Doing and Undergoing

An art exhibition throughout Teachers College Columbia University from May 2013 – December 15th 2013.

Presented throughout the historic Teachers College building on 120th Street in New York Doing and Undergoing will be a site-specific installation presented on four floors of the fully operational graduate school. The Exhibit will reference the thoughts and wisdom of American Philosopher John Dewey one of the forefathers and mentors of the school and whose foundational text “Art As Experience” is still relevant today.

The exhibition will organize around the three Dewyian themes of “Experiential Inquiry”: the notion that the processes of inquiry, looking and finding meaning are transformative; “Experiment and Experience”: where new fields of experience are opened by experimentation; and “Doing and Undergoing”: where doing alone isn’t sufficient, it is by undergoing that experiences are transformational.

Connections between learning experience and art will be actuated with the spectators becoming active participants since they will be guided through the works located throughout the hallways, staircases, and library of the original structure and through an interactive audio-video guide. The “tour” will reverberate the complex history of a college that once started out by bringing public education, health and mental care to the underserved such as immigrants, women, and children. Drawing from this, the exhibition is also intended at least in part to break down the conventional distinctions between different communities of experiencers since it directly pulls into its orbit the often-separate spheres of teachers, students, staff, facilities workers and community at large.

The artworks selected for the exhibition will reflect one or more of the three themes of “Experiential Inquiry”, “Experiment and Experience” and “Doing and Undergoing and most importantly will sensitively engage the site as educational structure and idea.

Solicited artwork will be installed in May and removed end of December 2013. The project is organized by Richard Jochum, Lynda Hallmark, Lyle Yorks, Bixby Elliot, Jessica Jagtiani, and Robert Gero, among others.

This weblog (URL: http://www.doingandundergoing.net) provides an outline of the spaces and hallways involved in a site-specific exhibition & multimedia installation celebrating the 125th year anniversary of Teachers College Columbia University in 2013. It is meant to provide information for artists who might be interested in participating.

Further Information about Teachers College Columbia University

Teachers College is located north of the Columbia University campus, in Morningside Heights | Harlem, at West 120th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.

Founded in 1887, and affiliated with Columbia University since 1898, Teachers College is the graduate school of education and applied psychology for Columbia University.  From its inception, the mission of Teachers College was to provide a new kind of schooling for the teachers of the poor children of New York City, one that combined a humanitarian concern to help others with a scientific approach to human development.

Its mission remains to provide solutions and a new kind of education for those left most in need by society or circumstance. The college continues its collaborative research with urban and suburban school systems that strengthen teaching in such fundamental areas as reading, writing, science, mathematics, and the arts, while also promoting cutting-edge curricula and pedagogy in media studies and instructional technology, including video and art.  In addition, the College prepares leaders to develop and administer psychological and health care programs in schools, hospitals and community agencies, and also houses a wide range of applied psychology degrees.

Influential faculty members have included, John Dewey, Arthur Wesley Dow, Maxine Greene, Solon Kimball, Charles J. Martin, Margaret Meade, and Donna Shalala.

Among its alumni, Teachers College includes: Charles Alston, William Ayers, Shirley Chisholm, Norma Cousins, Albert Ellis, Clarence Gaines, Lee Huan, Rollo May, Georgia O’Keeffe, Neil Postman, Carl Rogers, William Schuman, Tao Xingzhi, and Ruth Westheimer.

For more information, please see the website at: www.tc.columbia.edu.