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Navigating as Curating 

I've commented elsewhere on the ills of lockstep illustration, in which talks are rendered as they are given. Not only does it betray a lack of faith in the audience, but it is also demeaning to the power of images. I recall a class I suffered, on "learning" in which the slides would be …

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Thinking the Box 

Like nesting boxes, we find strangeness inside of strangeness in the Met's exhibition Thinking Outside the Box. I have a thing for boxes, being one of the enduring forms of educational imagery, and as such, never quite what they seem. (Indeed, the secret compartment, or the intricate display or grand room on the inside, hidden …

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Mediated Earth: Footprints & Shoemaking 

You are as quick as a spartan hound to pick up the tracks of the argument... —Plato, Parmenides 128b-c The question of footprints, of the traces we leave in our contact with the world, is one that runs through the history of philosophy of education. How do we know where we have been? And what …

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They Roam the Earth Again 

Yesterday was Three Kings Day, and for me it was an opportunity to revisit and reflect on a project I worked on last year. El Museo del Barrio commissioned the artist Polina Porras Sivolobova to create replacements for the Three Kings puppets they had used for decades in the Three Kings Day Parade. My primary …

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