The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (Online)

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Vol. 37, 2017

#MobilePhotoNow: Two Art Worlds, One Hashtag
In 2007, the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) in Columbus, Ohio adopted this mission: "To create great experiences with great art for everyone." When compared with other museum mission statements, CMA's may seem simplistic.1 There is no mention of collections,...
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Professional Friction: Racialized Discourse and the Practice of Teaching Art
Discussions of racial discrimination often only exist as history lessons, but the lessons taught throughout U.S. schools about racial identity are deeply embedded within the daily practices of all members of a school community. Racial identities are...
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Editorial: All the F Words
While compiling this volume and editing the articles, I realized all the authors are women. Though this was not an explicitly feminist call, it is interesting that in a field dominated by women, male voices often figure prominently in published journals....
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All the F Words We Used to Know
As a former high school English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, I embraced the domain, the structure, craft, and aesthetic aspects of words. I love everything about words. I love teaching and learning about texts, as consumers and composers, as meaning-makers....
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Exploring Art Student Teachers' Fictions of Teaching: Strategies for Teacher Educators
Using portions of my research involving three art student teachers, I provide suggestions for strategies to examine preservice art student teachers' fictions about teaching (art). The suggestions that I have for the field of art education and preservice...
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Fictive Kinship in the Aspirations, Agency, and (Im)Possible Selves of the Black American Art Teacher
Fictions of KinshipMy own personal identity as a person of African descent is complex. I view my point of cultural reference as multiple-a Filipino/Spanish/Chinese/Black1 American woman. I am sometimes questioned about my identity and am reminded how...
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First Fagnostics: Queering Art Education
First Fagnostics is an outgrowth of Big Gay Church, a recurring annual conference research presentation/ performance at the National Art Education Association convention focused on the intersections of art, education, religion, and love with lesbian,...
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Vol. 36, 2016

Desirable Difficulties: Toward a Critical Postmodern Arts-Based Practice
While my autoethnographic partners could acknowledge my "Brown-ness,1" none explicitly acknowledged their own "Whiteness," further cementing an otherness about my existence. This uneasiness left me questioning, many times, my desire to continue with...
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Editorial: Navigating Divides
We all navigate divides daily. Some are easy and seamless and others are a consistent challenge. Some divides separate people and privilege one group over another, for instance some children and adults have to code switch their use of language, while...
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Art Integration: A Turning Point in Becoming
Navigating the space between pre-service teachers' perceptions of teaching and the reality of being in the classroom can create a sense of disequilbrium. Despite teacher education programs working diligently to prepare undergraduates for the demands...
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Disrupting the Tourist Paradigm in Teacher Education: The Urban Art Classroom as a Globalized Site of Travel, Transience, and Transaction
Traveling Teacher(s)When I taught "art on a cart," I embodied the signifier of traveling teacher commonly seen in inner-city and urban1 schools. I used to haul boxes of art materials from closet to cart, cart to room, room to room, closet to car, school...
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Art Education as Potential Space: A Conversation about Navigating Divides in the Process of Becoming an Art Teacher
This is how space begins, with words only, signs traced on the blank page. To describe space: to name it, to trace it, like those portolano-makers who saturated the coastlines with the names of harbours, the names of capes, the name of inlets, until...
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Re-Imagining Inclusion/Exclusion: Unpacking Assumptions and Contradictions in Arts and Special Education from a Critical Disability Studies Perspective
Who are 'we' such that disabled people are excluded? Who are disabled people such that 'they' can be overlooked in the past? Who do we become when such a past is used as a justification for the present state of affairs? (Titchkosky, 2011, p .15)The Language...
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The Ceiling Is the Sky: Affective Constructs, Event, and Community in the Marginal Spaces of Art Education
Art Education at the Periphery of the CenterIt is not a matter of perception that the current educational landscape of K-12 schooling and universities has positioned the teaching of visual arts education at the margins of these institutional structures....
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Artitudes: Mapping Lines of Demarcation in Art Education
I have always considered myself an artist first and educator second, not unusual given that teaching is my second career. I hold undergraduate and graduate studio art degrees and continue to maintain a studio practice. After years of teaching, these...
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Test Anxiety
In this series of eight images, I investigate the interplay between cultural contexts and semiotic forms, specifically the role of categorization in the construction of schema. Drawing from abstraction, children's drawings, public schooling, and my experiences...
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The (In)visible Display: Reconstituting Museum Experience through Performance Pedagogy
My connection to the display of Korean art began when I started working at the National Museum of Korea (NMK). During my year at the museum, I was based in the international relations team, where the main focus of my work was to facilitate cultural exchanges...
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The Other White Cube Project: Finding Museums among Us
In 1989, Peter Vergo's The New Museology ushered in an era of critical museum studies. In the book, Vergo and other contributors put museum theory, history, and practices under the lenses of post-structuralism, post-colonialism, and other critical theories....
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Untangling Gender Divides through Girly and Gendered Visual Culture
Frilly dresses, pink accessories, and Disney Princess lunch boxes: such signifiers of girly culture are omnipresent in our children's everyday lives. Possessing a distinctive aesthetic and ethos, girly culture accentuates little-girl-like cute and feminine...
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Avatar|Avatar: Reflections In/on the Virtual
For all of us as we make, are made by, good passages and bad passages. As we make and are made by the desires for continuities and discontinuities. As we weave, are woven, in the partial connections, in the particular oscillations, and dis/continuities...
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Vol. 35, 2015

