The following resource package was designed as an educational project to accompany the presentation of the exhibition YOUgenics in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Betty Rymer Gallery. Prepared by Amy Gerber and Kate Loague, candidates in our Master of Arts in Art Education program, this packet is part of the gallery’s educational initiative and includes various resource documents, select glossary and timeline, as well as suggested lesson plans. Information is based on various sources (cited within the packet). Much appreciation is extended to curator Ryan Griffis, the exhibiting artists, and the faculty and staff at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for their insight and guidance.
This packet is meant to respond, primarily, to the artworks and ideas presented within the exhibition as a means of furthering the cultural dialogue in which these artists engage. It is a complex challenge, and the packet emerges not as a “definitive statement” but as a “spring board” or “starting point” for further educational inquiry. A list of recommended websites is included to encourage additional research and to reflect the opportunity for in-depth critical assessment from various perspectives.
This packet is intended as a working educational project that examines one of many pedagogical approaches to such thematic material. The following documents are offered to other educators in the spirit of mutual inquiry. It is hoped that fellow educators freely adapt the lesson plans to suit their individual needs.
We invite you and your students to experience and explore these complex and thought-provoking works of art.
With best regards,
Managing Director, Betty Rymer Gallery
Associate Director, Exhibitions and Events
Download Packet (PDF, 6MB)