); the current content and philosophies of art education around the world and at all levels (what is taught in first-year programs, MA, MFA, and PhD programs worldwide); and the current state of theorizing on what artists know in society and outside the educational framework.


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