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:

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

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