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Talking Art: The Culture of Practice and the Practice of Culture in MFA Education

Gary Alan Fine

Abstract

Based on two years of intensive observation at three university-based graduate MFA arts programs, Talking Art provides a detailed ethnography of how young artists are trained in the contemporary art world and how creativity has found a place in the modern American university. In contrast to the assumption that the key feature of graduate level art education is the teaching of techniques of art, students must develop a coherent artistic self and justify their intentions. Technique is rarely taught in classes, as it is assumed that young artists have enrolled with the skills necessary or that th ... More

Keywords: contemporary art, graduate education, university, critique, discipline, theory, technique, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226560182
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226560359.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Alan Fine, author
Northwestern University