Thursday, September 13, 2012

History and Art and History of Art recently began working on a show, called History Boys, that deals with, well, history. More specifically, history being taught to high school boys in 1980s England as they prepare to take their college entrance examinations. Aside from the hilarious history jokes (yes, they do exist), the play asks countless questions about the teaching and understanding history. One question that was posed at last night's rehearsal and today in class as well (what a coincidence) is about the relationship between art and context. Can art be put in context, and from that explained, or can it only be examined as art and not put "in other words."

Is there an answer? Does it actually matter? Working on this show has prompted me to think a lot about the nature of history and education. I feel a series coming on...

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