Teaching and Learning Resources

Each year Wexner Center for the Arts educators create teaching and learning resources for K-16 educators. These materials are available to use for free. Browse a wide variety of topics and themes to find supplemental educational materials to support and bolster your curriculum in English/Language Arts, Humanities, and the Arts.


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HERE: Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin

HERE: Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin, brought together three Ohio-born visual artists. In three distinct shows, each artist presented works that contemplated place, time, objects, and language.

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Film: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is the third film of a trilogy by filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicolas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky. The follows an international team of scientists who after 10 years of research maintain that the cause and effects of the Anthropocene Epoch are due to profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. This striking and poignant film is both art and science covering the environmental changes across the world with unforgettable depth and imagery.

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Performing Arts: Sharon Udoh, an interactive performance

Singer, songwriter, keyboardist, Sharon Udoh is a 2019 Wexner Center Artist Residency Award winner and during her residency, she will work exclusively with Pages students with a performance that highlights one of her major influences, Nina Simone. This interactive performance will not only introduce students to the iconic music of Nina Simone—but will also demonstrate how Simone’s music has influenced Udoh’s own work. Udoh will create an interactive space for experimentation, art education, and play.

Sharon Udoh Teaching and Learning Resources

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Visual Arts: Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me

Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me was an expansive body of work; a “visual dialogue with art history, identity, desire, power, authorship, and the historically fraught relationship between artist and subject.” The works were composed of intricate detail, beauty, and authenticity, revealing the complex relationship and character of four main subject models or muses, including Mickalene Thomas herself.

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Film: Hale County, This Morning, This Evening

In the center of this gorgeous cinematic film is a photographer looking at people, at experience, and capturing that with his lens. RaMell Ross gets behind the camera, wonders and drifts from moment to moment, sometimes perfectly still, other times in the seat of volume and movement. Hale County, This Morning, This Evening is an intimate look at its subjects as they move about their lives day to day in the enduringly oppressive and complex historic American South. This film looks to hold the audience in an enduring gaze as it dares the viewer to be still, keep looking, see new things, and appreciate the beauty and details of the everyday.

Performing Arts: Séancers

“Séancers,” conceptualized by performing artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, is a dynamic meditation exploring identity, culture, community, and traditions. In the work, Kosoko is asking questions about where and how we spend our time, how are we present in the world and with whom.Т The work also explores loss, grief, transition, and has many performative layers literally and figuratively. Kosoko has roots in poetry, but the expanse of his work is use of the whole body to reveal and depart, revisit and restore ideas, space, identity and culture. Featuring a sound score by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, the work is rich and inventive, bending words, body, and sound.

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Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life is an expansive survey of Sherman’s photographs, made over a career spanning four decades. The exhibition brings together over 100 works by Sherman, from her widely known Untitled Film Stills series through successive bodies of work that slyly play off entrenched notions of female identity, including an untitled series of works made just last year depicting invented (yet convincing) portraits of glamorous, aging former film stars. Sherman helped to craft the show’s title,Т which is a reference to director Douglas Sirk’s 1959 melodrama dealing with highly emotional struggles of identity, as a reflection of the role of cinema in her image making.

Cindy Sherman Resources

Film: I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck, Director

In the center of this vital and pressing film, is a poignant text by James Baldwin, words and images that ring as relevant and urgent today, as they were at the height of The Civil Rights Movement. I Am Not Your NegroТ takes 30 completed pages of James Baldwin’s final, unfinished manuscript and uses them to create a bracing and powerful film essay. Under the sharp eye of Haitian director Raoul Peck, this film uses a critical and complex lens to explore an American narrative around race, social justice, and persistence of humanity, through the ever-present words of James Baldwin. The text, as it unfolds, highlighting the lives of and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., is read thoughtfully, beautifully by Samuel L. Jackson. Baldwin’s words and expressions are astute, making connections between past and present injustices, his insights just as necessary, dynamic, and revealing as ever.


Performing Arts: A Thousand Thoughts

A Thousand Thoughts, conceptualized and directed by filmmaker Sam Green, is a live cinema documentary featuring the hip and inventive Kronos Quartet. This performative work will take on an expansive exploration of form as it tells the story of Kronos’ history through live narration, archival footage, and interviews, footage and narration all interwoven with live music performed by Kronos. Now widely acclaimed artists and trailblazers of the vibrant indie chamber music scene, A Thousand Thoughts will highlight Kronos’ early rise in the world of classical music. The work will allow audiences to reflect on the nature of liveness, presence, and the collective experience of art, while also deepening their understanding of Kronos’ music, story, and legacy. At its heart, A Thousand Thoughts asks questions about the power of art, music, and beauty to change the world.

Kronos + Sam Green Resources

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Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957 focuses on how, despite its brief existence, BMC became a seminal meeting place for many of the artists, musicians, poets, and thinkers who would become the principal practitioners in their fields of the postwar period. Figures such as Anni and Josef Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Buckminster Fuller, Ruth Asawa, Robert Motherwell, Gwendolyn and Jacob Knight Lawrence, Charles Olson, and Robert Creeley, among many others, taught and studied at BMC. Teaching at the college combined the craft principles of Germany’s revolutionary Bauhaus school with interdisciplinary inquiry, discussion, and experimentation, forming the template for American art schools. While physically rooted in the rural South, BMC formed an unlikely cosmopolitan meeting place for American, European, Asian, and Latin American art, ideas, and individuals. The exhibition argues that BMC was as an important historical precedent for thinking about relationships between art, democracy, and globalism. It examines the college’s critical role in shaping many major concepts, movements, and forms in postwar art and education, including assemblage, modern dance and music, and the American studio craft movement— influence that can still be seen and felt today.

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http://www.blackmountaincollege.org/history/

Film: Never Let Me Go

In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human? Now director Mark Romanek, writer Alex Garland and DNA Films bring Ishiguro’s hauntingly poignant and emotional story to the screen. Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

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http://www.foxsearchlight.com/neverletmego/

Performing Arts: Shawnee, Ohio, by Brian Harnetty

Performed with sampled archives, field recordings and live musicians, Shawnee, Ohio (2016) critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history to ask: What are the sounds of mining? Of fracking? Of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline and environmental degradation? These sounds are recorded as compositional material reflecting layers of history and memory in Appalachian Ohio. Shawnee’s history includes coal, gas and clay extraction, and the formation of early labor unions. The town’s downturn and partial restoration act as an ethos of the struggles and hopes of the larger region, now immersed in a controversial fracking boom. Shawnee, Ohio considers these histories, evokes place through sound, and listens to the present alongside traces of the past.

Shawnee, Ohio is co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, Duke Performances at Duke University, and the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati). Shawnee, Ohio is a project of Creative Capital.

http://www.brianharnetty.com/recordings-1/#/shawnee-ohio/



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