We might add more FAQ's in the future. Here are some basics.
What is the connection between the artworks and Teachers College?
The selected artists explore John Dewey’s philosophy of experiential learning. He believed that to be transformational, an experience needed not only to be made but also to be undergone. John Dewey (1859-1952) was an important American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. He is associated with the philosophy of pragmatism and was a major voice of progressive education and liberalism. From 1904 to 1930, he taught at Teachers College, Columbia University.
How can I access the exhibition?
The exhibition takes place at Teachers College, Columbia University, at 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027 (see Map). Please bring your TC ID or a government-issued ID to enter the building. You can either explore the exhibition by yourself or sign up for a guided tour (if you click here). At the main entrance of the building, you will be guided to the Gottesman Library where you can take a printed map that helps you find your way. However, you are encouraged to take a free interactive audio-video guide from the library, which tells you the story of the artworks.
When is it open? And where do I need to go?
The exhibition will be on display from October 16 - December 15, 2013. It will be open daily from 10:00 am til 8:00 pm daily, except for Thanksgiving. Teachers College, Columbia University is in Manhattan, 525 West 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterday. The walkway starts and ends at the Gottesman Library, 1st floor, at the circulation desk.
What is the exhibtion about?
Doing and Undergoing is an arts exhibition that celebrates Teachers College, Columbia University’s 125th anniversary. Artists responded to an open call with a proposal that discusses John Dewey’s philosophy of experiential learning. 22 side-specific installations have been chosen that are now on display throughout the Teachers College campus and encourage the visitor to undertake an interactive tour.
How did you select the artists?
The artists responded to an open call in April 2013. A jury composed by the curator, Robert Gero, and Richard Jochum, the project director, selected the works based on their conceptual strength, their site-specificity, feasiblity and accessibility. Mixing media, well established and emerging artists, as well as modes of inquiry was welcome.
Where do I get the audio-video guide?
You can find the audio-video guide in the Gottesman Library once you enter the main building. Please bring your TC-ID or a government-issued picture ID. You can also use your own smart phone and access the guide using our OR-code or just open http://bit.ly/19HZAoV in a browser. (The version with subtitles is: http://bit.ly/1hLwNiu). The guide will take you on a 30-minute interactive tour of the exhibition.
Do you offer guided tours?
Yes. Apart from the audio video guide - which guides you through the entire exhibition - we also offer public tours. These will be conducted by art educators and museum eductors from the art education program of Teachers College and happen throughout the exhibtion and by demand. If you are interested, please sign up for one of these free tours at http://doingandundergoing-tours.eventbrite.com.
What if I have a disability? Is the tour wheel chair accessible?
Please feel free to ask for help at the entry desk. For people with limited hearing and sight, there is a guide with closed captions and a special site-map for easy access. 17 of the 22 sites are wheelchair accessible. If you have more questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to assist.