Failure to Operationalize: Investing in Critical Multicultural Art Education
I have wept over a dozen times thinking about the conversations about race that I will eventually have to have with my two Brown sons, currently ages four and one. Daily, my arms embrace my sons' fragile frames with all of the strength in my body. And,...
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My Failure with an Ojibwe Artist: Reflections on Initial Intercultural Relationships
They took more pollen, / more beads, and more prayer sticks, / and they went to see old Buzzard. / They arrived at his place in the east. / "Who's out there? / Nobody ever came here before." / "It's us, Hummingbird and Fly." / "Oh. What do you want?"...
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The Failure of Whiteness in Art Education: A Personal Narrative Informed by Critical Race Theory
Many interconnected notions of failure contextualize and inform my practice as a white art educator who is deeply invested in educational equity for marginalized and underserved students. Among the most salient of these are: my own learning from personal...
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Reframing New Art Teacher Support: From Failure to Freedom
In "Episode 1: Investigation" from Season 7 of Art in the Twenty-First Century (Art21), artist Leonardo Drew challenges himself in the course of his artwork, asking, "How do I get to the next place?" (Sollins, 2014). Answering his own question and pushing...
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Reflective Communities: Mentoring Teacher Candidates during the (In)Between Spaces of the Practicum
Teacher candidates (TCs) embody a liminal space during practicum fieldwork that involves the intersections of space, time, and place. Under traditional formats of student teaching, the practicum occurs during one semester and is performed in mentor teachers'...
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On Being Naïve: A Queer Aesthete in Art Education
The naïf arises as an indispensible element in a system of epistemological checks and balances; recurrently naïfs may be seen unwittingly critiquing and counterbalancing the dominant knowledge regimes of a given era. (Cresap, 2004, p. 34)There is a current...
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Failed Paper: Skirting the Call for and about Failure through Failure
This paper has a disrupted chronology. The asterisks separate individual components creating parenthesis around thoughts on failure, as well as actual acts of failure.At the same time the paper is yours and you are free to begin reading it at any asterisk...
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(Re)Constructing Erased Narratives: Unearthing Strange Fruit
Texas trees bear a strange fruitExtraño fruto tienen ahora los árboles de TejasBlood on the leaves and blood at the rootSangre en sus hojas y sangre en sus raícesBrown bodies swingin' in the Southern breezeCuerpos marrones se mecen con las brisa del...
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Editorial: Reframing Fail(lure): Failure to See? Failure to Connect? Failure to Be?
Several years ago, I took on the additional responsibility of supervising a large group of student teachers. According to protocol, university supervisors are expected to conduct 1 orientation meeting, 3 official observations and 1 exit interview for...
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Access and Failure
An era of national policies toward curriculum standardization continues to result in diminished arts offerings in school (Au, 2007; Berliner, 2011), with the greatest decimation occurring in urban settings (Finn & Ravitch, 2007; Parsad & Spiegelman,...
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Failure to Be a "Real American"? [Arrow Right] Challenging Failure: An Impetus to Shape Scholarship and Teaching
Not-so-fond MemoriesI am five and three-quarters years old. I shimmy into a powder blue parka in the hallway and run out of the double doors of the school to join my friends for recess. "Jzzz!" echoes the zipper of my coat in the crisp fall air as I...
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Toward a Poor Exhibition: The Fail(lure) of Curare and Currere
A poor curriculum is one stripped of its distractions. Stripped of video tape, audio tape, fancy books and buildings, values clarification and individualized instruction. Stripped of all the clothing we drape around ourselves to keep us from seeing....
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Vol. 34, 2014

