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Working with Modern Art

Synopsis
Video component of a training pack. In four parts, it examines various ideas current in critical studies in modern art:
1: Discusses Jackson Pollock’s painting ‘Summertime’, with some guidelines on how to look at an appreciate a work of modern art.
2: Aims to give ideas to teachers on how they might use an exhibition with their students. Students from Liverpool schools visit a sculpture exhibition at the Liverpool Tate Gallery and follow it up with classroom activities.
3: Looks at the role of the curator in creating an exhibition, using as an example the controversial ‘Africa Explores’ exhibition, curated by Susan Vogel from the Museum of African Art in New York. Asks what is art, what is artefact, and who decides? Artists Magdalene Odundo and Sokari Douglas Camp also give their views.
4: Looks at how photography has emerged as a modern art form. Shows children working with an exhibition of children’s work called ‘Amazine Me’ at the Photographyers’ Gallery in London, then examines the work of black photographer Joy Gregory, who has worked almost exclusively using self-portraiture to create a black identity for herself. She also addresses questions such as why photography has often been seen as inferior to other art forms.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 60 min.
Year of production
1995
Availability
Sale; 2001 sale: £54.00 (inclusive)
Documentation
Accompanying book, reader and workbook.
Subjects
Art; Education
Keywords
art - modern art; art criticism; art exhibitions; art teaching; photography; Pollock, Jackson (1912-1956); sculpture; teacher training

Credits

Producer
Rosemary Hill
Cast
David Batchelor 

Sections

Title
Looking at painting
Synopsis
1: Discusses Jackson Pollock's painting 'Summertime', with some guidelines on how to look at an appreciate a work of modern art.

Title
Using an exhibition
Synopsis
2: Aims to give ideas to teachers on how they might use an exhibition with their students. Students from Liverpool schools visit a sculpture exhibition at the Liverpool Tate Gallery and follow it up with classroom activities.

Title
Artist, curator, public
Synopsis
3: Looks at the role of the curator in creating an exhibition, using as an example the controversial 'Africa Explores' exhibition, curated by Susan Vogel from the Museum of African Art in New York. Asks what is art, what is artefact, and who decides? Arti

Title
Images of self
Synopsis
4: Looks at how photography has emerged as a modern art form. Shows children working with an exhibition of children's work called 'Amazine Me' at the Photographyers' Gallery in London, then examines the work of black photographer Joy Gregory, who has work

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Sponsor

Name

Arts Council

Phone
020 7973 6820
Fax
020 7973 6449
Notes
Contact: Will Bell (7/99), e-mail will.bell@artscouncil.org.uk
Name

Tate Gallery

Distributor

Name

Open University Customer Services

Web
http://www.open.ac.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01908 858 786
Fax
01908 858 787
Address
PO Box 188
Milton Keynes
MK7 6DH

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