Blueprint for Counter Education, Los Angeles
Tuesday, January 17 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
East of Borneo, Inventory Press, and LAXART are pleased to present a conversation with Larry Miller (co-author, Blueprint for Counter Education), Janet Sarbanes (CalArts), and Adam Michaels (Project Projects) around the recently reissued “Blueprint for Counter Education” (Inventory Press, 2016). Originally published in 1970 by Doubleday and later lauded as “one of the most extraordinary books ever issued by an American commercial publisher,” Blueprint for Counter Education is one of the defining (but neglected) works of radical pedagogy of the Vietnam War era.
Authored by sociologists Maurice Stein and Larry Miller, the book was a founding text of the Critical Studies curriculum at CalArts, of which Stein was the first director. Highly unconventional in form, the slipcased set includes three large graphic posters intended as a portable learning environment for a new process-based model of education, and a bibliography and checklist mapping patterns and relationships between radical thought and artistic practices—from the avant-gardes to postmodernism—with Marcuse and McLuhan serving as points of anchorage.