Educator Resource Guides

The MoAD Education Department prepares Educator Resource Guides to accompany each of our Exhibitions. Our Resource Guides are interdisciplinary and written to align with California State Common Core Standards for grades 3 through 12. Each Resource Guide contains artist background information, lesson plans, and hands-on activities to help students gain a deeper understanding of the artworks featured in each exhibition.

 

EN MAS'

EN MAS': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean

EN MAS’ introduces performance art with a focus on the influence that Carnival and related masquerading traditions in and of the Caribbean and its diasporas have had on contemporary performance discourse and practice. The exhibition is composed of commissioned installations by nine artists, which were originally presented throughout the 2014-15 Caribbean Carnival season. The associated Educator’s Resource Guide offers students a glimpse into the works of the artists through questions to use during their visit to MoAD, post-visit discussion questions, and suggested lesson plans to facilitate a deeper examination of the artworks. Due to the complex and theoretical framework of the exhibition, we suggest using these activities for students in grades seven and above.

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Todd Gray

Todd Gray: My Life in the Bush with MJ & Iggy

My Life in the Bush with MJ and Iggy is an exhibition of artworks by Los Angeles and Ghana-based artist Todd Gray. Composed of photographs taken throughout his life, Gray layers, splices and interweaves images of photographs taken of Michael Jackson, Iggy Pop, Ghana, and his other travels. The associated Educator’s Resource Guide provides students with questions to use during their visit to MoAD, discussion questions to dive deeper into the themes of the exhibition, further reading, and suggestions for additional lesson plans. Due to the complexity of themes presented in the exhibition, we suggest using these activities for students in grades eight and above.

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The Ease of Fiction

The Ease of Fiction

The Ease of Fiction Educator’s Resource Guide explores the themes of the exhibition curated by Dexter Wimberley. The exhibition features the artworks of four artists who were born in different countries throughout the African continent and now live in the United States. Activities in this guide ask students to question popular narratives of African Diasporic identity and culture, view artworks through a critical lens, and create a self-portrait to actively express their self-identity. The activities are developed for students in grades six and above.

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Toyin Ojih Odutola

A Matter of Fact

A Matter of Fact presents a new body of work from Toyin Ojih Odutola. With vibrant pastel and charcoal drawings developed out of her unique pen ink and pencil style, Ojih Odutola presents a meditation on the expression and constructs of wealth. From a portrait of a mother and daughter enjoying an equestrian afternoon to the commanding presentation of The Marchioness elegantly poised presiding within a mansion, these drawings allow one to recognize wealth, as it exists beyond fact or questioning.

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Where Is Here

Where Is Here

Where Is Here, curated by Jacqueline Francis and Kathy Zarur, evokes the real and conceptual space through which we travel. The exhibition presents the works of contemporary artists who are developing personal and engaged visual and musical systems to claim, make, and describe space. The imagery is both straightforward and poetic.

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Dandy Lion

Dandy Lion: Rearticulating Black Masculine Identity

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity is a traveling photography- and film- based curatorial project that features the images of photographers and filmmakers from throughout the African Diaspora. Their subject matter is cis-gender Black men in urban, rural, literal and abstract landscapes across the globe, who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of masculinity within the Black community. Its discourse intersects class, gender formations, ethnicity, ideology and style. Dandy Lion confronts the hyper “thug” narrative and is a portrait of the multi-varied alternative identities that have always existed in Diasporic communities.

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