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Guerrilla Girls: Feminist Masked Avengers

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Since their first riotous appearance in 1985, the Guerrilla Girls have dedicated themselves to exposing sexism, racism, and corruption in the art world, the film industry, and popular culture. Adopting the names of dead women artists and decked out in full jungle drag, these anonymous avengers use facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to skewer institutional bias and inequality. In this program, the Guerrilla Girls give a guided tour through the history of their many public interventions, perform satirical skits, and inspire us to create our own sophisticated acts of aesthetic resistance. Recorded Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 7:30 pm.

Conversation: Liam Gillick and Jeremy Deller with Dominic Molon

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Born in the 1960s in England, artists Jeremy Deller and Liam Gillick have engaged the economic, cultural, and political conditions of the last two decades in markedly different ways. The two join MCA Curator Dominic Molon for a conversation about their concurrent exhibitions at the MCA, their artistic strategies, and the ideas that inform their work. Recorded Saturday, October 10, 2009, 3 pm.

Micro-Symposium: Art / Science / Spectacle

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Recorded Saturday, September 12, 2009, 2 pm.

Anthony McCall, Barbara Stafford and Paola Bertucci with an introduction by Madeleine Grynsztejn. How do immersive artworks, such as those created by Olafur Eliasson, play upon our attraction to the spectacular and a fascination with the mechanics of how things work? Presentations by internationally renowned speakers trace the history of this phenomenon in art and science, and relate it to wide-ranging developments in consumer culture, optics, psychology, philosophy, and technology.

Diversity and Contemporary Art

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Recorded Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 6 pm.

A panel discussion with Tania Bruguera, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, and Glenn Ligon.

Deciphering Otherness: A Celebration of Contemporary Identity

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Recorded Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 4 to 6pm.

How can educators help students decipher issues about contemporary identity? What can we contribute to the idea of otherness? How is the representation of cultural others manifested in the classroom? Who gets to tell this story? How do artists working today reveal and question ideas about contemporary identity?

Deconstructing Media: Toward a New Age of Democratic Media Activism

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Recorded Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 4-6pm.

How can teachers help young people decipher, negotiate, and counter mass media? What can we learn from contemporary artists who successfully deconstruct and re-contextualize popular media messages? How can schools make room for media activist practices that empower children to address social issues that are important to them?

The 21st Century Learning Environment: Fresh Ideas, New Contexts

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What role should educators play in shaping an environment in which authentic learning occurs? What does a model learning community look like? How can teachers help young people assume a stewardship role over their own environments?

Teacher dispositions: The process and practice of teacher leadership

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Recorded Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 4-6pm.

How do we describe that combination of emotional, intellectual, and moral qualities that distinguishes a teacher leader? What are those values, characteristics, and professional ethics that influence a teacher’s approach toward educating young people? How do artists and arts educators conceive of and define high quality teaching? And to what extent do these dispositions influence an educator’s capacity for personal growth?

Kate Stohr on Architecture for Humanity

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Recorded Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 6 pm.

Kate Stohr, managing director and co-founder of Architecture for Humanity (AFH), describes how AFH encourages locally-inspired designs and enables these solutions to be shared and freely adapted by all through an international network of professionals and innovative uses of open-source technology.

People Who Shape Our World: Olafur Eliasson

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Recorded Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 6 pm.

In conjunction with the exhibition Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson, artist Olafur Eliasson discusses past and current projects, the studio, and other aspects that influence his work.