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schoolastic

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Al….most…there….One….more….class….
Two of my classes have already ended, my third ends this Tuesday.

Having barely survived my first semester back in the world of the pedagogically employed, I am both thrilled to have finally gotten back in the teacherly saddle, and also utterly drained by all of the attendant mayhem. It’s been so fantastic to be teaching again, but I am definitely having to re-learn, and re-pace myself when it comes to juggling that with also being an artist. I have NO idea how I did it when I was still a full-time public school teacher.
Oh. Yeah. I gave up being an artist for four years. Now I remember.

Last week, a fortuitous intersection of those two worlds, art and education, occurred at, appropriately enough, Intersection for the Arts. I went there for an evening meeting, which was being held in the gallery. The current show is an amazing installation by Weston Teruya and Michele Carlson called “How I Learned To… that looks at the construction of nationhood and identity through a sculptural disruption of institutional educational spaces.

Their project exposes the power dynamics contained within the architecture and set-up of traditional American classrooms and explores how histories of marginalized communities are taught and absorbed into concepts of nationhood and citizenship. The installation functions to destabilize and re-imagine the environment that we learn and grow up in. And it’s really lovely: familiar, institutional, smart, curious, imaginative. It’s on until May 24: catch it if you’re in the Mission.

A few snaps I snapped:

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How I Learned To…
by Weston Teruya & Michele Carlson

April 21 – May 24, 2008
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 12-6pm, FREE
Artists Talk: Saturday May 24, 2pm

Intersection for the Arts
446 Valencia Street, SF