Postmodern Dilemmas: Outrageous Essays in Art & Art Education

By Jan Jagodzinski | Go to book overview
Save to active project

From the Palette to the Palate: Deconstructing the Consumerism of Art Education In an Age of Postmodernity

This essay was begun during my stay at Schwäbisch Hall, West Germany April 1986, while studying German at the Goethe Institute, and finished back home in 1987. The time to study there gave me an opportunity to visit the Documenta in Kassel and a visit to Stuttgart Museum which helped solidify some of the ideas on postmodern architecture I was reading. It presents a lexicon of terms for postmodern art education. The essay was never published. Because of its importance for me personally as a benchmark in my explorations of the postmodern, I have left it virtually intact. There is but one new reference'rence added ( Wolff, 1992) which helps to clarift; a poststructuralist understanding of "woman" and a note on the fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie. It began as a diary entry but developed into a feature-length essay. Its stylistic roughness reflects the dtfficulties I was having in trying to understand what postmodern and poststructuralism were all about.

Diary 04, 07, 86:

Lowenfeld & Greenberg's Modernism

Like any major disciplinary corpus, art educators have never been a homogeneous group in full accord with what role art should play in the lives of students. Diversity, contradiction, disagreements should be the watchwords of any democracy. Perhaps the closest the field has come to a center, at least in the North American context, was during the Lowenfeldian postwar era when there were strong agreements that art as creative expression should form the ground of theorizing. This period in art education history was colored by a certain wholeness and unity; a pedagogical mission had been found for the development of democratic citizenship -- but times have changed!

Art historians such as Guilbault ( 1983) have provided clues as to why such centralization was possible. It was in America's interest at that time to mobilize a "switching code," to use Eco's ( 1976: 286-298) precise terminology; a code which would help differentiate American politics from the Soviet Bloc. Cold War tactics required an art form which was totally depoliticized; one which would be the antithesis of socialist realism as practiced by Soviet artists and by members of the WPA/FAP.1

The acronym stands for Works Progress Administration/Federal Arts Projects, which were instituted in 1935, the peak years lasting from 1936 to 1939. It is a well-documented period in American art history. See Francis V. O'Connor ( 1972, 1973).


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Postmodern Dilemmas: Outrageous Essays in Art & Art Education


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 270

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?