The Aesthetics of Learning

Dates: January 16 - March 1, 2019

Gallery Information

Location: 135 E. 22nd Street in New York City
Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Gallery contact info: (646) 660-6653,

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The gallery is free and open to the public.

Current Exhibition

Catherine Wagner, Emerson College, Southwick Hall, Boston, MA, 1985.  Gelatin silver print.


NEW YORK, NY – January 3, 2019 — Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery presents the exhibition The Aesthetics of Learning, featuring a digital recording  of a performance by Joseph Beuys and Henning Christiansen, four photographs by Catherine Wagner, and seven etchings by Juan Downey.

The free exhibition will run from Wednesday, Jan. 16 to Friday, March 1, 2019. The opening reception takes place on Wednesday, January 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

What does learning look like? What does learning sound like? How are aesthetics a conduit for rethinking the ways in which knowledge and power are formed?

This exhibition brings together works from the Mishkin Gallery collection that target the infrastructure of education itself. The works, each from a different decade, question the formation of institutional frameworks through three distinct methodologies put forward through listening, looking, and communicating. They invert the passive reproduction of knowledge and instead promote active learning. They are part of Baruch’s own history and reflect the school's belief in supporting art in the public realm.

What we uncover in these works are distinct ways of challenging knowledge production and thereby power, both in the university and beyond. A series of public programs focusing on how we might unlearn will offer spaces of contemplation and collaboration throughout the duration of this exhibition.