Géraldine Gourbe is a philosopher, critic and art curator. She specializes in the Southern California art scene, the history of radical pedagogies and inclusive feminism. She has taught philosophy of art at ENSAD, the University of Metz, Sciences Po Paris, and the Beaux-arts of Marseille and Annecy. In 2018 she curated an exhibition at the Villa Arson in 2018 around the work of Judy Chicago and West Coast in the 1960s, entitled “Los Angeles, the cool years“. Since 2015, she has been working on a counter-reading of the history of ideas and art in France from 1947 to 1989 in partnership with the art historian Florence Ostende. Her research led to the curating of the first edition of the Dunkerque Giganticism Art and Design Triennial. She co-signed with Hélène Guenin the exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice She Bam Pow POP Wizz : les amazones du Pop, May-September 2020. She has published a collective book on the alternative scene in Los Angeles In the Canyon, Revise the Canon, utopian knowledge, radical pedagogy, and artist run spaces in Southern California, Shelter Press, Rennes and a monograph on the artist Judy Chicago, To Sustain the Vision, Shelter Press, Rennes & Villa Arson, Nice (March 2020).
Alternative, institutional and critical pedagogical approaches have seen a renewed interest these past few years. This attraction to new forms of education is often based on unique experiments conducted from 1950 to 1970, starting with those by Paulo Freire, known for his literacy program for adults in impoverished communities, a literacy activism designed to combat different forms of oppression.
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