Uncovering America: Power,
Art, and Inquiry


FOCAL SKILLS & DISPOSITIONS: Evaluating visual evidence; Inquiry; Analyzing point of view & purpose; Developing empathy

DATES: July 14 - 17, 2020 
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (discounted parking available)

PDPs/CREDITS: 35 PDPs; option for 2 graduate credits ($320 fee applies)

FEE: Partnership educators—no cost (other than fee for 2 graduate credits); Non-partnership educators—$400 (plus fee for 2 graduate credits)

How have works of art helped to shape or uphold dominant narratives of history in the Americas? How do they speak-both intentionally and inadvertently-to questions of race, gender, and power? This four-day institute, a partnership between Primary Source and the Museum of Fine Arts, invites teachers from across disciplines to engage with art, inquiry-based teaching, and the complexities of American history.

Using the MFA's Art of the Americas collection as a laboratory for exploration, consider what stories are-and are not-pictured. Explore 18th- and 19th-century portraits, landscape and history paintings, and design objects while studying contemporary works critiquing exclusionary narratives of American history and identity. Tour the galleries, learn about historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts from educators and curators, and practice strategies for incorporating works of art into classroom teaching. Focus will be on the American colonies and United States, as well as Mexico, the Caribbean, and global interactions, covering themes including translatlantic economies and enslavement, social stratification, indigenous cultures, and environmental history.

Especially for educators of grades 4-12.

Please visit the MFA's website to register for this course. If you are a member of a partner district, please contact your district liaison to register. 




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