Art education students visited the Hirschl & Adler Gallery and Galerie Etienne on March 2 as part of the Museum as Educator and Art in NYC courses offered in the Fine Arts Education program in the School of Education.
At Galerie Etienne, students were guided by Hildegard Bachert, the 96-year-old co-director of the gallery and an expert on the social realism movement. At the Hirschl & Adler Gallery, students engaged in a private lecture with Associate Director Thomas B. Parker who specializes in 19th and 20th-century American painting. Students then visited the Museum of Modern Art to learn about the history of technology and art, and to discuss the various strains of modernism presented in the museum’s galleries.
“We visit museums and galleries in NYC to study some of the art, artists and movements that contribute to the perception of New York City as a cultural capital,” said Dr. Susan Goetz Zwirn, director and professor of fine arts education. “Placing art in meaningful cultural and historical contexts is critical for educators to develop lessons that embrace art history from a global perspective and in an authentic manner.”
Art education students at Hofstra develop skills of observation, interpretation, and judgment of exhibitions, often through field trips, discussion, writing and creative projects.