a really cool opportunity

The Kemper Art Museum at Washington
University + HEC-TV Live Present
 reCONNECTING with the Cool: Art, Architecture + Jazz of 1950s California

Dates:    October 14th & 21st, 2008

Times:   10-11:00am; 12-12:30pm; or 1-2:00pm CT

Grades:  6-12 | Cost:   FREE

Sign Up: live@hectv.org 

Through a new collaboration with HEC-TV St. Louis leading producer of education, arts, and cultural television programming, and their interactive program HEC-TV Live!, the Kemper Art Museum will be offering its second set of distance learning programs this October in conjunction with the exhibition Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury. Join us live from the Kemper Art Museum for these specially-designed learning experiences in which students in distant as well as local schools will be able to interact with Museum educators through real-time, face-to-face interaction as well as interactive web-streaming. Collaborating with HEC-TV Live!, schools and arts organizations can expand the learning experience beyond their walls with innovative and engaging technology.

Engaging directly with works of art on display in the Birth of the Cool exhibition, participating students will be invited to experience the cultural realm of the cool through painting, graphic design, animation, architecture, photography, and jazz music. Students will learn about the central themes of the exhibition, and also have a chance to consider challenging and relevant questions about what makes a style cool the timelessness of cool, and how that connects to what we consider cool today.

Videoconference Schedule

October 14  | 10am or 1pm CDT

reCONNECTING with the Cool: Visual Arts This 60-minute session will focus on the role of the visual arts such as painting and photography in the larger cultural context of cool that formed in California during the 1950s, drawing in aspects of architecture, film, and jazz to support cross-disciplinary thinking about concepts of a cool aesthetic or cultural style that has remained relevant to this day.

October 14 | 12pm CDT

Media Literacy: Cool in Advertising Now and Then This special 30-minute segment will focus on a media literacy approach to the cultural style of cool, taking an in-depth look at commercial advertising in the 1950s and today. Co-presented with the Gateway Media Literacy Partnership.

October 21 | 10am or 1pm CDT

reCONNECTING with the Cool: Jazz This 60-minute session will focus more specifically on the role of West Coast jazz music in the larger cultural context of cool that formed in California during the 1950s, making critical connections with the visual arts to draw out links among these artistic forms and creative processes.

October 21 | 12:00pm CDT
What It Takes: Putting Together a Museum Exhibition This special 30-minute segment will allow students to learn “What It Takes” to put together and present a large art and culture exhibition such as this. Students will have the opportunity in this short session to ask questions to a range of Museum staff, including curators, educators, exhibition crew + security personnel.

2 thoughts on “a really cool opportunity

  1. Primary Learning Objectives
    – Visual literacy: Students will examine works of art in-depth and talk about what they see through the use of some basic terms and principles of design.
    – Cross-disciplinary connections: Students will make connections between works of different artistic media, such as film, music, painting, and furniture, and consider how these different art forms could be considered cool in the period of the 1950s.
    – Historical and cultural context: Students will consider and discuss the time period of the 1950s in the United States and California, linking the design and style of these works to that historical period.
    – Contemporary relevance: Students will begin to think about connections between these works of art, their relevance to today?s society, and what we now define as cool.

    Featured Missouri Grade Level Expectations (GLE):
    GLE: FA 3: 1.A Aesthetics – Investigate the nature of art and discuss responses to artworks.
    GLE: FA 3: 2.A Art Criticism – Analyze and evaluate art using art vocabulary.
    GLE: CA 5: 1.5, 1.7, 2.7 Media Messages – Develop and apply effective skills and strategies to analyze and evaluate visual media. (e.g., videos, pictures, websites, and artwork)
    GLE: MU 8:1.A Connections Between Music and Related Arts – Develop and apply knowledge and skills to understand the relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts.

    Featured National Standards (Visual Arts):
    NA-VA.9-12.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, & Ideas
    Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture.
    Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of the Work of Others
    Students correlate responses to works of visual art with various techniques for communicating meanings, ideas, attitudes, views, and intentions.
    Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
    Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis.
    NA.M.9-12.6 Listening to, Analyzing, and Describing Music
    Students analyze and describe uses of the elements of music in a given work that make it unique, interesting, and expressive.
    NA-M.9-12.8 Understanding Relationships between Music & the Other Arts
    Students explain how elements, artistic processes, and organizational principles are used in similar and distinctive ways in the various arts.