Editorial: Growth, Learning, Assessment, and Assessination
In thinking about "Growth, Learning, Assessment, and Assessination," this year's theme for Volume 34 of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (JSTAE), I am compelled to reflect on the past academic year. While undergoing the initial stages of...
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The Creatures We "Assessinate": A Tale of "Mental Testing" as Science Fiction in Chicago Public High Schools in 1909 - 1924
According to American gilded-age reformers like Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Superintendent Edwin G. Cooley (1857-1923), American civilization was headed for collapse in 1909. 1 Cooley's solution was to administrate the CPS according to principles of...
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An Arts-Based Classroom Confronts Educational Metanarratives: Grand Narratives, Local Stories and a Classroom Teacher's Story
I was part of a fourth and fifth grade teaching team whose classroom practices and teaching styles were based on student agency and creative engagement. My classroom management and teaching styles were viewed, critiqued and ultimately prohibited by the...
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CAUGHT WITH OUR PANTS DOWN: Art Teacher Assessment
Jonathan James has taken his pants off. He stands in the front of my ceramics class in his boxer shorts wielding a blow dryer. He stands there because there is an outlet for the blow dryer and he has taken his pants off because Chris Fox sprayed him...
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(Un)ChARTED Cartographies: Mapping Networked Avatars
Writing has nothing to do with signifying. It has to do with surveying, mapping, even realms that are yet to come. -(Deleuze & Guattari, 1987, p.5 )Uncharted is a video game series that follows the journey of a contemporary treasure hunter. In the...
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Inoperative Art Education
There is certainly a lot to keep educators busy within art education these days. For example, as art educators wind down another year, they might partake in professional development workshops to ease into implementation of the latest national visual...
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Vol. 33, 2013

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Art and the Wisconsin Uprising
Art is indeed a weapon, and an especially powerful one in the midst of a peaceful movement. (Julie Gueraseva, 2012)In February of 2011, an enormous popular political movement came to life in Wisconsin in response to a bill called "Act 10," which used...
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Anonymous: The Occupy Movement and the Failure of Representational Democracy
It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write, walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes, and they produce...
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Poetic Occupations: Artists as Narrator-Protagonists
The Occupy Movements that characterized much of the latter half of 2011 in both New York City and abroad can be viewed as a process of laying claim to a particular space as a public space. For instance, Zuccotti Park, the now famous location of the origins...
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Craft as Activism
IntroductionCraftivism. Church of Craft. Stitch 'n Bitch. Handmade Nation. Revolutionary Knitting Circle. Anarchist Knitting Mob. Yarn bombing. Red Sweaters Project. Extremecraft.com. Crafts for Critters. Knittaplease. Craft Hope. Anti-factory.com. Microrevolt....
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Feminist Zines: (Pre)Occupations of Gender, Politics, and D.I.Y. in a Digital Age
Zine historian Bleyer (2004) defines zines as "the intersection of art, protest, confession, and theory" (p. 49). In his survey of zines, Duncombe (1997) categorizes them as "noncommercial, nonprofessional, small-circulation magazines which their creators...
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(Pre)determined Occupations: The Post-Colonial Hybridizing of Identity and Art Forms in Third World Spaces
IntroductionThe world is on the move with temporary and permanent migration, immigration, exchange, and mobility of peoples and ideas occurring across physical and virtual places. This movement is affecting ideological, political, and economic spaces....
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Hosting the Occupation of Art Education as Aporia
I was recently asked to respond to the question "Who do we teach?" as part of a panel1 that included participants from art history, studio art, and design. By asking for challenges to and strategies for recognizing and serving students from multiple...
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Big Gay Church: Religion, Religiosity, and Visual Culture
The role of religion and religious beliefs in the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ2) people is profound, whether individuals connect with a particular spiritual tradition or not. Though there are many inclusive...
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Pre Occupy/Maximum Occupancy
EditorialWhen the Editor and Associate Editor conceived of this call for papers for PreOccupy/Maximum Occupancy, it was based on the Caucus members' input during the annual meetings of the Caucus on Social Theory and Art Education (CSTAE) at the National...
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Vol. 32, 2012

