Visual Arts 233: Birth of the Cool–An Exhibition Tour


Take a virtual tour of “Birth of the Cool ” an exhibition highlighting the art, photography, music, graphic design, and furniture of the California Cool movement of the 1950s.  On display at the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University from September 19, 2008, to January 5, 2009, “Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury” took a retrospective look at the broad cultural climate of cool that informed the architecture, painting, photography, furniture, graphic arts, film, and music produced in Southern California during the 1950s. The exhibition included more than 200 objects as well as a jazz lounge, interactive timeline, and a media bar with film, animation, and television programming.  The exhibition was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and curated by Elizabeth Armstrong.

Student Tools

Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.


Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity--Video Reflection

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.