Tuesday 11/08/16 9:30AM-3PM
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Professional Development Seminars for Educators

Cover Image:

Lilli Hartmann performs in Post-Living Ante-Action Theater / La Vida es Sueño, que vas Hacer?, El Matadero, Madrid, Spain, 2010. Courtesy the artists and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

This election day, join a professional development seminar for high school teachers, part of the New Museum’s Fall 2016 R&D Season: DEMOCRACY. This Season reflects on the potential redemption of a government “by the people for the people,” in a moment when the urgency to build consensus may require the compromise of certain revolutionary principles.

Educators will learn about My Barbarian, this Season’s artists-in-residence, who return to the museum after eight years of touring to present the culmination of their Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (PoLAAT), a performative investigation employing tools borrow from radical theater. The title of their exhibition and residency, “The Audience is Always Right,” takes on a critical and ironic undertone in this dangerous moment when politics are more hyperbolic and spectacle-driven than ever before. The PoLAAT responds to historic theatrical models that attempted to create social change, such as Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, which was inspired by radical pedagogy. The PoLAAT occupies a space between memory and rehearsal, joke and laugh, and commentary and critique. It is the theater that happens after an experience but before action is taken. It is a rehearsal.

Morning Session
9:30 AM: Registration
10–11:30 AM: Artist talk

Artist Alexandro Segade of the collective My Barbarian will lead a talk and discussion with images and video illustrating how the group uses performance to theatricalize past and present problems and imagine ways of being together.

Afternoon Session
$5, payable on the day of the workshop
1–3 PM: Performance workshop

In this intimate workshop, educators will participate in performance exercises from My Barbarian’s PoLAAT manual, which is composed of five techniques: Estrangement, Indistinction, Suspension of Beliefs, Mandate to Participate, and Inspirational Critique.

The New Museum welcomes educators of all disciplines, but this program is geared toward high school teachers. Reservations are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop space is limited.

RSVP is required to attend this event R
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Generous lead support is provided by the Keith Haring School, Teen, and Family Programs Fund.

The New Museum’s Experimental Study Program is made possible by Westfield World Trade Center.

The Global Classroom is made possible, in part, by Con Edison, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Council for Artists Research and Residencies is gratefully acknowledged.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Additional endowment support is provided by the JPMorgan Chase Professional Development Workshop Program for Teachers

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