Colonial Entanglements: Viktor Löwenfeld's Art Education for the Blind and Non-Blind with Dr Tobias Teutenberg

detail of M. Gr.: Decay, 1930, clay, 20 cm. In: Münz/Löwenfeld: Plastische Arbeiten Blinder, Brünn 1934, pl. 25.
M. Gr.: Decay, 1930, clay, 20 cm. In: Münz/Löwenfeld: Plastische Arbeiten Blinder, Brünn 1934, pl. 25.
In my presentation I take a critical look at the scientific and pedagogical work of Viktor Löwenfeld (1903-1960), one of the most influential art educators of the 20th century. Löwenfeld's career began in Vienna, where he taught clay, wax, and wood modeling at the Israelite Institute for the Blind beginning in 1923. After the “Anschluss” of Austria to Nazi Germany in March 1938, Löwenfeld immigrated to the United States, where he worked as a professor, first at the Hampton Institute in Virginia and later at Pennsylvania State University. In my presentation, I would like to analyze how Löwenfeld developed his pedagogical and psychological leitmotifs in his work with blind students and how he applied them in the American context. A particular focus of the lecture will be Löwenfeld's primitivism, which is expressed equally in his work with blind and African American youth.
Dr Tobias Teutenberg studied art history and philosophy at the Universities of Kassel, Munich, Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Augsburg and the École normale supérieure in Paris. From 2012 to 2015 he was a doctoral fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Subsequently, he worked as assistant professor and research assistant at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and as research assistant at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich. Since May 2020 he has been working on the SNF project "Heinrich Wölfflin – Collected Works" at the University of Zurich. From June to August 2020, he was a Post Doc Fellow at the Kulturstiftung Brandenburg (Wiepersdorf Castle). Since November 2021 he is working as a research assistant at the Weddigen Department of the Biboliotheca Hertziana.
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