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(Re)contextualizing Art in the Classroom:An Analysis of the History, Development, and Future of Technology in Art History and Education

Andrew Knutson


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(Re)contextualizing Art in the Classroom:An Analysis of the History, Development, and Future of Technology in Art History and Education

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Andrew Knutson

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(Re)contextualizing Art in the Classroom examines our changing relationships with the “art” experienced in class. From Winckelmann’s 18th Century “cult of the original” to today’s digital images, the way that students see and learn from works of art has changed. With each new form of technology and display, physical interaction was replaced by observation, which created a disconnect between student and art. Although initiatives like Google Art Project attempt to reconcile these changes, a large issue remains when viewing technologically mediated works of art– the role of context. When works of art are reproduced, they lose both their “actual” appearance and place in the world. These changes and educational challenges thereof are not fully understood nor addressed. This thesis explores these issues historically and contemporarily and suggests that more research needs to be done to understand art’s new roles.

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Andrew Knutson, “(Re)contextualizing Art in the Classroom:An Analysis of the History, Development, and Future of Technology in Art History and Education,” History of Art & Design Theses, accessed September 22, 2017, http://hadthesis.pratt.edu/items/show/31.