Odette England shares discoveries she and her students made by embracing failure.
Elizabeth Hamilton chronicles an assignment created for the Teaching with Primary Sources workshop that had students look at artists with histories at HBCUs to find connections with their own experiences.
Nathan Rees shares how an assignment using the Archives' Pandemic Oral History Project created connections for his students with contemporary artists and their work.
Michaela Rife writes about using the Chiura Obata papers to create an assignment as part of the Teaching with Primary Sources workshop.
Oral history provides a medium by which we can share our voices and stories. The Archives of American Art has one of the oldest collections of oral histories in the United States, and the largest related to the visual arts. In this episode, we reflect on how oral history enriches our understanding of art and the people who create it.
What does it mean to conserve and sustain culture? How to we care for art, artifacts, and legacies? At the Archives of American Art, these questions also relate to accessibility, sustainability, and inclusivity; this episode examines preservation and maintenance in cultural institutions and beyond.
What makes an activist group, how do they come together, and how are they most effective? This episode traces the rise and impact of ACT UP, or the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, how it grew from other queer activist groups while engendering more, and how its influence remains with us today.
The Archives’ debut podcast episode focuses on the New Deal arts initiatives, providing an overview of their major features and a wide perspective on their histories and legacies. Drawing from the Archives’ first and most ambitious oral history collecting drive, the words and experiences of the artists and administrators who made the New Deal happen convey the stakes of these enormous national undertakings, while insight from contemporary experts provides context for the ongoing importance of those initiatives.
The Archives of American Art is pleased to invite applications from postsecondary teachers to participate in a series of two professional development workshops, held virtually in August and September 2021, focused on teaching the history of American art with primary sources.
Though our offices are closed, we're always here for you online. Our staff is available to respond to your questions at email@example.com. More than ever, during this uncertain time, we hope our collections serve as a source of endless discovery and inspiration.