Thursday 04/02/20 4PM-6:30PM
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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

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 join the program and will present an introduction to her practice. Considering her experiences as a student and educator as they pertain to her paintings, 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.

New Museum and Art21 educators will facilitate an inquiry-based gallery experience, looking closely together and contemplating how students might reflect on their relationships to and representations of people in the worlds they inhabit and those they wish to create. Teachers will gain resources for their classrooms and will view the video “Jordan Casteel Stays in the Moment” 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.

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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