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Baruch College Mishkin Gallery Presents 'The Aesthetics of Learning'

Exhibition to feature recorded performance by Joseph Beuys and Henning Christiansen, photographs by Catherine Wagner, and etchings by Juan Downey will run from Jan. 16 to March 1

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

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.

Mishkin Gallery Unveils New Exhibition Resource Center

The Mishkin Gallery will also debut the Exhibition Resource Center (ERC), a satellite library within the gallery and an online research guide that encourages deeper engagement with the exhibition program through related readings. The project highlights scholarly materials expanding on specific topics and artists represented in the presentations at the gallery.

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,

The gallery is free and open to the public.

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College provides students with the skills, knowledge, and perspectives to pursue their aspirations in today's global environment. Part of The City University of New York (CUNY), Baruch is also listed among the nation’s top public colleges for academic excellence, affordability, student success, and value. Its three schools educate more than 18,000 students who represent one of the most diverse college campuses in the country. Strong career and support services drive Baruch’s national recognition as an engine for social and economic mobility. Through executive education, continuing studies, international partnerships, public events, and arts programming, Baruch stands out as an intellectual and cultural resource for New York City and the world. 

Media Contacts:

Alaina Feldman, Gallery Director, 646-660-6653,

Evan Nemeroff, Public Relations Specialist, 646-660-6146,


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