Michelle Marder Kamhi

Academic Questions

August 23, 2021

Poisoning the Well of Art Education

Michelle Marder Kamhi

Art education has been gravely damaged by its practitioners’ obsession with antiracism, replete with efforts to “decenter” whiteness and “Western aesthetics” and with the......

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February 25, 2021

Beware the Semmelweis Reflex

Michelle Marder Kamhi

The tendency to reject new information that contradicts prevailing norms has haunted the field of medicine, sometimes with deadly results. It took decades to adopt the practice of hand washing between......

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December 30, 2020

The Lamentable Politicization of Art

Michelle Marder Kamhi

The widely accepted notion that “all art is political” is false. Plenty of visual art—landscapes, portraiture, still life—is unrelated to any social context. Moreover, much of......

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September 30, 2020

Art History Gone Amuck

Michelle Marder Kamhi

An evaluation of the most widely used textbook in art history maps the slow but steady erosion of imagery in art—and the loss of meaning, purpose, and understanding that representative art in th......

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