International Journal of Art & Design Education

Curriculum Inside and Outside School: Representations of Fine Art in Popular Culture

Volume 16.2   1997



The purpose of this paper is to illustrate some of the ways in which information about fine art is socially constructed. The paper has three sections. In the first section, theory concerning representation, communication, and popular culture is discussed drawing on poststructural analysis, cultural critique, and response theory. The second section focuses on mass media representations of fine art and illustrates a modernist trend toward a use of fine art in film to signify and reify cultural dichotomies and, in the process, produce and reproduce contradicting conceptions of art. The final section of the paper, raises issues concerning students' experiences with fine art outside of school and the use of popular culture in school.