Thursday 04/02/20 4PM-5PM
Workshops · Educators

Professional Development Workshop for Educators with Artist Jordan Casteel

Cover Image:

Jordan Casteel, Shirley (Spa Boutique2Go), 2018. Oil on canvas, 78 × 60 in (198.1 × 152.4 cm). Courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York

This workshop will be hosted online.
Advance RSVP is required. Please register here by 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 27, 2020.

For this professional development workshop, educators will explore personal and social relationships to place and people through portraiture and, more specifically, the work of Jordan Casteel in her exhibition “Within Reach.” Casteel will present a talk considering her experiences as a teacher and learner as they pertain to her approach to portraiture. Casteel’s talk will highlight her recent portraits of her students at Rutgers University, which were inspired in part by the relational concepts of teaching and learning in the book Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (1994) by feminist scholar and social activist bell hooks. Following the talk educators will participate in a moderated discussion with Casteel.

New Museum and Art21 educators will provide resources including a lesson plan and suggested activities adapted for remote learning for educators to consider how they and their students might reflect on their relationships and representations of people in the worlds they inhabit and those they wish to create. Prior to the session, teachers will be asked to view a nine-minute video, “Jordan Casteel Paints her Community” from Art21’s series New York Close Up, which provides an intimate look at artists living and working in New York during the first decade of their professional careers.

Reservations are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop space is limited.

RSVP is required to attend. RSVP here by Friday, March 27, 2020, 5pm.

New York City Department of Education teachers may register for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit.

For questions, contact or 212.219.1222 ×216.


Generous lead support is provided by the Keith Haring School, Teen, and Family Programs Fund.

New Museum school and teen programs are made possible, in part, by Con Edison, Bloomingdale’s, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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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