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ERIC Number: EJ706530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1063-2913
Rescuing Art from Visual Culture Studies
Kamhi, Michelle Marder
Arts Education Policy Review, v106 n1 p25 Sep-Oct 2004
In this paper, the author asserts that current efforts to transform art education into visual culture studies (VCS) constitute a deeply disturbing educational trend. She asserts that, much like the now largely discredited developments in literary studies of recent decades (whose bankruptcy it apparently ignores), this movement aims quite explicitly at a radical transformation of American society and is, therefore, primarily social and political in its intent. Its influence is not only likely to dull the next generation's aesthetic sensibilities and thereby coarsen the general level of culture but may also extend far beyond the arts themselves. The author defends her beliefs that such studies have no place in art education, the proper focus of which is the visual arts. (Contains 19 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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