What is contemporary art? Since the ‘contemporary’ is continuously evolving with multiple regional and local histories around the world, AAA invites educators, researchers, and practitioners in the field to approach this question—through a series of Teaching Labs talks—with the aim of encouraging confidence in teaching contemporary art in the classroom.

In this talk, AAA’s educator-in-residence Kurt Chan Yuk Keung provides European and American perspectives on how contemporary art arrives at its present stage, exploring several phases of art history and the social changes that occurred in them. In the same session, Chan explores physicality, cultural significance, and spirituality to illustrate how contemporary art can be understood through these three principles of art making.

Kurt Chan: Contemporary Art: From Past to Present (Part 1)
Kurt Chan: Contemporary Art: From Past to Present (Part 2)