The Terror of Creativity: Art Education after Postmodernism1
The Terror of Creativity: Art Education after PostmodernismThe title, The Terror of Creativity: Art Education after Postmodernism, is addressed around two central problematics:2 the first will demonstrate why the contemporary emphasis on creativity belongs...
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De(Fence)
EditorialThe idea of a moving and critical voice is a metaphor for the Caucus on Social Theory and Art Education (CSTAE) and the role that it has played for the members of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). The inception and founding of the...
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Defending and De-Fencing: Approaches for Understanding the Social Functions of Public Monuments and Memorials
Defending and De-fencing: Approaches for Understanding the Social Functions of Public Monuments and MemorialsMelanie: I was surprised and excited to see that someone spray-painted "no hero" on the base of the Lee Monument. Knowing that it was not likely...
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Fenced In/Out in West Texas: Notes on Defending My Queer Body
PrefaceI am apprehensive about writing an article that is so personal about my professional life. Like autoethnographer Carolyn Ellis (2009), I write to better "understand [my life], become more aware of what [I] think and feel, and live for a more ethical...
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(de)Fending Art Education through the Pedagogical Turn
(de)Fending Art Education Through the Pedagogical TurnIn this article I lay out how engaging with the issues and practices of the pedagogical turn in art, a significant shiftoccurring in art practice in recent years, invited and echoed my re-practicing...
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Reasserting Humanity through the Liberatory Gaze
Reasserting Humanity Through the Liberatory GazeThe spectator's gaze can be used to create alternative stories that humanize marginalized bodies. The purpose of this work is to help educators and students to push their reflective practices and apply...
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A Collaged Reflection on My Art Teaching: A Visual Autoethnography
A Collaged Reflection on My Art Teaching: A Visual AutoethnographyIn this article I want to unravel some of the complexities of my practice as a visual art educator who teaches in a public elementary school. I want to reveal my personal struggles in...
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(De)Fencing the Cultural Commons through a (De)Constructive Media Art Curriculum
IntroductionTwo primary developments in art education over the past two decades have been the proliferation of a visual culture approach to art instruction and the integration of digital media technologies into the culture and the classroom. As the field...
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Graffiti Walls: Migrant Students and the Art of Communicative Languages
IntroductionHuman communication takes place at two levels, at the same time: a message is expected to have a meaning and the message is expected to contain information (Leydesdorff, 2000, p. 275)Language is one of the vehicles through which high school...
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"Silencing" the Powerful and "Giving" Voice to the Disempowered: Ethical Considerations of a Dialogic Pedagogy
Silencing" the Powerful and "Giving" Voice to the Disempowered: Ethical Considerations of a Dialogic PedagogyAs an educator who is committed to social justice, I bring certain values and political commitments to the classroom. The counter-hegemonic voices...
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De(Fencing) with Youth: Moving from the Margins to the Center
De(fencing) with Youth: Moving from the Margins to the CenterThis issue of JSTAE asks us to consider the theme of De(fence). We respond by showing that practices that combine the positive power of human relationships with art-making can serve to De(fence):...
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The Gaze across the Aisle: Architecture, Merchandising, and Social Roles at Marshall Field and Company, 1892 to 1914
The Gaze Across the Aisle: Architecture, Merchandising, and Social Roles at Marshall Field and Company, 1892 to 1911Neil Harris (l990) observed that in the two decades before World War I the knowledge most Americans had about art and style came from...
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Hyphenated Artists: A Body of Potential
A Body of PotentialThe streets were not plowed. It was one of those lake effect blizzards that frightened school administrators enough to announce cancellations of afterschool activities before the school day was half over. Eighteen third grade bilingual...
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Both/And: A Response to De(fence)/Defense
Both/And: A Response to De(fence)/DefenseWe decided to address the call for submissions from the editors of this journal after reading the questions related to the theme of 'de(fence)/defense' included in the email sent to members of the higher education...
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Vol. 31, 2011

