Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Antoinette Guglielmo


This project addresses previously unexplored areas of Victor D'Amico's career as Director of the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from 1937-69, during which time he developed and implemented his philosophy on creative teaching that developed creativity, innovation and appreciation for modern art through a focus on individual aesthetic experience. Beginning with MoMA's early role and mission and the founding of the Education Project, the education programs as a laboratory for experimental art education are studied, specifically the Museum's television series Through the Enchanted Gate and the Children's Art Carnival as exemplars of D'Amico's experimental programming. This project also examines the reception of his programs, as they traveled internationally and their political implications during the Cold War. The project concludes with a discussion of the leadership and philosophy of Victor D'Amico and the implications they can have for advancing art museum education today.


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Leadership in museum education (Program of study)