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Halsey Talks: The Educational Turn in Art

In 1818, Joseph Jacotot, a French professor, determined to teach his native language at the University of Louvain in the Netherlands. Many of his students spoke only Flemish; Jacotot knew only French. How could he teach these students his native language without being able to speak to them?

His solution was to use a text translated into both French and Flemish, and in doing so, he proved that a teacher can teach something that they don’t know. With his pedagogical experiment, Jacotot distinguished the difference between “knowledge replication” and “knowledge production.”

How does this story show us how museums and exhibitions can be sites of knowledge production? Let’s talk about it! We will use Jacque Ranciere’s “The Ignorant Schoolmaster” and Irit Rogoff’s “Turning” to bolster our discussion. The talk is free and open to the public, and students, teachers, artists, philosophers, art-enthusiasts, and art-unenthusiasts are welcome to attend.

Read Jacque Ranciere’s “The Ignorant Schoolmaster” here

Read Irit Rogoff’s “Turning” here

— About Halsey Talks —
Halsey Talks are an ongoing series of roundtable discussions on intriguing concepts in art. While they may take advantage of exhibitions on view at the Halsey Institute, they are open-ended in nature. As a platform for a deeper understanding and discussion of fascinating ideas in art, Halsey Talks are open to all.

Suggest a topic for the future, email Bryan Granger at

Apr-03-18 6:30 pm - Apr-03-18 8:00 pm
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Address: 161 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC