Opening of "Doing and Undergoing" exhibit
"Doing and Undergoing" is an art exhibition at
Teachers College, Columbia University, which is celebrating its 125th year
anniversary. Select artists present site-specific works of conceptual art which
reference the thoughts and wisdom of the American philosopher John Dewey, who
was a faculty member at Columbia and Teachers College in the early 20th century
and an early thought leader in the Progressive Movement.
Each of the 20 commissioned works was created for a specific site within the five historic buildings at Teachers College, on 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam.
The artists were asked to respond to a core theme of Deweys foundational text, Art As Experience, in which Dewey adds to his theory that all learning happens by doing, with his notion of Doing and Undergoing -- that only by doing as well as undergoing an experience, does an experience become transformational.
An audio-video guide leads visitors through a maze of historic buildings and illuminates the intriguing history of the buildings as well as the College itself.
The show runs from October 15th through December 15th, and was supported by funding from the Teachers College Provost's Fund.
The exhibit is free, but registration is required.