    Exhibition Summary:
    On display at the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University from September 19, 2008, to January 5, 2009.

    Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury takes a retrospective look at the broad cultural climate of cool that informed the architecture, painting, photography, furniture, graphic arts, film, and music produced in Southern California during the 1950s. The exhibition includes more than 200 objects as well as a jazz lounge, interactive timeline, and a media bar with film, animation, and television programming.
    As referred to in the title of the exhibition, Birth of the Cool explores multiple aspects of the ?coolî attitude that pervaded mid-century modern art and design. From the pure and rational sensibility of modernist design to the mellow and laid-back sound of West Coast jazz, the essence of cool as defined in the 1950s echoes throughout this exhibition.

    The resurgent interest in this aesthetic of cool evidences how many aspects of midcentury culture are still recognized as hallmarks of style and sophistication. Birth of the Cool looks back to this progressive time and place in order to better understand the interrelationships among the arts and artists, acknowledging their innovations and exploring a unique aesthetic and attitude that were nurtured by the culture and remain relevant today.

    Organized by the Orange County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and curated by Elizabeth Armstrong.

    How to Enroll for this Program:
    Each program will be offered live via videoconference, Internet web streaming, and broadcast programming.

    1. To view as a Videoconference School Interactive videoconference space for the program is limited to three schools per show.~These students will have face-to-face interaction with the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum. View only videoconference space is also available, and these students will be able to e-mail questions during the program. To enroll as a videoconference school (interactive or view only), contact HEC-TV Live! at live@hectv.org or call 314-531-4455. Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.

    2. To view via the Internet
    Viewing via the web is unlimited but enrollment is necessary to receive the program?s preparatory and evaluation materials. Students viewing in this way can e-mail their questions during the program to live@hectv.org. To enroll your students for web viewing, once again contact HEC-TV Live! at live@hectv.org or call 314-531-4455. Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials. To watch the program live via the web, surf your computer to http://www.hectv.org on the program day and click on the LIVE link. Since many schools limit streaming video through their firewalls, we recommend testing your ability to view the stream prior to the program by watching one of HEC-TV’s archived programs at http://www.hectv.org. We also recommend viewing the program live on one computer only and connecting that computer to a television or digital projector for classroom viewing. Should you have questions about viewing this way, please contact us.

    3. To view via Cable Television
    The program will be shown live in the St. Louis metropolitan area on HEC-TV, channel 26, St. Louis home of Education, Arts, and Culture. Students viewing in this way can e-mail their questions during the program to live@hectv.org. Viewing via cable television is unlimited but enrollment is necessary to receive the program?s preparatory and evaluation materials. To enroll your students for web or TV viewing, contact HECT-TV LIVE! at live@hectv.org or call 314-531-4455. Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials. To view the show live on the program day, just turn on your TV to channel 26.

    After its live presentation, the program will be archived at http://www.hectv.org for on-demand viewing available at any time. You can also obtain a DVD copy of the program by contacting HEC-TV Live! at live@hectv.org.

  2. Hi blog readers! I wanted to share this message I received this morning:

    Thanks again for registering us for the video conference with HEC-TV and the Kemper Museum on Tuesday. Our students and teachers had an educational experience that would be unavailable to them without this resource. Here is an email comment from the teacher, Kim Foster:

    It was a unique experience using live interactive video feed while staff from the Kemper Musuem facilitated questions and interaction with their current exhibit “Birth of the Cool: California Art Design, and Culture at Midcentury.” Before the conference, they allowed a middle school in Texas to talk with our students from Kirkwood. Texas asked us our football record, and we asked them how the weather was in Texas. During the conference, our students interacted well and asked good questions. The students were well engaged! Nancy Pasturnack, a reporter and her camera crew conducted interviews and took video of our Graphic Design class working on their poster projects before and during the conference. Students featured in the reporter’s interview were Jay Frick and Tanya Foster. The content will be programed on HEC-TV (cable television) in November with reruns for the program “Behind the Minds”. More specific dates and times will follow. The program will also be a part of “On Demand” programming along with it being posted on the HEC-TV.org website.

    Thanks again,
    Mike White
    Kirkwood School District R-7

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