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
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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.
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.