Curatorial Research Bureau
Curatorial Research Bureau

Issue 9, May 2019

A monthly communiqué featuring news on programs, publications, exhibitions, students, and faculty with content and activities threaded together by a guiding theme.


In this issue

“Pedagogy”→ School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education Kunst Lehren Teaching Art→ The Silent UniversityAnti-EducationThe Phantom of LibertyForms of Education: Couldn’t Get a Sense of ItDewey for ArtistsArt Production beyond the Art MarketThe Model: A Model for a Qualitative SocietyTeaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm: Realism versus Cynicism→ 20% Off Sale→ chronic freedom→  Summer Hours→ CRB Archive


A bookshop, a learning site, an exhibition and public program, Curatorial Research Bureau unites education and consumerism inside a contemporary arts institution, prioritizing context—of art, ideas, people, places, and things—as an active ingredient in the practice of curatorial research.

Curatorial Research Bureau at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is the hub of learning for the California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.


Made possible with funding and support from California College of the Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Produced by Bureau for Open Culture, in collaboration with Motto Books.

This Month

The concluding edition of CRB Dispatch focuses on the theme “Pedagogy.” The theory and practice of education was interweaved into every facet of our activities at the Curatorial Research Bureau this year. We approached the academic year by thinking about how the CRB could best provide opportunities for learning, how it could be a valuable and useful pedagogical platform and resource, something extending from but outside traditional modes of teaching. From the intentionally curated selection of books by global practitioners and institutions, to the shape-shifting character of our physical space to accommodate events, to the compelling presentations by invited guests, the CRB’s underlying mission is pedagogical. Those complementary modes of educating support that mission.

At a recent event celebrating the publication of Allan deSouza’s new book How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change, we had the opportunity to delve into the etymology of “pedagogy.” In his book, deSouza reminds us that in ancient Greece the pedagogue was one who accompanied students on a daily basis, providing guidance and thus education through everyday social and human interactions. Opposed to the formal, didactic responsibilities of a teacher who relayed information with the hope it transformed into knowledge, the pedagogue’s role was more akin to teaching informally by “being with,” teaching through showing, teaching through humanizing, showing how to care, forgive, and be generous. Thus the student learned how to think critically of social situations, human interactions, ideas, and the world. These educational models resonated with the audience that evening in a public discussion about the challenges higher education faces today. 

To that end, we have chosen the theme “Pedagogy” to conclude the academic year accompanied here by a special (and final) Case Studies titled “10 Readings Toward a Future for Arts Education.” These readings have been specially identified to provide departure points for thinking about advanced education in the arts, introducing new (sometimes old) models and paths for thinking about effective platforms of educating, responsive to the changing responsibilities of today’s contemporary creative practitioners. 

James Voorhies, Chair, CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

In the Bookshop

Selected CRB Programs

on View

10 Readings Toward a Future for Arts Education

This list of readings provide an opportunity to learn about varied perspectives on arts education and the changing role of the artist in society today.

On View at Institutions Nearby



Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

“We Have Iré” by Paul S. Flores


Wattis Institute

Abbas Akhavan: cast for a folly


San Francisco Arts Commission

With(out) With(in) the very moment

CRB Dispatch Archive

Issue 1, Sep 2018: “Institution”
Issue 2, Oct 2018: “Audience”
Issue 3, Nov 2018: “Place”
Issue 4, Dec 2018: “Corporate Mentality”
Issue 5, Jan 2019: “Counter Education”
Issue 6, Feb 2019: “Distribution as Practice”
Issue 7, Mar 2019: “Design Forward”
Issue 8, Apr 2019: “Support”
Issue 9, May 2019: “Pedagogy”