26. “Learning mind : experience into art” edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Jacquelynn Baas.

“Learning mind : experience into art” edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Jacquelynn Baas.

At 12:45pm today in the OCAC’s Centrum studio, Heidi Schwegler will be speaking about her recent sabbatical experience last year with a travel itinerary spanning the globe from Iceland, Asia, and Los Angeles. It is sure to be an interesting talk – especially with respect to how her travel experience may have implications on her outlook on the art-making process and current work.  Starting this Saturday, October 15th, and running through November 5th, Heidi Schwegler will be participating in the exhibition, “TILT Export: Imposter” at Raid Projects in Los Angeles. More information can be found here, here, and here.

On the topic of how experience may have implications on the work and lives of artists, the library has selected for this week’s library pick: Learning mind : experience into art” edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Jacquelynn Baas.

Contributors to the collection include: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ann Hamilton, Alfredo Jaar, Kerry James Marshall, and Ernesto Pujol, along with designers Walter Hood and Bruce Mau; curators Marcia Tucker and Christopher Bedford, art critics Michael Brenson and Jerry Saltz, art historian David Getsy, educators Ronald Jones and Lawrence Rinder, philosopher Arthur Danto, psychiatrist Mark Epstein, theorist W.J.T. Mitchell, and chef-educator Alice Waters.

This book has compiled essays, interviews, and conversations from a wide range of artists and scholars to address issues such as the “Being of Being an Artist,” “Making Art and Pedagogy,” and “Experiencing Art”.  The contemporary art experience is approached from the perspective of the creative process, from the perspective of the classroom, and from the perspective of consuming art.

As Jennifer Gonzales from the University of California, Santa Cruz states in her blurb on the book jacket, this compilation invites its contributors to “speak from their own experiences with art; what emerges are important biographical moments of insight about the way art is a device for transforming consciousness.”

Check it out!

But also: Don’t forget to check out Heidi Schwegler’s Lecture today at 12:45pm in the Centrum Studio!

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