LEGO Brick as Pixel: Self, Community, and Digital Communication
A LEGO Convention VignetteIt was 10:00am Sunday morning and we watched as the public flooded into four hotel ballrooms transformed into exhibition halls. Insiders, nerds, geeks, and families with children comprised the registered attendees who kept the...
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Visual Arts and Literacy: The Potential of Interdisciplinary Coalitions for Social Justice
IntroductionWorking at a large urban university, I (Melanie) find myself often surprised that I know so few of my colleagues in other departments. In the spring of 2010, I became involved with a new group on campus, Richmond Teachers for Social Justice....
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Gender, Aesthetics, and Sexuality in Play: Uneasy Lessons from Girls' Dolls, Action Figures, and Television Programs
Introduction: Material Culture, Gender, and PlayArt educator Wagner-Ott (2002) suggests in her research that teachers have yet to thoroughly consider students' visual culture of dolls and action figures in the context of gender (p. 246). The pervasive...
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Parents, Middle-Class-Ness, and Out-of-School Art Education
With him, I have enrolled him in a variety of different courses up until this year, trying to find one that would inspire him. We did creative movement, we did karate this year, and I never could find the right one. And finally a light went on and he...
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¡Pendejo! Preschoolers' Profane Play: Why Children Make Art
Motivation and Play: Why Do Children Make Art?In his 1976 article, "Little Julian's Impure Drawings: Why Children Make Art," Brent Wilson writes with conviction, "Why do children draw in the first place? Until theories of child art attend to the factors...
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Critical Coalitions in Play
The theme of Volume 31 of the Journal for Social Theory in Art Education - Critical Coalitions in Play - was developed at the Annual Business Meeting of the Caucus on Social Theory and Art Education, during the 2010 National Art Education Association,...
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Vol. 30, 2010

(Pr)obama Art & Propaganda: Un(precedent)ed Visual Collections of Hope, Progress and Change?
...an onslaught of creative coercion to an unassuming American public... showing the world that the acts of a few can truly move and motivate millions-Morgan SpurlockObama heybama bama bama O bama hey bama Obama... bam O bama hey Superstar!-Appropriated...
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reStAGE "deep Breadth" activist Art/disruptive Technologies
SAGE: refers to being wise, and is also a green color that suggests thriving beyond survival even in harsh [desert] conditions. It is a color denoting environmental consciousness.STAGE: to set-up and restage; no original, only actions materializing invisible...
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The Unprecedented Event: Acknowledging Badiou's Challenge to Art and Its Education
In terms of this year's journal theme, "unprecedented," there is no other contemporary philosopher who has a more radical notion than Alain Badiou when it comes to theorizing the new; that is, the emergence of an unprecedented Event ex nihilio-not novel...
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Casino Capers: Exploring the Aesthetics of Superfluidity
with Bianne Castillo, Michael Delahunt, Laurie Eldridge, Martin KoreckCasinos are fast becoming sites for display of new Native American (NA) Arts. In such a context, casinos re-represent themselves and their communities through various visual forms...
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Un(precedent)ED
The 30th Volume of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education is unprecedented, in many ways. First the theme is unprecedented, or, rather, Un(predecedent)ED. This typographical wordplay, quite common throughout the history of JSTAE, troubles habitual...
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Decolonizing Development through Indigenous Artist-Led Inquiry
In this article four university art educators explore theories of self-determination and describe decolonizing, approaches to research that are built on mutual trust. As researchers we recognize that (re)presenting the stories of others-especially across...
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'Image' / 'I' / 'Nation': A Cultural Mash-Up
THERE was a child went forth every day;And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became;And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years (Whitman, 1921, p. 135).IntroductionThe...
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Obstructing the View: An Argument for the Use of Obstructions in Art Education Pedagogy
In the film The Five Obstructions (2004), Lars Von Trier challenges his mentor Jorgen Leth to remake his 1967 film, The Perfect Human, five times, removing Leth's filmmaking comforts and conventions as part of the agreement. The Five Obstructions is...
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A National Labor Project: Recovering Unprecedented Numbers of Working Class Lives and Histories through Art
To be working class is to be in a place of relative vulnerability-on the job, in the market, in politics and culture. (Zweig, 2000, p. 13)IntroductionI have always worked. While in third grade in the early '60s, I helped a brother with his paper route...
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The Promiscuity of Aesthetics
Recently, art educators have debated the value of aesthetics in art education (Duncum, 2007; Tavin, 2007; Tavin, Duncum, Lankford & Parsons; Barrett, Tavin & Duncum, 2007). Kevin Tavin initiated the debate by arguing that aesthetics, as it is...
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