Thinking about cultures

art as a primary source

A conversation with Sarah Alvarez, Director of School Programs, Art Institute of Chicago, Beth Harris, and Steven Zucker in front of a Face Jug from Edgefield county, South Carolina, c. 1860, stoneware and alkaline glaze, 13.3 cm high (The Art Institute of Chicago 2006.84)


This video provides a model for how to use a work of art in your classroom.



– explore an object through the lens of culture/cultural proficiency

– consider how questions of interpretation have shifted over time

– reflect on how viewers can approach cultural production that is distinct from their own


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Explore the diverse history of the United States through its art. Seeing America is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Alice L. Walton Foundation.