ART of the MOOC: Public Art and Pedagogy

Designed by artist and Duke professor, Pedro Lasch, and co-taught by Creative Time artistic director, Nato Thompson, this course presents public culture and art in their radically reinenvented contemporary forms. The lectures link major developments of recent decades to wider topics like spatial politics, everyday social structures, and experimental education.

Also included are guest presentations from key thinkers and practitioners, like: Tania Bruguera, Claire Doherty, Tom Finkelpearl, Hans Haacke, Shannon Jackson, Suzanne Lacy, Rick Lowe, and many more. As the ‘ART of the MOOC’ title implies, learners and participants are encouraged to treat the MOOC itself as a public art medium. This happens mostly through the course’s practical components, local project productions, global exchanges, and critical feedback.

See also: ART of the MOOC on the Creative Time website


  • Features 29 guests presenters, including cross-national artists, curators, critics, and activists.
  • An ART of the MOOC wiki created by Lasch and students in the course hosts information and resources related to the projects, individuals, groups and themes featured in the course, as well as user-submitted content.
  • Pedro Lasch presented on ART of the MOOC at the 2015 Creative Time Summit in NYC.




  • Art, Art History and Visual Studies

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Launch Date:

  • October 2015

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