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ERIC Number: ED488768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-890160-25-3
Semiotics and Visual Culture: Sights, Signs, and Significance
Smith-Shank, Deborah L., Ed.
National Art Education Association
One of the most significant issues in art education today is the discourse surrounding visual culture: what it is, where it is located, how it is accessed, and its significance to art education. The development of new visual genres and technological innovations for creating and accessing them, have multiplied the forms of information that are available. Culture?s visually transmitted, ideological and electronic messages can easily cross borders that, in the past, were tightly controlled by geographic location, financial wealth, and language. This book is one attempt at communal conversation about significance and meaning through semiotic lenses. No one author has the RIGHT or the ONLY take on a sign, but they do take you on a journey through their meaning systems to enrich your understanding of the signs they invite you to consider. Readers should use their own collateral experience to add to the signification of the objects, artifacts, and other signifiers the authors bring to the conversation. After an introduction, the chapters in this book include: (1) "What's Your Sign? Searching for the Semiotic Self" (Deborah L. Smith-Shank); (2) "A Postmodern Visual Culture Art Teacher: Finding Peace in My Opposing Roles" (Christine Woywod); (3) "Meanings About Mona" (Carol S. Jeffers); (4) "Art Educators Road Show: How Collecting Stuff Can Enhance Art Education Practice" (Enid Zimmerman, Adele Flood, Kit Grauer, and Rita Irwin); (5) "Steal this Sign: A Semiotic Expedition into Dynamite Museum's Public Pedagogy" (Sara Wilson McKay and Karen Keifer-Boyd); (6) "When It Reigns It Pours: Selling Art in Advertising" (Julie McGuire); (7) "Taking Down the Yellow Police Tape: Controversial Content in P-12 Classrooms" (Dennis Fehr, Mary Cain Fehr, and Alice Pennisi); (8) "Anarchy in the Art Classroom: A Proposal for Meaningful Art Education" (Kimberly J. Cosier); (9) "A Postmodern Semiotic View of the 'Carnivalesque' in a Masquerade Parade" (Mary Stokrocki); (10) "Metaphor in A,Learning" (Julia Marshall); (11) "Text, Image, and Bodily Semiotics: Repositioning African American Identity in Visual Culture" (James Haywood Rolling, Jr.); (12) "Feminist Semiotics in the Art of Hung Liu and Carolee Schneeman" (Mary Wyrick); (13) "Learning About Culture Through Visual Signs" (Jacqueline Chanda); (14) "'Boys' Love,' 'Yaoi,' and Art Education: Issues of Power and Pedagogy" (Brent Wilson and Masami Toku); (15) "Semiotic Process, Doubt, and Pedagogy" (Jessie L. Whitehead); (16) "Art Education and Semiotic Readings of Mass Media" (Paul Duncum); (17) "Resuscitating the Critical Eye: Teaching Visual Culture in Higher Education" (Shei-Chau Wang and ShiPu Wang); (18) "Semiotic Redefinition of Art in a Digital Age" (Mel Alexenberg); (19) "Art, Education, and the Sign(ification) of the Self" (Richard Carp); (20) "Lacan's Innovation of Semiotics: Psychoanalysis as a Methodology for Art Education as Visual Cultural Studies" (jan jagodzinski); (21) Glossary; and (22) Author Biographies.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Art Education Association, Reston, VA.
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