For each exhibition, Instructors have the opportunity to bring their classes to artist
talks, workshops, and panel discussions hosted by the Gallery, as well as specialized
tours and class assignments. Our exhibitions cover a wide range of topics that are
relevant to many departments across Stony Brook campus, including art, art history,
history, global studies, women and gender studies, Hispanic languages and literature,
Africana studies, sustainability, and much more. We are happy to provide additional
information about artwork and artists on view for those interested in incorporating
our exhibitions into their curriculum.
To arrange a class visit or to collaborate with the Zuccaire Gallery on an assignment, please email ZuccaireGallery@stonybrook.edu
Spring 2022 Exhibition Walkthroughs
Testimonials & Past Collaborations
When I first asked students to explore the Zuccaire Gallery’s exhibition
Race, Love and Labor
and make connections with what they were learning in the classroom I never imagined
the transformative effect it would have. Each student discovered very personal ways
in which the artworks spoke to them and ignited their curiosity. The excitement generated
by the gallery experience energized everything the students were learning and inspired
insights that were deeply meaningful to each student. It was one of the most exciting
and pleasurable teaching experiences I have had during twenty years at Stony Brook.
Here are just a few comments from the students themselves:
“Although I have taken several literary courses on these subjects, the visual gave me an entirely new understanding….Although I did have to put in extra work, I was excited to do so.”
“I highly recommend this awesome learning experience to anyone….Rather than thinking about this as a graded project, I actually enjoyed researching about the images and had fun in the process.”
“Looking back at the overall experience, what I learned and the fun I had, I would
do it all again without any incentive….I hope other students can have the opportunity
to experience this as well.”
-Susan Scheckel, Associate Professor of English
Course: Global Art History
Ten students in my Global Art History course opted to design and facilitate 15-minute tours at the Zuccaire Gallery as “Student Ambassadors”. The results exceeded my expectation, because Karen helped me prepare the students for the challenging task. Karen ran one tutorial session for these “student ambassadors” and gave them two exemplary tours—one on The View from Here on contemporary Senegalese art and another Artists as Innovators on New York-based artists. The Gallery was flexible in accommodating the students’ needs, allowing students to come to the gallery an hour before the official opening hours in order to spend more time with the art works, and helping them publicize their tours on the gallery website.
Art history cannot be taught only through looking at slides in the classroom. Close looking of art works is essential. Experience at an art gallery—giving tours or assisting with installation—is crucial. The community of the faculty, students, artists, and visiting curators fostered by the Zuccaire Gallery is a key component to the arts education at Stony Brook University.
I have also learned so many of my top-class art history students are benefiting from interning with the Zuccaire Gallery and they cherish their learning experience. Some of the most successful alums of the art history program begin their first professional experience at the Zuccaire Gallery. The Zuccaire Gallery under Karen’s directorship has a life-long impact on our students.
-Sohl Lee , Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary East Asian Art, Art History and Criticism / Department of Art
Teacher and Leader Education Program
Our on campus field trip was an unexpected treat and trigger for deeper conversations sparked by the Zuccaire Gallery exhibit which presented different artists’ perspectives on life, love, and labor. The images fueled our imagination and curiosity in ways our texts don’t normally address.
-Lauren Kaushansky , Lecturer, Teacher and Leader Education Program Department of History
Course: Dance Improvisation
Our focus, while in the gallery, was to understand what the term "to behold" means in the process of improvisation practice in dance and creative process. While at the gallery, students were given the prompt to examine the various art works on view in order to understand how visual images and video can be examined as a means for collaboration or as a catalyst for movement improvisation.
The prompts were simple: What do you see? Look at the art for 10 minutes. Then respond to the art with a conversation through movement and dance. This was a new step for the dancers; and many of them struggled at first, but they quickly found this new playground of imaginations and found their way into a collaboration with the art. They were so delighted with the results, and they took turns watching one another.
The experience with the Zuccaire Gallery offered us a very clear task to discover what this means. ...in fact, it set the stage from the beginning of class and informed the students for the rest of the semester, as they developed their creative practice. Because students had the opportunity to understand what it means to watch intently, they began a new territory in their creative practice. Thank you, Staller Center, the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery and director Karen Levitov. What a gift to our students and to the process of education in the arts.
- Amy Yopp Sullivan , Associate Professor in Theatre, Founder and Creator of the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning
To learn more about how you can incorporated the gallery's exhibitions into your curriculum, email ZuccaireGallery@stonybrook.edu