Readings on Art Education

Unless otherwise indicated, the following articles are by Michelle Marder Kamhi.


"National Arts in Education Week—Should We Celebrate?," For Piero's Sake, September 10, 2017.

"How Not to Teach Art History," For Piero's Sake, August 7, 2017.

"Lively NAEA Debate on Who Says That’s Art?," For Piero's Sake, March 12, 2017.

"How NOT to Be an Arts Advocate," For Piero's Sake, September 1, 2016.

Kamhi response to review of Who Says That's Art? in Canadian Art Teacher, vol. 14 no. 1 (2016).

Kamhi response to review of Who Says That’s Art? in Canadian Art Teacher, vol. 14 no. 1 (2016)

Barking Up the Wrong Trees in Art Education,” For Piero’s Sake, May 12, 2016

"The Interminable Monopoly of the Avant-Garde," by Louis Torres, in After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections on the Future of the Fine Arts, ed. by Elizabeth Millán (Open Court, 2016) [see esp. "Cheating the Young," pp. 180-184 and notes 45-59, pp. 225-227].

An Open Letter to Jerome Hausman,” For Piero’s Sake, November 16, 2015

In Aristos

"Art Education or Miseducation? From Koons to Herring" (August 2017)

"Understanding Contemporary Art" (August 2012--based on a talk given at the 2012 National Art Education Association conference)

"At Least He Spelled My Name Right: A Reply to [Art Ed] Professsor Edward O. Stewart" (August 2012)

"Engaging Future Art Teachers" (February 2011)

"A Forum on Social Justice Art Education" (November 2010), by Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre, Cindy Maguire, Amy Christel, Deborah Kuster, Mark Bauerlein, Richard Ciganko, Greg Sampl, Charles Wieder, Sylvia Corwin, Edward O. Stewart, David Pariser, Jonathan Silverman, Phyllis Rosenblatt, and Michelle Kamhi

"The Great Divide in Art Education" (November 2010)

"'Hijacking' Article Stirs Debate" (November 2010), by The Editors; see also The Political Assault on Art Education” (Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2010)

"The Hijacking of Art Education" (April 2010)

"What Hope Is There for Art Education?" (July 2009)

"What about the Other Face of Contemporary Art?" by Michelle Marder Kamhi & Louis Torres (Art Education, March 2008-- reprinted in Aristos, June 2008)

"Museum Miseducation: Perpetuating the Duchamp Myth" (June 2008)

"Thought and Feeling in Art" (November 2007--based on a talk given at the 2006 National Art Education Association conference))

"Why Teach Art?" (review of Arthur Efland, Art and Cognition) (December 2006--reprinted, with notes, in Arts Education Policy Review, March/April 2007)

"Modernism, Postmodernism, or Neither?--A Fresh Look at 'Fine Art'" (August 2005--reprinted, with notes, in Arts Education Policy Review, May/June 2006)

"Why We [Art Teachers] Need a Definition of Art," by Kenneth Lansing (December 2004)

"Sitting on Furniture and Other 'Visual Art' Experiences" (a critique of the views of two prominent advocates of studying "visual culture" in art education) by Louis Torres (May 2004)

"Rescuing Art from 'Visual Culture Studies'" (January 2004--reprinted, with notes, in Arts Education Policy Review, September/October 2004)

"Art Succumbs to 'Visual Culture'" (on the "visual arts" at Barnard College) (May 2003)

"The Future of the Art World" (review of MFA exhibition at Columbia University), by Louis Torres (May 2003)

"Art and Cognition: Mimesis vs. the Avant Garde" (January 2003)

"Where's the Art in Today's Art Education?" (November 2002--reprinted, with notes, in Arts Education Policy Review, March/April 2003)

In What Art Is

Excerpts from What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand, by Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi (Open Court, 2000):

Also of interest in Aristos

"Anti-Art Is Not Art" (June 2002)

"Kandinsky and His Progeny" (May 1995)

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